Lavender has so many great benefits when it comes to stress relief. And while there are a variety of ways to use lavender to de-stress, this easy lavender lemonade recipe is my go to whenever I find myself feeling a little tense.
How to Make Lavender Lemonade
- Steep the lavender for 30 minutes. Add the dried lavender flowers into the boiling water and let it steep. I do 30 minutes so as not to over steep it.
- Strain out the lavender.
- Finish it off. Add the honey, lemon juice, and cold filtered water and stir to combine.
- Serve. Serve the lemonade over ice.
How Does This Homemade Lavender Lemonade Works for Stress Relief?
Lavender is incredibly popular thanks to its potent stress relief benefits. Here are just a couple of the ways that this lavender lemonade can help you to relax:
- Aromatherapy. Even just the aroma from lavender is enough to reduce anxiety according to studies. As the plant possesses such a distinct scent, your nose actually sends a signal to your brain to lessen anxiety levels in the body. (1)
- Relieves upset stomach. One of the most common anxiety symptoms is an upset stomach. Drinking lavender tea (or in this case, lavender lemonade) can help to ease digestive issues like gas, nausea, and vomiting.
Are Lavender Flowers Safe to Consume?
Lavender is perfectly safe to consume, as long as you remember to keep a few important guidelines in mind.
If you’re going to consume avender, you want to make sure that you’re sticking with culinary lavender only. The most important thing to remember is to avoid eating lavender from floral shops, as they’re not culinary flowers.
You’re also going to be better off sticking with English varieties of the plant (Lavandula angustifolia).
Aside from that, it doesn’t matter if you use fresh or dried lavender flowers; both are perfectly safe to eat. Just make sure that you keep fresh flowers in water and check them for bugs before you use them in your recipes.
How Long Can I Store This Lavender Lemonade in the Refrigerator?
You can expect this homemade lavender lemonade to keep in the refrigerator for up to one week before it starts to go bad. The citric acids in the lemon juice begin to spoil after about 5-7 days.
Easy Lavender Lemonade Recipe for Stress Relief
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Total Time: 30 minutes
- Yield: 4 1x
- 2 tbsp dried lavender flowers
- 2 cups boiling water
- 2 cups cold filtered water
- 1/3 cup honey or to taste
- ¾ cup lemon juice
- ice cubes
- fresh lavender flowers (optional)
- Combine the dried lavender flowers and boiling water and let it sit for 30 minutes.
- Strain out the tea.
- Add the honey, lemon juice and cold water and stir to combine.
- Serve over ice.