The lemonade is made with just a little lavender oil and lemon extract mixed with sugar or honey. Don't worry about ingesting the oil. Most essential oils are labeled for external use only because they are concentrated.
There could be a million reasons why a headache suddenly springs up and make you feel sick. It's hard to stay away from those Aspirins because you know it will give you instant relief and you need that to go on with your day and be productive. It's hard, but before you reach out for that painkiller, why don't you try having some lemonade. Well, not just any ordinary lemonade, try the lavender lemonade! The best part about this is that it not only does it relieve you of your pain, it also helps ease stress, anxiety, and depression. Unlike medicines and pills, there are no side-effects to having a lavender lemonade, either. A win-win, wouldn't you say so?
Lemonade in itself is a wholesome drink that has a lot of benefits to it, even though we usually perceive it as just summer beverage. Lemon juice is a great source of nutrients and can help with migraines because it's filled with vitamin C. Did you know that pretty much anything citrus-based could be used as an antidepressant and can help improve concentration? This is what they use in aromatherapy!
The humble lemonade packs a punch, but adding a bit of lavender oil to it takes it a notch higher. It basically becomes really helpful for minds that are stressed out. For centuries, lavender oil has been used as a soothing scent. Researchers have also found out that lavender is actually capable of reducing anxiety, slowing down pulse rate, and calming our entire body! Lavender oil can work as an anti-inflammatory, antidepressant, detoxifier, and sedative.
"Much prior research on lavender has focused on the administration of lavender via an olfactory route. The anxiolytic activity of lavender olfaction has been demonstrated in several small and medium-sized clinical trials. The efficacy of aromatherapy of lavender is thought to be due to the psychological effects of the fragrance combined with the physiological effects of volatile oils in the limbic system."
The scent of lavender works to change our perception of pain. When we smell lavender, we are better able to tolerate pain like headaches. So when we make the lemonade, we use just a little lavender oil and lemon extract mixed with sugar or honey. Don't worry about ingesting the oil. Most essential oils are labeled for external use only because they are concentrated.
"Lavender oil aromatherapy has been shown to be effective in the management of anxiety and depression and small and medium-sized controlled and uncontrolled clinical trials. The best-validated use of lavender as an anxiolytic agent is oral supplementation of 80 mg per day of a high-quality, well-defined lavender essential oil that has a demonstrated efficacy comparable or superior to benzodiazepines and kava, with a super safety profile."
So, how do you make lavender lemonade? You'll need six lemons, 12 cups of water, 1 cup honey or 3-4 cups of sugar and lavender oil. You'll need to extract the juice from the lemons and then mix it with honey or sugar. Honey is the healthier option here. Then, add just ONE drop of the lavender essential oil and mix it with water. Stick it in the fridge for a while and then serve chilled!
If you're not really a fan of lemonade, then there are a lot of ways to ingest lavender and lemonade. There are options aplenty when it comes to making food. Cookies, baked lemon bars, roasted veggies, cakes and many more. You can even add lavender and lemon to your meat! The aroma of lavender is so calming that it can relax someone much better than a really good massage or a nice nap! Worth a try, isn't it?