When life gives you lemons, add some lavender to it.
There's nothing quite like reaching for a cool, tall glass of lemonade on a hot summer day. We already know that lemon juice is a great source of many nutrients, from folate to vitamin C (the latter can help with migraines), and lemons can give the immune system a boost. Add the invigorating scent of lavender to it, and you're in a for a treat! Research indicates that the soothing herb helps reduces anxiety and slows pulse rates. Lavender oil can help decrease stress and is a reason it's used in many soaps and body lotions. But did you know you can also add the herb to your favorite juice? Here's how you can make your own DIY Lavender Lemonade that may help provide some relief to your headache and anxiety. The recipe is super simple, quick and easy; it makes enough lemonade for about a pitcher!
Here's what you'll need:
250 ml (1 cup) of water
30 ml (2 tbsp.) Dried lavender or 125 ml (1⁄2 cup) fresh lavender
1/2 cup (125 ml) freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 2 lemons)
1/2 cup (125 ml) sugar or 1/3 cup honey
1 liter (4 cups) cold water
Lemon and lavender wedges, for garnish
Bring water to a boil. Remove from heat and place lavender. Allow it to infuse and cover this for 15 minutes
Pass this infusion through a sieve. Now to this add, lemon juice, and sugar. Mix and then add cold water.
Leave this concoction in the refrigerator for 1 to 2 hours. Serve with lemon wedges and lavender flowers. Your's done! An easy trick to "pretty up" your drink is to freeze the lavender flowers in ice cubes and serve with your drink!
If you're worried about ingesting an essential oil, don't be. According to Wonder How To, most essential oils are safe for consumption in very small quantities, so don't use more than a drop. Now Foods revealed that essential oils have labels for external use only because they're very strong. If you want the lavender to stay out of your kitchen you can still use it for many other purposes.
1. Have dry skin? Add 5 to 6 drops of lavender essential oil in your bathwater.
2. Add a drop of lavender in 15 ml of your favorite body oil (like almond or olive) to elevate its "relaxation" properties
3. Diffuse 10 to 12 drops of lavender in the air during the day to create an aura of calm and relieve stress.
According to the Telegraph, Lavender has long been recognized for its therapeutic properties. It's been touted as a central nervous system stimulator and mental relaxer. It's ideal for a good night's sleep too. Back in the day even the Greeks and Romans were quick to establish steam baths infused with lavender oil, following Egyptian practices. It's no wonder the herb is still considered one of nature's greatest relaxants.Disclaimer : This article is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.