Pure lavender oil is one of the gentlest essential oils, but it possesses powerful healing and relaxing properties, due to the chemically complex structure of more than 150 active constituents.
This oil has strong anti-inflammatory, detoxifying, anti-fungal, analgesic, antidepressant, antiseptic, antibacterial, antimicrobial, sedative, antispasmodic, and hypotensive properties.
The findings of Florida researchers showed that it reduces anxiety and pulse rates in students taking stressful tests. Moreover, it has been found that lavender aromatherapy reduces pre-surgery distress even more effectively than massage or merely resting.
Lavender essential oil eases labor pains, treats insomnia, and reduces depression, relieves pain, headaches, sinus congestion, and treats hangovers.
Lavender oil is beneficial for the skin as well. Just add 5-6 drops of it to your bath water and enjoy the bath in order to hydrate the dry skin. Moreover, diffuse 10-12 drops of it into the air to relieve stress.
To relax the mind and body, improve sleep, soothe the skin, and keep insects at bay, add 2 drops of Lavender per ounce of your favorite lightly scented, unrefined organic oil (like almond oil or olive oil) and you will get a healing, natural, lavender body oil.
“Much prior research on lavender has focused on the administration of lavender via an olfactory route. The anxiolytic activity of lavender olfaction has been demonstrated in several small and medium-sized clinical trials.
The efficacy of aromatherapy of lavender is thought to be due to the psychological effects of the fragrance combined with physiological effects of volatile oils in the limbic system.
These calming effects of lavender oil and single constituents may be the origin of the traditional use of lavender. Lavender oil olfaction has been shown to decrease anxiety, as measured by the Hamilton rating scale, and can increase mood scores.”
Here is how to use this powerful oil in the preparation of lemonade:
Lavender Lemonade recipe
- 1 drop lavender essential oil
- 6 lemons, peeled and juiced
- 1 cup raw honey
- 12 cups pure water
- Lavender sprigs for garnish
You should combine all ingredients, and leave the lemonade to chill. This is a tasty and fresh way to enjoy the benefits of the lavender essential oil.