During this season of stuffy noses and sore throats, we created a soothing recipe for Elderberry Popsicles. This naturally sweetened popsicle is full of cold and flu fighting ingredients. We made this natural remedy into a popsicle to maximize its relief-giving potential and make it fun for kids to enjoy as well. 

popsicles with elderberry syrup

Fighting a Sore Throat through Elderberry

Black Elderberry can be cooked and turned into a syrup. This syrup is used to treat cold and flu symptoms through its many nutrients: antioxidants, vitamin A, potassium, vitamin C, and fiber. This syrup is a great addition to green smoothies, Smoothie Cubes with Elderberry Syrup, or taken by the spoonful once a day.

You can buy elderberry syrup at most drug stores nowadays. Just make sure to read the labels to see what they actual put into it and how much elderberry is actually in it. You can also make your own elderberry syrup for a fraction of the price.

In our Elderberry popsicles for sore throats, the syrup works with other natural ingredients to relieve cold symptoms and boost the immune system at the first signs of a cold, or even once the cold has already been caught. 

elderberry popsicle recipe for kids

Popsicle Ingredient Super Powers

This Elderberry popsicle recipe has a varsity list of ingredients, each chosen specifically for their flu-fighting powers. Drum roll please….

  • Echinacea: shortens the duration of a cold and reduces the odds of developing a cold.
  • Raw Honey: raw, local honey adds a load of antioxidants, as well as antimicrobial and antibacterial properties. Basically it provides energy and bacteria-fighting molecules to the body. It is also a natural soother for sore throats. (Check out this great article on raw vs. processed honey)
  • Fresh Orange Juice: contains vitamin C, a vitamin giant in combating sickness.
  • Fresh Lemon Juice: also full of vitamin C, because we can’t get enough.
  • Elderberry Syrup: antibacterial, anti inflammatory, and antioxidant properties that make it a great addition to any cold/flu fighting remedy.

Make my homemade Elderberry Syrup.

homemade elderberry syrup

Wellness Through Plants

Have we convinced you to make these pops and ease your sore throat? On top of the rawkstar ingredients in these popsicles, they are also naturally sweet (thanks, honey!), and a delicious treat.

‘Take your medicine’ never seemed like less of a chore. But seriously, we want to feel good and fuel our bodies, which includes medicinal fueling as well. My family no longer relies on over the counter or prescription medicine to help us. We stick to natural remedies that have proven to be effective in keeping us healthy year-round.

Because I believe that plants can heal, I have curated an arsenal of natural remedies. I will shout about them from the rooftops because I use them on my family and they work…plain and simple.

Access my free guide to all things natural and healing.

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Elderberry Popsicles for Sore Throats

We’ve taken our natural remedies a step further by adding black elderberry syrup to a soothing, vitamin C-rich mixture to make tasty popsicles for sore throats. Make these ahead of time so they are ready to grab at the first day of a sore throat.
Prep: 10 mins
Freezer Time: 6 hrs
Total: 6 hrs 10 mins
Author: Jen Hansard
Course: Natural Remedy, Snack
Cuisine: Healing, Plant-Based
Serves: 8 popsicles




  • Place tea bags in a large glass measuring cup or bowl. Pour boiling water over the bags. Allow to steep for 3-5 minutes, or as directed on package. Remove tea bags and gently press any liquid from the bags back into the cup or bowl. Allow to cool until it is still hot to the touch, but not too hot.
  • Stir in the raw honey and allow to dissolve. Add remaining ingredients and stir well.
  • Refrigerate until very cold. Stir again, then fill popsicle molds evenly. Freeze until firm – 3 to 4 hours, or overnight.
  • Enjoy one popsicle per day to boost immune system to prevent or soothe a cold or sore throat.


  • If you are new to elderberry or echinacea, consult your physician before consuming.
  • If you don’t have a popsicle mold, you can make these with paper cups and popsicle sticks as well. 
  • Juice whole lemons and oranges for the most nutrition + no added sugar. 
  • You may use another herbal or medicinal tea for your popsicles, yet I like to use echinacea as it is an ancient remedy for cold like symptoms. 


Calories: 47kcal, Carbohydrates: 13g, Protein: 0.4g, Fat: 0.2g, Saturated Fat: 0.1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1g, Sodium: 6mg, Potassium: 50mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 12g, Vitamin A: 52IU, Vitamin C: 13mg, Calcium: 14mg, Iron: 0.2mg
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About the Author

Jen Hansard

I went from exhausted mama to running across the Grand Canyon, riding & hiking to the top of the tallest waterfall in North America with my kids. How? I fell in love with the smoothies and plant-based meals you can find on my blog.

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    1. Hay Tamara! I’d try Amazon, they seem to have literally everything.

  1. I live in the south. It is rare for us to have the availability of elderberries. I would appreciate recipes for the more common berries as: blueberries, strawberries, maybe pineapple, etc.

    1. Hi Patti. This recipe expressly calls for elderberry syrup because black elderberry (sambucus nigra) is known for its immune-boosting properties. It can be cooked and turned into a syrup that is used to treat cold and flu symptoms through its many nutrients: antioxidants, vitamin A, potassium, and vitamin C. Elderberry syrup also has antibacterial and anti inflammatory properties, so it really packs a punch when you or a family member is feeling under the weather.

      As we point out above, you can buy elderberry syrup at most drug stores nowadays. Just make sure to read the labels to see what they put into the syrup and how much elderberry is actually in it. You can also make your own elderberry syrup for a fraction of the price. We have the recipe for that here: https://simplegreensmoothies.com/elderberry-syrup. If you plan to make the syrup yourself, we recommend buying elderberries from Mountain Rose Herbs (https://mountainroseherbs.com/elder-berries) and if you are having trouble finding elderberry syrup at your local drug store or specialty grocery store, Mountain Rose Herbs also sells syrup (https://mountainroseherbs.com/elder-berry-syrup).

      As far as recipes that contain other types of berries (or other fruits, such as pineapple 😉 ), we have TONS of awesome recipes. If you’re looking for popsicle recipes specifically, you can copy + paste this into your browser: https://simplegreensmoothies.com/?s=popsicles. But also know that if there is any smoothie recipe you love, you can definitely pour it into popsicle sleeves or molds and simply turn it from a smoothie into a popsicle. If it’s berry recipes you’re looking for, you can find those here (https://simplegreensmoothies.com/?s=berry) or just click on the recipe tab at the top of the page and type whatever fruit you have on hand into the Search bar. Happy blending! 🙂

    1. Hi Amber! The recipe calls for 4 fluid ounces of elderberry syrup, which equals 1/2 cup. We apologize for the confusion, the recipe has been updated. Thank you for bringing this to our attention! 🙂

  2. 5 stars
    I am new to simple green smoothies! It is about time that I start to take better care of myself. And, what a fantastic way to start taking care of myself with simple green smoothies! I’m super excited to make the elderberry popsicles. Some of the ingredients, I’ve never heard of. I’m sure the taste is delicious!

    1. Way to take charge of your own health, Jamie! Check out the recipe for links to most of the ingredients (the ones you haven’t heard of, you can purchase online). You’re going to love the pops. You got this!!

  3. 5 stars
    I forgot to mention this recipe also looks good. It’s definitely cold and flu season at work and home and I don’t want to get sick!

  4. Thanks for publishing this. My daughters been sick for about a month and maybe this will help cure her.

  5. Popsicles as medicine is a genius idea! Definitely going to try this when my babe gets a bit older.

    1. They are a great natural remedy for the little ones!

  6. 5 stars
    All right, I haven’t technically made these popsicles yet but based on the recipe above… I can tell they will be a winner! Raw honey, elderberry, lemon juice, orange juice… come on! It’s got all the thing that’ll boost the immune system and heal the throat. Super excited to make these once I get popsicle order arrives ( I just placed it… I couldn’t wait).

    1. A healthy house in the winter is a challenge but def not impossible! Hoping your family loved the pops!