How to Make Lavender Lemonade to Get Rid of Headaches and Anxiety (Evidence Based)

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Lavender Lemonade for Headaches and Anxiety
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Lavender is a well-known healing herb that helps soothe away tension, headaches, and stress. One effective way to use lavender for its amazing healing properties is in homemade lemonade. You can combine the therapeutic action of lavender with lemon to make lemonade for anxiety and stress.

When making this anti-anxiety lavender drink, you don’t have to stick to just using lemons. There are a number of other beneficial natural ingredients that have pain and stress-relieving properties. For example, ginger not only soothes digestive upset but can also help with anxiety. Another great ingredient to help soothe tension headaches and chronic migraines is chamomile.

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In this article, you will find out how to use our lavender lemonade recipes for treating anxiety, stress and headaches. You will also learn about reasons why lavender is such a useful home remedy for stress and anxiety.

How Lavender Helps Relieve Headaches, Stress and Anxiety

Lavender is a small shrub-like herb that has purple flowers and a fresh floral aroma. One of the main uses of lavender is its essential oil that contains medicinal properties. It is the essential oil of lavender that is so good for soothing pain and headaches.

In fact, there are many scientific studies on the benefits of lavender to treat anxiety. For example, one science-based study found that taking oral lavender oil capsule was just as effective in alleviating the signs of anxiety as the anti-anxiety drug lorazepam. Furthermore, unlike anxiety medication, lavender has a calming effect without causing drowsiness or sleepiness. (1)

So, even though lavender is a good aromatherapy remedy for anxiety, there is some evidence that ingesting its essential oil can help with anxiety.

In addition to reducing anxiety, lavender oil has properties that help treat migraine headaches. This therapeutic effect on headaches was especially noted when inhaling the lavender aromas. (2)

Other research into the relaxing effect of using lavender-based remedies has shown that lavender is good for treating mild depression, calming frayed nerves, and helping you sleep better. (3, 4, 5)

How Lemon Helps Relieve Headaches and Improves Your Mood

Apart from lavender having anti-stress and pain relieving properties, there is some evidence that lemons can also address anxiety and pain.

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Lemon is a type of citrus fruit rich in vitamin C that has many benefits for your general health. So, what is the connection between lemon juice and treating headaches?

One study from 2016 found that a type of citrus fruit called citron (Citrus medica L.) can help reduce the intensity of migraine headaches. Consuming citron syrup 3 times a day for 4 weeks was effective in easing thumping headaches. In fact, the citron syrup was just as effective as propranolol (medication for migraines) in lowering the duration and pain intensity of migraine attacks. (6)

As well as helping to relieve headaches, putting lemon oil in your diffuser can have beneficial effects in boosting your mood. In fact, one study showed that after inhaling aromas of lemon oil, people felt more positive. (14)

Lavender Lemonade Fights Headaches By Keeping You Hydrated

Another reason why consuming lavender lemonade or other lavender-type drinks helps beat headaches is because it keeps you hydrated.

There is plenty of evidence that dehydration can cause headaches and can be a migraine trigger. For example, some observational studies have found that not getting enough water can bring on a severe headache. What’s more, dehydration can cause headaches to last longer. (7)

What is the cure for a dehydration headache? Studies have shown that drinking plenty of water is enough to alleviate symptoms of this type of headache in as little time as 30 minutes. Increasing your daily water intake is also a way to prevent headaches. (8, 7)

Of course, you can just drink plain water or healthy types of flavored water to rehydrate and help relieve your headache. However, because lavender and lemon have pain-relieving properties, drinking lavender lemonade may be one effective way to reduce your need for painkillers to soothe a headache.

So, if you are looking to get the benefits of drinking lavender lemonade for headaches or anxiety, here are some great refreshing recipes of anti-anxiety drinks.

Lavender Lemonade Recipe for Anxiety

For the basic lavender lemonade recipe, you will need dried lavender flowers, some lemons, and honey to taste.

How to make lavender lemonade

For each cup of lavender lemonade allow 1 teaspoon of dried lavender flowers and a juice of half a lemon. You can increase the quantity while maintaining the ratio of the ingredients.

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Here is recipe for 4 cups:

  1. Boil 4 cups of water. Remove from the heat and put in 4 teaspoons of dried lavender flowers.
  2. Cover the cup and allow the lavender to infuse for 10-15 minutes.
  3. Then strain the lavender-infused liquid and add the juice of 2 small lemons.
  4. Add honey to taste while the liquid is warm but not too hot.
  5. Wait until the drink has cooled to room temperature and consume 3 or 4 times a day.

As well as consuming this lemon-lavender drink for anxiety and headaches, you could also massage some lavender oil to your temples. Lavender essential oil is one of the best ones you can use to treat headaches and migraines.

Recipe for Lavender Lemonade with Ginger For Anxiety, Stress and Pain

This lavender lemonade recipe includes ginger and lemons to help address a number of anxiety and pain related issues.

Ginger is a medicinal herb that can help relieve nausea (which often accompanies migraines) and digestive upset. Other studies have suggested that ingesting ginger can also help relieve headaches. (9)

How to make ginger and lavender lemonade

For this delicious lemonade recipe, you will need some dried lavender flowers and fresh or dried ginger.

  1. Bring 4 cups of water to the boil in a medium saucepan.
  2. Finely chop 2-inch piece of ginger and put it in the hot water along with 4 teaspoons of dried lavender flowers.
  3. Next, cover and leave for 30 minutes.
  4. Strain the liquid into a jug and add the juice of 2 small lemons.
  5. Add honey to taste while the liquid is warm but not too hot.
  6. Wait until the drink has cooled to room temperature and consume the ginger-lavender lemonade 3 or 4 times a day to help relieve the symptoms of a headache or anxiety.

If you use dried ginger, substitute the fresh ginger for 2 teaspoons of ginger powder.

Recipe for Lavender Lemonade with Lime and Mint to Relieve Pain and Stress

You can mix things up a bit with your lavender lemonade recipe by including other citrus fruits.

This lavender drink recipe includes lemons and lime. Some studies seem to suggest that lime also has anti-inflammatory properties that can help to reduce pain. (10)

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Although peppermint essential oil in aromatherapy has better use for treating headaches than ingesting it, mint gives this drink a refreshing taste.

How to make a minty lemon and lime lavender drink

For this lavender lemonade recipe, you can use fresh lavender sprigs.

  • Bring 4 cups of water to the boil in a medium saucepan.
  • Add 4 teaspoons of dried lavender flowers and a handful of chopped fresh mint, cover, and leave to infuse for 30 minutes.
  • Strain the lavender-mint liquid into a large pitcher.
  • Add 2 tbsp. of lemon juice and 2 tbsp. of lime juice.
  • Add honey to taste while the liquid is warm but not too hot.
  • Pour into a glass and consume regularly to help to alleviate tension headaches and stress.

Anti-Anxiety Recipe for a Lavender and Rosemary Lemonade Drink

Rosemary is another great ingredient to combine in lavender lemonade.

The fragrant herb rosemary is used extensively for its therapeutic and medicinal properties. For instance, some studies suggest that the rosemary plant has an analgesic effect and is useful in treating headaches. (11)

Also, lab studies have shown that drinking rosemary beverages may have an anti-depressive effect. In some cases, rosemary water helped to lower feelings of anxiety and fear. (12)

How to make rosemary lavender lemonade for anxiety and headaches

For this recipe, you can use fresh herbs to create an aromatic, floral lemonade-type drink.

  • Bring 4 cups of water to the boil in a medium saucepan.
  • Add 4 teaspoons of dried lavender flowers and a small handful of chopped fresh rosemary leaves, cover, and leave to infuse for 30 minutes.
  • Strain the lavender-rosemary liquid into a large pitcher.
  • Strain the liquid into a jug and add the juice of 2 freshly squeezed small lemons.
  • Stir in enough raw honey to sweeten the drink while the liquid is warm but not too hot.
  • .Consume the rosemary-lavender lemonade regularly to help lower anxiety and prevent headaches.

Relaxing Chamomile Lavender Lemonade For Headaches and Stress

Drinking chamomile tea is a well-known natural anti-stress remedy that helps relieve anxiety and headaches.

In fact, some studies into the benefits of taking chamomile have found that it helps treat general anxiety disorders. Using chamomile for its healing properties has been linked to alleviating mild depression and symptoms of anxiety. (13)

Therefore, adding chamomile to lavender lemonade may help to increase the effectiveness of this stress-relieving drink. The combined effect of chamomile and lavender can also help relieve stress and pain out during a migraine attack.

How to make lavender-chamomile lemonade:

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  • Put 2 teaspoons each of dried chamomile and dried lavender flowers into a medium saucepan.
  • Add 4 cups of water and bring to the boil.
  • Remove from the heat, cover, and allow to infuse for 20 minutes.
  • Strain into a large pitcher.
  • While the liquid is still warm but not too hot, mix in some raw honey to taste.
  • Add the juice of 2 freshly squeezed lemons and mix well.
  • Drink 3 or 4 cups regularly throughout the day to help lower anxiety and relieve headache pain.

Lavender Lemonade with Pear for Headaches and Stress

If the sharp taste of fresh lemon juice and lavender is too strong for you, then this lavender lemonade recipe may be just what you are looking for.

This recipe uses freshly squeezed pear juice to add a mildly sweet flavor to the lemonade drink. This is a slight variation on the classic lavender lemonade recipe.

How to make pear lavender lemonade

For this recipe, you will need one large pear, honey or maple syrup as a natural sweetener, and fresh or dried lavender.

  • Make a strong lavender infusion by putting a handful of fresh lavender flowers in a medium saucepan with a cup of water.
  • Bring to the boil and allow to simmer covered for 5 minutes.
  • Leave for 20 minutes to extract the lavender essential oils.
  • Strain out the lavender and pour the liquid into a large pitcher.
  • Juice a large pear and add to the lavender infusion along with the juice of 2 lemons.
  • Add 4 cups of sparkling water to create fizzy pear lavender lemonade.
  • Add raw honey or maple syrup to taste.
  • Consume 2 or 3 glasses of the lavender-pear drink every day for its stress-relieving effect.

Sparkling Pink Lavender Lemonade For Anxiety and Pain

To make things more interesting with your lavender lemonade recipe, you can use delicious red berries to add more vitamin C and vibrant color.

Berries contain large levels of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. Consuming berries has been linked to better cardiovascular digestive, digestive health, and cognitive health. (15, 16)

Some red berries that add nutrients and color to this recipe include raspberries, strawberries, or cranberries. All you have to do is juice a cup of berries beforehand and then add to the recipe to make pink lemonade. You can substitute the red berries for blueberries to make purple lavender lemonade.

How to make your own sparkling pink lemonade

  • Make a strong lavender infusion by putting a handful of fresh lavender flowers and a handful of fresh mint leaves in a medium saucepan with 2 cups of water.
  • Bring the water to the boil, cover and simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Leave to infuse for 15 more minutes.
  • Strain the lavender-mint liquid into a large jug.
  • Mix in a cup of freshly juiced raspberries, cranberries, blueberries or strawberries.
  • Add the juice of 2 freshly squeezed lemons and mix well.
  • Add 4 cups of sparkling water to create fizzy pink or purple lemonade.
  • Add some raw honey to taste.

Other Ways to Relieve Anxiety

Drinking lavender lemonade to get rid of headaches and anxiety can help when used along with other methods. Very often, a healthy diet helps you get enough of the nutrients you need to help balance your emotional well-being.

In some cases, making some simple lifestyle changes can help to lower levels of anxiety and help you cope better. Here are a few ideas you can try:

Exercise is great, not only for your general health but to treat anxiety. Studies have shown that regular physical activity may be effective in helping people cope better with anxious thoughts. (17)

Supplements may help to provide emotional balance by helping boost certain chemicals in the brain. In the article natural remedies for anxiety, you can read how ginseng, ashwagandha, kava kava, GABA, and L-Theanine supplements can help you beat anxiety.

Managing your time better is also useful in preventing anxiety and being under unnecessary stress. For instance, one study found that time management can assist in reducing stress and anxiety and may even alleviate some symptoms of depression. (18)

Psychotherapy may be necessary in some cases to get professional advice and counsel from a qualified mental health practitioner. Trained therapists can help patients learn techniques to cope better with anxious thoughts and deal with panic-related anxiety. (19)

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