How To Make Herbal Tea Jello and Why You Want To
I have a confession…
With this pregnancy, I can’t stop eating jello.
Wiggly, giggly, fruity homemade jello (or technically “gelatin dessert”) full of healing, nutrient-dense ingredients.
Herbal tea jello is where it’s at.
If you’re not familiar with the healing benefits of gelatin, it’s a true superfood when combined with herbal teas.
I dealt with debilitating nausea from gestational weeks 6-8 (I’m currently 9 weeks), and my daughter and I were in survival mode while Daddy was at work all day. Her diet lacked nutrition, and I was very happy to have an easy way to get extra nutrients into both of us.
This is also the most kid-friendly way I know of administering herbal remedies. I love being the ‘good mom’ when it comes to medicine.
Here you go, sweet pea. Just have some jello and rest.
Score one for Mom.
Health Benefits of Gelatin —
- beneficial in healing bones
- helps to rebuild joints
- can help reduce chronic inflammation
- digestive aid
- instrumental in reversing leaky gut
- increases blood sugar control
- staves off sugar cravings
- increases skin elasticity to prevent or reverse wrinkles
- strengthens hair and nails
- beneficial in healing cavities
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Health Benefits of 7 Common Herbal Teas
There are many herbs useful in making herbal tea jello, but these are some of the most common herbs used in tea making and home remedies.
Peppermint (Mentha piperata)- aids in digestion, expels intestinal gas, good for colic, nausea, and stomach disorders
Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla) – calming to the nervous system, good for indigestion and stomach disorders
Red Raspberry Leaf (Rubus idaeus) – corrects diarrhea, tones the uterus and assists in contractions during birth, used with children for flu, diarrhea, and vomiting, relieves and prevents pregnancy-induced nausea
Rose Hips (Rosa canina) – a top source of dietary Vitamin C, enhances gall bladder function, aids in exhaustion
Nettle (Urtica dioica) – rich in nutrients, prevents and reverses hair loss, diuretic, useful for nosebleeds and eczema
Hibiscus (Hibiscus sabdariffa) – calms the nervous system (used by Egyptians for calming heart and nerve spasms), reported to lower blood pressure, most often used for tart flavor and deep pink color
Ginger (Zingiber officinale) – increases circulation, promotes perspiration to aid in fever, expels intestinal gas, good for indigestion and nausea
4 Favorite Herbal Tea Blends
Golden Milk (Anti-Inflammatory Turmeric Tea)
When I got my review copy of The Gelatin Secret, I let it sit and gather dust in my inbox for weeks. It sounded good, but what did I need a book about gelatin for? Wrong.
Much of the book focuses on health conditions and how collagen and its individual components can benefit and help to reverse many chronic health conditions.
I picked it up 2 weeks ago when the pregnancy-induced nausea (“morning sickness” HA!) and cravings started.
I was looking for an herbal tea jello recipe for my poor irritated and inflamed stomach.
I started reading the book and was hooked. I now want to send a copy to all of my clients.
You can learn how to use collagen in the form of gelatin (homemade or purchased) to help reverse —
- Multiple allergies
- Food sensitivities
- Joint and mobility pain
- Chronic abdominal pain
- Abdominal tenderness
- Painful bowel movements
- Acne and blemishes
- Dull and fragile hair
- Tooth decay
- Brittle nails
- Stomach cramps
- Hormones imbalanced
- Out of control appetite
- Rollercoaster weight gain
- Stress-induced insomnia
- Wrinkles and stretch marks
- Bloating and constipation
- Anxiety and fatigue
The two main amino acids which make up collagen are glycine and proline and they are also found in real gelatin. Neither of these amino acids is considered “essential” because the body is capable of making them on their own. The term “non essential” is misleading though.
First off, these two amino acids do have essential roles in the body. It takes about 1000 amino acids to make one collagen protein in our bodies. About 33% of these amino acids are glycine, which are remarkably adept at forming tight chains.
(p 15, The Gelatin Secret)
- 3 cups hibiscus tea
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- 1/4 cup maple syrup (preferably organic grade B)
- 3 Tablespoons gelatin (get it here)
- Brew hibiscus tea
- Pour all ingredients (excluding gelatin) into a pot
- Heat on medium until warm, then turn down to low
- Use an immersion blender to mix ingredients
- Add gelatin and mix well with the immersion blender
- Pour into a pan or jello mold
- Let cool
- Place in fridge for 2 hours
You can use it as a base for all medicinal jellos and adjust the sweetener to taste. I substitute the lemon juice for a fruit juice or more tea for those allergic to citrus.
1 teaspoon of gelatin to 1 cup of liquid makes a looser jello for spooning.
1 tablespoon of gelatin to 1 cup of liquid makes a more firm jello that can be cut with a cookie cutter and eaten by hand.
Jennifer Nervo is a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, Reiki Master Practitioner & teacher, and Aromatherapist. Her focus is on digestive, nervous, and immune system dysfunction and the fields of functional nutrition & psychoneuroimmunology. She works with all conditions and diseases including environmental and food allergies, autoimmune diseases, multiple chemical sensitivity, diabetes, eczema, anxiety, weight loss as a symptom of dis-ease, and gut-brain disorders like autism.
When she’s not herding her small troupe of monkeys or seeing clients, her free time is packed with researching and perfecting new wellness techniques (her not-so-secret passion). Jennifer is currently a group leader for the newest class of Nutritional Therapy Practitioners out of Ann Arbor, MI, studying for the national board exam in holistic nutrition, and running a combined distance and brick and mortar practice in metro Detroit. She’s also a homeschooling suburbanite, foodie, and mama to two littles and a schnoodle.