I know that “summer” and “stress” don’t usually go together, but it makes it all the more sad when you find yourself worried on these beautiful warm, sunny days. Here in Minnesota, summer is a fleeting, precious thing. Personally, when I feel stressed and anxious, I usually start trying to go out and enjoy the long days. And that’s just unfortunate when it’s winter for about eight months of the year where you live.
With fresh lemons, delicious raw honey and dried lavender, this homemade lemonade is refreshing and relaxing.
Well, when life gives you lemons … but actually. Although lemons have wonderful healing properties, this recipe is all about spicy serenity and a refreshing touch that can get you out of a burnt, foggy, thought-provoking party.
lavender is really a star here. It’s an anxiolytic, which means reduces stress, and we can literally see this in how it can actually lengthen brain waves, indicating relaxation. And we know it can communicate with our neurotransmitters GABA.
GABA or gamma aminobutyric acid is a natural amino acid in our brain. As a neurotransmitter, it blocks and inhibits certain signals in the brain and reduces activity in the nervous system.
There are different varieties of plants in the genus Lavandula, but for many recipes I lean towards Lavandula angustifolia, also known as common lavender. His personal preferences and different varieties have different characteristics.
Common lavender is often grown for the essential oil obtained by steam distillation. It is a wonderful compact plant and in my experience with it quite resistant.
High quality raw honey not only tastes positive but is also good for you. There is something extremely reassuring about this, no matter what sore throat or under stress the mind and body.
The generous cup in this recipe helps balance the bitterness of the lemon and the floral earthiness of the lavender. This is not an exact science – you can add a little more or a little less, depending on your taste preferences.
(Also try: 5 medicinal honey infusions)
- 1 tbsp dried lavender flowers
- 4 cups water
- 1 cup raw honey
- 1 ½ cups freshly squeezed lemon juice
- ice cubes for serving
- Boil 2 cups of water in a covered pan over high heat.
- Remove from heat.
- Stir in the dried lavender flowers.
- Let stand for 10 minutes.
- Strain the mixture through a fine sieve and pour into a jug.
- Add raw honey.
- Stir the honey until dissolved.
- Add lemon juice and remaining water and stir.
- Serve over ice.
Written by Claire Goodall
Claire is a lover of life, the natural world and wild blueberries. On the weekends, you can find her playing in the garden, playing with her dogs, and enjoying the outdoors with her horse. Claire is very open, ask her anything 🙂 Meet Claire
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