So, it seems no matter how much time I have on my hands I rarely take enough time to make more wholesome, healthy beverages for my family. It’s much easier to reach for a carton of lemonade or juice at the grocery store. But lately, I’ve been feeling a little guilty considering that the main ingredient after water is often high fructose corn syrup. Believe me, I probably will never be a freak about it. All things in moderation is my current philosophy, but most everyone now is becoming more aware of why it’s better to steer toward local organic produce & away from fruits grown with loads of pesticides. We really must make it a priority when it comes to what we’re putting into our bodies.
On an unrelated, but just as important topic… sometimes it’s fun to make more of an occasion of things. Do something to make it a little more special, for yourself, and for your family. It’s often the little things that are memory makers. So the other day, because my oldest son loves lemonade, I told him I’d have homemade lemonade waiting for everyone when they got home from school. And because I know essential oils are highly concentrated with amazing health benefits, I added a drop of lemon E.O. for an extra boost of flavor and energy. I’ll admit my children didn’t care for the lavender version. Their taste is less adventurous. But I personally loved the added drop of lavender. It’s just enough to give it a slight floral taste and the soothing, relaxing properties that lavender is known for.
Make it a Special Day!
Homemade Lavender Lemonade
- 1/2 cup honey or sugar
- 1/2 cup water (to make simple syrup)
- 1 C Lemon Juice or the juice of ~6 Lemons
- 6 C Water
- 1 drop Young Living Lavender Essential Oil (or substitute Young Living Lemon E.O.)
- adult cocktail option: add 1/2 cup vodka
Combine honey or sugar with 1/2 C water and heat on stove or in microwave until it comes to a slow boil, stir until sugar is dissolved. Set simple syrup aside to cool. Juice the lemons with a citrus reamer or juicer (love my Kitchen Aid mixer citrus attachment!) Strain out any pits or pulp and measure out 1 cup of lemon juice. Combine simple syrup, lemon juice, water and drop of essential oil in a pitcher. Stir and serve over ice. Tip: My unadventurous kids preferred the version without lavender oil, one drop lemon oil was perfect for them.
Benefits of Lavender Essential Oil are widely known. Lavender is called the “Swiss Army Knife” of essential oils because the list of benefits is so long. Lavender can promote feelings of relaxation, soothe minor burns, reduce allergy symptoms, aid in a restful sleep, ease muscle tension, etc. Young Living’s Lavender is 100% pure therapuetic grade and can be used in all three ways: (1) aromatically (by deeply inhaling directly from the bottle or by using a diffuser,) (2) topically (no need to dilute but mixing with a carrier oil can help it cover a larger area,) and (3) internally (put 2 drops in a capsule or in water.)
Lemon essential oil is cold pressed from the rind of lemons. It is high in Limonene which is believed to be an immune stimulant and anti-bacterial. Lemon essentail oil may help with memory, relaxation, and uplifting the mood. Young Living Lemon essential oil can be used in all three ways: (1) aromatically (by breathing in deeply directly from the bottle or by diffusing it in a diffuser, (2) topically (by first diluting in a 1:1 ratio with a carrier oil; put on an area that won’t be exposed to sun,) and (3) internally (put two drops in a capsule or in water.)
If you don’t already have Young Living Lemon and Lavender oils you can purchase them retail or wholesale through Young Livings website. They both come in the wholesale Premium Starter Kit which is the way I recommend getting started with Young Living essential oils. Read why HERE.