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Elderflower Popsicles for Children’s Seasonal Allergies

As parents and caregivers to little ones, learning to work with herbs and our children can be overwhelming. As a new parent I was so afraid of fevers, possible food allergies, any and all sniffles until I really began to trust myself and my connection to my little ones and the plants. Even as a seasoned herbalist, it took time for me to learn how to safely dose my children and to trust the responsiveness of their bodies to the gentlest herbal prompts.

So often, that is all our little ones’ bodies need: a gentle prompt to do what they do naturally.

With spring upon us, we have been working with healing herbs to gently prepare my kids’ bodies for this season of allergies. If your children are anything like mine, seasonal allergies are a real thing for us.

For years, my kids were miserable in early spring when the Acacias and grasses started to bloom. I learned I had to get a little bit ahead of spring to ensure that my kids’ allergies were mild, if not completely absent. Now, we tend to start working with a few of our favorite gentle herbs 1–2 months before and during allergy season.

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Getting Your Kids Excited About Herbs

My kids have gotten used to the broad flavors of herbs, but I still do my best to find creative and delicious ways to keep them healthy. I do everything from including herbs in broth, sauces and soups, to hot chocolate, herbal cakes and cookies, to frozen treats. I hope to impart to them that wellness and the act of taking good care of ourselves and each other is an everyday thing that can be delicious, easy, and a good way to spend time together. Cooking with herbs is a great way to expand our relationships to the plants, dive into seasonal cooking and herbal preparations, and to work acutely to address whatever may be happening with our families.

I am excited to share with you one of our family recipes that is perfect for warmer weather and full of herbs that can support your kids during spring allergy season: Creamy Elderflower Popsicles with Lemon and Fresh Mint.

But before we dive into the recipe, let’s talk a little bit about dosage for children and the delicious, gentle herbs in these popsicles…

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Herbal Dosage for Kids

When we’re working with herbs, we want to ensure that we’re not doing more harm than good. If you have any concerns that your kids may have an allergic reaction to a new herb, you can always do a skin patch test before offering your child specific herbs. This is done by making a tea of the herb, or by using a few drops of the tincture, and painting it onto a small patch of skin on your child’s arm. Wait at least 24 hours to see if your child develops any symptoms such as a rash, itchiness or swelling in the throat. Clearly, if your child develops any reactions, discontinue the use of that plant. If all is well, you can begin offering your child those herbs in small, low dose amounts.

Now that you have done your herb safety check, learning how to properly dose your children and building your confidence are the next steps. Not all herbs are appropriate for children so please check in with your local herbalist or practitioner. There are many dosing charts available online, but I am happy to share the tools I use to support my family and my community.

CLARK’s rule is my go to formula. This formula calculates your child’s dose based on their weight divided by the standard adult weight of 150 lbs. With this method, you can find the right dose for your child whether you are working with teas, tinctures, etc. by doing the following:

Divide the child’s weight (in pounds) by 150, then give the child that fraction of an adult dose. For example, for a 50 pound child give 50/150 (or 1/3) of the adult dose.

So, now you know what dose to offer your child… What’s next? Let’s talk about the gentle herbs in this delicious popsicle recipe.

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Elderflower (Sambucus spp.)

Elderflower is one of a few herbs that my family works with. It is a powerful yet gentle anti-inflammatory that can be very supportive in lowering mucous production and sinus inflammation. Elderflower plays such a beautiful part in my family’s health during allergy season.

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Lemon Peels (Citrus limon)

Lemon peels are high in vitamins and minerals as well as packed with antioxidants. The peel is especially high in vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant, which may help to reduce the body’s histamine reaction, potentially reducing the severity of allergies and boosting healthy immunity. Together, these constituents can gently support immune health and overall vitality.

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Mint (Mentha spp.)

Mint leaves, just like elderflowers, are full of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, and they are another powerful, yet gentle anti-inflammatory herb for seasonal allergies that adds to the freshness and flavor of the recipe.

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Local Honey

Some studies have found that working with local honey for 8 weeks demonstrated small improvements in allergy severity on the individuals in the studies. I love using honey in this recipe as a nourishing sweetener!

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Creamy Elderflower Popsicles for Children’s Seasonal Allergies

What you’ll need…

  • 4 teaspoons of dried elderflowers
  • 2 lemons, we will use zest and juice
  • 3 sprigs of fresh mint (optional)
  • 1/4 cup of local honey
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup coconut milk (or non dairy milk of choice)
  • 2 cups plain coconut yogurt (or plain, nondairy yogurt of choice)
  • Popsicle molds

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  1. Boil water and steep elderflowers, lemon zest, and mint in the just-boiled water for 10–15 minutes. It is best to cover the container that the herbs are steeping in.
  2. Strain the herbs, and stir in the local honey and lemon juice and allow to cool.

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  1. Gently mix the coconut yogurt, coconut milk, and infusion.
  2. Pour this mixture into your popsicle molds and freeze. Freezing takes approximately 4 hours.

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Enjoy!

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Now I’d love to hear from you

Do your little ones have seasonal allergies?
What gentle herbs do you like to use during spring allergy season?

Please share in the comments below.

22 comments
  1. Where can I purchase elderflower for Popsicles? This sounds fantastic..I have all the ingredients except for tge mint *Publix Grocery* and Elderflower

  2. We live in MN, no elderberry flowers yet! Can I use elderberry syrup? Made it last fall and froze it. Would it have same anti-inflammatory properties?

    • Hi Linda, elderflowers and elderberries have some of the same properties but also some different ones too. Both the flowers and berries are anti-inflammatory. Maybe you can try the berries and see how they work for you.

  3. Can I use elderberries instead of the flower. Would that be as effective?

    • Hi Roni, Both the flowers and berries are anti-inflammatory, and they have some similar but different properties. But maybe try the berries and see!

  4. Can you substitute a product like Sambucus or organic elderberry syrup for the elderflowers? If so, how much would you suggest? Thank you!

    • Hi Mary, I haven’t tried substitutions for Abi Huff’s recipe yet. But maybe you can try using elderberry syrup in place of some of the honey?

  5. where do you get non-toxic popsicle molds.?

    • Hi Sandy, many people like to use food grade silicon molds. You can find them at any major retailer that sells kitchen supplies.

  6. Good enough for me , thanks for the info.😁😁😁

    • You’re welcome! Enjoy!

  7. How would I change this for a 125 lb. adult woman with seasonal allergies that loves creamy popsicles?

    • Hi Linda, this recipe is great for kids and adults alike. But you could increase the herbs in it, if you like. Maybe try the recipe as is, and see how it works?

  8. You have totaly blown me away with the herbal cards i sincerly thankyou from the depths of my heart god bless and thanks again.i have much on herbs but none of that.unfortunatly most of my herbal downloads are too big to send but iwill what i can

    • You’re welcome!

      We are so glad you enjoy them :)

  9. Would it be okay to substitute my fresh goat milk and yogurt for the coconut products in this recipe?

    • Hi Sandra, I haven’t made goat’s milk popsicles yet but I think goat’s milk freezes well. Maybe try it and see! :)

  10. How can I save this recipe to Pinterest?

  11. How would I substitute fresh elderflower for the dry? I’ve got some in bloom!

    • Hi Toni, wonderful that you have some elderflower in bloom! You can use a larger amount of the fresh elderflower. Maybe try double the amount and see how that works?

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