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Make Your Own Immune-Boosting Ice Pops

These frozen treats are perfect during cold and flu season to help soothe sore throats, hydrate, and boost immunity. Try these easy recipes!

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 or you just want a boost of immunity at any time:

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!

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Elderberry Immune-Boosting Ice Pops

Course Dessert
Cuisine American

Ingredients
  

Or try this recipe:

  • 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 raw honey

Instructions
 

  • Directions:
    Mix the orange juice with coconut water. Blend the rest of the ingredients in a blender or food processor, then add in the coconut water and orange juice mixture. Pour into ice pop molds, freeze, and enjoy.
Keyword elderberry lollipops, immune boosting popsicles
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Throat-Soothing Ice Pops

Throat-Soothing Ice Pops

Course Dessert
Cuisine American

Ingredients
  

  • 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

Instructions
 

  • Directions:
    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.
Keyword best popsicles for sore throat, medicated popsicles for toddlers
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Natalie LaVolpe is a freelance writer and former special education teacher. She is dedicated to healthy living through body and mind. She currently resides on Long Island, New York, with her husband, children and dog.

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Kay

If your talking any kind of medications be careful ask your doctor first.

Sarah Pace

I also have eczema, and after reading about elderberry, decided against using it because I was afraid of it causing a problem since eczema is an autoimmune condition.

lillian hurley

hi, my husband and I broke out with eczema. don’t know if it was from some other ingredients. wanted to be safe from the flu.

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