Most people have had a standard lemonade recipe, but there’s another variety of the delicious summertime drink that holds the secret to good health. Best of all, it’s super simple to whip up a batch of this delicious concoction, said to ease anxiety and eliminate headaches. Lavender oil is the key ingredient, which the Complete Health and Happiness site explains has powerful health benefits:
“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.”
In short, lavender oil is beneficial for a host of health issues — a wonder essential oil, if you will. Simply follow this recipe, courtesy of TipHero.com.
Mix the following ingredients in a pitcher and refrigerate. More water may be added to dilute the lemonade if it’s too strong and you can also add more honey if you prefer a little sweeter taste.
1 cup raw honey
12 cups filtered water
1 drop of food grade lavender essential oil
6 lemons, peeled and juiced
Lavender sprigs for garnish (optional)
1 drop purple food coloring (optional)
Note: you can also add berry juice to change the lemonade’s color if you prefer not to use food coloring.
Many people weighed in on social media with comments about the lemonade recipe, with one person offering this suggestion instead of using essential oil: “Lavender is a tasty addition to teas and other drinks, but using the herb dried or fresh or even in a simple syrup is likely better for you than ingesting an essential oil.”
Others discussed getting the proper type of lavender essential oil, with one commenter noting: “you can, just make sure you use the chemical grade and not the stuff they sell in just the normal shops, those aren’t for ingesting. Just mix well before you pour, it will separate after a while though.”
Others were thrilled to try the recipe, with one commenter saying, “I’m a firm believer in lavender oil, although haven’t ingested it as yet. Will have to try this” and another person confirmed the benefits of lavender, noting, “Yes it works… and calms a person for sleep.”
Another commenter offered this helpful suggestion: “I suggest using local raw honey and adding the honey once the tea has somewhat cooled, in order to preserve the beneficial live enzyme.”
Others discussed which essential oil is the best option for the lavender lemonade, with one person offering: “Another thing I just want to throw out here is in the consumption of essential oils — they have to say 100% pure therapeutic grade to be ingested otherwise it’s no good for more than cleaning or inhalation purposes. As far as this lavender drink, I personally make it often and it hasn’t put me comatose, though I’m thinking after some days that’d be nice, but I buy imported organic lavender flowers.”
Still other commenters had their own ideas for making the lemonade an even more relaxing drink, as one person suggested: “throw some vodka in there for a bit of extra stress relief.”