Herbal Popsicles: Healing, Cooling, and Delicious
In our home, popsicles are medicine.
Even before I started creating herbal popsicles, they were medicine.
We would buy the ones with no sugar added, sweetened with fruit juice but something about the pop of sweetness and cooling nature really helps you feel better (well, not me, I don't like popsicles).
On hot days, popsicles are a delightful treat to cool you off.
But everything we put in our mouth should be nourishment. Popsicles can be too.
I started making popsicles because of how much waste they create. After all, every popsicle is in a plastic wrapper. If we are honest, saving popsicles sticks is just adding clutter and they don't compost quickly. The cardboard box can be recycled....but if I can skip ALL that, why wouldn't I?
Additionally, I know that when children are sick, many mothers worry about whether or not they are staying hydrated. Vomiting or diarrhea on its own, is not something to fear but if they aren't properly hydrating, it will definitely take its toll very quickly. This is a reason why herbal popsicles are so wonderful.
Now, energetically speaking, we don't usually want cold food/drinks when we are fighting a cold. So if whoever is ill is tolerating warm food and beverages, I suggest sticking with that so that you are working with the body instead of against it. Lets face it though, sometimes a popsicle when you are sick, hits the spot.
Of course, when its hot outside....enjoy with no worries about the energetics of it!
Now onto the making and recipes!
Its a fairly simple process - choose your liquid, pour into molds, add sticks, and freeze for at least 24 hours. You can then pull them out of the mold and keep them in your freezer (in jars or some sort of bowl) so that you can use the mold again to create more than just the 6 popsicles on the mold.
You can purchase mold and stands from Amazon or Life Without Plastic (bonus here - they ship without plastic!).
1) Kombucha Pops
These are a family favorite. I make 2 gallons of kombucha at a time (large family here) so we have a lot when we make it. Of course, if I don't grab some to save for popsicles...its disappears rather quickly.
You can use plain kombucha or add in 100% organic fruit juice (in glass bottles!) so that its about 25-50%.
2) Rosehip and Elderberry
Brew a quart of a strong infusion (about 1/2 cup each) and sweeten with local honey. Not only will you get the flavor of Rosehips and Elderberry, you get the nourishment that berries provide for us.
3) Chamomile and Lemon Balm
A popsicle for the nervous system! Again, brew a strong infusion of the herbs, sweeten with honey or 100% organic fruit juice.
4) Peppermint & Lemon
Extra cooling for a hot day! Brew a strong infusion of Peppermint, add in some lemon juice (either from lemon or 100% organic lemon juice) and sweeten with honey.
This popsicle can also be a nice relief for a gassy stomach but also is great for mamas with morning sickness!
I am wanting to try ginger-lemon popsicles too, as ginger is my personal favorite for upset stomach but the girls aren't as big of fans.
5) Electrolyte Pops
In 8oz of warm water, add in 1 tablespoon local honey, 1-2 oz 100% organic fruit juice, and 1/4 teaspoon high quality sea salt (we use pink Himalayan). Stir well.
Add your homemade electrolyte drink to the popsicle molds and freeze. You can, of course, use Pedialyte or Gatorade but lets be honest - they have some pretty unfavorable ingredients.
You can use the molds to create frozen yogurt popsicles, breastmilk popsicles (teething toddlers!!)...if you can freeze it, why not give it a try?