Why Lemons & Lavender Are the Perfect for you
Lavender contains 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.
With the combination of lavender, and lemonade becomes really helpful for stressed-out minds. The lavender essential oil has also been used for centuries as a soothing scent, and researchers have found proof that the herb reduces anxiety, slows pulse rates, and calms our entire body. Lavender oil is gentle and powerful, and it works as an anti-inflammatory, antidepressant, detoxifier, and sedative.
Also, from research which was conducted by naturopathic physician Jeremy Appleton, the scent of lavender works to change our perception of pain. Appleton’s work shows that when people smell lavender, we are better able to tolerate pain like headaches.
DIY Lavender Lemonade (With Lavender Essential Oil)
To create your own lavender lemonade, you will need
- 1 cup raw honey (or 3–4 cups sugar)
- 12 cups of pure water
- The juice of six lemons
- Lavender sprigs for garnish
- A drop lavender essential oil, available at health food stores
When the ingredients are well combined, cool the lemonade in your refrigerator until it’s perfectly chilled. If you prefer your drink sweeter, add more honey, or take down the sweetness with added water.
If you’re disturbed about ingesting essential oil, don’t be. Though most essential oils are labeled for external use only, it’s only a precaution because they are very strong, according to Now Foods (you can get a bottle from them here). Most essential oils are safe for consumption in very small quantities, so don’t use more than a drop. If you want to get something that specifically states food-grade, LorAnn is a good choice (which claims it’s great for savory dishes, baked goods, and chocolates).