How To: Get Rid of Headaches & Anxiety with Homemade Lavender Lemonade & More

Get Rid of Headaches & Anxiety with Homemade Lavender Lemonade & More

Rather than reaching for aspirin the next time a headache strikes, try grabbing a drink of lemonade instead. Not only can it help ease your head pain, but it can also help relieve stress, anxiety, and depression. But not just any old lemonade will do the trick—reach for the lavender lemonade.

Why Lemons & Lavender Are the Perfect Mix

Lemonade, though known as a sweet summery beverage, offers 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 addition of lavender, lemonade becomes especially helpful for stressed-out minds. Lavender essential oil has 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.

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Also, according to research conducted by naturopathic physician Jeremy Appleton, the scent of lavender works to change our perception of pain. Appleton's work indicates that when we smell lavender, we are better able to tolerate pain like headaches.

DIY Lavender Lemonade (With Lavender Essential Oil)

To create your own lavender lemonade, the recipe is an easy one. Mix the following ingredients together:

  • 1 cup raw honey (or 3–4 cups sugar)
  • 12 cups pure water
  • 1 drop lavender essential oil, available at health food stores
  • The juice of six lemons
  • Lavender sprigs for garnish

Once 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.

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If you're worried 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).

DIY Lavender Lemonade (With Dried Flowers)

If you still can't fathom the idea of ingesting lavender essential oil, The Kitchn has a good recipe for you to try.

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 5 cups water, divided
  • 1 tbsp dried lavender flowers (English or Provençal lavender is probably best)
  • 1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Ice cubes
  • Lavender sprigs for garnish

The process of making this is a little more time-consuming than the oil method above, so head to The Kitchn for the full instructions. If you want to make less, Martha Stewart has a good recipe, though it ups the sugar significantly.

Don't Like Lemonade?

While you'll get the best benefits from a fresh glass of lavender lemonade, you can also add a little lemon and lavender to your food, too. (Click on a link to go to its recipe.)

Lemon Lavender Cookies from Elana's Pantry:

Lavender Lemon Bars from SugarHero:

Roasted Asparagus with Lavender, Lemon, & Garlic from Food:

Lemon Lavender Pound Cake form The Baker Chick:

Lemon & Lavender Posset with Lavender Biscuits from BBC Food:

Lavender, Lemon, & Honey Spatchcocked Roast Chicken from Serious Eats:

Lemon Lavender Gelato from Italian Food Forever:

Lavender-Lemon Roasted Salmon from Cooking with Chopin:

Lavender Lemon Sablé Cookies from Food for My Family:

Lavender & Lemon Pasta from Eat 2 Be Healthy:

Lemon Whoopie Pies with Lavender Frosting from Styling My Everyday:

Lemon Lavender Polenta Cake from Food52:

Potato Pizza with Lavender, Lemon, & Rosemary from Cook Play Explore:

Lemon Lavender Cookies from The Perfect Pantry:

Lemon Lavender Cupcakes from Wilton:

Lemon Ricotta Pizza with Honey & Lavender from Creative Culinary:

Don't Forget That Lavender!

As Dr. Julian Whitaker notes, aromatherapy with lavender is beneficial beyond painful headaches and frantic worries. He writes that lavender's fragrance is so calming, it relaxes individuals more than a quick nap or a lengthy massage. With its scent, you can lighten a negative mood, sleep easier at night, and soften the blow of aches and pains caused by hangovers, colds, and more. By adding the fragrance of lavender, you can find peace from all that worries you.

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2 Comments

A very informative article, but I think it is missing a very important piece of information: Lavender also has adverse effects on lots of people, especially those who suffer from epilepsy, autism, and ADHD. It can trigger seizures, migraines, blurred vision, it can also change mood and behavior. "Lavender: It's not always calming" - Atlantic Institute of Aromatherapy

As with all things different people have different reactions to different things. Essential oils are no different, one person may find that Lavender makes their symptoms worse while another person diagnosed with the same issue will find it makes them better. If you are unsure and are not familiar with safe testing procedures it is best to talk with a certified aroma therapist and/ or holistic doctor.

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