Cold and sweet. Popsicles are a sure way to get littles to take their tea. When my girl wouldn't drink her fever tea while sick, I added honey and froze it in molds. Instantly they became a treat instead of something to get down! Now I am turning her immune tea blend into popsicles that she actually requests.
Elderberries are a well known antiviral, helping to inhibit influenza. It aids in lessening the severity and duration of a cold or flu. It can help with sore throats and coughs due to its astringent properties and with general chest and ear congestion. It's also a mild laxative which can help kiddos who get constipated when ill.
Rose hips are high in antioxidants and adds more vitamin C.
Astragalus has immune modulating properties that are known to stimulate the immune system. Swap out for Echinacea if you make these while in an acute illness phase.
Tulsi is an antimicrobial herb that aids in coughs, sore throats and fevers. Plus it adds a yummy, floral back note.
Ginger and Cinnamon add warmth to this cold treat. They are both antimicrobials that help fight illness.
M A K E
2 1/2 c water 2 tbsp elderberries
1 tbsp rose hips
2 sticks astragalus
1 tbsp tulsi
1 cinnamon stick
1/2 tsp ginger root
1 star anise
3 tbsp honey
Add water, elderberries, rose hips and astragalus to a saucepan. Bring to a simmer and steep for 30 minutes.
Turn off heat. Add tulsi, cinnamon, ginger, star anise and honey to the pan. Place a cover over the pan. Steep for 20 minutes.
Pour into popsicle molds.
Freeze overnight or until fully solid.
N O T E S
*Makes four 1/2 c popsicles.
*These popsicles are icy and have a bit less body than those that are dairy based. I limit dairy when ill, but you could choose to add milk of choice.
*Don't have any popsicle sticks? Use spoons or chopsticks.
For educational purposes only. Not intended for medical advice. Always consult your physician.
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