Finding mediums for introducing herbal remedies to kiddos can be a challenge. Making sure that it tastes yummy and is fun to take makes herbal care all the more appealing to little ones. Adding in something that is typically a treat just increases the appeal and having something that they can help make just puts it over the top. That is what these gummies can be!
After making our Vitamin C Gummies my wheels just continued to turn with possibilities for these little treats. If you have followed my blog for awhile you may know that my babies have struggled some with tummy discomfort and keeping things moving like they should. I have been trying different things with my youngest especially to see what helps her the most. We have had good success with Tummy Chews, but I thought we needed something else just to help keep things going. I loved the idea of making something that is real food to support that area and that she would be extra excited to take. Thus Tummy Gummies came to be.
I used the original recipe I posted in the vitamin C gummies but changed the herbal infusion to one of fennel and marshmallow root to encourage healthy digestion and comfortable and healthy bowel movements. I then made them partially prune juice to make them taste fruity and add more tummy support. The addition of the collagen found in grass fed beef gelatin also helps to support healthy digestion and helps to smooth the elimination process. While these don’t taste quite like the especially flavorful sweet treats that gummies typically are, they are tasty and have become a sweet treat my baby enjoys.
I love these little animal molds we found as do my kiddos! We found them on Amazon where they have other shapes as well! If you don’t have a mold though don’t sweat it as you can still make these! Just pour your finished mixture into a 9×9 square or I used an 8 inch round cake pan as that was what was closest to me. Then allow it to set as usual and cut into bite size squares or use small cookie cutters to cut out fun shapes.
3/4 cup 100% prune juice
1/4 powdered unflavored grass fed beef gelatin
1/2 cup honey
4 drops orange vitality essential oil (I love the Young Living Vitality line since they are pure essential oils that are labeled for internal use.)
–Begin by making your herbal infusion:
-Place 1/4 cup each dried fennel seed and dried marshmallow root in a pint jar.
-Bring to a boil 1 cup purified water and pour hot water over herbs.
-Allow to set for 30-45 minutes and then strain off herbs. This may make a little more than the 1/4 cup you need. You can save the extra by putting in the fridge short term or in the freezer to use later.
-Now make your gummies!
-Place your 1/4 cup prepared herbal infusion and juice in a small saucepan. Sprinkle gelatin over liquid and allow it to sit for about 5 minutes to let the gelatin bloom.
-Place pan on a stove burner and set at medium heat. Using a whisk, continue to stir the liquid mixture until the gelatin is completely dissolved into the liquid. Remove from heat.
-Whisk the honey into the liquid mixture until well combined. Add in the essential oil and mix well.
-Immediately pour the gelatin into pan or desired molds. Place pans in fridge and allow to set until completely firm. Pop gummies out of molds and store in a jar in the fridge. Enjoy!!