If you love lemonade and have anxiety as I do, then you will be forever grateful that you found this article. I would never have guessed that a nostalgic favorite from my childhood like lemonade, could also help to relieve anxiety symptoms and headaches. But it’s true! All it takes is adding a bit of lavender oil to your recipe to reap the benefits. If you’ve never used lavender oil to help calm your nerves before, then you are in for a real treat.
Lavender has a soothing, pleasant smell and a chemically complex structure that has over 150 constituents. It’s been proven to have anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antifungal, analgesic, antidepressant, antiseptic, antibacterial, antispasmodic, detoxifier, hypotensive and sedative properties.
In this study, lavender oil was used to treat anxiety disorders and related conditions. When 80 mg of Silexan (an essential oil that is produced from lavender flowers by the process of steam distillation) was taken once a day, it helped anxiety disorders, disturbed sleep, restlessness, and agitation.
In fact, when they performed a six-week trial of Silexan lavender oil and compared it to a standard anxiety drug called Lorazepam they found that the 80 mg dosage was comparable to 0.5 mg of lorazepam and relieved efficiently generalized anxiety disorder.
Now that you’ve heard about all the fantastic benefits and properties of lavender, I’m going to share a simple recipe with you that may relieve your anxiety and headaches naturally and deliciously.
- 1 cup raw organic honey
- 12 cups pure water (spring water or filtered tap water)
- 2-10 drops lavender essential oil (depending on the oil’s strength)
- 6 organic lemons (remove the peel and seeds)
- Lavender sprigs to garnish with
Blend all of the ingredients (besides the sprigs to garnish with) in a blender and then put them in a pitcher to chill in the refrigerator. If needed, you can add more water, honey or essential oil drops to fit your taste preference. You can serve it with or without ice and don’t forget to garnish it with a lavender sprig.
Tip: If you don’t have a blender you can puree the lemons in a food chopper and then mix it all with a mixer or by stirring exceptionally well.
There are also many other ways you can use lavender oil to help your anxiety and headaches. Here are a few to help you get started:
- Add 10 to 12 drops of Lavender oil to your essential oil diffuser to distribute the lavender oil into the air to relieve stress and anxiety. It also makes your home smell fabulous!
- Add 5 to 6 drops of Lavender essential oil and a generous scoop of coconut oil to your warm bath water to help relax and treat dry skin.
- Add 2 drops of Lavender oil per ounce of almond or olive oil to create a body oil that has all the benefits of lavender. It will improve your skin, help you relax, ward off insects and help you get a better night’s sleep.
Now that you have this delicious, easy to make the recipe, are you going to try it out? Do you have any suggestions for relieving headaches and anxiety? We’re excited to hear your suggestions and would love to know if this lavender lemonade helped you in the comments below.
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About the Author: Bethany Vincent is a writer from La Grange Kentucky who has loved playing with words since she first learned to speak. She lives with her teenage son and adopted dog daughter in a cute, yellow house with a picket fence. During college at the University of Louisville, she could be found at the writing center most of the time and her main areas of focus were literature, creative writing, and visual arts. Bethany has contributed articles and created content for many websites and blogs during her writing career. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, juggle-dancing, yoga, photography, cooking and singing along with her favorite songs while in the car driving. In the future, she plans to finish writing her first book and hopes to travel to all the beautiful places that she’s read about.