Do you take a vitamin C supplement each day? Do you REALLY know what is in that vitamin C or how much real fruit is in there? Hmmm… if you are like most of us, the answer is probably a big fat no.
While I do know medicinal plants, I do not really know the full scoop of vitamin supplements. Could be because I prefer to take my vitamins in its natural state – FOOD! We need vitamin C, especially this time of year to support our immune system. My husband must have vitamin C for his arthritis. My mom told me that years ago, many years ago and I kind of poo pooed it. Well yes it is a fact vitamin C will help alleviate arthritic symptoms. I didn’t know better back then. :)
After talking to my herbal teacher and friend, she informed me the brand we had was no good – it was Sundowners Naturals 500mg. Oh no! This is what she said “That is not very good quality Vitamin C nor is it a good type. You want Vitamin C with bioflavanoids, time released. Dosage to reduce inflammation, given his weight, should be about 2,000 mg twice a day. Now too much vitamin C can cause diarrhea so start with 500 mg twice a day and increase by 500 mg every two days till he is taking 2,000 2x/day. ”
I was lost at the health food store with all of the choices so that night up came the post from Learning Herbs for a recipe “How to Make Your Own Vitamin C Pills”. Perfect!
Here is the original post from them if you would like to check it out – HERE. Learning Herbs is a wonderful resource.
The recipe uses Rose Hips, Acerola, Amla, Honey and Orange Peel Powder.
I had no idea what Acerola and Amla were so I investigated further. They are fruits just like the rest, we can’t possibly know every fruit in the world, right? :D
Here is a bit about each fruit:
Rose hips(Rosa rugosa) are the fruit that appears after the roses are finished flowering. Do not use the hips from Knockout roses, you need the Rosa Rugosa species. I know this from experience but with the roses because I decided I wanted a rose infused lotion and use the knockout roses to infuse my water – yucko. Not a nice smell – at – all. Rose hips are very high in vitamin C
Acerola(Malpighia emarginata) FROM *Mountain Rose Herbs – *Acerola is a fast growing bushy shrub or small tree with small pink and white flowers. The fruits are round and ovoid with three lobes, and are said to have a pleasant, tart taste. They are bright red when ripe, and come to maturity approximately 25 days after the first buds appear. The fruit of the acerola is the richest known source of natural vitamin C in the world. They are usually picked when still green, because in this state they have almost twice as much vitamin C as when fully ripened. Known as extremely high in vitamin C and antioxidants, acerola fruit is also high in iron, calcium, beta carotenes and phosphorus.
By the way I read that IF you have an allergy to latex, you COULD possibly have an allergy to Acerola – be forewarned.
***I found the above Amla info although I do NOT know anything about the company associated with the picture***
Amla(Phyllanthus emblica) or Indian Gooseberry is a green berry that has a sour, bitter and astringent taste. High in vitamin C.
The Orange Peel Powder is optional to roll your little pills in, it is good so don’t leave it out. :) AND Honey – well it is HONEY!!! Just make sure it is raw. Here is the recipe:
Recipe For Vitamin C Pills
1 Tablespoon Rosehip Powder
1 Tablespoon Amla Powder
1 Tablespoon Acerola Powder
1-2 Tablespoons of honey – maybe more
About 1 Tablespoon Orange Peel Powder
this recipe is so easy, the longest part of it is rolling the little pills. Enlist the family and you’ll be done in no time.
I had to use my coffee grinder for two of the ingredients – the orange peels and the rosehips. Easy to grind – probably could have gotten the orange peels finer.
Measure out all of the ingredients: I doubled the recipe.
Take the honey and warm it a bit on the stove just to make mixing easier and I believe it helps it blend more. Pour honey, a little at a time, over the powders and mix well. If you need more honey just add a tiny bit at a time so you don’t have to add more powders.
Next take pea sized portions and squish them together, I found this easier than rolling although maybe more honey would help?
Drop them into the bowl with the orange peel powder and toss to coat.
Continue until they are all done. One batch will make approximately 45 pills, I made 90 since I doubled the batch, actually I stopped counting after 65. :D
Put them in a jar and store them in a cool, dry place. Eat 1-3 per day. More than that may cause you to visit the bathroom a bit too much!!! We are starting with 2 per day. I like the taste, my hubby does not but he eats it. I THINK I will lower the portion of Amla next time and see if it makes a difference.
Enjoy your day today!
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