When I think back to the first 4+ months of my pregnancy, boy did I feel nauseous all day, everyday. I had to keep my belly full, but I couldn't actually eat anything healthy. It was quick sugar to stave off hunger and simple carbs to fill me up.
I wish I thought to make myself ginger gelatin gummies. They go down smoothly, are a healthy snack, and tastefully deliver plants to help when you are feeling woozy.
Have you ever heard of antiemetic? It means the plant has properties to relieve nausea and vomiting.
One of ginger's greatest gifts is to allay nausea. I believe every one of my herb books made the reference! It warms and stimulates digestion, making your belly more open to and relaxed for food while processing it more efficiently. Ginger also has antispasmodic properties to support stomach cramping which may accompany your queasiness.
Fennel stimulates digestion and helps balance stomach acid. Chamomile aids in calming the digestive tract.
The protein in gelatin is key when you may have an aversion to eating meat. Honey offers a sweeter taste and a boost of energy.
These gummies can be used for any kind of nausea including that induced by morning sickness, motion sickness, food poisoning, chemotherapy, and cold or flu.
M A K E
I N G R E D I E N T S
2 tsp dried ginger pieces
1 tsp fennel seeds
2 tsp chamomile
1 tbsp honey
1 tbsp gelatin powder
M A T E R I A L S
In a pot, simmer ginger and fennel with 1 cup of water for 15 minutes.
Turn off heat.
Add chamomile to the pot and allow to steep for 10 minutes.
While the tea is still warm, add honey and mix to dissolve.
Add gelation by slowly, immediately whisking it so it dissolves rather than clumps.
Place silicone mold on a cookie sheet.
Quickly fill your silicone mold shapes before mixture begins to firm up.
Put into the refrigerator to set, approximately 30 minutes.
Pop out of molds. Store in container in the refrigerator for one week.
N O T E S
*Recipe makes 12 gummies when portioning out by the tablespoon.
*If you like it spicy, add another 1tsp of ginger.
*Putting the silicone mold on a cookie sheet allows for easy transfer in and out of the fridge.
*To smoothly clean dishes, rinse with really warm water as it will dissolve the gelatin mixture.
*For morning sickness, use in the short term by trying small, frequent bites. Ginger could become irritating so pregnant women should use caution and take breaks.
*For other nausea, it could be taken up to an hour before an occasion that may cause ill feelings.
*Herbalist Robin Rose Bennett suggests taking a ginger foot bath if you cannot keep food or drink down.
*This isn't a panacea. Ginger isn't effective for every one every day. That doesn't mean it won't help you some days or that herbs aren't working for you. Connect with a clinical herbalist to guide you.
Pregnant and breastfeeding women should always speak to health care provider before taking herbal preparations. For educational purposes only. Not intended for medical advice. Always consult your physician.