So many people suffer from anxiety and headaches these days. A great number of people are using various pills and medications in order to fight anxiety, and while it can be useful for some extreme cases, not everyone is going to benefit from medications. There are natural ways to combat anxiety and headaches. The most delicious way is easily this lavender lemonade.
Pure lavender is an essential oil to aid you in your health and wellness. It is one of the gentlest oils while still being the most powerful. It is chemically complex with over 150 active constituents. Lavender oil has many anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antidepressant, antiseptic, antibacterial, antimicrobial, antispasmodic, analgesic, detoxifier, hypotensive and sedative properties.
Researchers from Florida have found that it reduces anxiety and lowers pulse rates in nursing students that are taking stressful tests. In the hospital, lavender aromatherapy has been known to decrease pre-surgery distress and relax you like a massage or merely resting would.
It also has medical properties and has been proven to reduce depression, improve insomnia and ease labor pains. And evidence suggests that lavender oil benefits those with headaches, hangovers, sinus congestion and pain relief.
“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. 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. These calming effects of lavender oil and single constituents may be the origin of the traditional use of lavender. Lavender oil olfaction has been shown to decrease anxiety, as measured by the Hamilton rating scale, and can increase mood scores.
The following are selected examples of clinical trials on lavender aromatherapy:
– 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.
– 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.
– 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.
– 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.
– 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 speed of mathematical calculations.
Here’s how to make DIY Lavender Lemonade
You will need:
1 cup of raw honey
5 cups pure water
1/4 cup dried lavender. dried, organic culinary lavender ( or 1 drop lavender essential oil)
6 lemons, peeled and juiced approx.
Lavender sprigs for garnish
1. Pour 1/2 the water in a pan, bring to boil and remove from heat
2. Add honey and dried lavender let steep for approximately 20 minutes.
3. Strain mixture and pour into larger container.
4. Add lemon juice and the remaining water. Stir well
Other ways you can use Lavender for Anxiety and Headaches
• Mix 5 to 6 drops of Lavender essential oil to your bath water if you have dry skin.
• Diffuse 10 to 12 drops of Lavender into the air during your workday for natural stress relief.
• Add 2 drops of Lavender per ounce of your favorite lightly scented, unrefined organic oil (like almond oil or olive oil) for a body oil with all the benefits of lavender for improving your skin, relaxing your mind, warding off insects or helping you sleep.