Flu season has reared it’s ugly head and this year, everyone’s freaking out about it. I can’t say that I’m not a little intimidated by the death toll, but I am a full believer that Jesus paid it all and by His stripes we are healed. Therefore, I never worry… TOO much. Proverbs 31 says that a virtuous woman is clothed in strength and dignity, she laughs without fear of the future. I’ve always had a strange calmness about me in times of chaos, so I guess the verse rings true! That being said, patience is key when fighting off illnesses naturally, so grab a seat and relax as I tell you about our journey to wellness this week…
Today, I am happy to report that my 18 month old son is finally on the mend after a nasty cold/cough/virus/whatever. His pediatrician seemed to think he had RSV, aka ‘croup’, yet the urgent care nurse seemed to believe that he had whooping cough. Now, I still can’t say which it really is or was, but I do know that the whooping cough virus (pertussis) is a lot more common than people think and is unequivocally under-diagnosed. Thankfully, Little G tested negative for the flu, but with all the coughing and hacking, he was given three different prescriptions. Normally, I wouldn’t have even filled them but he was feeling so awful and I was out of ideas. I’ll admit that I did give the poor baby two doses of the prescribed antibiotic after my usual vitamin C and D regimen wasn’t working. But then I read about the Suzanne Humphries Vitamin C Protocol and started it immediately! Y’all, seriously. This regimen has worked like magic. He’s finally expelling all the mucus and the coughing fits have come to a complete halt. We’re finally sleeping again! Thank The Lord!
So anytime you’re treating naturally, you have to make sure your body is getting all it’s needs, plus a little more. So in addition to doing the S.H. Protocol, we are also adding in vitamin d, echinacea, elderberry and probiotics. In order to do this, I felt like I was administering 15 different ‘medicines’ a day! Thankfully, you can’t really “overdose” on natural ingredients. You may get a touch of diarrhea, but that’s just your body getting rid of what it doesn’t need. So if you don’t have this reaction, take that as a sign that your body was craving all those extra elements!
Now, what you’ve all been waiting for… the gummy recipe! Pictured above and listed below, you’ll find three different options for these healthy gummies. I do want to clarify that these are more of a “jelly” candy than a chewy gummy vitamin. They do harden to a smooth, firm and stretchy consistency, but don’t assume they are not going to melt in your pocket.
(Disclaimer: I am not a doctor in any way, shape or form! Please consult with your physician if you feel that these recipes/ingredients are questionable. I also do not own a science lab so please don’t ask me to convert ml’s to mg’s and calculate how many grams of vitamins are in each gummy, I will not be able to help you!)
- 1 1/4 cups organic, non-gmo concord grape juice
- 4 tbs unflavored gelatin (I used beef gelatin from the health food store- it helps improve gut health, eases joint pain, enhances hair skin and nails, etc)
- 2-4 tsp Vitamin C Powder (use the lesser amount for daily maintenance, add more for illness fighting capabilities)
- 2 tsp Vitamin D liquid
Cherry-Pomegranate Gummy (this one ended up being my favorite)
- 1 1/4 cups organic, tart cherry/pom juice
- 4 tbs unflavored gelatin
- 1/4 cup elderberry syrup
- 2 tbs raw honey
- 1/2 cup water
- 4 heaping tbs gelatin
- 1 cup orange juice (fresh squeezed is best but you could also use Florida’s Natural as it is easy to find and it’s made from oranges harvested in the U.S.)
- 3-4 drops lemon essential oil or juice from 1/2 lemon
- 1/4 cup raw honey
- 5 tsp echinacea
With each set of ingredients, the directions will be the same.
- Warm the first ingredient (juice or water) to a near boil, almost bubbling.
- Pour into separate bowl and add in the gelatin and stir until dissolved.
- Finally, stir in the rest of the ingredients and dip out any hardened chunks of gelatin or bubbles that rise to the top before pouring into molds. This will help to achieve a smoother, more glassy appearance.
- Refrigerate until firm.
- Remove from molds and keep refrigerated in air tight container.
Hope these recipes fair well with you and your family. There are so many different options with these gummies, once you get the hang of making them, play around and see what you can come up with. I scribbled a little chart with flavors and vitamin sources in order to create the best combinations, then found some other recipes to figure out the best measurements, but I’m sure the possibilities are endless!