Are you feeling hot and sluggish from all these long hot summer days? During the dog days of summer, we like to indulge in herbal popsicles. Making your own popsicles provides instant refreshment, while also fortifying you with a little plant power. When researching other plant-powered popsicles, we consulted Half Baked Harvest’s Hibiscus and Minty Watermelon Popsicle recipe, making a few medicinal twists of our own by adding in our Organic Ginger Tea and Hibiscus Tea. These sweet and semi-spicy herbal additions will zap you right out of a heat fog, all while providing a fast and healthy treat.
Ginger rhizome (Zingiber officinale) has been used in traditional medicine practices, like Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine for over 2,000 years. The spicy rhizome (or underground, horizontal root) of this lush, tropical plant is known in herbalism as a carminative. We also added sweet and sour hibiscus (Hibiscus sabdariffa), which is traditionally used in India, Africa, Central America, and the Caribbean for an array of medicinal purposes.
This zesty hot-weather remedy is easy to make and almost too simple to eat! Better yet, they are made entirely with whole foods, so you can enjoy without feeling guilty.
This zesty hot-weather remedy is easy to make and almost too simple to eat.
Servings: 16 Popsicles
Time: 20-25 minutes of prep, plus 4 hours of freeze time
3 sets of popsicle molds or 16 x 3-oz. paper cups with wooden sticks
Large tea cup with a cover
1 cup of water
4 cups of fresh watermelon, seeds removed
2 teabags of Organic Hibiscus Tea
1 bag of Organic Ginger Tea
¼ cup of local organic honey; add more for extra sweetness
2-3 limes, juiced
Bring water to a boil.
Place all three tea bags into the tea cup (two hibiscus teas and one ginger) and pour in the hot water, cover and steep for 15 minutes.
Add the tea to the blender, along with lime juice, honey, and freshly scooped watermelon.
Blend, and then pour the mixture into popsicle molds. If you are using small paper cups as molds, allow the mixture to freeze for an hour before adding wooden popsicle sticks, and then place the pops back into the freezer.
Popsicles will need to sit in the freezer overnight, or for four to five hours minimum.
Enjoy these ruby red popsicles at a summer barbeque, pool party, or anytime you need a cooling summer treat.