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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 September 16, 2019

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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  • (1) Research
  • (2) Deciding the topic
  • (3) Creating the outline
  • (4) Drafting the content
  • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
  • (6) Revision
  • (7) etc.

Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

2. Change Your Environment

Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

6. Get a Buddy

Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

7. Tell Others About Your Goals

This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

Reality check:

I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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