A mentor of mine once said, "The best way to take an herb, is the way you'll remember to take it." At WishGarden, we strive to make herbs accessible to everyone. While our pump tops generally make taking herbs a breeze, sometimes finding a creative or tasty new way to consume your herbs can be the reminder you need — especially when kiddos are involved!
I personally love a sweet treat on a hot summer day. Unfortunately, store-bought popsicles can leave me with a headache and feeling icky. Instead, I love to create my own popsicles with fresh juices, herbs, and natural sugars. You can fit a therapeutic (and tasty) quantity of herbs into these popsicles while also satisfying that sweet tooth. Here are a couple recipes that will leave your mouth watering.
Herbal Popsicle Prep
You can prepare these items ahead of time to make herbal popsicles in a flash.
Honey Simple Syrup: Combine equal parts honey and hot water, stirring until completely dissolved. I like to use local honey when possible, as it may help combat seasonal allergies. Honey is also considered to be cooling and moisturizing in Chinese medicine, an added benefit to these summer treats! Avoiding sugar? Try using use monk fruit instead.
Hydrating Infusion: Combine 1 quart of water with a handful of either local Marshmallow root, Oat Straw, or Siberian Elm. Infuse in cold water for at least three hours (or even overnight). All of these herbs have a cooling effect, making them perfect for summer. These herbs are also mucilaginous, meaning they can be infused into cold water to somewhat "thicken" it, creating a juicy, moisturizing substance. This cold infusion can moisturize your skin, hair, and nails from the inside out — something no amount of lotion can do! Mucilaginous herbs may also help soothe any belly upset. Once this infusion is made, the rest is simple!
Here are two fun recipe ideas. Each will make about 10 popsicles.
Lavender Lemonade Herbal Popsicles
All photos © Gem Boehm-Reifenkugel
- 1 cup Lemon Juice
- 1 cup Honey Simple Syrup
- 1.5 cups Hydrating Infusion
- 1 pinch Himalayan Salt per popsicle (for extra electrolytes and another hydration boost)
- 5 pumps WishGarden Herbs Cranial Comfort per popsicle
- Fresh Lavender (optional)
Combine all ingredients and pour into popsicle molds. Freeze and sprinkle with fresh Lavender before serving. (This is optional — you will get delicious Lavender flavor from our Cranial Comfort formula as well.)
Strawberry Fields Herbal Popsicles
Sometimes when I'm craving sweets, I want something creamy. At times like these, I like to add a little Coconut milk to the mix. Many herbs are best absorbed with food or fat; plus the Coconut milk contains healthy fats for the brain that can also help flatten the glucose spike from the sugar in the Honey Simple Syrup.
- ½ cup Coconut Milk
- ½ cup Hydrating Infusion
- 1 cup Strawberries
- ¼ cup Honey Simple Syrup
- 1 tsp. Turmeric Powder (Many of Turmeric's benefits are not water soluble, so adding the powder directly to your food or treats can be much more beneficial than adding it to tea.)
- 6 pumps WishGarden Herbs Rise & Shine Energy Boost per popsicle
- Sesame or flax seeds for added fiber(optional)
Combine all ingredients in blender and blend to create creamy consistency. Pour into popsicle molds and freeze.
You can easily modify either of these recipes with different herbs, juices, and WishGarden formulas. Some of my other favorite combinations are Liquid Bliss and Chocolate, Genius Juice and Almond milk (tastes like horchata from the Cinnamon), and Exercise & Revive and orange.
You can also replace any of the herbal formulas listed with our Kid's or Pregnancy formulas to make these safe for everyone in the family.
Happy snacking, and stay cool this summer!
Gem Boehm-Reifenkugel (She/Her) is an herbalist on our customer journey and social outreach team. Gem has been self-studying nutrition for many years and recently received a certificate in medical herbalism from Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism. She strives to make herbs accessible to everyone and spread knowledge of our powerful plant allies to the community.
For educational purposes only. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease, or sell any product.