Celebrate Summer with Herbal Popsicles
Herbal popsicles just say “fun!” They’re great for kids, and grown-ups love them too. Herbal popsicles make the perfect refresher on a hot summer day or a light, pleasing dessert for summer barbecues and dinner parties.
In these two recipes, I’ve used herbs that are cooling to body, mind and spirit. You’ll find Hibiscus and Lavender in the first icy pop and Chamomile and Peppermint in the cold, creamy recipe that follows. You can read more about cooling herbs in this recent post, Cooling Herbs for Hot Days.
No popsicle molds? Don’t sweat it! Here are a some inspiring DIY Popsicle Mold ideas.
Lavender Lemon Popsicle
These icy treats will chill out cranky kids and grown-ups alike. Lavender is not only cooling to the body, it also calms tension and cools fussy, anxious and irritable moods. Hibiscus is also cooling to the body and the heart and gives these pops their delightful pink color.
- 1 ½ cups Water
- 1 tbsp Lemon Juice
- 3-4 tbsp Maple Syrup
- 1 tbsp Dried Lavender Flowers
- 1 tsp Dried Hibiscus Flowers
Place the Lavender and Hibiscus in a mason jar or tea pot. In a separate pot, bring water to a boil and then pour over the herbs. Cover the jar and allow the herbs to steep for at least 15 minutes. Strain the herbs. Combine the resulting tea with the lemon juice and maple syrup until well combined. Pour into molds and place in the freezer for several hours. To remove from molds, dip the molds briefly in hot water and the popsicles should quickly release. Enjoy!
Creamy Chamomile Mint Popsicles
These yogurt based pops are creamy, cooling and soothing. Sweet and calming Chamomile combines with belly-soothing Peppermint for a popsicle that will ease tensions as well as digestive discomfort.
- 1 cup Water
- 2 tbsp Dried Chamomile
- 1 tbsp Dried Peppermint
- ¼ cup Maple Syrup
- ½ cup Greek Yogurt
Place the Chamomile and Peppermint in a mason jar or tea pot. In a separate pot, bring the water to a boil and then pour over the herbs. Cover the jar and allow the herbs to steep for at least 15 minutes. Strain the herbs and allow the resulting tea to cool to room temperature. In a blender, combine the tea with the Greek yogurt and maple syrup. Blend until well combined. Pour into molds and place in the freezer for several hours. To remove from molds, dip the molds briefly in hot water and the popsicles should quickly release. Enjoy!
I encourage you to experiment with other herbs, bases and more. I am partial to the flavor of maple syrup, but you can also substitute honey or other sweeteners. Please do share your experience and herbal popsicle creations in the comments section, below. be dure to leave me a comment if you have questions.
Keep cool and have fun!