Herby Jigglers

 Herb Gelatin Jigglers

This is a fun way to get kids to take their herbs for the added nutrition, for illness, or for comfort.

Using herbal teas or fresh fruit juices instead of pre-packaged gelatin dessert mixes will maximize the nutrition and the health benefits of this fun dessert snack.  Gelatin is also healing in itself (see more on gelatin below).

When you combine the healing power of herbs, juice from fresh fruits, sweet honey, and the added benefits of gelatin together for a cool treat, the kids won’t turn away!

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Great combinations to choose from:

Lemon Balm tea with fresh Lemon Juice and Orange Juice – for fevers and viruses

Elderberry tincture with Rosehips and Mullein- for colds and respiratory problems

Nettles tea with Blackberry juice – for allergies and hay fever

Ginger tea with Lemon Juice – for colds and congestion

Apple Juice and Chamomile tea – to aid in digestion and soothe

Ingredients:

1 cup liquid goodness – a mixture of  1/2 c herbal tea 1/2 fresh fruit juice (from choices above)

Herbal tinctures (optional, follow dosing instructions, glycerin extracts taste better)

½ cup hot water

¼ cup honey (or preferred sweetener to taste)

3 heaping Tablespoons or more of gelatin (gelatin made from grass-fed beef, like Great Lakes is best)

Step by Step:

Make enough herbal tea or freshly squeezed juice to equal 1 cup.

Make enough herbal tea or freshly squeezed juice to equal 1 cup.

In a small bowl pour ½ cup hot water (almost boiling) over the gelatin.  Stir until dissolved.

In a small bowl pour ½ cup hot water (almost boiling) over the gelatin. Stir until dissolved.

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Add herbal tincture if desired. Add sweetener and stir until dissolved.  Mix in herbal tea or juice and stir well.

Add herbal tincture if desired. Add sweetener and stir until dissolved. Mix in herbal tea or juice and stir well.

Pour liquid into candy molds, muffin tins, or tart pans.

Pour liquid into candy molds, muffin tins, or tart pans. Refrigerate several hours.

Enjoy!

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About Gelatin:
Gelatin aids the digestive system, relieving “sour stomach” and is a common addition in soups and broths for the sick and convalescent. Gelatin is high in the amino acids glycine and arginine. Diets high in muscle meats like steak, burgers, etc. are lacking the complete amino acid profile without the addition of gelatin. Because most people no longer eat grandma’s homemade soups and stocks, we have become deficient in these amino acids. Some find they sleep better when they increase their gelatin intake, and others find relief from arthritis and joint problems.

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