Advertising
Advertising

How To Make Lavender Lemonade To Get Rid Of Headaches And Anxiety

How To Make Lavender Lemonade To Get Rid Of Headaches And Anxiety

If headaches, anxiety, lack of sleep, or the general stress of your fast-paced life have you seeking relief and relaxation then look no further. All natural lavender oil is a wonder-herb with all sorts of medicinal uses. One of many ways to utilize its soothing properties is in the form of an easy to prepare lavender lemonade.

Amazing benefits of lavender oil

Before we get to the easy to make recipe for lavender lemonade take a quick glance at what this single herb is capable of:

Advertising

  • Lavender oil is quite complex with over 150 beneficial constituents comprising its makeup.
  • Among its most notable attributes are anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, antidepressant, antiseptic, antibacterial, antimicrobial, antispasmodic, analgesic, detoxifier, hypotensive, and sedative qualities.
  • Based on extensive research lavender oil has been proven to reduce anxiety and to lower pulse rates. It has been used effectively to lower pre-surgery stress, to reduce depression, to overcome insomnia, and even to ease labor pains.
  • Lavender oil has also proven to be beneficial in reducing headaches, easing hangovers, opening sinus congestion, and treating general pain relief.

How does lavender oil work?

The clinically proven results lavender oil delivers are attributed both to its smell and to its physical application. Aromatherapy of lavender creates a soothing psychological state as its over 150 constituents permeate through the olfactory system. The physiological effects of applying lavender oil topically or consuming it are equally calming, as well.

Advertising

Ingredients for lavender lemonade

  • 1 cup of raw honey
  • 12 cups of pure water
  • 1 drop of lavender oil
  • 6 lemons, peeled and juiced
  • lavender sprigs for garnish

Simply mix all the ingredients together and refrigerate (more water or raw honey can be added for desired taste). Enjoy!

Advertising

A few extra ways to use lavender oil

  • If you suffer with dry skin apply five or six drops of lavender oil to your bath water.
  • If you have a diffuser apply ten to twelve drops and diffuse during your workday to distress.
  • Add two drops of lavender oil to any other lightly scented, unrefined organic oil you may have (such as almond oil or olive oil) to create an enhanced body oil with all the benefits of lavender covering every desired inch of your body. This will improve skin health, relax you, help you sleep, and even deter insects.
  • Lavender oil has also been proven to increase blood circulation via aromatherapy by increasing levels of oxygenation. Lowering blood pressure, reducing hypertension, increasing muscle strength and brain activity, are just a few things this wonder-herb oil has to offer.

A few extra facts about lavender

  • Lavender’s name origin comes from the Latin verb “lavare”, which means to wash.
  • Lavender is in the same family as mint.
  • In ancient Egypt, lavender was used during the mummification process.
  • In Elizabethan times, bathing was not a common practice and lavender was often used to perfume clothing and bed sheets.
  • The natural scent of lavender keeps mice, flies, and mosquitoes away.
  • Lavender is commonly used as an ingredient in potpourri.
  • The nectar lavender plants produce is used to make high quality honey.
  • Lavender is symbolic of devotion, luck, success, and happiness.
  • Lavender plants do not produce seeds.
  • Most lavender plants are blue or purple. A few varieties can be pink or yellow.

So, if you are feeling overworked, anxious, or seeking help with falling asleep then give lavender lemonade a try. It is an all-natural remedy for all sorts of ailments that has been utilized across Earth for thousands of years. And remember, whether in the form of an oil or the blossoms, the uses and applications of lavender are as countless as the ailments it can cure.

Featured photo credit: lavender lemonade via altums.com

Advertising

More by this author

Pregnancy Checklist: What To Do When Pregnant How To Make Lavender Lemonade To Get Rid Of Headaches And Anxiety 42 Flowers You Can Eat And How You Can Eat Them How To Burp A Newborn 10 Bizarre Ways of Celebrating the New Year Around the World

Trending in Food and Drink

1 14 Healthy Easy Recipes for People on the Go 2 Top 9 Foods for Incredible Brain Health And Brain Power 3 15 Brain Foods You Should Be Eating Regularly to Keep Your Mind Sharp 4 These 25 Healthy Meal Ideas Can Be Ready in 30 Minutes or Less 5 17 Weight Loss Recipes That Are Incredibly Nutritious and Super Delicious

Read Next

Advertising
Advertising
Advertising

Last Updated on May 22, 2019

10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

There are lots of studies that show if you do some exercise in the morning, you will be in a better mood all day long. You will have more energy and you will certainly be a better colleague, friend or partner.

One psychologist at Duke University has researched the effects of exercise on depressed patients and he has come to the conclusion that exercise has a definite role in treating this condition and has an important role in preventing people from relapsing.[1] According to the New York Times, scientists have now established that exercise also boosts your brain power.[2]

In addition, there are studies from the Appalachian State University which show that blood pressure can be reduced by doing regular morning exercise.[3]

Here are 10 simple morning exercises that will help you feel great the whole day long. You can include some of them in your morning exercise routine or do them all at home without having to enrol in a gym. Consult your doctor before starting any form of exercise routine if you are new to this.

1. Cat Camel Stretch

Stretching exercises are useful for muscle toning and also preventing arthritis. They can either be dynamic or static.

Dynamic ones such as the cat camel stretch, are particularly useful for doing other exercises in the morning. They are also beneficial at other times of the day, especially after long periods of sedentary work. This one is great for spinal flexibility and is a good warm up exercise.

Kneel down on all fours. Start by rounding your back just like a camel so that your head will try to meet your pelvis. This is the camel position. Then lower and lift your head so that your lower back is arched. This is the cat position. Do these movements slowly and smoothly. About 4 or 5 times.

Here’s a video to guide you through:

Advertising

2. Go for a Walk or a Run

This is better done outside so that you can connect with nature but running inside on a treadmill is almost as good. You can time yourself and increase length and time according to your fitness program.

Always have new goals to reach. Start with brisk walking and work up to running. At my age, I am still walking!

The health benefits are considerable. You can build stronger bones and you can help to maintain your weight.

Also, you are helping your heart to stay healthy and keeping your blood pressure low.

Learn more about the benefits of running here: 8 Benefits of Running 5 Minutes Every Day You Didn’t Know

3. Jumping Jacks

Michelle Obama is a great fan of this exercise and has become “Jumper in Chief.”[4] They are great for cardiovascular health and also for toning muscles especially the calves and the deltoids.

Stand with feet together. Jump while spreading your arms and legs. Return to first position and keep going! You can start with doing these for 1 minute and then gradually build up to the number you are comfortable with. Here’s how:

4. Abductor Side Lifts

Watch the video below to see how to do this exercise. These muscles are important because you use them everyday to run, get into the car or onto and off a bicycle. They are very important also for your core stability and prevent the pelvis from tilting.[5]

Advertising

Do about 10 to 15 raises for each side like this:

5. Balancing Table Pose

This is a classic yoga pose. It benefits the spine, balance, memory and concentration.

Start with the table pose (hands and knees). Breathe in before starting each movement. As you exhale, raise your left leg parallel to the floor as you raise the right arm, also parallel to the floor. Breathe in as you lower arm and leg. Repeat for the other side. 10 repetitions on each side is a good starting point.

ablab

    6. Leg Squats

    Not just legs are involved but also hips and knees.

    Stand with your feet a bit further out from your hips. Arms are out in front of you. Then lower yourself as if you wanted to sit down until you reach a 90 degree angle. You can go down further if you want to. Then return to the starting position. Repeat 15 times for 2 sets for beginners.

    The benefits are that these exercises help with knee stability and can benefit the leg muscles such as quadriceps, hamstrings and calves.[6]

    7. Push Ups

    You start lying down (face down) but with your body held up at arm’s length. Your hands should be in line with your shoulders. Breathe in as you lower your body. That is fairly easy. Now, as you exhale, you have to get back up to the starting position.

    Advertising

    An easier version to start with is to bend your legs at the knees so you do not have to lift your whole body.

    Beginners may take up to a month to be able to do 100 push ups so you will have to start with a very small number and gradually increase it.

    This exercise is great for strengthening the chest, shoulders and the triceps. It is a great strengthening exercise for many muscle groups. In fact, most muscles from the toes to the shoulders are being used.

    8. Bicycle Crunches

    There are numerous crunch exercises targeting the abs. The bicycle crunch is a variation where you work more muscle groups. Aim for 15 to 20 reps to start off with.

    Watch the video to see how this is done correctly:

    9. Lunges

    Stand with feet shoulder width apart. Place your hand on your hips. Take one giant step forward with the right leg. Make sure the knee does not go too far forward, that is, past your toes. The left knee will go down to almost floor level. Alternate the legs as you go on.

    Try to do a set of between 8 and 12 reps for each leg. It is important to allow for a day of rest, so this exercise should be done on alternate days, especially if you are using weights.

    This exercise is great for strengthening and toning the quadriceps, glutes and hamstrings.

    Advertising

    10. Bicep Curls

    You can do this sitting down so if you spend a lot of time on the phone, this is a great exercise to do.

    Choose suitable dumbbells or another household object that you can easily hold. Sit down with the dumbbell in your hand. You need to sit forward a bit so that your triceps can lean on your thigh to give you support.

    Then bring the weighted arm up to shoulder length and then down again. Exhale as you lift the weight and inhale as you lower it.

    Here’re some important notes before you start doing this exercise:

    Try to do one or two sets of about ten repetitions for each arm and then switch arms.

    These exercises are really useful for toning the arm muscles.[7] In addition, they can strengthen and tone the brachioradialis muscle located in the forearm. These are the muscles we use to pick up things when we flex the arm at the elbow so we use these muscles countless times a day.

    You may have to build in a rest day for the heavier exercises, numbers 6–10. On the rest days, you can do gentler stretching exercises and also some walking or running.

    Morning exercise is not only a great mood booster, but will help you keep your weight down and also sleep better![8] Start including one or some of these exercises in your morning routine!

    More Articles About Exercises for Beginners

    Featured photo credit: Unsplash via unsplash.com

    Reference

    Read Next