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Lavender Lemonade to Help with Headaches and Anxiety!

How to Make Lavender Lemonade to Get Rid Headaches and Anxiety

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Flavoring your lemonade with lavender is a great way to utilize the amazing medicinal properties of lavender. Lavender is a wonderful aromatic herb that calms the senses.

Pure lavender oil is an incredible essential oil to use for your own health and wellness. It’s among the gentlest of essential oils, but also one of the most powerful, making it a favorite of households for the healing properties and uses of lavender essential oil. Lavender oil has a chemically complex structure with over 150 active constituents, which explains its effectiveness at helping with a lot of health ailments. Lavender oil possesses amazing anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, antidepressant, antiseptic, antibacterial, antimicrobial, antispasmodic, analgesic, detoxifier, hypotensive, and sedative properties.

Florida researchers have found that lavender oil benefits include reducing anxiety and lowering pulse rates in nursing students taking stressful tests. And in hospital settings, lavender aromatherapy has been demonstrated to decrease pre-surgery distress and to be more relaxing than massage or merely resting.(1)

Lavender essential oil has medicinal properties as well. It has been shown to reduce depression, improve insomnia and ease labor pains. And anecdotal evidence suggests that lavender oil benefits those with headaches, hangovers, sinus congestion and pain relief.

“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.46-53 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.54 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,51 and can increase mood scores.
The following are selected examples of clinical trials on lavender aromatherapy:

Dunn and colleagues demonstrated anxiolytic activity of lavender oil aromatherapy in patients in intensive care units. Subjects received at least 1 session of aromatherapy with 1% lavender essential oil. Significant anxiolytic effects were noted in the 1st treatment, though 2nd and 3rd treatments did not appear to be as effective.47
Alaoui-Ismaili and colleagues found that the aroma of lavender is considered by subjects to be very pleasant and is correlated with changes in the autonomic nervous system.56
Tysoe and colleagues conducted a study of lavender oil in burner use on staff mood and stress in a hospital setting. A significant number of respondents (85%) believed that lavender aroma improved the work environment following the use of the lavender oil burners.57
Diego and colleagues demonstrated that people receiving lavender oil (10%) olfaction for 3 minutes felt significantly more relaxed and had decreased anxiety scores, improved mood and increased scores of alpha power on EEG (an indicator of alertness), and increased speed of mathematical calculations.58
Lewith and colleagues investigated the effects of lavender aromatherapy on depressed mood and anxiety in female patients being treated with chronic hemodialysis.59 The effects of aromatherapy were measured using the Hamilton rating scale for depression (HAMD) and the Hamilton rating scale for anxiety (HAMA). Lavender aroma significantly decreased the mean scores of HAMA, suggesting an effective, noninvasive means for the treatment of anxiety in hemodialysis patients.
Lavender aromatherapy, with or without massage, may also reduce the perception of pain and the need for conventional analgesics in adults and children, though more rigorously controlled trials are needed.60″ (2)
DIY Lavender Lemonade with Lavender Essential Oil


1 cup raw honey
5 cups pure water
1 Tbsp. dried, organic culinary lavender (optional one drop of lavender oil..Click here for where to find)
6 lemons, peeled and juiced approx.
Lavender sprigs for garnish

1. Pour 1/2 the water in a pan, bring to boil and remove from heat

2. Add honey and dried lavender let steep for approximately 20 minutes.
3. Strain mixture and pour into larger container.

4. Add lemon juice and the remaining water. Stir well

5. Refrigerate

Other ways you can use Lavender for Anxiety and Headaches

Mix 5 to 6 drops of Lavender essential oil to your bath water if you have dry skin. (where to find)
Diffuse 10 to 12 drops of Lavender into the air during your workday for natural stress relief.
Add 2 drops of Lavender per ounce of your favorite lightly scented, unrefined organic oil (like almond oil or olive oil) for a body oil with all the benefits of lavender for improving your skin, relaxing your mind, warding off insects or helping you sleep.
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Published by Healthy Holistic Living and…

Article originally published in republished with permission
Lots of science behind this one folks:


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48. Hardy M, Kirk-Smith MD, Stretch DD. Replacement of drug treatment for insomnia by ambient odour. Lancet 1995;346:701.
49. Hudson R. Nursing: the value of lavender for rest and activity in the elderly patient. Complement Ther Med. 1996;4:52-57.
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52. Louis M, Kowalski SD. Use of aromatherapy with hospice patients to decrease pain, anxiety, and depression and to promote an increased sense of well-being. Am J Hosp Palliat Care. 2002;19:381-386.
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54. Xu F, Uebaba K, Ogawa H, et al. Pharmaco-physio-psychologic effect of Ayurvedic oil-dripping treatment using an essential oil from Lavendula angustifolia. J Altern Complement Med. 2008;14(8):947-956.
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57. Tysoe P. The effect on staff of essential oil burners in extended care settings. Int J Nurs Pract. 2000;6:110-112.
58. Diego MA, Jones NA, Field T, et al. Aromatherapy positively affects mood, EEG patterns of alertness, and math computations. Int J Neurosci. 1998;96:217-224.
59. Lewith GT, Godfrey AD, Prescott P. A single-blind, randomized pilot study evaluating the aroma of Lavandula angustifolia, as a treatment for mild insomnia. J Altern Complement Med. 2005;11(4):631-637.
60. Buckle J. Use of aromatherapy as a complementary treatment for chronic pain. Altern Ther Health Med 1999;5:42-51.
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62. Kasper S, Gastpar M, Müller WE, et al. Silexan, an orally administered Lavandula oil preparation, is effective in the treatment of ‘subsyndromal’ anxiety disorder: a randomized, double-blind, placebo controlled trial. Int Clin Psychopharmacol 2010;25:277-287.
63. Woelk H, Schlaefke S. A multi-center, double-blind, randomised study of the Lavender oil preparation Silexan in comparison to Lorazepam for generalized anxiety disorder. Phytomedicine. 2010;17:94-99.
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Doug Nelson, a member of the Zija Product Advisory Council, provides valuable insight about Améo Ylang Ylang Complete and the beneficial botanical it comes from. Now (ends September 18th) you can purchase Améo Ylang Ylang Complete with a 10% discount off the regular purchase price.


Botanical Name: Cananga odorata
Common Method of Extraction: Steam Distillation
Part Typically Used: Flowers
Primary Constituents: Benzyl acetate, benzyl benzoate linalool, geranyl acetate, caryophyllene, methyl benzoate, p-cresyl methyl ether and sesquiterpenes
Common Uses: Perfume fragrances, reported benefits related to promoting relaxation, peacefulness, and emotional balance

Cananga odorata of the Annonaceae family commonly known as ylang-ylang (“alang-alang”), meaning “a flower of all flowers,” is a tropical tree originating from the Philippines and Indonesia. It is also grown in Asian and the South Pacific Islands.

In the right environment, which is typically a rainforest habitat, the tree can grow up to 40-50 feet tall and produces a flower that resembles a drooping star fish with clusters of six narrow leafed greenish-yellow petals. When the petals mature they turn a dark yellow hue just before falling off. The tree will bloom year round on and off during the warm months of the year. The trees begin producing flowers typically when they are 3 to 4 years old. The flowers of the Ylang Ylang have their most intense fragrance from dusk to dawn and are harvested for distillation typically at sunrise when their aroma is the most intense.

Ylang Ylang yields a highly fragrant essential oil that is highly valued both in the perfume and the essential oil industries. In the perfume industry it is widely used and most notable for its fragrance and reputed contribution to the formula of the highly expensive Chanel No. 5 perfume. Legend has it that in 1921 Coco Chanel petitioned a perfume-maker to create a women’s scent. He presented her with five different scents and she chose the 5th one made up of the essences of rose, jasmine and ylang ylang flowers. To coincide with the chosen 5th sample her collection was introduced for sale on the 5th day of the 5th month.

In the essential oil industry it is noted and believed to promote relaxation, peacefulness, and emotional balance. It is also considered to be an aphrodisiac and was used by some of the Polynesian cultures as such.

The distillation of Ylang Ylang is somewhat unique in that distillers remove the oil multiple times throughout the long distillation and then classify the oil in grades of Extra, I, II, and III. The oil extracted during the first distillation is called Extra where the highest proportions of esters, ethers and phenols are extracted. The flowers are distilled again resulting in an oil extraction that is classified as I, and subsequent distillations as II, and III. Duration of the distillation and rest between distillation cycles producing the different grades varies with distillers. This distillation process is often used to affect the fragrance and use primarily for perfumery applications. Extra oil that comes from the first distillation period has the sweetest odor and is the distilled oil that is often used in the perfume industry. Subsequent distillations have a reduced and less-sweet odor or note. Ylang Ylang Complete provided by Améo is a result of uninterrupted distillation of the Ylang Ylang petals for 10 to 12 hours, providing the clincical grade essential oil. We use a steam boiler that produces a steady flow & pressure with stainless steel equipment. Using the best flowers, equipment and the complete distillation provides an oil with the full array of constituents in the appropriate concentrations. Améo’s CERTI-5 standardized tests qualifies the oil as having the highest clinical grade profile before it is distributed to the Améo distributors.

Caution should be used when purchasing Ylang Ylang oil from unproven vendors since the essential oil may be represented as a Complete therapeutic grade oil, however it is an oil that is a product of one of a series of distillations and lacks the full and complete potency of all the primary constituents that are related to having the most beneficial therapeutic and medicinal affect.

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Bergamot/Citrus bergamia

Bergamot essential oil is fresh and citrusy with spicy undertones. Its name in Turkish translates to “King of the Pears,” which fits perfectly with the fruit’s pear-shaped peel that is cold pressed to create the oil. Known as one of the most versatile oils in existence, Bergamot has the ability to adapt to the specific needs of the person using it.

Typical Applications
Historically, in Italy, it was used for fevers and digestive tract problems. More recently it has been shown to be effective in treating urinary tract infections, has excellent properties for skin care, and like many citrus oils is calming and therefore helpful with anxiety and depression.
Many find the aroma of this oil pleasing and diffuse it to help with anxiety or depression. Cup and inhale and other inhalation techniques would apply as well.

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Balsam Fir

imageBalsam Fir Essential Oil/Abies balsamea

Balsam Fir is derived from the Latin scientific name “Abies” – meaning “fir trees” – and “balsam” – meaning “balsam-like.”  Its uplifting fragrance is known for helping individuals overcome winter blues and encouraging feelings of satisfaction and delight. The best time to harvest Balsam Fir is during colder months, when the needles of this majestic tree contain the highest amount of rich oil.


Balsam Fir oil has been used for hundreds of years, both ritualistically and as an external treatment, to soothe occasional cuts, bruises and skin irritations.  It was also consumed internally to promote normal respiratory function.  Balsam Fir oil is used extensively to soothe sore areas by increasing circulation.  Its wintery aroma eases stress and tension naturally and effectively.  Balsam Fir grounds the body and empowers the mind by aligning the sacral and heart chakras, balancing emotions, and improving one’s mood.

I’m loving diffusing Balsam Fir…especially since I have an artificial tree!

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