Are you looking for the best DIY natural sore throat remedies? For kids too young for throat lozenges, this homemade suckers recipe is an easy alternative.
Cold and flu season is upon us, and I find myself readying our natural remedies cabinet so we’re prepared. Sore throats come along with so many seasonal complaints, and I find it important to have home remedies on hand.
When my kids were little, I would never let them have hard candies, cough drops or throat lozenges. I was always afraid they’d choke because we’d had a few incidents already and I didn’t want to experience another one.
So when cold and flu season rolled around, I was left asking myself how to relieve a sore throat for little kids.
What are the Best Natural Remedies for Sore Throats in Kids?
They can’t gargle salt water, they have always hated throat sprays and they can’t have cough drops. So I started thinking about little-kid-friendly natural remedies for sore throats.
The great thing is there is no one best remedy for sore throats – there are lots of options. A great home remedy for sore throats for young kids are soothing suckers. You get all of the same benefits of traditional throat lozenges and cough drops without the choking risk.
Natural Ingredients to Help Scratchy Throats
Best of all, you can control the ingredients when you make your own sore throat suckers. Instead of the sugar or corn syrup used in most cough drops, this DIY suckers recipe uses organic honey for sore throat relief. Raw honey is so great for soothing sore throats, even on its own, and it has a great flavor too!
I added dried elderberries, rosehips, cinnamon and echinacea for extra immune support too. Organic elderberries have benefits for the immune system, so that’s why I added them to this holistic remedy for sore throats. You can substitute this homemade elderberry syrup recipe for the infusion in this recipe if you prefer. And if your kiddo needs some extra immune support, whip up a batch of elderberry gummies for them to snack on.
Rose hips are a great source of natural vitamin C too! I like to add them to homemade tea blends as well as adding to some of my favorite home remedies.
Tips for Making Throat Soothing Lollipops
Just like my recipe for Lemon Thyme Cough Drops, you need to take your time, use a candy thermometer and be very careful not to scorch the honey. Trust me, scorched honey is not a flavor your kids will appreciate (and neither will you). If you scorch the honey, you’ll have to dump the entire batch and start over. So go slowly, have patience and take your time 🙂
You can use these homemade lollipops as needed for scratchy throats, minor coughs and general immune support. The kiddos will love the taste too since they’ll feel like they’re eating candy!
Buy Sore Throat Suckers Instead
If you want something you don’t have to DIY, you can buy some Sore Throat Lollipops with pretty good ingredients on Amazon (no corn syrup!). You won’t necessarily get all of the added immune-boosting herbs that you get with these DIY Sore Throat Suckers, but they have some fun fruit flavors.
Are you ready to take the plunge and make your own Immune Boosting Sore Throat Suckers? Here’s the recipe to hopefully help you get rid of your sore throat soon.
Immune Boosting Sore Throat Suckers
- Bring 2 cups of water to a boil with the elderberries, rosehips, echinacea and cinnamon stick. After it comes to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer for 5-10 minutes. Cover the pan, remove from heat and allow it to sit undisturbed for 30 minutes to allow the herbs to fully infuse.
- Once the infusion is complete, strain the herbs, then combine 1 cup of the herbal infusion with 1 1/2 cups of honey in a medium-sized sauce pan. Don't use a small sauce pan.
- Set the extra liquid aside. If you combine it with some raw honey to taste, you’ll have a simple elderberry tea.
- Heat over medium until the temperature of the mixture reaches 300 degrees This will take approximately 30 minutes. You can test to see if it's done by putting a drop of the mixture into a glass of ice water. If it immediately hardens, it’s done. This is how I test my sore throat suckers since we live at altitude and water boils at a different temperature than it does at sea level.
- When your sore throat suckers mixture is done, immediately remove your pan from the heat. Stir until the bubbles dissipate.
- Pour the mixture into sucker molds and insert sticks (or a small silicone mold if you prefer to make lozenges). Do this quickly before the mixture hardens in the pan.
- Allow the suckers to cool completely.
- Once they’re cool, coat each side of the sucker in slippery elm bark for extra throat soothing or vitamin C powder for extra immune boosting. The powder also helps keep them from sticking together.
- I prefer to store our sore throat suckers in the fridge to keep them nice and firm in any temperature. They'll also be less likely to stick together.