Lemon Balm Popsicles made with lemon balm and honey. Refreshing, delicious & filled with wonderful benefits. Lemon Balm is one of the best calming herbs and has a profound effect on anxiety, depression, ADHD/ADD, digestive system and viruses.
Lemon Balm Popsicles
If you grow lemon balm, you already know how much it can completely take over a space. In just a short time, you’ll probably have more lemon balm than you’ll know what to do with.
Side note: I highly recommend planting lemon balm in containers unless you want it to take over your garden!
Lucky for us, we love lemon balm. The light and refreshing lemon taste that lemon balm offers is a welcome treat around here. Over the years, we’ve found many uses for this anti-viral herb that calms the nervous system, works wonders for moods, anxiety and depression and can soothe the stomach.
One of our favorite ways to enjoy the uplifting taste and wonderful health benefits of lemon balm is with these lemon balm popsicles. I make them regularly in the summer. They are so simple to make and such a refreshing treat on a hot summer day!
Because of the wonderful calming properties, they are especially great for bringing balance to kids who are feeling hyper or overstimulated. I think they taste just like Fruit Loops and we’ve found that kids of all ages absolutely love them.
Lemon Balm Health Benefits
Lemon Balm is most well known for the ability to help with anxiety and depression. Herbalists also use it as a remedy for seasonal affective disorder (SAD). Studies (this this and this study) show that lemon balm has a profound calming effect on the nervous and digestive systems.
It’s also a safe, gentle, but powerful calming herb for kids. Lemon Balm can calm a hyper or restless child and is an herbalist’s favorite natural support for those with ADD and ADHD. In fact, this study shows that the people who received lemon balm did better on memory, math and concentration tasks than those who didn’t.
It’s also very helpful for children (and adults) who have trouble sleeping. Because of these reasons, I consider lemon balm to be among the top 10 best herbs for children.
In addition to its significant calming properties, lemon balm has strong antiviral properties and is one of the top natural antiviral plants known. It’s most often been successfully used for herpes, shingles, thrush, measles and mumps and serves as a preventative if taken on a regular basis. It’s an important remedy for any viral infection.
Lemon Balm Benefits
Lemon Balm can help:
- seasonal affective disorder
It’s considered a safe herbal remedy for infants and children, pregnant and nursing women when used properly.
Side note: you may see some literature stating to use caution or not use lemon balm if you have a thyroid condition. The in petri dish data suggests that lemon balm may lower thyroid function with extremely high doses. However, these finding have not been replicated with humans and many herbalists use lemon balm with thyroid patients safely. Interestingly, lemon balm has been used to normalize high or low thyroid function when used in normal doses. Lemon balm is considered the safest herb in safety ratings and is safe for infants, children, pregnant and nursing women when used properly.
What kind of lemon balm should I use?
Fresh lemon balm is best, but dried lemon balm works well, too. You can purchase lemon balm tea at your local store in the boxed tea section. HERE is a brand I recommend. You can also purchase dried lemon balm at your local herb shop or HERE is a great dried lemon balm that you can purchase online.
Lemon Balm Popsicles Recipe:
- 1 cup loosely packed fresh lemon balm leaves
- 2 cups hot water
- ¼ cup honey
- Add lemon balm leaves to hot water and let steep, covered, for 20 minutes.
- Strain and stir in honey.
- Pour into popsicle molds or ice cube trays. Place in the freezer for a few hours until frozen. Enjoy!