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Flu Busting Citrus and Turmeric Gummies

I have been nursing a rubbish bug for a little while now – when I first got ill I made these awesome gummies and ate the lot and I seemed to feel better within a few days. Almost a week later and I have gotten ill again so now I’m determined to cook up another batch! These are the most gorgeous tasting little powerhouses that certainly pack a punch – you can alter the levels of ginger and tumeric to your tastes accordingly but be aware that the gummies will lose their super powers. Having said that though my two year old Anya totally gobbled these up whilst making quite a few faces saying “Too spicy.”! So if my two year old can handles these so can you.

Gelatin is a brilliant source of amino acids that aid in joint health, muscle synthesis and even at boosting your mood. Using grass-fed gelatin is an absolute must as you need to avoid any pesticide or heavy metal contamination. You’ll also be pleased to know that grass-fed gelatin will do your skin a whole host of good – the two amino acids proline and glycine boost the production of collagen which will help to ‘smoothe out’ your skin. Gelatin can also help to protect your skin from the sun so if you’re in your 30’s like me and want to fight the battle against ageing, make gelatin your best friend!

The turmeric acts as an analgesic and anti-inflammatory – turmeric contains the powerful anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory known as ‘curcumin’. Curcumin can be used to help combat depression, Alzheimers, and even arthiritis. Although the levels of curcumin are fairly low in turmeric it is still beneficial to consume but it’s important to add in something like black pepper or root ginger in order to aid in the absorption of curcumin into the bloodstream. That’s not the only reason I added in root ginger though – root ginger has anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant purposes.

I added in some raw honey as it is healing, antibacterial, antimicrobial, and it also helps to counteract the bitterness of the turmeric and the fire of the ginger. So as you can see these gummies really will do you a whole world of good whilst you’re ill and also can be used as a general immune booster. If you’ve got more of a nasty cough then you’ll want to try out my Herbal Blackcurrant Cough Syrup in addition to the gummies.

This recipe will require you to have a little chocolate mould (or two in this case) and also a small silicone chocolate pouring jug – believe me one of these is a life saver!

Flu Busting Citrus and Turmeric Gummies
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Heal your gut and reap the anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and antioxidant benefits of these Flu Busting Citrus and Turmeric Gummies.
Recipe type: Snack
Serves: 30
  1. Start by placing ½ cup of warm water in a bowl along with your gelatin to create your gelatin ‘bloom’. Leave to sit for 5-10 minutes.
  2. Using a juicer juice your orange, lemon, lime, and root ginger. If you don't own a juicer then juice the fruits by hand and finely grate the root ginger.
  3. In a small saucepan add your remaining ½ cup warm water, turmeric, licorice powder, and Himalayan pink salt. If you haven't got a juicer and grated your root ginger be sure to add that in now. Bring the mixture to the boil and reduce to the lowest heat.
  4. If using grated root ginger make sure that you strain out the liquid before this step to remove the ginger. Stir/whisk in your gelatin bloom until it becomes thin and the ingredients have fully combined. This will take about 5-10 minutes.
  5. Remove from the heat and stir in your fruit and ginger juice (if using a juicer). Next stir in your raw honey until fully dissolved.
  6. Pour into your silicone moulds and place into the fridge. Leave to set for 1-2 hours until firm!
  7. Remove the gummies and store in an airtight container within the fridge.
* Prep time includes a 1-2 hour setting time, the prep itself is just 10 mins.
** Please note that all cup measurements used are British cups and equal to 250ml.
*** This recipe will requires a chocolate mould (or two in this case) and small silicone chocolate pouring jug


Treat yourself to some caveman friendly goodies today!

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  • Reply
    18th October 2015 at 2:50 am

    You should add some coconut oil into these and elderberry syrup. The two are known to fight flu virus. Other than that these are perfect though!

    Can’t wait to try

    • Reply
      18th October 2015 at 2:22 pm

      Hi Nicole,

      Thank you for your comment. Yes I like to make an elderberry syrup up in flu season but haven’t had any elderberries in stock. I wanted to make something a little different from the norm and I can assure you that all of the ingredients will fight the flu just as well (if not better) than elderberries and coconut.

      Glad you like the recipe! Thanks for stopping by.

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    Emily @ Recipes to Nourish
    31st October 2015 at 6:22 pm

    Love these! Such a great idea! Pinned and sharing.

    • Reply
      16th November 2015 at 7:15 pm

      Hey Emily,

      Thank you ever so much for your comment – as you can see I am like the most useless person ever at replying to comments. I’m so glad that you love my recipe thank you. xx

  • Reply
    20th December 2015 at 4:53 pm

    This recipe looks amazing. I cannot wait to try them (although hopefully I won’t have to )
    One question. How long will they stay in the refrigerator before going bad?

    • Reply
      21st December 2015 at 10:23 pm

      Hi Kelly, thanks for your comment 🙂 I would say that they would last about a week max and be at their best for around 3-4 days! You can make these to prevent illness too let me know if you need anymore help!

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    12th January 2018 at 12:00 am

    How many a day should you eat? For adults and children
    Does it matter lol?

    • Reply
      18th February 2018 at 10:49 am

      Hey Ben – super sorry for the late reply (I’ve still got comments to reply to from last year ) and thanks for your question! I’d say it probably doesn’t matter for adults but don’t give these to kids below the age of 1 as they’re at risk of botulism due to the raw honey. Other than that they might find the ginger juice way too spicy! So start really young ones (2-5 yrs) on like a quarter of a gummy and see what happens. The last thing I want is to make your little ones scream the house down ha! You could also omit the ginger juice altogether or just reduce it. I used to give them to Anya (she was 2) and she loved them. As for older kids and adults I’d say 3-5 gummies a day because gelatine can make you poop and you want to reduce sugar intake when you’re ill as it feeds bacteria and bugs! I hope this makes sense and wish you all the best

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    1st February 2018 at 12:57 am

    Can these be made without licorice powder?

    • Reply
      18th February 2018 at 10:38 am

      Hi Nicole, so sorry for the super late reply! They most definitely can but they just won’t pack as much of a punch when it comes to soothing a cough

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    26th March 2018 at 8:56 am

    Can these be made with a bit of oil? I’m not sure if oil and gelatine mix. Just that turmeric needs fat to get the best benefit from it.

    • Reply
      26th March 2018 at 10:46 am

      Hi Linda, so long as you include black pepper and ginger root you shouldn’t have to worry about the bioavailability – they serve the same purpose as oil. You could use up to 1/4 cup coconut oil if you still wish!

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