Anxiety is one of the most common mental health issues and headaches are something that everyone experiences once in a while. Although doctors typically prescribe medications to get rid of headaches and anxiety, the truth is that they are not beneficial for everyone. The good news is that there are natural ways to address this issue, out of which lavender lemonade is the tastiest one. Flavoring lemonade with lavender is an amazing way to reap the health benefits of lavender. You can use either the fresh aromatic herb or the oil of lavender.
Lavender oil is extremely beneficial essential oil which is one of the gentlest at the same time. It has a complex structure and it contains more than 150 active ingredients, which explains its potency. It contains antidepressant, antiseptic, antibacterial, antimicrobial, antispasmodic, analgesic, sedative, hypotensive, detoxifier, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory properties.
It has been found that lavender oil helps reduce anxiety and lower pulse rates in nursing students when taking a stress, according to a study done by Florida researchers. As for hospitals, lavender aromatherapy was found to reduce pre-surgery distress. In addition, lavender essential oil has been shown to improve insomnia, reduce depression, and ease labor pains.
“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.46-53 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.54 These 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.
Examples of clinical trials on lavender aromatherapy:
- Dunn and his colleagues found anxiolytic activity of lavender oil aromatherapy in patients in intensive care units. The subjects were given at least 1 session of aromatherapy with 1 percent lavender essential oil. Significant anxiolytic effects were seen in the first treatment, although second and third treatments didn’t appear to as effective as the first one.
- Alaoui-Ismaili and colleagues found that lavender causes changes in the autonomic nervous system.
- Lavender aromatherapy may reduce the perception of pain and the need for conventional drugs in both adults and children.
- Lewith and colleagues investigated the impact of lavender aromatherapy on anxiety in female patients being treated with chronic hemodialysis. Lavender aroma decreased the score of HAMA, rating scale for anxiety, showing that it works as an effective noninvasive treatment of anxiety in hemodialysis patients.
- Diego and colleagues found that people receiving lavender oil (10%) olfaction for three minutes felt more relaxed and had improved mood and increased speed of mathematical calculations.
- According to a study done by Tysoe and colleagues, lavender oil in burned use improved the work environment.
DIY Lavender Lemonade
- 5 cups pure water
- 1/4 cup dried lavender. dried, organic culinary lavender ( or 1 drop lavender essential oil)
- 1 cup raw honey
- 6 lemons, peeled and juiced approx.
- Pour half of the water in a pan and bring it to boil
- Remove the pan from heat and add the dried lavender and honey
- Let it steep for about twenty minutes
- Strain the mixture and transfer into another container
- Add the lemon juice and the other half of the water
- Keep it refrigerated
Other ways you can use Lavender for Anxiety and Headaches
- Add two drops of lavender per ounce of unrefined organic oil, such as olive or almond oil, for a body oil which improves skin`s quality, boosts mood, and repels insects.
- If you have dry skin, mix 5-6 drops of lavender essential oil to your bath water
- To relieve stress, diffuse 10-12 drops of lavender into the air