Do you have kids that can’t keep their fingers out of their mouths?
Y’all…I have three kids and I can honestly say the thing that grosses me out more than all the vomit and other bodily functions that have graced me with their presence, is watching my kids (not babies, mind you, but older kids who should flipping know better), cram their nasty little fingers into their mouths. I cannot count the number of times we have left the dirtiest place on earth (aka Wal-Mart), only to look into the backseat and find one of my kids either digging in their noses or sticking their fingers in their mouths, before I’ve had a chance to properly sanitize them. Good Gracious. *insert eye roll*
And yes, I fully realize that when they come in contact with germs and the like, they are great at naturally helping to boost their immune systems. But on the flip side, I also don’t want to chance a night of vomit or diarrhea if I don’t have to. Avoid at all costs.
So what’s a Mom to do?
Now, if you know me, or have followed my blog for anything other than food recipes, then you know my family is all about healing our bodies naturally, whenever possible. We try our best to eat right (which is often difficult, when you have one of the worlds pickiest kids, but I do try), get plenty of outside time for exercise and fresh air, quality supplements, good rest, and of course, our always trusty dōTERRA essential oils.
While Mountain Man and I can add some extra immune boosting supplements, when we need them, 2 out of 3 of my kiddos can’t swallow pills quite yet. So giving them one of my On Guard + soft gels to give them that extra boost, is kind of out of the question.
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The idea for this recipe actually came to me several years ago, shortly after I had introduced essential oils into our home. Between going to school, daycare, church, play dates and the grocery store, it seemed like my kids were always coming down with something. It’s like a lightbulb went off… I said to myself, “You’re good at hiding veggies in your kids food, so why not try something similar to boost their little immune systems?” Now, On Guard alone can have a pretty potent and powerful taste. Sometimes when I need a quick boost, I’ll drink a few ounces of water with a drop. It’s a little burn-y but quite effective.
But when it’s combined in this gummy recipe, it’s actually quite tasty and won’t burn at all. The kids love the little bear shapes and always remind me every day that they need their “On Guard Gummies”.
These little bears are so adorbs, I can hardly stand it. Thankfully, my kids are old enough to know that they only get one of these cute little dudes per day, so I don’t have to worry about them sneaking into the fridge to grab more. So if you have little littles, then may I suggest keeping them on a higher shelf in your fridge. Or at least in a container that may be more childproof.
The first thing you need to do is grab all your ingredients.
- On Guard Essential Oil (click here if you need to get some!)
- Lemon Essential Oil (here’s your quick link to get that, too!)
- Raw Honey (local to you is best)
- Unflavored Gelatin
- Steeped Tea (really, you can use any kind of tea you have, but one specifically for immune support would be best)
- Gummy Bear Mold (this is the one I use…I love it because it also comes with little droppers)
First things first. Combine honey and steeped tea in a pan over medium heat. You want it to be hot to the touch, but not boiling.
Remove from heat and slowly (emphasis on slow) add in your gelatin, whisking continually, so it doesn’t clump.
Then, add in your essential oils and stir to combine.
Place the molds on a cookie sheet (this will keep everything steady for transferring to the freezer). Using your dropper, fill each gummy bear mold with the gelatin mixture.
Set cookie sheet with molds in the freezer for 45-60 minutes. When the gummy bears have set, pop them out and store them in an airtight container in the fridge.
Immune Boosting Gummies
- Small Sauce Pan
- Gummy Bear Molds
- Cookie Sheet
- Dropper Tool
- 4-6 drops On Guard Essential Oil
- 4-6 drops Lemon Essential Oil
- 1/4 cup Raw Local Honey
- 1/3 cup Steeped Tea (I recommed a tea specifically for Immune support)
- 2 Tbsp Unflavored Gelatin
- In a sauce pan on medium heat, combine honey and steeped tea. Allow to heat up - should be hot to the touch, but not boiling.
- Remove from heat and slowly add in gelatin, whisking continually, to keep it from clumping, as it's naturally inclined to do.
- Add essential oils and stir to combine.
- Place gummy bear molds on a cookie sheet. Using your dropper tool, fill in as many molds as possible, with gelatin mixture.
- Place cookie sheet with molds in freezer and allow mixture to set for 45-60 minutes.