When it comes to things such as headaches or anxiety, often people turn to medicine in order to deal with the symptoms. While medications can be useful in dealing with these problems, they are not always the only answer. In fact, for some people going with a more natural approach can be much more beneficial in the long run.
Among the ways that a person can deal with something as simple as a headache, or as complicated as issues with anxiety, is to incorporate lavender into their diet in some way. Perhaps the simplest way to add lavender is by actually making lavender-infused lemonade. However, it is also important to understand why this is effective, which is something we get into here.
There are some amazing medicinal properties that lavender offers people, and while some people might think of this particular plant as being all about its aromatic properties, the reality is that lavender actually has a lot to offer people. In general, just the scent of this plant is enough to help calm one’s senses. Once you actually incorporate lavender into your diet, it can actually have a very positive effect on your overall well-being and health.
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Whether you choose to use lavender oil or even the actual flower itself, there are many benefits to adding this to your diet, and of course your lemonade. While lavender oil is considered to be one of the gentlest of all of the essential oils, it is also one of the more powerful in terms of what it can do. This is an essential oil that possesses properties such as being an analgesic, a sedative, an antiseptic, an antidepressant, and even an anti-inflammatory. It can even act as a detoxifier, which is certainly a health bonus for people looking to detox their systems.
When it comes to lavender’s ability to reduce a person’s anxiety, while also relieving headaches, research has indicated that it helps in lowering an individual’s pulse rate. Even just the scent of lavender has been shown to lower levels of stress more effectively than rest or massage. Other areas in which lavender has a positive effect include helping to relieve insomnia and even reduce a person’s depression. Plus, lavender has been beneficial to people suffering from headaches and even hangovers.
Lavender as a whole is a highly beneficial plant that offers many health benefits to people who either use it as a source of aromatherapy or who ingest it as part of their diet. However, when it comes to adding lavender to something like lemonade, it is important to not overdo it.
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Lavender Lemonade Time
The most important thing to remember when it comes to adding lavender to your recipes is making sure you are using culinary lavender. Making a simple lavender lemonade requires an easy list that includes fresh lemons, dried lavender that is of the culinary variety, water, and a sweetener (honey is a natural sweetener that is also good for health when used in its raw form).
The best way to make this particular lemonade mixture is to juice your lemons first and set that to the side. Depending on how you like your lemonade, you may want to add more or less lemon, but I recommend seven large lemons. From there you want to bring 2.5 cups of water to a boil, which you are going to add the honey (which again is about taste preference) and dried lavender to in order for them to steep together. For best results, I would steep the mixture until it has completely cooled down.
Once the lavender and honey mixture has cooled, you need to strain it in order to get out the bits of lavender and even honeycomb if there is any. Pour this infused water into a pitcher, and then add in another 2.5 cups of water, as well as the freshly squeezed lemon juice. Stir it up, refrigerate, and then serve nicely chilled.
While this is a standard lemonade recipe with a lavender twist, there are also plenty of other ways to add lavender to any beverage. You could add it to iced tea, make lavender water, or even add lavender to a freshly squeezed fruit juice. Much like you did with the lemonade it is really all about steeping the dried culinary grade lavender in boiling water in order to extract the necessary beneficial properties.
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