Is a good night’s sleep a rarity for you? These sleep-promoting kudzu cherry gummies may help.
Chewy, addictive gummies made with completely natural ingredients, these are super easy to make. Plus, the recipe can be doubled or tripled to stock up.
Keep these on hand and eat a couple of gummies per day to aid in restorative sleep.
What is Kudzu?
The kudzu root (also known as kuzu), a plant native to Southeast Asia, has long been used for its medicinal properties. High in complex starch, it is often used to promote digestion and heal ailments like nausea, bloating, and acid reflux.
The kudzu root naturally contains high levels of puerarin, the flavonoid which aids in stabilizing blood sugar, the reduction of high blood pressure, and releases muscle tension. All of these benefits can help lead to better quality of sleep.
Why We Add Tart Cherry Juice
Cherries boast antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. In particular, tart cherries are one of the few food sources of melatonin, a hormone that regulates our sleep cycles.
Adding tart cherry juice to this recipe doubles the potency of these sleepytime gummies.
I find that using a silicone mold gives me the best results when making gummies as it’s flexible and easy to manipulate. However, if you don’t have a silicone mold, you can simply pour the gelatin mixture into a slightly-greased glass baking dish. Once firm, slice the jelly into bite-sized squares.
- 2 ½ cups organic tart cherry juice
- ½ cup unflavored grass-fed gelatin powder
- 2 tablespoon kudzu powder
- ¼ cup raw honey
- Pour tart cherry juice into a large pan.
- Gradually mix in the grass-fed gelatin powder and let it hydrate.
- Turn on the heat to medium and whisk the mixture as it warms up, until gelatin has dissolved.
- Add the kudzu powder and honey until everything is completely dissolved.
- Pour mixture into the silicone mold. Chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours until firm and solid.
- Remove gummies from mold and keep refrigerated in an airtight container.
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Wong, Ka H, et al. “Kudzu Root: Traditional Uses and Potential Medicinal Benefits in Diabetes and Cardiovascular Diseases.” Journal of Ethnopharmacology, U.S. National Library of Medicine, 12 Apr. 2011.