Lavender Lemonade To Reduce Anxiety And Ease Headaches – Recipe Included
Written by: Linda Celauro
Pure lavender oil is an incredible essential oil to use for your own health and wellness. Lavender is among the gentlest of essential oils, but is also one of the most powerful, making it a favorite of households for the healing properties it holds and the many ways it can be used.
Lavender oil possesses amazing anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, antidepressant, antiseptic, antibacterial, antimicrobial, antispasmodic, analgesic, detoxifier, hypotensive and sedative properties.
Lavender oil has a chemically complex structure with over 150 active constituents, which explains its effectiveness when helping with a lot of health ailments. Research indicates that lavender oil benefits include reducing anxiety and lowering pulse rates during stressful situations. Lavender aromatherapy has been demonstrated to be more relaxing than massage or merely resting.
Lavender essential oil has many medicinal properties as well. It has been shown to reduce depression, improve insomnia and ease labor pains. Evidence suggests that lavender oil benefits those with headaches, sinus congestion, pain relief and even hangovers.
Most popularly, Lavender is a wonderful aromatic herb that calms the senses. Prior research on lavender has focused on the administration of lavender via an olfactory route. Lavender oil aromatherapy has been shown to be effective in the management of anxiety and depression and small and medium-sized controlled and uncontrolled clinical trials.
The calming effects of lavender oil and single constituents may be the origin of the traditional use of lavender. Lavender oil olfaction has been shown to decrease anxiety, as measured by the Hamilton rating scale, 51 and can increase mood scores.
There are many studies touting the use of lavender oil, some of which I have outlined below:
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.
Diego and colleagues demonstrated that people receiving lavender oil (10%) olfaction for 3 minutes felt significantly more relaxed and had decreased anxiety scores, improved moods and increased scores of alpha power on EEG (an indicator of alertness) and increased speed of mathematical calculations.
Lewith and colleagues investigated the effects of lavender aromatherapy on depression and anxiety in female patients being treated with chronic hemodialysis.59. The effects of aromatherapy were measured using the Hamilton rating scale for depression (HAMD) and the Hamilton rating scale for anxiety (HAMA). Lavender aroma significantly decreased the mean scores of HAMA, suggesting an effective, noninvasive means for the treatment of anxiety in hemodialysis patients.
Lavender aromatherapy, with or without massage, may also reduce the perception of pain and the need for conventional analgesics in adults and children, though more rigorously controlled trials are needed.
Flavoring your lemonade with lavender is a great way to utilize the amazing soothing and medicinal properties of lavender. Not only does it give the refreshing drink an even better taste, it allows the oil to make its way into your system more quickly, giving the effects a more potent outcome.
Additional ways you can use Lavender Oil for Anxiety and Headaches:
DIY Lavender Lemonade with Lavender Essential Oil
- Mix all ingredients together and chill. Add more water or raw honey if needed.
- Diffuse 10 to 12 drops of Lavender into the air during your workday for natural stress relief.
- 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.
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