Many people find that traditional over-the-counter pain relief medication is ineffective in dealing with persistent headaches, which can be caused by stress, tension, dehydration, or any number of external or internal factors.
Fortunately, there’s a natural remedy that has gained much recognition for helping people deal with chronic, painful headaches – lavender lemonade. Lavender is a purple plant that has a complex structure and myriad health benefits, ranging from anti-inflammatory to anti-fungal to antidepressant effects.
Now you can harness the effects of this herbal remedy with this simple, easy-to-make recipe. This sweet drink that can also help cure even the most persistent of headaches.
So stock some dried lavender flowers in your medicine cabinet: it can be found at most health food stores and pharmacies. The next time you find yourself wishing that headache would leave you alone, mix up a batch of this lavender lemonade. You’ll be glad you did!
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Why It Works So Well
Lavender has a long history of use as an anxiolytic drug. It’s an effective mood stabilizer and analgesic agent, as well as a mild herbal sedative. The combination of these effects make it perfect for treating stress and tension headaches caused by muscle spasms and tension in the body – safe and effective, just inhaling the scent of the oil can have a marked impact on the treatment.
While some scientists remain skeptical, there are clinical trials and studies on the efficacy and long-term safety of the use of lavender in treating headaches, anxiety, and depression. The evidence strongly supports the theory that lavender is one of the most powerful so-called “nutraceuticals” out there today (1).
The Power of Hydration
Many headaches are caused by dehydration. If you’re also experiencing a dry, sticky mouth, sleepiness, decreased urine output and constipation in addition to your headaches, you’re probably not getting enough fluids (2,3).
Hydrating with a simple juice like lemonade could be exactly what your body needs to restore balance and eliminate that painful headache.
18 Lavender Lemonade Recipes
Hydrate and fight your headache with these 18 refreshing lemonades.
1. Basic Lavender Lemonade Recipe
This basic recipe is far from plain. Lavender gives the lemonade a hit of woody and floral notes while honey makes it sweet and light.
- 1 cup raw honey
- 12 cups water
- 1 tablespoon dried lavender flowers
- Juice from 6 lemons
- In a large saucepan, bring water and honey to a boil.
- Remove from the heat and add lavender.
- Cover and let stand for 1 hour.
- Strain, discarding lavender.
- Stir in cold water and lemon juice.
- Serve over ice.
2. Ginger Lavender Lemonade
Ginger gives this recipe a bit of spice to balance out the sweetness and tartness of the lemonade. The root also helps treat migraines and migraines as well as other migraine-related symptoms like nausea and vomiting (4).
- 3 cups water
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/2 cup coconut sugar
- 1/4 cup minced, peeled, fresh ginger
- 1 tablespoon dried or fresh lavender buds
- 1 ¼ cups freshly squeezed lemon juice
- Ice cubes (optional)
- Combine 1 cup of water, honey, sugar, ginger and lavender buds in a medium saucepan.
- Boil for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally to dissolve the sugar.
- Cool for 30 minutes and strain to remove the ginger and lavender.
- Add the mixture into a 2-quart pitcher.
- Mix in the juice and remaining water.
- Fill pitcher with ice, if desired and let it stand for 5 minutes.
- Fill 6 tall glasses with ice, then fill them with lemonade. Garnish with lemon slices and fresh lavender flowers.
3. Blueberry Lavender Lemonade
This recipe uses peppermint to help ease dizziness and anxiety related to your headache. It also works to relieve menstrual symptoms, which may be the cause of your discomfort (5). Plus, blueberries add a pop of color and nutrients into the mix.
- 1 cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 3/4 cup honey
- 4 cups water
- 1 cup fresh blueberries, stems removed
- 1/3 cup fresh peppermint
- 2 Tbsp dried lavender
- Combine 1 cup of water with the lavender and mint and bring to a boil.
- Simmer for 5-10 minutes.
- Remove from heat, dissolve honey and let it cool.
- Juice lemons into a large pitcher; add remaining water and stir.
- Add blueberries and garnish with mint, then serve.
4. Mint And Lime Lavender Lemonade
This recipe adds a bit of lime into the mix, which has anti-inflammatory and sedative effects (6). It also adds a touch of sparkling water to make it even more interesting and refreshing.
- 1/2 cup lime juice
- ½ cup lemon juice
- 1/2 cup raw honey
- 1/4 cup fresh mint, packed
- 1/2 cup boiling water
- 1 1/2 teaspoons lavender
- 3 cups sparkling water
- Add the lime and lemon juice, honey, mint, warm mater, and lavender to a high-quality blender.
- Blend the ingredients on high speed for about three minutes.
- Strain the mixture through cheesecloth.
- Add ice to a pitcher, if desired and pour mixture into a pitcher.
- Add the sparkling water and stir in.
- Serve cold.
5. Pear Lavender Lemonade
This recipe adds fresh pear juice for a more mild taste. If you’re not a fan of lavender, this recipe is for you.
- 1 pear
- 2 ounces lemon juice
- 2 ounces water
- pinch of salt
- 1 cup maple syrup
- 1 cup water
- 10-12 stalks fresh lavender or about 1/4 cup dried
- Make lavender syrup by boiling the maple syrup, water, and lavender in a small saucepan.
- Turn to low heat and simmer for 10 mins.
- Let cool and strain out lavender.
- Juice the pear and strain the pulp.
- Combine all remaining ingredients and stir well.
- Serve cold or on ice.
6. Rosemary Lavender Lemonade
Rosemary has a slightly woody flavor that really compliments lavender. Plus, it helps treat headaches and restore appetite and blood pressure after a migraine (7).
- 1/2 cup raw honey
- 3-4 sprigs of rosemary
- 3-4 sprigs of lavender
- 1/2 cup water
- freshly-squeezed lemon juice
- Combine the honey, rosemary, lavender, and water in a small saucepan over medium heat.
- Stir to combine and turn down heat to low once it simmers.
- Cover with a lid and let it infuse for 10 minutes.
- Remove the lid and cool to room temperature.
- Strain into a jar. It will keep in the fridge for weeks.
- Combine a couple tablespoons of the syrup with the lemon juice and water.
- Add ice cubes if desired.
- Garnish with a sprig of rosemary for garnish and enjoy.
7. Peach Lavender Lemonade
This lovely lemonade is best enjoyed in the late summer when the peaches and juicy and ripe. Enjoy on a hot day alongside a slice of peach cobbler.
- 4 cups water
- 2 cups coarsely chopped peaches
- 3/4 cup honey
- 1/2 tablespoon dried lavender flowers
- 1 cup fresh lemon juice (about 6 lemons)
- 4 cups ice (optional)
- 1 peach, pitted and cut into 8 wedges
- Combine the first 4 ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat.
- Bring to a boil; reduce heat, and simmer 3 minutes.
- Let it cool for 20 minutes.
- Place the peach mixture in a blender and blend until smooth.
- Pour into a large bowl and refrigerate for at least 3 hours.
- Press peach mixture through a sieve over a bowl, keeping the liquid.
- Stir in the lemon juice and serve over ice.
- Garnish each glass with 1 peach wedge.
8. Pink Lavender Lemonade
Instead of cranberry, this pink lemonade recipe utilizes fresh raspberries for more tart sweetness. Its hint of mint will also keep you refreshed.
- 1 cup coconut sugar
- 6 sprigs fresh lavender
- 6 sprigs fresh mint, plus more for garnish
- 2 cups fresh raspberries
- 1 cup fresh lemon juice
- 4 cups of seltzer water (or plain water)
- In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine 1 cup of water, the sugar, lavender, and mint.
- Bring to a simmer and cook about 3 minutes, stirring continuously.
- Cool and strain.
- In a blender, add the sugar mixture, raspberries, and lemon juice and blend until smooth.
- To serve, place some of the raspberry puree in the bottom of each glass and top with seltzer water.
9. Chamomile Lavender Lemonade
Chamomile is a godsend for migraine symptoms. It also reduces inflammation to speed up your recovery time. Additionally, it promotes relaxation, to help you stay calm during a migraine attack (8).
- 6 tablespoons chamomile
- 2 tablespoons dried lavender flowers
- 7 cups of water
- 1 cup honey
- 1 cup of fresh lemon juice (from 4-6 lemons)
- Bring 6 cups of water to a boil and remove from heat.
- Add chamomile and lavender and steep for 10 minutes.
- While you wait, heat 1 cup of water and honey in a small saucepan until the honey is completely dissolved.
- Remove from heat to cool.
- Strain the tea into a large pitcher.
Add lemon juice and honey mixture to the pitcher.
- Stir and refrigerate for about an hour before serving.
10. Blackberry Lavender Lemonade
This lemonade is wonderfully berry combination. Plus, the maple syrup gives it slightly less sweetness than the other recipes on this list.
- 1/2 cup dried lavender
- 5 cups water
- 1/4 – 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 1 cup freshly squeeze lemon juice (about 6-8 lemons)
- 6 ounces fresh blackberries
- Bring 5 cups of water to a boil in a medium saucepan over high heat, stir in the lavender and blackberries and reduce the heat to low.
- Partially cover and simmer for 10-15 minutes.
- Strain out the lavender flowers from the tea, pressing down to get out as much liquid as you can.
- Pour the tea into a large pitcher and stir in maple syrup.
- Let cool and add lemon juice.
- Sweeten as needed and serve.
11. Rose Water Lavender Lemonade
This lemonade takes floral flavor to the next level with this delicious recipe. If you’ve never had rosewater before, start with 1 tablespoon and adjust if necessary.
- 6 cups water
- 2/3 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tbsp lavender
- 1-2 tbsp rosewater
- 2/3 cup raw sugar
- Bring water to a boil in a medium saucepan over high heat, stir in the lavender and reduce the heat to low.
- Let it cool to room temperature.
- Squeeze the lemons, strain, and pour the juice into your pitcher.
- Add the water, salt, and sugar. Stir until sugar is dissolved.
- Stir in rosewater and serve.
12. Strawberry Basil Lavender Lemonade
Basil acts as a muscle relaxant, so many people find that it helps prevent and treat headaches. Since basil can taste a little strong, strawberry balances it out quite nicely.
- 1/4 cup coconut sugar
- 1/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (from 2 large lemons)
- 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, torn
- 1-2 tbsp of lavender
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh strawberries
- Filtered water
- Combine sugar, lavender, and 1/4 cup of water to a boil in a medium saucepan over high heat
- Stir until sugar is dissolved and set aside to cool.
- Let the flowers steep for 10 minutes.
- Muddle together lemon juice and basil leaves, using a mortar and pestle.
- Add 2/3 cup of cold water and sugar syrup, to taste.
- Pour over ice and enjoy.
13. Coconut Lavender Lemonade
Coconut water contains hydrating electrolytes, which is wonderful if your headache is caused by dehydration. Plus, it gives the lemonade a nice tropical flavor.
- 1 ½ tablespoons dried lavender
- 2 3/4 cups coconut sugar
- 4 3/4 cups water
- 1 1/2 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice, about 9 lemons
- 8 cups coconut water
- Combine a cup of sugar, ¾ cups of water, and lavender in a medium, heavy saucepan.
- Bring to a boil on high heat.
- Remove from the heat after 1 minute, cover, and let the lavender steep for 20 minutes.
- Strain through a fine mesh sieve to remove the lavender.
- Set the syrup aside to cool.
- While you wait, combine the lemon juice, leftover sugar, coconut water, and water into a pitcher.
- Shake or stir vigorously until all the sugar is dissolved.
- Pour the lavender syrup into the pitcher and stir.
- Serve and enjoy.
14. Sparkling Thyme and Lavender Lemonade
Thyme, like rosemary, contains carvacrol, a substance that acts as a COX-II inhibitor. One study found that it works similar to nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofen (9). Plus, it tastes great!
- 3⁄4 cup honey
- 1⁄4 cup dried lavender
- 1 bunch thyme
- 4 cups sparkling soda
- 1⁄2 cup lemon juice
- Thinly-sliced lemon wheels, for garnish
- Make the lavender-thyme syrup by boiling honey and 3⁄4 cups of water until the honey is dissolved.
- Remove from heat, add lavender and thyme and let herb syrup cool completely.
- Strain syrup into a pitcher filled with ice.
- Stir in soda, and lemon juice.
- Garnish with sliced lemons and serve.
15. Blood Orange Lavender Lemonade
This recipe is more on the acidic side, and it has a lovely orange-red color.
- 1 cup coconut sugar
- 3 1/2 cups water
- 1-2 tbsp lavender
- 1 cup fresh blood orange juice, (4 to 6 oranges)
- 1 cup fresh lemon juice, (6 to 8 lemons)
- 1 lemon, sliced
- 1 blood orange, sliced
- Fresh mint sprigs, for garnish
- In a medium saucepan heat sugar, lavender, and water for about 5 minutes until all the sugar is dissolved.
- Set aside to cool and strain.
- Fill a pitcher with ice and pour in the juices, lavender syrup, fruit slices, and water.
- Garnish with mint and serve.
16. Grapefruit Lavender Lemonade
Grapefruit is a bit on the bitter side, so it adds more complexity and flavor to your lemonade. Plus, you’ll end up with a nice peachy color!
- 1/2 cup pure cane sugar
- 1/2 cup boiling water
- 2 tbsp. dried lavender
- 2/3 cup fresh grapefruit juice
- 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
- 3 cups cold water
- Combine the sugar and hot water and stir until the sugar is dissolved
- Add the lavender to a tea infuser and steep for about 10 minutes
- Remove the infuser and discard the lavender
- Add the tea to a pitcher containing the grapefruit juice, lemon juice, and cold water.
- Stir until combined and store in the refrigerator until chilled
- Serve over ice and enjoy!
17. Cherry Lavender Lemonade
This recipe is easy to make and it has very simple ingredients. All you need is 4 simple ingredients you probably already have at home
- 1/3 cup water
- 5 tablespoons coconut sugar
- 1/3 cup cherries (fresh is best)
- 4 lavender sprigs (or 1 1/2 teaspoons dried lavender buds)
- juice of 4-5 lemons
- 3 cups water
- In a pot add the water, sugar, and cherries.
- Bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve sugar.
- When it starts to boil reduce heat to a low simmer and add the lavender.
- Simmer gently for 10 minutes.
- Strain, pressing the cherries to get all of their juices.
- Place the juice, cherry syrup, and water in a jug and stir till combined.
- Serve and enjoy!
18. Matcha Lavender Lemonade
In some cases, caffeine can help temporarily halt a migraine in its tracks. Plus, matcha will give you more energy to recover from your painful company.
- 1 cup hot water
- 2 cups pure cane sugar
- 2 cups fresh lemon juice
- 1 1/2 tablespoon matcha
- 1 tablespoon lavender
- 3 1/2 cups ice water
- Pour sugar and hot water into a small saucepan and stir.
- Add the lavender to the saucepan and steep for 10 minutes.
- Strain the lavender mixture into a blender.
- Stir in lemon juice and matcha.
- Pulse until the mixture is smooth.
- Transfer mixture into a large pitcher and stir in ice water.
- Let it sit for 5 minutes, stir once again and serve.
Other Ways To Use Lavender To Relax
- Mix 5 to 6 drops of Lavender essential oil to your bath water if you have dry skin.
- Diffuse 10 to 12 drops of Lavender essential oil into the air during your workday for natural stress relief.
- Add 2 drops of Lavender oil per ounce of your favorite lightly scented, unrefined organic oil (like almond oil or olive oil) for a body oil with all the benefits of lavender for improving your skin, relaxing your mind, warding off insects or helping you sleep.