The properties of lavender and lemon will do wonders for your body and mind.
Soaking in the sun and sipping a good cold drink to beat the heat of the scorching sun is the image of a perfect summer afternoon on our lawn. Fresh lemonade is a go-to drink for many during the warm season. With several properties, lemonade is also a healthy choice.
According to Whfoods, lemon is a great source of Vitamin C that contains antioxidants. Its antibiotic properties help in improving the immune system of the body. So, you must be thinking, lemon with an equally great ingredient can do wonders for your body.
If you are looking for such a drink, a special blend of lavender with lemonade is the one for you. While it will quench your thirst, it will also calm your nervous system, especially during these tough pandemic times.
Lavender, used widely in cosmetics and candles, is known for its aroma as well as its lush purple color. In addition to these uses, it is used in aromatherapy due to its relaxing effect upon inhalation. According to a study named The effects of lavender oil inhalation on emotional states, autonomic nervous system, and brain electrical activity, it "caused significant decreases of blood pressure, heart rate, and skin temperature, which indicated a decrease of autonomic arousal." The participants of the research even stated that the oil left them feeling more active and fresh.
Besides inhaling the oil, one can also consume it orally for similar effects. However, it is important to know the right quantities. The oil is very effective and will help you with headaches, anxiety, sleeplessness, and even digestive issues. Therefore, the lemonade lavender drink is a wonder drink that you must try.
Here are the ingredients you will require to make this chilled summer beverage, according to WTXL:
-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
The preparation of the drink is simple and all you need to do is to follow the three easy steps given below:
Take a cup of water and boil it. While the water boils, add lavender to it after removing it from the heat. Then, cover the vessel and allow the lavender to infuse for at least 15 minutes.
After you have infused the lavender, filter the warm water through a sieve. Next, add lemon juice along with sugar to the lavender-infused water. Then, add cold water to the mixture.
Refrigerate the mixture for 1 to 2 hours for the brew to be ready. Serve the chilled drink with lemon wedges or lavender flowers if you want are keen on beautifully presenting it to your family and guests. If you are a person inclined to the aesthetics aspect of the drink, you can also make some lavender ice cubes. This can be done by placing lavender flowers in the ice trays along with water in the freezer. Adding these ice cubes to your drink will take it to the next level.
You can also make the lavender lemonade drink using lavender oil. Mix one drop of the essential oil with lemon juice from six lemons. Next, add half a cup of raw honey and 10 cups of water to the mixture. Warm the mixture to properly dissolve the honey. Once the honey is incorporated, allow the mixture to cool. You can serve the drink after you refrigerate it.
As mentioned above, this drink is an anecdote to all your anxieties during the pandemic. Additionally, lavender oil is useful to deal with various skin and hair conditions. According to Healthline, eczema, acne, sunburns, and diaper rash can be treated with lavender oil. The essential oil mixed with thyme, rosemary, and cedarwood seemed to have also helped with alopecia aerate, a hair fall condition.