Hi everyone! We have a sick toddler in the house and there’s not a lot that can be given to little ones to help with the cold and flu bugs. I made tea for him but that didn’t go over well so I found another solution and thought it might work for you too! Really simple with some options for variation. This would be great for allergies too – and it’s adult safe (and effective) as well 😁.
Consider these additions to your honey lemon lollipops or “cough” drops:
Nettle – Per herbwisdom.com: It has been used for centuries to treat allergy symptoms, particularly hayfever which is the most common allergy problem. It contains biologically active compounds that reduce inflammation. Dr. Andrew Wiel M.D. author of Natural Health/ Natural Medicine says he knows of nothing more effective than nettle for allergy relief. Nettle has been studied extensively and has shown promise in treating Alzheimer’s disease, arthritis, asthma, bladder infections, bronchitis, bursitis, gingivitis, gout, hives, kidney stones, laryngitis, multiple sclerosis, PMS, prostate enlargement, sciatica, and tendinitis! Externally it has been used to improve the appearance of the hair, and is said to be a remedy against oily hair and dandruff.
Elderberry is a bit more commonly known for its immune support properties. I buy mine dried in bulk from a local health food store.
Again from herbwisdom.com: Used for its antioxidant activity to lower cholesterol, improve vision, boost the immune system, improve heart health and for coughs, colds, flu, bacterial and viral infections and tonsillitis. Bioflavonoids and other proteins in the juice destroy the ability of cold and flu viruses to infect a cell.
Alright, have fun making this easy treat for anyone who’s under the weather or suffering from allergies!
Honey Lemon Cold Pops
- Honey, preferably local
- A lemon
- Lollipop sticks or popsicle sticks
- Parchment or wax paper (or other non-stick surface)
- Nettle (herb)
**For ease of clean up, put herbs in a disposable tea bag/muslin bag if you have one or in a tea infuser and steep in the honey, discard herbs from honey once you turn off the heat. I’d suggest putting them in HOT water if you’re using a tea infuser to get the honey off before it hardens.
Determine how large of a batch you want to make, and pour honey into a sauce pan. I used around a cup. I also steeped nettle and elderberry in the hot honey for the duration, probably a tablespoon each.
In a small sauce pan, heat honey to a soft boil. Stir often. It took me about 35 minutes to get the honey to the right consistency. I noticed a change in the smell and it was ready. To test it out, have a shallow bowl of ice barely covered with water and take a small bit of the hot honey and drop in. If it hardens, you’re good to go. If it’s chewy, keep boiling. I have read that the honey needs to get to 300 degrees though I don’t have a candy thermometer so I used the ice test.
Take some parchment or wax paper and tape your lollipop sticks to the paper (keeps them from rolling). Then once the honey is ready, use a spoon or small ladle to pour the honey over the top of the stick. Make it any shape you’d like! There are lollipop mold that you can buy, if you’d prefer more uniform Cold Pops. You could also forget the stick and make “cough” drops.
Here are my not-perfect-but-yummy pops:
My toddler is SUPER picky with his food and drink and he loved these. I hope you and yours do as well!
Be sure to only give these to children above the age of 12 months as infants should not be given honey due to the risk of botulism.
Please note this post and site is intended for informational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or treat illinesses. Consult with a physician before using if pregnant or nursing.