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How Adding Lavender To Lemonade Can Relieve Pain And Anxiety

How Adding Lavender To Lemonade Can Relieve Pain And Anxiety

Lavender lemonade is more than just beautiful to look at and refreshing to drink on a hot summer afternoon. The changes this humble drink can make to your overall sense of well-being will astound and surprise you. You will find that just by adding this drink to your diet you can make positive changes to your outlook and approach to life.

Lavender being used as a medicinal herb can be traced back to early civilization. Greek naturalist, Dioscorides, commended the medical attributes of lavender in the first century A.D. In contemporary times, lavender has once again achieved great popularity for its potential medical benefits.

It is now widely accepted that lavender can help reduce anxiety, elevate the symptoms of depression, and act as a sleeping aid. So if you are feeling anxious, or down, or not sleeping well, lavender lemonade may just be the solution to your problems. A closer look at some research will allow us to see the effect that lavender can have when taken orally.

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Recipe: Lavender Lemonade with Lavender Essential Oil

Ingredients:

1 cup raw honey

12 cups pure water

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1 drop lavender essential oil

6 lemons, peeled and juiced

Lavender springs for garnish

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Directions:

Mix all ingredients together and chill. Add more water or raw honey if needed.

Studies supporting the oral use of lavender to reduce symptoms of anxiety

  1. A study conducted by Dr. Siegfriend Kasper, Prof., MD, from the Medical University of Vienna, looks at how effective lavandula oil (silexan) may be for patients with generalized anxiety disorder and sybsyndromal anxiety. The study titled “An orally administered lavandula oil preparation (Silexan) for anxiety disorder and related conditions: an evidence based review” was published in the International Journal of Psychiatry in Clinical Practice. Dr. Kasper concluded “Silexan had beneficial effects on typical co-morbidity symptoms of anxiety disorders, for example, disturbed sleep, somatic complaints, or decreased quality of life. Except for mild gastrointestinal symptoms, the drug was devoid of adverse effects and did not cause drug interactions or withdrawal symptoms at daily doses of 80 or 160 mg.”
  1. In a study conducted by Bradley BF, Et al. published in Hum psychopharmacol, 97 healthy participants were orally administered lavender capsules (100 ml and 200 ml). Film clips were then used to elicit anxiety. Various methods were used to measure the level of anxiety in the participants. Some participants were given lavender capsules, while others were given placebo capsules. They then watched a neutral film clip, an anxiety-provoking clip, and a light-hearted clip. The authors concluded that lavender helped to reduce anxiety under conditions of low anxiety. However, they were unable to draw conclusions about clinical anxiety disorders.

Other uses of lavender

  1. Lavender is used for a variety of digestive complaints including: meteorism (abdominal swelling from gas in the intestinal or peritoneal cavity), vomiting, nausea, loss of appetite, and upset stomach.
  1. Lavender can also be used for pain relief for conditions including: migraines, headaches, and toothaches. It is also useful in the treatment of muscular aches, rheumatism, backaches, and tense muscles. A massage with lavender oil can also give one relief from pain in the joints.
  1. Lavender may be applied to the skin for hair loss (alopecia areata). Using lavender as a treatment for alopecia areata is considered possibly effective by The Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database (NMCB). There is evidence that lavender can promote hair growth by up to 44 percent after 7 months of treatment.
  1. A study published in the Journal of Medical Microbiology found that lavender oil may be very effective in treating antifungal-resistant infections.
  1. According to dermatologists and aromatherapists, lavender essential oil is beneficial in the treatment of acne. Lavender oil inhibits the initial bacterial infection and can reduce signs of scarring left by the acne.
  1. Lavender oil is widely used for various respiratory problems including: flu, cough, throat infections, cold, sinus congestion, tonsillitis, and laryngitis. The oil can either be used in the form of vapor or applied on the skin of the chest, neck, and back.

Summation

Factoring lavender into your diet may not always be that easy, but mixing up a jug of lavender lemonade to go with an afternoon snack is quick and simple. Plus, it may prove to be very pleasurable. Making lavender lemonade a part of your routine may eliminate some of those unwanted worries and thoughts.

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Featured photo credit: Working moms against guilt via workingmomsagainstguilt.com

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Rebecca is a wellness and lifestyle writer at Lifehack.

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Last Updated on January 21, 2020

The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

Creating a vision for your life might seem like a frivolous, fantastical waste of time, but it’s not: creating a compelling vision of the life you want is actually one of the most effective strategies for achieving the life of your dreams. Perhaps the best way to look at the concept of a life vision is as a compass to help guide you to take the best actions and make the right choices that help propel you toward your best life.

your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have

    Why You Need a Vision

    Experts and life success stories support the idea that with a vision in mind, you are more likely to succeed far beyond what you could otherwise achieve without a clear vision. Think of crafting your life vision as mapping a path to your personal and professional dreams. Life satisfaction and personal happiness are within reach. The harsh reality is that if you don’t develop your own vision, you’ll allow other people and circumstances to direct the course of your life.

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    How to Create Your Life Vision

    Don’t expect a clear and well-defined vision overnight—envisioning your life and determining the course you will follow requires time, and reflection. You need to cultivate vision and perspective, and you also need to apply logic and planning for the practical application of your vision. Your best vision blossoms from your dreams, hopes, and aspirations. It will resonate with your values and ideals, and will generate energy and enthusiasm to help strengthen your commitment to explore the possibilities of your life.

    What Do You Want?

    The question sounds deceptively simple, but it’s often the most difficult to answer. Allowing yourself to explore your deepest desires can be very frightening. You may also not think you have the time to consider something as fanciful as what you want out of life, but it’s important to remind yourself that a life of fulfillment does not usually happen by chance, but by design.

    It’s helpful to ask some thought-provoking questions to help you discover the possibilities of what you want out of life. Consider every aspect of your life, personal and professional, tangible and intangible. Contemplate all the important areas, family and friends, career and success, health and quality of life, spiritual connection and personal growth, and don’t forget about fun and enjoyment.

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    Some tips to guide you:

    • Remember to ask why you want certain things
    • Think about what you want, not on what you don’t want.
    • Give yourself permission to dream.
    • Be creative. Consider ideas that you never thought possible.
    • Focus on your wishes, not what others expect of you.

    Some questions to start your exploration:

    • What really matters to you in life? Not what should matter, what does matter.
    • What would you like to have more of in your life?
    • Set aside money for a moment; what do you want in your career?
    • What are your secret passions and dreams?
    • What would bring more joy and happiness into your life?
    • What do you want your relationships to be like?
    • What qualities would you like to develop?
    • What are your values? What issues do you care about?
    • What are your talents? What’s special about you?
    • What would you most like to accomplish?
    • What would legacy would you like to leave behind?

    It may be helpful to write your thoughts down in a journal or creative vision board if you’re the creative type. Add your own questions, and ask others what they want out of life. Relax and make this exercise fun. You may want to set your answers aside for a while and come back to them later to see if any have changed or if you have anything to add.

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    What Would Your Best Life Look Like?

    Describe your ideal life in detail. Allow yourself to dream and imagine, and create a vivid picture. If you can’t visualize a picture, focus on how your best life would feel. If you find it difficult to envision your life 20 or 30 years from now, start with five years—even a few years into the future will give you a place to start. What you see may surprise you. Set aside preconceived notions. This is your chance to dream and fantasize.

    A few prompts to get you started:

    • What will you have accomplished already?
    • How will you feel about yourself?
    • What kind of people are in your life? How do you feel about them?
    • What does your ideal day look like?
    • Where are you? Where do you live? Think specifics, what city, state, or country, type of community, house or an apartment, style and atmosphere.
    • What would you be doing?
    • Are you with another person, a group of people, or are you by yourself?
    • How are you dressed?
    • What’s your state of mind? Happy or sad? Contented or frustrated?
    • What does your physical body look like? How do you feel about that?
    • Does your best life make you smile and make your heart sing? If it doesn’t, dig deeper, dream bigger.

    It’s important to focus on the result, or at least a way-point in your life. Don’t think about the process for getting there yet—that’s the next stepGive yourself permission to revisit this vision every day, even if only for a few minutes. Keep your vision alive and in the front of your mind.

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    Plan Backwards

    It may sound counter-intuitive to plan backwards rather than forwards, but when you’re planning your life from the end result, it’s often more useful to consider the last step and work your way back to the first. This is actually a valuable and practical strategy for making your vision a reality.

    • What’s the last thing that would’ve had to happen to achieve your best life?
    • What’s the most important choice you would’ve had to make?
    • What would you have needed to learn along the way?
    • What important actions would you have had to take?
    • What beliefs would you have needed to change?
    • What habits or behaviors would you have had to cultivate?
    • What type of support would you have had to enlist?
    • How long will it have taken you to realize your best life?
    • What steps or milestones would you have needed to reach along the way?

    Now it’s time to think about your first step, and the next step after that. Ponder the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in the future. It may seem impossible, but it’s quite achievable if you take it step-by-step.

    It’s important to revisit this vision from time to time. Don’t be surprised if your answers to the questions, your technicolor vision, and the resulting plans change. That can actually be a very good thing; as you change in unforeseeable ways, the best life you envision will change as well. For now, it’s important to use the process, create your vision, and take the first step towards making that vision a reality.

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