Pineapple is one of the strongest natural cough mixtures in Nature’s pharmacy. The bromelain is potent.
Pharmaceutical cough mixtures often contain terrible ingredients, that fix the cough but damage other areas of the body.
Next time you or a family member start hacking away, turn to pineapple first! Eating it or juicing it are equally effective but if your little munchkins are anything like mine, eating fresh pine or drinking the juice just isn’t going to happen! That is how the pineapple and rooibos tea jellies happened! All of the goodness, sneakily disguised in a tasty jelly sweet.
What you will need:
1-2 soft pineapples (enough to make 2 cups of pineapple juice)
1 cup of strong rooibos tea (or thyme tea if they have full blown cold or flu)
2 tbsp raw honey
2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
4 tbsp gelatine (plant based agar or normal gelatine both work)
Cut your pineapples into chunks (either you put them through the juicer now or use your fork to mash them through a sieve into a bowl. I prefer this method)
Make sure you juice enough to make up 2 cups!
In a jug, make up 1 cup of strong rooibos tea. Strain the tea.
In a saucepan, heat the pineapple juice and rooibos tea. Bring to the boil and add in the honey. Remove from the heat and stir the honey in. Once the honey is stirred in properly, add in the lemon juice and gelatin. Mix everything well. Put back on the stove and allow to simmer for 8-10 minutes. Continuously stirring.
I use the leftover pulp to make dried fruit roll (use a food dehydrator or bake slowly in the oven at 80degrees until you can lift a corner.)
Once the mixture on the stove has simmered for 8-10 minutes, remove from the heat and allow to cool enough to pour it over into your silicone molds.
Refrigerate for 3-4 hours and then remove them from their molds. Carefully. I massacre at least half the batch trying to get them out carefully. Something I am still working on getting right hahah
Store in an airtight container in the fridge.
Use as needed or as a daily treat to keep that immune system going strong.