I've explained before why I don't give my kids multivitamins, but these homemade gummy vitamins are certainly going to be an exception to that rule. ~Emily
We all need vitamins to survive, but because of bad farming practices, depleted soil, and poor diet, we usually don’t get enough.
There are all sorts of ways to get your daily dose in, but these homemade gummy vitamins are my favorite way to supplement a healthy diet. They’re fun and delicious, without the questionable ingredients found in many supplement bottles.
What makes homemade gummy vitamins better
Safer and more effective
Supplements that are consumed in a synthetic form not only offer no benefit to the body, but they can be harmful. When these isolated nutrients are ingested, the body scrambles to try and complete the missing puzzle pieces by drawing from nutrient stores in the body. (source)
Even organic gummy multivitamins are still made with synthetic and harmful ingredients. The herbs in this homemade gummy vitamin pose no known dangers and offer nutrition without side effects.
Better on the budget
It is possible to find completely natural and whole food supplements in a bottle, but cost can be prohibitive. Comparatively dried herbs are dirt cheap and you can even harvest plants like nettle and stevia from your own backyard.
These homemade gummy vitamins are extracted with a simple water infusion that uses the whole herb and offers better assimilation at a fraction of the cost.
I always envied the kids on the TV commercials with the gummy vitamins that tasted just like candy, but now I’d gladly pass on all the synthetic junk hiding under those happy little bears.
These homemade gummy vitamins, though, are kid friendly, full of natural goodness, and absolutely delicious! No one will tell the kids if you keep a few for yourself.
Homemade gummy vitamins ingredients
- 1 T. and 1 tsp. oatstraw – (contains silicon, magnesium, chromium, niacin & calcium
- 3 T. hibiscus flowers (contains chromium, manganese, selenium, silicon)
- 3 T. alfalfa (contains niacin, riboflavin, vitamin C)
- 2 T. nettle leaf (contains calcium, chromium, magnesium, zinc, iron)
- 1 T. stevia leaves (contains chromium, manganese, magnesium selenium, silicon, potassium)
- 3 T. rose hips (contains vitamin C, chromium, niacin, riboflavin, selenium)
- 2 cups filtered water
- 1 and ½ lemons, juiced (about ¼ cup)
- 1 T. raw honey
- 5 T. grassfed gelatin
- Fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth
- Silicone molds or an 8×8 glass baking dish
Homemade gummy vitamins method
- In a covered, medium-sized saucepan heat the water just until boiling. Turn the heat off, throw the herbs in and replace the pan lid. Let steep for 15 minutes.
- Strain the herbs from the infusion, really squeezing them to remove as much liquid as possible. Compost the herbs and let the infusion cool to room temperature.
- Add the honey and lemon juice. Measure the liquid and make sure there are 1.5 cups worth, add more water if necessary.
- Sprinkle the gelatin a tablespoon at a time onto the herbal infusion and whisk briskly to combine.
- Pour the homemade gummy vitamins into your molds and place in the freezer just until firm, about 10 minutes. You can also use a square baking dish and cut the finished product into even sized cubes.
How much nutrition is in these homemade gummy vitamins?
Daily vitamin and mineral content is given for each herb by weight, however I measured each of these out for you on my handy kitchen scale and figured out all the math. Lucky you. The total nutritional value of each nutrient in the batch is below.
- 427 mg calcium
- 0.27 mg chromium
- 41.4 mg vitamin C
- 0.33 mg selenium
- 0.2 mg silicon
- 127 mg magnesium
- 0.8 mg manganese
- 2.2 mg niacin
- 552 mg potassium
- 0.22 mg riboflavin
- 0.6 mg iron
- 8 mcg folate
As awesome as this collection of herbs is, it would simply be tea without the magical powers of gelatin.
Unlike the artificial stuff in a box, grass-fed gelatin is important for healthy nails, hair and skin. It also helps with gut health, bone strength and better brain function. You can read more about the amazing powers of gelatin here.
What about fat soluble vitamins?
Vitamins and minerals work as catalysts in the body for the everyday process of metabolism. Since our bodies can’t synthesize these materials, we need to get them from our food or supplements. Bioavailable fat soluble vitamins A, D, E K and K2 are found in animal foods and can be stored in the body for days or even months. The water soluble vitamins B and C however need to be replaced daily.
These homemade gummy vitamins are made with an infusion of herbs, so they’ll deliver a good source of water soluble vitamins as well as minerals. Of course you can’t ignore the fat soluble vitamins. Here are some of the best sources of fat soluble vitamins:
Vitamin A – cod liver oil (read more about cod liver oil here), beef liver capsules
Vitamin D – Sunshine! You can read about how to get vitamin D in winter here
Vitamin E – 1 tablespoon wheat germ oil is 100% of your daily value
Vitamin K – natto, raw kale and raw spinach. The greens can easily be thrown in a smoothie.
Does your family take vitamins?
Let us know in the comments below!
Jamie Larrison blogs at The Herbal Spoon. She has a passion for herbalism and aromatherapy and creates her own plant-based, safe for the whole family bodycare items at her shop, This & That Herbal. Learn more about Jamie here.