For those hellish days...
We all want and deserve a magical cure for stress. It's just a part of daily life, but that doesn't mean we don't get frustrated with it.
And we all deal with stress in different ways. Some people go out and party, drinking to their heart's content. Others prefer to stay in, binge-watching movies with a bottle of wine and junk food. Others have passionate sex with a lover or a stranger.
We unwind in a variety of ways that suit us, but we're always welcome to new forms of stress relief. So, you may want to give this drink a shot: Lavender Lemonade.
Photo: Hello Giggles
First of all, who doesn't love lemonade? And second of all, mixing it with lavendar is one of the best ideas anyone has come up with. Lemons contain Vitamin C, which helps the immune system battle germs against colds and flus, which we know can often be a result of stress.
And as for the lavender, the coloring itself is cool and calming. However, researchers found that lavender can also reduce symptoms of anxiety, another result of stress.
Hello Giggles provided us with an easy-to-follow recipe. Feel free to whip up a batch of these and keep them in your fridge for one of those highly stressful days.
For the lavender syrup, you need:
- 1 cup water
- 2 cups sugar
- 3 tbsp culinary lavender
Place the water, sugar and lavender in a small pot and then bring to a boil. Lower the heat and allow the concoction to simmer for 15 minutes. Let the lavender steep for one hour as the syrup cools before straining.
For the lemonade, you need:
- 4 cups water
- ¾ cup of the lavender syrup you just made
- 1 cup lemon juice
- Violet food coloring (if you want... and you definitely should)
Put the lavender syrup, water, and lemon juice into a large pitcher and stir. You can add the violet food coloring if you want. Put the pitcher in the fridge to chill, add ice if you so desire, and enjoy this refreshing drink when you want a stress-free day.