Immune Boosting Herbs in Finger Gelatin (Kid Friendly)

0
38
gelatin flu shots


Sharing is caring!

If you’ve been looking for more ideas to give your family’s immune system a boost, you may want to give this recipe a try. I made “jello flu shots” by infusing immune boosting herbs in finger gelatin made with fruit juice.

immune boosting finger gelatin

These are not made from prepackaged gelatin dessert. The color comes from fruit and vegetable juices. They are thickened with plain gelatin, or agar agar can be used if you need a vegan alternative.

Honey is good medicine, and a natural throat soother and cough remedy. If you want to preserve the enzymes in raw honey, make sure your gelatin blend isn’t boiling when you mix the honey in.

Gelatin provides easy to digest protein when stomachs are unsettled, and is a low histamine food.

If you’d like to make your own homemade apple cider without a cider press, you can find the recipe here.

Which Herbs Boost the Immune System?

There are many herbs that boost the immune system, although not all of them are “jello-friendly”. For instance, I know garlic jello is not going to fly.

Body and Soul~Mind and Spirit lists arandanon, astraglaus, calendula, cat’s claw, echinacea, garlic, ginger, hyssop, sage, St. john’s Wort and turmeric.

Everyday Health lists cinnamon (and carrots and grapefruit). Mint family plants such as peppermint and lemon balm are also anti-viral.

For ease of use, I grabbed some cinnamon sticks and dried ginger root, some mint leaves and echinacea tea. I encourage you to experiment with different combinations.

Always check for any drug interactions if you are on medication. Most common culinary herbs are pretty safe, but there are a lot of meds out there so it’s best to double check, especially if you’re consuming in quantity (meds or herbs or both).

Immune Boosting Herbs in Finger Gelatin

Ingredients

  • 4 envelopes (1 ounce) unflavored gelatin  (That’s 3 tablespoons plus one teaspoon of bulk gelatin) Knox Gelatin is readily available at most grocery stores. Vital Proteins Gelatin is Pasture Raised and Grass Fed. You could also substitute agar agar.
  • 1 cup cold fruit juice*
  • 3 cups fruit juice, heated with herbs or 2 cups hot fruit juice plus one cup tea*
  • 2 tablespoons honey, optional

*Possible fruit/herb combinations include:

Apple/Cinnamon/Ginger – 1 cup cold apple cider, 3 cups hot apple cider simmered with 2 cinnamon sticks and 1/2 teaspoon dried ginger root or 1 teaspoon fresh ginger

Apple-Carrot/Echinacea – 1 cup cold apple cider, 2 cups carrot juice, 1 cup echinacea tea

Apple-Carrot/Ginger – 1 cup cold apple cider, 2 cups carrot juice plus 1 cup apple cider, simmered with 1/2 teaspoon dried ginger root or 1 teaspoon fresh ginger

Apple/Mint – 1 cup cold apple cider, 2 cups hot apple cider, 1 cup peppermint tea

Pomegranate/Lemon Balm – 1 cup cold pomegranate juice, 2 cups hot pomegranate juice, 1 cup lemon balm tea

Orange/Ginger – 1 cup cold orange (or carrot) juice, 3 cups hot orange juice simmered with 1/2 teaspoon dried ginger root or 1 teaspoon fresh ginger

Directions

Prepare hot ingredients – If using juice with herbs, place juice and herbs in medium sauce pot and simmer for 10 minutes. If using tea, brew tea and let steep for 10 minutes, covered, then mix with juice in sauce pot and heat to boiling.

infusing herbs into apple cider

Sprinkle gelatin over cold juice in large bowl; let stand 1 minute. Add hot juice and stir until gelatin dissolves completely, about 5 minutes. Stir in honey if desired.

Pour into 13x9x2 inch pan. (Half batches can be molded in a bread pan or 9×9 pan.)

pouring gelatin into dish

Refrigerate until firm, about 3 hours. To serve, cut into 1 inch cubes. Makes about 9 dozen pieces.

Print Friendly Recipe

Print

Immune Boosting Herbs in Finger Gelatin

immune boosting finger gelatin

A kid-friendly way to get the power of immune boosting herbs in your diet.

  • Author: Laurie Neverman
  • Yield: 9 dozen 1x
Scale

Ingredients

  • 4 envelopes (1 ounce) unflavored gelatin (3 tablespoons plus one teaspoon of bulk gelatin)
  • 1 cup cold fruit juice*
  • 3 cups fruit juice, heated with herbs or 2 cups hot fruit juice plus one cup tea*
  • 2 tablespoons honey, optional

Instructions

  1. Prepare hot ingredients – If using juice with herbs, place juice and herbs in medium saucepot and simmer for 10 minutes. If using tea, brew tea and let steep for 10 minutes, covered, then mix with juice in sauce pot and heat to boiling.
  2. Sprinkle gelatin over cold juice in large bowl; let stand 1 minute. Add hot juice and stir until gelatin dissolves completely, about 5 minutes. Stir in honey if desired. Pour into 13x9x2 inch pan. (Half batches can be molded in a bread pan or 9×9 pan.)
  3. Refrigerate until firm, about 3 hours. To serve, cut into 1 inch cubes. Makes about 9 dozen.

Notes

Possible fruit/herb combinations include

  • Apple/Cinnamon/Ginger – 1 cup cold apple cider, 3 cups hot apple cider simmered with 2 cinnamon sticks and 1/2 teaspoon dried ginger root or 1 teaspoon fresh ginger
  • Apple-Carrot/Echinacea – 1 cup cold apple cider, 2 cups carrot juice, 1 cup echinacea tea
  • Apple-Carrot/Ginger – 1 cup cold apple cider, 2 cups carrot juice plus 1 cup apple cider, simmered with 1/2 teaspoon dried ginger root or 1 teaspoon fresh ginger
  • Apple/Mint – 1 cup cold apple cider, 2 cups hot apple cider, 1 cup peppermint tea
  • Pomegranate/Lemon Balm – 1 cup cold pomegranate juice, 2 cups hot pomegranate juice, 1 cup lemon balm tea
  • Orange/Ginger – 1 cup cold orange (or carrot) juice, 3 cups hot orange juice simmered with 1/2 teaspoon dried ginger root or 1 teaspoon fresh ginger

The boys, not too surprisingly, liked the apple/cinnamon/ginger best, but I’ll keep experimenting. I think this is a fun way to get in more herbs.

P.S. – You could use immune boosting herbs in spiced elderberry wine for a grown up version. 😉

immune boosting herbs in finger gelatin - "jello flu shots"

More Home Remedies

You may also enjoy our other Home Remedies, including Cold and Flu Fighters, Women’s Health and much more.

Homemade Cough Drop Recipes

9 Home Remedies for Congestion – Natural Decongestants That Work

12 Home Remedies for Earaches – Natural Ear Pain Relief

Originally posted in 2012, last updated in 2020.



Source link

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here