Rather than reaching for aspirin the next time a headache strikes, try grabbing a drink of lemonade instead. Not only can it help ease your head pain, but it can also help relieve stress, anxiety, and depression. But not just any old lemonade will do the trick – reach for the lavender lemonade.
Flavoring your lemonade with lavender is a great way to utilize the amazing medicinal properties of lavender since it’s an extraordinary plant which stabilizes mood and acts as an efficient analgesic agent.
You can choose to use the oil of lavender or the flower whichever you feel is more suitable for your health and well-being.
Pure lavender oil is an incredible essential oil to use for your own health and wellness. It’s among the gentlest of essential oils, but also one of the most powerful, making it a favorite of households for the healing properties and uses of lavender essential oil.
Benefits of lavender oil
This pleasant smelling oil has a chemically complex structure with over 150 active constituents. These possess incredible anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antidepressant, antiseptic, antibacterial, antimicrobial, antispasmodic, analgesic, detoxifier, hypotensive and sedative properties.
It has been shown to reduce depression, improve insomnia and ease labor pains. From helping with pain relief and urine flow to respiratory disorders, blood circulation and digestion, lavender leaves and flowers and their essential oil seem to be a cure-all.
Florida researchers have discovered that lavender oil benefits include reducing anxiety and decreasing pulse rates in nursing students taking stressful tests. And in hospital settings, lavender aromatherapy has been demonstrated to decrease pre-surgery distress and to be more relaxing than massage or merely resting.
Lavender essential oil has medicinal properties as well. It has been shown to reduce depression, improve insomnia and ease labor pains. And anecdotal evidence suggests that lavender oil benefits those with headaches, hangovers, sinus congestion and pain relief.
Lavender lemonade (With lavender essential oil)
To create your own lavender lemonade, the recipe is an easy one. Mix the following ingredients together:
- 1 cup raw, organic honey
- 12 cups pure water
- 2 drops lavender essential oil, available at health food stores
- The juice of six lemons
Once the ingredients are well combined, cool the lemonade in your refrigerator until it’s perfectly chilled. If you prefer your drink sweeter, add more honey, or take down the sweetness with added water.
Lavender lemonade (With dried flowers)
If you don’t like the idea of ingesting lavender essential oil, there’s a good recipe for you to try.
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 5 cups pure water, divided
- 1 tablespoon dried lavender flowers
- 1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
Combine sugar with 1 cup water in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Add lavender blooms to the sugar water, cover, and remove from heat. Let stand at least 2 minutes or up to 2 hours.
Strain the mixture and discard the lavender. Pour the infusion into a glass pitcher. Add lemon juice and another 4 cups water. Stir. Pour into glasses over ice or refrigerate until ready to drink.
Here are several more ways in which you can use lavender oil in order to lower your anxiety, ease a headache, treat dry skin, etc.
- Make yourself a bath and add five or six drops of the oil to treat your dry skin.
- Ten or twelve drops diffused in the air will relax you during a busy and stressful day.
- To improve your skin and sleep, keep away insects, and relax, you can add two drops of lavender by an ounce of an unprocessed organic oil such as olive oil or almond oil.
We hope that you find this article helpful. Enjoy the beautiful scent of lavender along with its benefits.