Back to School means Cold and Flu Season ~ Check out these tried and true home ice pop remedies that everyone will love!

Back to School, that time of year when cold and flu viruses will officially come a-knockin’!  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.

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:

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
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 cheese cloth or coffee filter. Let sit until mixture has slightly cooled. Pour into ice pop molds and freeze completely.

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! You can also try these elderberry ice pops, packed full of hydrating and immunity-boosting ingredients.
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
Directions: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.

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