There isn’t a person in the world that does not suffer from headaches at least once in a while. Anxiety has also become a condition quite frequently present in our daily life. Due to these modern conditions most of us turn to over-the-counter products or to the medications prescribed by our physicians, unfortunately all of them have side effects.
Luckily, there are natural solutions which can help us in the fight against these health issues. One of those natural solutions is lavender lemonade which also offers great savory taste.
Lavender is a great relaxing herb having incredible soothing properties due to its aroma. The flowers and the oil provide many health advantages. The derived pure lavender essential oil is gentle, but shows powerful healing properties. It is consisted of a chemically complex structure containing over 150 active constituents, which are accountable for its various medicinal features. It incorporates the following powerful qualities:
- Sedative properties
A conducted study in Florida revealed that this oil lowered anxiety and pulse rates in nursing students who were about to take stressful tests during the study. Likewise, lavender aromatherapy in hospital settings showed decreased pre-surgery distress, which was proven to be significantly more relaxing than the performed massage or simply resting.
Further on, lavender essential oil was proved to show great results in the treatment of sinus congestion, in reducing depression, alleviating headaches, improving insomnia, easing labor pains and hangovers, meaning that it successfully relieves pain.
Lavender oil has been traditionally used, and the reason for its use is in the following findings:
“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.
(2-9) 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.”
In addition to this, researchers discovered that lavender oil olfaction reduces anxiety and may improve the overall mood, as measured by the Hamilton Rating scale.
Lavender Lemonade Recipe
- 6 juiced lemons
- A quarter cup of dried organic culinary lavender (or 1 drop of lavender essential oil)
- 5 cups of pure water
- 1 cup of raw honey
- Lavender sprigs for garnish
Pour half the water in a pan, and then boil it. After that, remove it from heat. Next, add the honey and the dried lavender. Let it steep for 20 minutes. Then strain it and transfer it into a suitable container. Include the remaining water and the lemon juice and stir it well. Keep your lavender lemonade in the refrigerator.
Other Uses of Lavender Oil
- For proper hydration of dry skin, add 5 to 6 drops of lavender essential oil to your bath water.
- In order to relieve stress diffuse 10 to 12 drops of this oil into the air.
- You can also add 2 drops of lavender essential oil per ounce in your favorite lightly scented, unrefined organic oil, and use this powerful combination to improve sleep patterns, hydrate the skin, relax the mind, and keep insects at bay.
Clinical Trials on Lavender Aromatherapy
There are so many clinical trials which confirm the efficacy of lavender aromatherapy. Here below are some of the extracts of their findings:
- Alaoui-Ismaili and colleagues found that the aroma of lavender is considered by subjects to be very pleasant and is correlated with changes in the autonomic nervous system.
- “Dunn and colleagues demonstrated anxiolytic activity of lavender oil aromatherapy in patients in intensive care units. Subjects received at least 1 session of aromatherapy with 1% lavender essential oil. Significant anxiolytic effects were noted in the 1st treatment, though 2nd and 3rd treatments did not appear to be as effective.
- Tysoe and colleagues conducted a study of lavender oil in burner use on staff mood and stress in a hospital setting. A significant number of respondents (85%) believed that lavender aroma improved the work environment following the use of the lavender oil burners.
- Lewith and colleagues investigated the effects of lavender aromatherapy on depressed mood and anxiety in female patients being treated with chronic hemodialysis. 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.
- Diego and colleagues demonstrated that people receiving lavender oil (10%) olfaction for 3 minutes felt significantly more relaxed and had decreased anxiety scores, improved mood and increased scores of alpha power on EEG (an indicator of alertness), and increased the speed of mathematical calculations.
- 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.″