My kids will eat anything as long as it is frozen into a popsicle! Try these super herb pops loaded with nutrients that many children lack in their diets. Guaranteed to become a favorite!
Super Herb Pops
First make an herbal syrup:
Make a tea of your desired herbs, using 1/2 cup of herbs to 2 cups of water. If using a combination of roots and leaves begin by simmering the roots for 15 minutes in a covered pan.
I used a tablespoon each of marshmallow root, licorice root, and dandelion root. Burdock root would also be an excellent addition.
Turn off the heat, add any flower or leaf herbs and steep covered for another 20 minutes.
I used a tablespoon each of red clover, stinging nettle, and red raspberry leaf.
Strain the herbs out pressing them to extract all the juices. While still warm, add 1/2 cup of honey or glycerin. Stir well until dissolved, this is your herbal syrup.
Add any other herb syrups or nutrients you wish.
I added some dulse, oregon grape, and blue vervain tinctures that were commercially prepared. Amounts will vary.
To this I added 1 cup of aloe vera juice, 2 cups of whey (from raw pastured cow's milk), and 1/4 cup of lemon juice. You could substitute water or unsweetened fruit juice for any or all of these.
Poor into ice cube trays and freeze for 2 hours. Add popsicle sticks and continue to freeze until solid.
This results in a pleasantly sweet and lemon flavored popsicle. Some children may disagree with the brown color in which case you will want to use more leaf herbs and fewer roots to get a lighter color.
Limit children to no more than 2-4 cubes a day (depending on age) as these herbs are powerfully nutritious!
Kathryn Doran-Fisher is a Traditional Naturopath, Certified GAPS Practitioner and owner of Elder & Sage.