Immune-Boosting Ice Pops For Cold and Flu Season
It’s that time of year—cold and flu viruses have officially come a-knockin’ and they are making their regular rounds. When over-the-counter remedies don’t alleviate symptoms, ice pops are a great alternative for soothing sore throats, boosting your immunity, and hydrating your depleted body. And good news: You can use just about anything for ice pop molds.
Why Ice Pops Are A Great Alternative
Ice pops can be made from classic cold-battling ingredients. They can help to reduce the swelling of a sore and raw throat (think of it like putting an ice pack on a sprained ankle), and they’re an easy way to keep the patient hydrated.
Whip up a batch of these throat-soothing ice pops the next time you or a loved one is battling a cold or flu:
Elderberry Immune-Boosting Ice Pops
Elderberries are a popular remedy for fighting off the cold and flu. Their antiviral properties pack a powerful punch for your immune system support. When combined with the antibacterial properties of honey, elderberries make the perfect immunity booster. For a quick elderberry ice pop, simply mix a tablespoon of pre-made elderberry syrup (you can find it at most health food stores or online) with a cup of lemonade. Freeze and enjoy!
10 oz. coconut water
2 large oranges, juiced (should make about 5 oz.)
1 ½ cups tart cherries (frozen work well)
¼ cup raw cranberries
1 teaspoon raw ginger, minced
1 tablespoon Elderberry syrup
1 ½ tablespoons of raw honey
Mix the orange juice with coconut water. Blend the rest of the ingredients in a blender or food processor, adding enough of the liquid to blend well. Once everything is fully blended, add everything together. Pour into ice pop molds, freeze, and enjoy.
Throat Soothing Ice Pops
3 ½ cups water
1-inch piece of ginger, peeled and grated with a microplane
2/3 cup of honey
5 tablespoon lemon (or orange) juice
2 chamomile tea bags
In a heat-proof bowl or pot, mix together the lemon juice, ginger, honey, and tea bags. Pour boiling water over the top and let steep for 10 minutes. Remove tea bags and strain through cheesecloth or coffee filter. Let sit until mixture has slightly cooled. Pour into ice pop molds and freeze completely.