Cold busting coconut gummies are loaded with natural turmeric, ginger and honey to help ward off colds and flu. Great for kids.
The Princess rarely gets sick, yet in the last school term she managed three colds within a ten week period. Unfortunately, when she gets sick we all suffer. There is little I can do to prevent the illnesses, I know, but that will not stop me trying. I am now employing everything in my home remedy arsenal to ward off the common cold in an attempt to avoid a repeat of the last term. Whilst it is difficult to get her to swallow large pills of olive leaf extract or zinc, she is more than happy to munch on these cold busting coconut gummie snacks.
Everybody has a home remedy to either keep colds and flu at bay, or to help ease the symptoms if you weren’t that successful in avoiding the virus in the first place. Most of these remedies seem to feature ginger, turmeric and/or honey. All I had to do was get them into gummie form. Enter the coconut milk. Coconut oil is high in lauric acid, which is anti-bacterial, anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory. A good coconut milk will be high in coconut oil, yet still be thin enough when heated to dissolve the gelatin. Be wary when buying your coconut milk. Some are loaded with gums and thickeners, even the organic ones, so make sure you read the label before buying. Personally, I purchase conventional coconut milk as research indicates that even in plantations where pesticides are used, no pesticide residue can be detected within the coconut itself.
The key ingredient in these gummies though is the gelatine. It is what takes this recipe from a creamy drink to something you can really get your teeth into. Gelatine is so much more than just a setting agent, as I explained when I made the strawberry marshmallows. What better way to get something with health benefits into a child than to dress it up as something sweet.
I coloured my gummies with a natural orange food colouring. A totally unnecessary step but it does make them look more appealing to a child. Just remember that the base colour of these gummies is the yellow-brown of the turmeric and unrefined sugar, so if you wish to colour them make sure you choose a colour that will work with this.
The Princess has just started a new school term and has been enjoying a gummie or two after school each day. I know it is early days but so far there is no sign of a cold, whereas by this time last term she had already developed the first one. Fingers crossed!