Homemade Elderberry Gummies

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Homemade Elderberry Gummies, made with elderberry flowers and berries simmered into a honey tea, and made into real ingredient gummies. 

Homemade elderberry honey gummies
Homemade Elderberry Gummies

Elderberries

Elderberries have long been a health remedy to relieve colds, fight the flu and boost the immune system. 

Elderberry cough syrup has also been a long time remedy to soothe if not reduce a cough due to colds or allergies. 

Elderberries are known for many beneficial properties, especially those that help with illness because of their antioxidant, antiviral and other immune boost components. 

If you are not sick, though, you might be interested in the elderberry properties for your skin, because of the rather high element of vitamin A. 

All good reasons to not buy a ready made product but rather make it yourself. That way you control the concentration of the extraction and instead of corn syrup sweeteners, you can use honey or agave. 

Elderberries, elderberry flowers and elderberry gummies
Elderberries, Elderberry Flowers and Elderberry Gummies

Homemade Gummies For Health Remedies

Herbalist have been way ahead of the game of preventative health remedies. Having an understanding of the beneficial properties found in nature sure sounds like a smart way to manage our health. 

I have always had a curiosity for natural remedies, whether for health or for beauty aids. I used to make many of my own concoctions as a teenage for my crazy curly hair and to ward off acne during teenage years. 

Fast forward to 2007, when I moved to Brazil for a period of time, I knew I just had to explore plant medicine knowledge from the interior areas of Brazil. I learned much and knew I could use what I learned once back in the states. 

Plant medicine in Brazil
Plant Medicine In Brazil

Elderberry and Honey For Health

I wanted to use only raw honey, it must be raw honey and not that wet stuff that pours like syrup. Raw honey is natures gift to our body. It is loaded with properties that are antibacterial and anti fungal. 

Having grown up with a Middle Eastern mom, I learned to use honey in nearly all of our cooking where sugar might otherwise be used. A simply yet almost healthy Honey and Lemon cake is often in my home during the winter months, as a healthy sweet treat.

Of course, I can’t leave out the way I learned to make Baklava (baklawa), using only honey to drizzle across and not simple syrup, which is just sugar water.

Healthful Honey

It’s plant chemicals act as antioxidants. Raw honey alone will soothe the throat and aid in coughing. These are all things we will need to comfort us when we become ladened with this virus or any unwell time.

Since most OTC gummies are ladened with sugar and dyes, I wanted my homemade health elderberry gummies to remain healthy.

Adding honey, for sweetness, and letting the natural color shine through, assured me that these gummies are 100% natural and healthy!

Honey for health
Honey For Health

Gummies For Grownups Too!

It was said to me, by my daughter in law, that the boys (I thought she meant just my grandsons), wouldn’t take vitamins or medicine unless it was in the form of a gummy. 

How was I to know that she included ‘her hubby’, my son, in that rat pack of boys she was referring to! LOL. 

So, I set out to do what any good mommy/grandma does; find a solution. 

Health gummies are for adults too!
Health Gummies Are For Adults Too!

With the help of a pinch of gelatin or agar agar (a plant gelatin powder), I was able to make a huge batch of … gummies at the onset of school season, ie cold and flu season. 

Then, I realized I could also make medicinal gummies for them to suck on by using the recipe here for a homemade elderberry gummies. 

ready for cold or flu season
Ready For Cold or Flu Season

Wouldn’t you know it, while I simply used a sheet pan to set the gummies and then cut them into cubes; my grandsons (or maybe it was my son, wink), for Christmas, gave me cute little molds to shape more gummies in the future. Dang kids never really grow up! LOL. 

Why Make Elderberry Gummies Yourself?

The most logical reason to make homemade elderberry gummies yourself, is because you know exactly what is going into them.

Homemade gummies control the level of sweetness, using honey instead of sugar and while the color isn’t pretty, at least it has no dye. If you really need to sell your family on the gummies by their appearance, you can use fun mold shapes and toss a beetroot in the tea for a pretty color.

Another reason, of course, is the cost! It costs roughly $4.35 for 140 homemade gummies. I used roughly 4-ounces of berries and flowers to make one batch.

$26.99 For 80 vs $4.35 For 140 Homemade Gummies
$26.99 For 80 vs $4.35 For 140 Homemade Gummies

Other Homemade Health Hacks

With just a few natural ingredients, often plant ingredients, we can make many of the things we buy, at home and make them actually healthy!

Ingredients Needed

  • Dried Elderberries
  • Dried Elderberry flowers
  • Water
  • Raw honey
  • Agar agar
Elderberry Gummy ingredients
Elderberry Gummy Ingredients

Equipment Needed

  • Sauce pan
  • Slotted spoon
  • Strainer
  • Cookie sheet or gummy molds
  • Knife (if shaping on a cookie sheet)
  • Measuring cup
  • Measuring spoons
  • Airtight container
  • Stovetop or burner
hand cut gummies or gummy molds
Hand Cut Gummies or Gummy Molds

Homemade Elderberry Gummies

Recipe by Robin DaumitCourse: Health HacksCuisine: HealthDifficulty: Easy
Servings

32

ounces

Homemade Elderberry Gummies, made with elderberry flowers and berries simmered into a honey tea, and made into real ingredient gummies. 

Ingredients

  • Dried Elderberries – 1/3 cup

  • Dried Elderberry flowers – 1/4 cup

  • Water – 4 cups

  • Raw Honey – 1/4 cup

  • Agar agar – 2.5 tbsp

Directions

  • Place the elderberries and flowers in a medium size pot with water. Bring to a boil Turn down to a simmer and let simmer for 20 minutes.
  • Remove the pot from the stove and add the honey. Allow the tea to cool.
  • Strain the berries and flowers out and add the agar agar. Pour immediately into a sheet pan or individual gummy molds. Place in the fridge to set, about 30 minutes.
  • Cut into bite size cube, if a sheet pan is used, and transfer to an airtight jar in the fridge. If molds are used, pop the gummies out and store in an airtight jar in the fridge.
Homemade Elderberry Gummies
Homemade Elderberry Gummies
 

My Muffin Madness

 

In my family, I’ve always been known as the ‘Muffin Queen’. Out of necessity, I created muffins for breakfast, lunch, on the go snacks, sometimes dinner and a sweet yet healthyish treat for dessert!

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