(WTXL) — There is no shortage of lotions and creams using lavender as a common ingredient. However, the reason goes beyond the refreshing scent.
In mice, researchers found that some components of lavender odor had effects on anxiety similar to taking Valium.
Lavender has been shown to decrease stress and relieve chronic headaches. The essential oils in lavender directly affect headaches by relieving tension and dehydration. Adding a few drops of lavender essential oil can help decrease stress.
Scientists say the scent of lavender relaxes the body, while still having anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and detoxifying abilities. That combination makes lavender a great addition to soaps and lotions.
Lavender essential oil can also be consumed in small amounts to heal the body from the inside out, according to Medical News Today.
Mix one drop lavender essential oil with juice from six lemons, 1/2 cup of raw honey, and 10 cups of water to create a lavender lemonade. Warm the mixture in a pot and stir until the honey dissolves into the mixture. Remove from heat and let it cool in the refrigerator before consuming.
It can also be used to fungal infections, can help digestive issues and to heal wounds.
This lavender lemonade can provide stress and headache relief.
250 ml (1 cup) of water
30 ml (2 tbsp.) Dried lavender or 125 ml (1⁄2 cup) fresh lavender
1/2 cup (125 ml) freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 2 lemons)
1/2 cup (125 ml) sugar or 1/3 cup honey
1 liter (4 cups) cold water
Lemon and lavender wedges, for garnish
Step 1. To make the lavender tea, bring the water to a boil, then remove from the heat. Add the lavender and leave to infuse, covered, for about 15 minutes, in a saucepan or a measuring cup.
Step 2. Over a pitcher, pass the infusion through a sieve. Add lemon juice and sugar, mix, then add cold water.
Step 3. Refrigerate 1 to 2 hours. Serve with lemon wedges and lavender flowers.
Makes one pitcher
You can also make lavender ice cubes by placing lavender flowers to make your ice cubes to serve with the lemonade.