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.
Pure lavender oil is an incredible essential oil to use for your health and wellness. It is one of the gentlest of essential oils, but also one of the most powerful, making it a household favorite for healing.
Lemonade, though known as a sweet summery beverage, offers therapeutic benefits all by its lonesome thanks to its fruity contents. 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. Pretty much anything citrus-based is widely known in aromatherapy as an antidepressant and can help improve concentration.
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.
A lot of prior research on lavender has focused on using the plant in the olfactory path – making it useful for aromatherapy. In addition to psychological effects, aromatherapy is thought to be therapeutically effective due to physiological effects of the inhaled medicinal compounds.
A survey in a long-stay neurology in-patient department showed increased mood scores and reduced psychological distress following aromatherapy with lavender accompanied with tea tree and rosemary.
According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, scientific evidence suggests that aromatherapy with lavender may slow the activity of the nervous system, improve sleep quality, promote relaxation and lift the moods of people suffering from sleep disorders.
Tysoe and colleagues conducted a study on how using lavender oil in a burner affected the mood and stress of a hospital staff. A significant number of respondents (85%) believed that lavender aroma improved the work environment following the use of the lavender oil burners.
To get you started, here is a simple recipe for lavender lemonade:
1 cup raw organic honey
12 cups pure water (fresh spring water is recommended!)
2-10 drops lavender essential oil (depending on the strength of the lavender essential oil)
6 organic lemons, peeled
Lavender sprigs for garnish
Blend all ingredients together in a NutriBullet blender and chill. Add more water, raw honey or essential oil drops if needed.
Also, there are other ways you can use lavender oil for anxiety and headaches:
Mix 5 to 6 drops of Lavender essential oil to your bath water if you have dry skin.
Diffuse 10 to 12 drops of Lavender into the air for natural stress relief. You need an Essential Oil Diffuser to do this.
Add 2 drops of Lavender per ounce of your favorite lightly scented, unrefined organic oil (like almond oil or olive oil) for a body oil with all the benefits of lavender for improving your skin, relaxing your mind, warding off insects or helping you sleep.