Oct 172012
 

Jello Flu Shots - Immune Boosting Herbs in Finger Gelatin @ Common Sense Homesteading

If you’re like me and have been reading about anti-viral and antibacterial herbs, and looking for more ways to get them into to your kids, you may want to give this recipe a try – or make your own variation.  I made jello flut shots by infusing immune boosting herbs in finger gelatin made with fruit juice.  Call them what you like, and enjoy some extra anti-oxidants and cold and flu fighting herbs.

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 just 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).  Natural News lists echinacea, ginseng, garlic, bell peppers, ginger, turmeric, gingko biloba, ganaderma, astragalus and cat’s claw. 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.  Do 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.  Great Lakes Gelatin is certified Kosher.  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 saucepot and simmer for 10 minutes.  If using tea, brew tea and let steep for 10 minutes, covered, then mix with juice in saucepot and heat to boiling.

apple spice jello

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.)

finger jello

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

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 spiced elderberry wine for a grown up version.  ;-)

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

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  25 Responses to “Jello Flu Shots – Immune Boosting Herbs in Finger Gelatin”

  1. Great post. Do you have a book or anything published with these “tips” and other suggestions? Or, maybe a Print Friendly way to capture these without having to print an entire web post? I really want to keep some of the articles you have posted, they are wonderful.

    • Given that most of my posts are things I’m experimenting with and sharing as I go, I don’t have everything in a printer friendly format anywhere. However – I do have a cool site that another reader recommended that will make the pages easier to print – http://www.printfriendly.com/

      I just tried it out and it works pretty well. You can easily edit out extra images, too.

      One day when I’m “famous” ;-), I’d like to be able to hire somebody to make everything look prettier, but hopefully that will help for now.

    • You can also paste into any word processing program and delete what you don’t want. That’s what I do.

  2. I can’t wait to try this! I love gummies.

    I have jars of unflavored Great Lakes Gelatin. Since it’s not in a packet, I was wondering if you could tell me how many ounces are in your packets!

    Thanks,
    Sarah

  3. My 9yr old grandson and I will make these tomorrow after school…He’ll be impressed since he was curious about my concentrated bone boullion squares a couple of days ago

  4. Wow!

    Fantastic recipe.

    I too have been reading about antibacterial herbs, and now after reading this, I will make my own variation for my boy with the special combination of fruit juices that he likes.

    Thanks for sharing the wealth!

    All the best,
    C

  5. What a clever idea! Must find some way to sneak some garlic in there. ;)

    • I’ve found the easiest way to get the garlic in the wee ones, is to crush up a few cloves and add it to a dish with raw honey, powdered ginger, powdered tumeric and cinnamon. A teaspoon full a couple of times a day. They always have some water near by to chase it down and have not complained yet!

  6. Very creative! Just be sure if you are using cinnamon regularly as a health supplement, you get the Ceylon variety that comes from Sri Lanka. Cassia cinnamon (the hard sticks and powder we are used in in the US) actually contains coumarin, which in high concentrations is bad for you. For regular cooking and baking it’s fine though :) You can google it and see!

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  8. I’m looking for ways to increase bone broth consumption around here. Thinking about subbing some for part of the juice in these.. Thanks for this post!

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  11. What about tomato juice with garlic….kind of tomato aspic/bloody mary kind of thing? I am looking forard to trying these myself and will also experiment with agar. I haven’t tried that in a while. Thank you for a fun post!

  12. Laurie, I love this. I’m sharing w/ my fans right now :).

  13. Such a lovely post, simply awesome just love it. gonna share this with my friends and thanks for sharing.

  14. Tomato soup with wild rice is an easy way to get get kids to eat garlic. We make ours by adding home canned crushed tomatoes to bone broth then purée. Throw into a pan with browned rice. Boil till soft then stir in roasted or raw garlic cloves just before serving. Kids don’t know it’s there. We also will mince mushrooms in this and they blend well with the rice. Turmeric and saffron also blend in unnoticed.

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