We’ve all been there. Nose dripping, head spinning and a fever that’s so hard to bear. Colds and flu are kind of like a birthday, it happens once a year but with a lot less cake and a lot more mucous. But there’s no reason to suffer, there’s lots of things you can do to feel better quicker, including my echinacea root ice pops that really are one of the best recipes to help with cold symptoms I’ve ever found. But can natural remedies really help? Lets take a look.
Most doctors will tell you that rest, staying hydrated and plenty of chicken soup is usually the answer. But why not try my absolutely fabulous cure for colds and flu! Okay, so it’s not going to outright cure you. That’s pretty much impossible. But it can definitely help speed up your recovery and really is one of my favorite natural recipes and definitely my best cold soother!
My chilli and ginger ice pops with echinacea root are a lot cold, a little spicy and everything your body needs to fight off seasonal viruses. They taste pretty good too, and also damn easy to make. You can keep them in the fridge for as long as 6 months. This is great, considering I live in a household where sickness comes and goes from person to person. A couple of batches usually last me through the fall/winter months.
What’s In My Ice Pops!
- Echinacea root has been clinically proven to boost the immune system and reduce the lengths of colds and flu. A study by the University of Connecticut found that echinacea could reduce your chances of catching a cold by up to 58%, and reduce the length of a cold by 1.5 days. For a plant you can buy quite cheaply on amazon, I think that’s just amazing.
- Chilli is surprisingly great at decongesting as well as getting rid of that tell tell sore throat that comes with colds and flu. And as chilli does it’s magic the honey will help to soothe your throat (as well as sweetening the pops). We’ll also get a punchy dose of vitamin C from the lemon, cranberry and of course the ginger which is one of the most powerful natural disease fighting agents in the world!
So let’s take a look at all of the other ingredients I put into my absolute best flu remedy that will blow the socks off any cold and flu viruses!
What You Need To Make Echinacea Root Ice Pops
- 20g Echinacea Root
- 80ml Vodka
- 2 medium sized red chillies
- 8cm ginger
- 240ml honey
- 1 sachet of animal gelatine
- 800ml cranberry juice
- Juice of 2 large lemons
- Ice pop molds
How To Make This
Weigh out your echinacea root. If you’ve bought dried, it usually comes prechopped. If not, chop it up as finely as possible. Pop it all into your mason jar and then pour over the 80mls of vodka.
We’ll need to leave this for at least 2 weeks, although to get the most out of the root leave for 4 or 5. This process is called maceration, and the end product a tincture.
Once you’ve left your tincture for at least 2 weeks, separate the root from the liquid. You can do this by using a piece of cheesecloth and a sieve. Place the seive over a bowl or some other container and place the cloth into the seive.
Spoon in some of the saturated root, pinch the edges of the cloth together and then twist them so that the liquid is squeezed from the root. Continue until all the root has been squeezed, and then pour the remaining liquid in your jar through the seive.
Once you’re finished, pop the tincture to one side, as we’ll need it later on. This is a very importand step, as the echinacea really makes this one of the best natural remedies to get you feeling better quicker. There really is no substitute, so I highly recommend it.
Slice your chillies, but not too thickly. Smaller pieces of chilli will allow us to get enough of the natural goodness out as possible in a shorter period of time. You’ll also want to thinly slice your ginger for the same reason.
Pop the chilli and the ginger into a saucepan, and then pour over the honey and cranberry juice. Also throw in your gelatine which will help the structure of the ice pop when we come to freeze it.
Switch your stove to a medium-low heat and allow to simmer for 5 minutes, stirring continuously. Then, remove from the heat and let it cool on the side. Be careful with pets and children in the house. Once cool, sieve out the pieces of chilli and ginger.
If your time is short, you can use an ice bath like I have. This just lets you move on a bit quicker, and I’d recommend giving it a try.
Now that we’ve sieved the mixture, we can go ahead and throw in our lemon juice and echinacea tincture that we’ve left to macerate for at least 2 weeks. Give it a quick stir and then pour into ice lolly molds and freeze.
Use when you detect the symptoms of colds or flu. Keep in mind that this contains alcohol, and might be best not to drive or operate machinery afterward. They should keep indefinitely, but I would make a fresh batch after about 6 months.
So that’s pretty much it!
- There’s not really much too it and you can easily get it all done in an hour or so. Although I wouldn’t say this completely replaces your standard cold and flu medications, natural recipes can be an amazing compliment to get you better faster.
- There wasn’t really much I found hard about this recipe when I first had a go at it, which is suprising as it really is my best flu remedy. There’s a bit of waiting around when you’re letting your mixture cool, but you could easily speed this up with an ice bath or just use this time to start your clean up.
- You could easily play around with some of the ingredients. Not a fan of cranberry? Maybe try orange? Remember that some of the flavour of chilli and ginger will definitely be present in the mixture, so be careful not to use anything that’ll clash with these flavours. I think as long as you still have these two ingredients, along with the echinacea root tincture, you should be fine.
So I hope you’ve enjoyed reading my natural cold and flu recipe today. I wonder if you have any go to natural recipes that we should all give a try. Share them in the comments section below. Also let me know how you got on with this recipe, as well as any questions you might have. I’ll do my best to answer as many as I can.