Almost every person in the world suffers from headaches. Also, the most common mental illness among people is anxiety.
Prescribed medications are the first option that people choose in order to treat these health issues, but they often cause negative side-effects.
One of the best natural ways to treat headaches and anxiety is lavender lemonade.
Not only does it treat these health problems, it is very delicious and smells divine. You can either use the flower or lavender oil. The lavender oil possesses extremely healthy and powerful health properties, yet it is gentle for the entire organism, which is why people absolutely love it!
It possesses over 150 active constituents that form its chemically complex structure. It has powerful antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antidepressant, antiseptic, detoxifying, analgesic, antimicrobial, antispasmodic, hypotensive, and sedative properties.
According to a study conducted in Florida, lavender oil soothes anxiety and lowers pulse rates in nursing students before taking stressful tests. And it doesn’t stop there! In hospital settings, lavender aromatherapy has been found to lower pre-surgery distress and to be even more calming than a massage.
Furthermore, lavender essential oil helps in the case of insomnia, labor pains, hangovers, sinus congestion, and depression.
“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 physiological effects of volatile oils in the limbic system.”
Thanks to these amazing calming effects, lavender has been traditionally used for centuries.
- Lavender aromatherapy lowers the pain and the need for conventional analgesics in adults and children.
- Patients who were treated with lavender oil (10%) olfaction for 3 minutes felt greatly more relaxed and their anxiety levels were lowered, their mood improved, and their scores of alpha power on EEG (an indicator of alertness), and speed of mathematical calculations were enhanced.
- According to studies, lavender oil aromatherapy has anxiolytic activity in patients in intensive care units. Patients were given at least 1 session of aromatherapy with 1% lavender essential oil. During the first treatment, it was noticed that there is a significant anxiolytic effects. Yet, it was not that effective in the following two treatments.
- According to another study in burner use on staff mood and stress in a hospital setting found that 85% of respondents believed that lavender aroma improved the work environment.
- Other studies show that people claim that the aroma of lavender is very pleasant and is linked to changes in the autonomic nervous system.
In a study conducted in order to estimate the effects of aromatherapy with lavender oil in female patients treated with chronic hemodialysis using the Hamilton rating scale for depression (HAMD) and the Hamilton rating scale for anxiety (HAMA) showed that lavender aroma significantly reduced the mean scores of HAMA.
How to prepare lavender lemonade
- 1/4 cup dried lavender. dried, organic culinary lavender ( or 1 drop lavender essential oil)
- 6 lemons, peeled and juiced
- 1 cup raw honey
- 5 cups pure water
- Lavender sprigs for garnish
Start by boiling the water in a pan and then remove it from heat. Then, add the honey and the dried lavender. Leave it to steep for 20 minutes, strain, and pour it into a larger container.
After that, add the lemon juice and the rest of the water, and stir. Keep the lemonade in the fridge.
Other ways to incorporate lavender oil:
- Add 2 drops of Lavender per ounce of your favorite unrefined organic oil, and prepare a natural body oil which will relax your mind, keep insects at bay, help you sleep better, and improve your skin.
- Add 5 to 6 drops of lavender essential oil to your bath water and hydrate your dry skin.
- Diffuse 10-12 drops of lavender into the air to naturally relieve stress.