Headaches are some of the most common ailments affecting people of all ages. There are a number of contributors including stress, tension, dehydration, or other external or internal factors. Although most people turn to over-the-counter pain killers, these don’t always provide relief.
On the plus side, natural medicine has plenty to offer when it comes to headache relief. Take for instance lavender. With its potent anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and anti-depressant properties, this purple herb can be used in a number of ways to relieve chronic, painful headaches. One of the most praised methods of using lavender for treatment of headaches is lavender lemonade. As practice has shown, this sweet drink can ease even the most persistent headaches. The only thing you need to do is fill your kitchen cabinet with this amazing herb instead of pain killers. You can easily obtain it at most health food stores and pharmacies.
Lavender Lemonade Recipe
What you need:
- 1 cup raw honey
- 12 cups water
- 1 dried lavender flowers
- juice from 6 lemons
What you do:
Using a large saucepan, bring the water to a boil. Remove from heat then add the lavender. Cover and leave for 1 hour. Strain the liquid and mix with honey and lemon juice. You can serve warm or cold with ice. The recipe yields 6 servings.
Lavender has long been known as an anxiolytic drug. This means it has analgesic and a mild sedative effect. It also effectively improves mood. This makes the herb the perfect natural solution for treating stress and tension headaches caused by muscle spasms and tension in the body. It has even been found that just inhaling the scent of lavender oil can relieve headaches.
The Importance of Hydration
Although many people are unaware, many headaches are the result of dehydration, especially when they are accompanied by dry and sticky mouth, sleepiness, decreased urine output and constipation.
You can easily hydrate your body and help it restore its balance with a simple juice like lavender lemonade. Needless to mention, this will also reduce headaches.
Other Ways To Use Lavender To Relax
If you have dry skin, mix 5-6 drops lavender essential oil to your bath water.
To relieve stress naturally, diffuse 10-12 drops lavender essential oil into the air.
For multiple health benefits like improving your skin quality, relaxing your mind, or improving your sleep, add 2 drops lavender oil per ounce of your favorite lightly scented, unrefined organic oil (for instance, almond or olive oil) to make body oil with all the benefits lavender can provide.