Winter has come in with a roar this week here in MI! We already have a foot of snow and my boys are ecstatic to go play in it. (They think the snow plow only comes to make hills for them, not for the purpose being able to get out of our yard!)
I decided to spend the week preparing for winter in the kitchen. I managed to make a gallon of beef broth, a gallon of chicken broth, a quart of elderberry syrup, a batch of elderberry gummies and a quart of DIY herbal vitamin C syrup. Having all this on hand makes it easy to keep us healthy during the winter months..
Vitamin C is an important vitamin to our bodies, especially during germ season. My favorite form happens to be herbs because it makes it easy for the body to use . Plus, there are so many ways to make those herbs taste yummy.
(affiliate links) I use a variety of herbs, really, whatever I have on hand. But some of my favorites are hibiscus, rose hips and acerola cherry. (You can find these herbs at Mountain Rose Herbs as well, an affiliate partern)
I use local, raw honey, but I know that not everyone has access. But, you can find some, (affiliate link) here.
I use the juice of a lemon, but an orange will work in a pinch, it just gives it a boost of extra C!
- 1 cup vitamin C rich herbs
- 2 cups water
- Juice from a whole lemon (or orange)
- ¼ cup powdered rose hips or camu camu powder
- Raw honey to taste
- Simmer the herbs in water for 30 minutes (just a light simmer, not hard boiling)
- Strain and let cool until room temperature
- Add lemon juice and powdered
- Add honey to taste. This can range depending on how sour your kids like things.
As far as serving size, I try to do a tablespoon a day, but I will up that if we have been exposed to illness or are showing signs of being sick.
What are your favorite ways to get vitamin C in?
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