If you want to take better advantage of the relaxing benefits of chamomile, you're probably hoping to find a way to implement more of this herb into your life outside of simply making tea with it. Chamomile is a versatile herb that can be used in everything from cocktails to baked goods, and your Chamomile Extract will go a long way for this.
One of our favorite recipes for the summer is honey chamomile popsicles. These sweet and icy treats will help you feel even more relaxed as you sway in a hammock during these long, sunny days. Here is a great recipe for it, so you can try it yourself.
- 3 Cups Water (590g)
- 1/3 Cups Raw Local Honey (104g)
- 2 tsp of Chamomile extract
- You will also need a popsicle mold, if you don't have it, try a paper cup and popsicle stick!
In a medium saucepan, bring the water to just before boiling. Remove the saucepan from the heat, and add the honey. Stir in the honey and extract, and let sit for 10 minutes. Pour the resulting mixture into your popsicle mold, leaving about 1/8” head room.
Wipe the top of the mold with a clean cloth so it does not make it difficult to remove the popsicles later, place the lid on the mold, and push the sticks through the top into the popsicles. It's time to freeze them! Place them on a level surface in the freezer, and let them freeze over night.
The next day, remove them carefully from the mold. The best way to do this is to run warm water over the side of the popsicle mold briefly, and then gently pop them out. The warm water will slightly melt the popsicle on the outside, making it easier to remove the popsicle later.
It's important to take care when removing the popsicles because it can be tricky even at the best of times. Many people report having to pry the lid off the top of the mold, and some people have even had the sticks break, or accidentally pulled the sticks out of the popsicle, when trying to dislodge them.
You can store the popsicles by placing them between sheets of wax paper, but you'll probably end up eating them right up. They are delicious!
If you find the chamomile extract flavor is too strong or too mild, feel free to adjust the flavoring next time around. You can also try adding other flavors, such as lavender to continue the relaxing theme and a delicious new flavor. If you are vegan, try swapping the honey out for hibiscus. IF you want a splash more flavor, try a squeeze of lemon. You'll figure out what works for you with a little experimentation.