Lavender is such an amazing aromatic herb. It relaxes the body, and with lavender’s volatile oil content it can soothe indigestion, even relieving gas and bloating. Lavender can be used for headaches, bites and stings, and so much more. It also makes a wonderful end-of-the-day drink to calm the mind and relaxes a body that has done so much all day. It is certainly an herb that is valuable, especially in this day and age.
Benefits of Lemon (Citrus limon)
What I love about herbalism is how we can benefit from herbs that are easily accessible. I love the smell of lemons. It’s very uplifting for my mood and has many benefits. With its antibacterial and antioxidant properties, lemon makes for an awesome preventative medicine. Lemon is an herb that cleanses and helps with maintaining health. The juice of lemon is good for colds, flu, and even sore throats. If you catch a cold, make a blend of 1 T of lemon juice, 2 1/2 T of hot water, add one clove of crushed garlic, and have them drink up to three times daily. Lemon makes a great addition to herbal teas as well.
A key feature of this refreshing lavender lemonade is that it can be easily adjusted depending on taste preference. The drink will have a strong lavender taste, but you can also reduce the amount of lavender used and same for sweetening it — you can add more or less sugar.
- 2 C boiling water
- 1 C dried Lavender flowers*
- 2 C cold water
- 1 C lemon juice (from fresh lemons if possible)
- 1 C sugar (or honey for a healthier version)
- Make an infusion by boiling the water and then pouring the water over the lavender flowers.
- Let it steep (covered) for 10 minutes.
- Strain and discard the lavender flowers and put the water back into the pitcher
- Add the cold water, lemon juice and sugar.
- Stir until the sugar dissolves.
- Refrigerate before serving
*English lavender, Lavandula angustifolia