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One crippling mental disorder that has plagued the country is anxiety. Surpassing the mood disorder depression, anxiety is known as the most common form of mental illness in the United States. Approximately 10 percent of teens have it, and 40 percent of adults have suffered a certain degree of anxiety disorder. Anxiety affects the person physically and mentally. Physical symptoms include shortness of breath, nausea, headache, dizzy spells, and more.
Aside from anxiety, another crippling attack can come in the form of headaches. For the most part, everyone tends to suffer a headache, especially when put under stressful situations. Though some medications can help people deal with them, they aren’t always good for the body and can cause some long-term side effects.
Fortunately, there is a way to combat anxiety and headaches with the use of natural remedies. Today, you’re about to learn one of the most effective ways in doing so by using two of nature’s top antioxidants: lavender and lemonade.
What Is Lavender Lemonade?
Pure lavender oil is nature’s gift to humankind, which helps improve health and promote wellness. It is among the gentlest essential oils, but also one of the most effective in treating ailments. Flavoring your lemonade with lavender is a great way to take advantage of its medicinal properties.
Benefits of Lavender Oil
Lavender is currently the most used essential oil in the world. Ancient texts state that lavender oil has been used for the last 2,500 years. It contains over 150 active constituents that have the following properties:
- sedative properties
Lavender for Anxiety and Stress Disorders
In hospital settings, lavender aromatherapy is recommended for patients who are about to undergo surgery. A study conducted by the University of Florida found that lavender oil can also reduce anxiety and pulse rates for students who are taken over by stress caused by exams. Nursing students, who are often subjected to grueling theory and practical exams demonstrated a more calm demeanor after being exposed to lavender oil.
Lavender oil is also known to be helpful for pregnant women. Not only can it reduce nausea, it is also known to provide relief for labor pains. That said, its natural calming effect treats headaches, hangovers, congestion, and offers pain relief as well.
How to Use Lavender to Treat Anxiety and Headaches
- Mix 5 to 6 drops of lavender oil to bath water to treat dry skin.
- Place 2 to 3 drops of lavender essential oil to your pillow to help combat insomnia.
- Diffuse 10 to 12 drops of lavender into the air during your office hours.
- Lavender scented candles at home are always a stress-reliever. But do exercise caution by never leaving a candle unattended.
Proven Medical Benefits of Lavender Oil
- Increases antioxidant production. Those living in big cities are often subjected to free radicals such as toxins, chemicals, and other harmful pollutants. To combat them, the human body produces antioxidants like glutathione, catalase, and superoxide dismutase (SOD) to prevent the free radicals from damaging the body. Researchers from China have discovered that lavender oil helps your body increase antioxidant production within 22 hours from when you used it.
- Protects cells from cancer. A study conducted by a group of Romanian scientists found that inhaling lavender for 60 minutes a day can protect cells from the types of damage that can lead to cancer.
- Alleviates anxiety, sleep disturbance, and depression. In November 2013, an in-depth study on the benefits of lavender oil was published in the International Journal of Psychiatry in Clinical Practice. The study found that 80 mg capsules of lavender oil a day relieves symptoms of anxiety, sleep disturbance, and depression.
- Makes a good remedy for insomnia. A study, which was published in the Journal of Alternative Complementary Medicine, had five men and five women who were struggling with insomnia use lavender oil. The study yielded positive changes on the sleeping habits of the subjects, proving that this natural wonder is a great help for those who can’t fall asleep.
- Improves mood and reduces stress in hospital settings. Tysoe and colleagues from the Natural Medicine Journal conducted a study using lavender oil in a burner. They found that it significantly reduced stress in a hospital setting. A huge 85% respondents believed that lavender helped improve the work environment. Other than hospitals, lavender oil can be used in offices, homes, and schools.
- Helps treat inflammatory diseases. Lavender has analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties. Extracts from the leaves are used in Iranian folk medicine as remedies for the treatment of various inflammatory diseases and for treating headaches and body cramps.
Of course, there are multiple ways to make the most of lavender oil other than just inhaling it. A popular way is to mix it with lemonade. Lavender works great with the natural antioxidant properties of lemon, and it’ll be a healthy way to beat the summer heat as well.
Follow the easy recipe for lavender lemonade below.
Lavender Lemonade Ingredients
- 1 cup raw honey
- 5 cups pure water
- 1/4 cup dried lavender. dried, organic culinary lavender
- 6 lemons, peeled and juiced approx.
- lavender sprigs for garnish
Steps to Making Lavender Lemonade
- Pour half of the prepared water into a pan. Bring the liquid to a boil, then remove from heat.
- Put in the cup of raw honey and dried lavender let steep for 20 minutes.
- Strain mixture, then pour the result into a larger container.
- Mix the lemon juice with the remaining water. Stir well.
Do not use lavender oil for the recipe above. Experts have cautioned that lavender essential oil can be toxic when consumed. Other adverse reactions include allergic reactions as well hormonal imbalances in men and boys. The signs of lavender oil toxicity are abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, skin rash, and burning pain in the throat. Should lavender overdose occur, please call poison control or emergency services immediately.
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