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.
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.
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.
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.
Elderberry Popsicles for Sore Throats
- popsicle molds
- 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.