Lavender lemonade is actually a thing, y’all. But don’t take my word for it. While the aromatic plant has not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), its medicinal benefits have been demonstrated. Research suggests that it may be useful for treating anxiety, insomnia, depression, and restlessness. Containing more than 100 active constituents, such as linalool, perillyl alcohol, camphor, and flavinoids, this perennial herb may also have positive effects on pain reduction; naturally.
Native to northern Africa, India, and Mediterranean mountain regions, different uses of lavender have been recorded for more than 2500 years. A relative of the mint family, this plant has been highly regarded for its appearance, fragrance, and variety of uses. Today, lavender is commercially grown in many continents; including Europe, Australia, and North and South America.
Lavender essential oil (made from a distillation process) is useful for a variety of health uses and overall well-being. Long considered a disinfectant, lavender oil can also soothe sunburn, insect bites, headaches and acne. It is soothing in baths, helpful as a sleep aid, and promotes a calming, relaxing state any time of day.
- Sedative properties
When used in lemonade or other beverages, keep in mind that a little goes a long way. Adding lavender to lemonade is an effective way to benefit from its medicinal properties, potentially ease any anxiety you may be experiencing, and kick your beverage up a notch…or two!
- 1/4 cup dried lavender. dried, organic culinary lavender ( or 1 drop lavender essential oil)
- 6 lemons, peeled and juiced
- 1 cup raw honey
- 5 cups pure water
- Sprigs of Lavender for garnish (optional)
Begin by boiling 2.5 cups of the water in a pot and then remove from heat. Next, add the honey and dried lavender (or drop of lavender essential oil). Allow the ingredients to steep for a minimum of 20 minutes, strain, and pour into your favorite pitcher.
Finally, add lemon juice and the remaining water, and stir. Keep the lemonade in the fridge until ready to serve. Use sprigs of lavender for garnish and enjoy!
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