Want another delicious way to incorporate herbs into your everyday life? Herbal jello is one of my favorite herbal preparations. Not only is it practical, quick and easy, but kids love it!
If you attended our last herbal class you got a chance to taste some herbal jello. Honestly, I’m not one of those people who is a purist in anything. I believe moderation in all things – even in diet. Which is why, though I don’t normally serve boxed jello to my kids, I don’t mind giving it to them once in a while to get my littlest one to take a particularly pungent, bitter, or sour herbal preparation. However, I decided to do a little experimenting in my kitchen today and think I’ve come up with an easy way to make an herbal jello that is a little healthier – no dyes, no processed sugar, healthy collagen and nothing but goodness.
The sky’s the limit for possible herbal jello combinations! You could make jello that focuses on boosting the immune system as we get into fall and cold/flu season. Or maybe a sleepy time infusion, stress free tea, immune boosting tea, vitamin/mineral tea… you’re only limited by your imagination. ??
What kind of flavors you like to use when you make homemade herbal jello? Let us know in the comments if you try it!
1-1/2 c strong herbal infusion: I use 2 T herb to 1-3/4 c hot water and allow to steep for 30-60 min. Strain the herbs and COOL completely
1/2 c fruit puree (raspberry, strawberry, blueberry, blackberry, etc.): To make puree blend or mash berries and press through a fine sieve to remove seeds/skin
2 T gelatin (I use Great Lakes unflavored gelatin)
2-3 T raw, local honey
Mix the gelatin with 1/2 cup of your cold infusion. This gelatin will NOT mix with hot water, it will turn it into a gluey mess. If you are using regular gelatin in packets you will mix it with hot water then add the cold water.
While that gels up, pour the rest of the infusion and your puree into a small pot
Heat to at least 160 degrees or, if you want to keep it simple, remove the pot right before it boils.
Stir your gelatin and honey into the hot liquid; stir well. The heat activates the hardening of the gelatin.
Pour everything into a pyrex or make individual servings by pouring it into small jars.
Store in refrigerator until set, about 3 hours.
Afternoon pick-me-up: Green tea/mint infusion with strawberry puree Immunity adaptogen: Licorice/astragalus decoction with blueberry puree Elderberry decoction (you wouldn't need a puree for this, just make 2 cups) Lavender with lemon. Since lemon is so strong I would probably only use 1 cup lemon juice and 1 cup lavender infusion