Sipping a cup of herbal tea is something I like to do throughout the year, but when it’s hot outside I want something cool and refreshing. Of course, I can always make an iced herbal tea like my wildflower infusion or white clover tea, but sometimes a frozen treat is the only thing that sounds good. That’s where I got the great idea to make popsicles out of herbal tea! These lavender and lemon balm herbal popsicles are not only delicious and refreshing, but they also have benefits to our health.
Benefits of Herbal Popsicles
The best part about any homemade popsicle is that you get to choose what goes in them and the amount of sugar they contain. This is perfect for children so that you can give them a natural version of the extra sugary and colored with who-knows-what kind of store-bought popsicles.
Herbal popsicles are also super simple to make. Just make up a batch of herbal tea, sweeten it a bit if desired, pour into your popsicle mold (I use this stainless steel one), and freeze.
The most important part is that you can get all the same benefits of herbal tea but in popsicle form!
Lavender and lemon is also a wonderful taste combination, see my recipe on lemon + lavender shortbread cookies!
Really any herbs would work, just choose what sounds good to you and what you might benefit from. Here are a few that come to mind:
If you don’t have access to fresh herbs and flowers, my favorite place to purchase high quality, organic dried herbs is Mountain Rose Herbs.
Lavender + Lemon Balm Herbal Popsicle Recipe
I used fresh lavender and lemon balm from my garden for this recipe, and I also added in a sprig of lemon verbena to boost the lemon flavor even more. Dried lavender flowers will also work, and you could also use freshly squeezed lemon juice instead of the lemon balm if you like.
Lavender can get bitter if steeped in tea for longer than 15 minutes, so keep that in mind. If you use different herbs this won’t be as much of an issue.
Lavender + Lemon Balm Popsicles
- 4 cups water
- 5-6 whole fresh lavender blossoms
- 1 small handful fresh lemon balm
- 2-4 tbsp honey
- Bring the water to a boil, then pour over the lavender and lemon balm in a quart sized jar.
- Steep the tea for 10-15 minutes, then strain out the herbs with a fine mesh sieve and stir in the honey to your desired sweetness.
- Let the tea cool down a bit (you can add a few ice cubes if you're impatient like me), then pour it into a popsicle mold. Freeze for several hours or overnight.
These popsicles turned out so good!
Actually, I should be honest and say that the first round of these that I made I steeped the tea for way too long and the lavender made it quite bitter. I learned my lesson the hard way!
The second time around I cut back on the steeping time and they were perfect!
Homemade herbal popsicles are a fun and refreshing way to get the benefit of herbs in the heat of the summer. Besides that, they taste delicious and aren’t full of weird ingredients.
Gotta love that!