We always knew we loved lemonade, but we didn't know a little spin on it could be a cure for two very common health problems.
Headaches are an annoying normality for millions of people, and whether weather-related or due to a stressful daily grind, they aren't a laughing matter. Neither is anxiety, which according to the Anxiety and Depression Society of America (ADAA), affects around 40 million Americans. That is a whopping 18 percent of the country's population.
For those who suffer these common health ailments, our advice is this: when life gives you lemons and lavender oil, you need to make a mentally refreshing pitcher of lavender lemonade.
In addition to having incredible anti-inflammatory, antidepressant and detoxifying properties, lavender oil was recently discovered to be an effective treatment for moderate migraine headaches. One study published in the Natural Medicine Journal concluded that lavender oil was also effective in managing moderate levels of anxiety and depression.
Combine lavender powers with the rejuvenating effects of lemonade and you have the ultimate relaxation inducing drink.
The lemonade making process is simple — just make homemade lemonade as your normally would but use raw honey or maple syrup instead of sugar (natural sweeteners are always better) and add one drop of lavender essential oil. Garnish with sprigs of fresh lavender.
Mixing these together creates the perfect purple-tinted concoction of mental satisfaction. You can view the full recipe here.
Food truly is power, especially when it comes to health.