You Voted For It: Sniffle-Busting Elderflower Popsicles!

Getting your kids to have herbal medicine isn't always easy; let's face it they're not always delicious. But elderflower is an exception – I gave it to a friend once, and when I went to his place two months later he was brewing a pot. I asked if he was sick again and his response was "no, but I'm addicted!". It dries up the sinuses so is perfect for whenever you have a runny nose from hayfever, or the sniffles from a cold. Making it in to an icey treat just makes it more fun! This recipe gives you the amounts for a single serve, but make up as many as you want and keep them in the freezer for when you need them.

What you'll need:

1 or 2 fresh umbels per popsicle (the 'clusters' of fresh flowers. Try to pick them just as they've opened.) or 1 heaped teaspoon of dried elderflower tea.

- 1/4 lemon per popsicle

- Filtered water

- Manuka honey, to taste

- Optional: a few fresh or frozen blueberries (and/or strawberries) for fun.

How to make it:

This recipe is so easy-peasy to make! Simply brew an infusion (tea), multiplying the ingredients by whatever number of popsicle moulds you have. Allow to steep for 8-10 minutes, covered, then squeeze the fresh lemon juice in, and stir through the honey. Pour in to your moulds and add the fruit if you wish. Pop them in the freezer and use them as need! It's easy to get the kids to take their medicine this way.

Wishing you all a safe and happy Christmas, and looking forward to continuing the herb-nerdiness in the new year.

- Reece.