In the middle of a hot summer, on of the best ways to cool down and refresh yourself is with an ice-cold glass of lemonade. But, what if your lemonade could be more than just refreshing?
Adding some lavender to your lemonade can provide many healthy benefits… especially when you choose to skip the sugar.
We absolutely love this recipe. Its the perfect combination of refreshing without the overly sweet or harshness that I often find in store-bought and other homemade options. Of course, being essential oil enthusiasts, we couldn’t help ourself, and attempted using oils in with our homemade lemonade. It was phenomenal!! Adding Lemon Vitality to lemonade was nothing short of incredible. That delicious citrus lemon flavor, but rounded without the harshness that comes from lemon juice.
Safety Tips for Using Essential Oils in Drinks:
Vitality essenital oils in drinks can have benefits, as long as safety precautions are taken. Please, never add essential oils to water. There have been few safety studies, but most indicate that essential oils (especially citrus oils) may strip mucous membranes, which won’t be comfortable for your esophagus and digestive tract over time. This is why I specifically recommend adding the essential oils to something that can help dilute them first before adding water (remember… oils and water don’t mix)… typically I use honey.
Essential oils we use in lemonades:
I do add some Lemon Vitality essential oil to our homemade lemonade. It has a much softer flavor than lemon juice, and is much safer on your teeth. Lemon Vitality is excellent for helping support your digestive and immune systems, which helps add to the benefits of drinking it in your lemonade.
Lavender Vitality is known for helping support our cardiovascular and nervous systems. Supporting your blood vessels and nerves can go a long way to helping reduce nervous tension and allow you to relax easier… plus its a great addition to kick any monotony… sometimes little changes like adding a couple drops of lavender to lemonade can be a lot of fun.
Peppermint Vitality is a lot of fun to add too. It brings a cooling and energizing minty flavor to your lemonade. Peppermint also helps support your digestive, nervous, and muscular skeletal systems, making it a healthy additive as well to go with the fun flavor.
Our healthy Lavender Lemonade Recipe (with some extra options)
- 6 lemons, juiced
- 1 lime, juiced
- ½ cup honey
- 2 drops Lavender Vitality essential oil
- optional: 3 drops Lemon Vitality essential oil
- optional: 1 drop Peppermint Vitality essential oil
- Approximately 10 cups of ice water
- Optional: garnish with lavender sprigs
** PLEASE NOTE ** Don’t be fooled by clever marketing. Not all essential oils are created equally. Make sure you’re not wasting your money on fake essential oils, or oils diluted in questionable solvents. Don’t miss our guide on how to find quality essential oils to make sure you’re not wasting your money on brands that legally carry out questionable or unethical practices and mislead you through deceitful marketing practices.
- Combine honey, and Vitality essential oils in a large glass pitcher.
- Add lemon juice, lime juice, honey, to the Vitality essential oils and honey in a large glass pitcher.
- Add water to taste.
- Stir until well mixed.
- Garnish with sprigs of lavender.
To prevent your lemonade from watering down, make some extra lemonade and pour into ice cube trays to use as ice cubes for your lemonade.
Where to Buy High Quality Essential Oils
Don’t be fooled into purchasing substandard, fake, or counterfeit essential oils using clever marketing and loose labeling laws. Be sure you know about the 10 Dirty Little Secrets of the essential oil industry so you can make the best choice for your needs.
Warning: DO NOT purchase your oils through Amazon or similar websites!
Any website that allows anyone to sell on, (Amazon, eBay, Walmart… etc.) are terrible places to purchase essential oils. While you may get a “good deal,” knowing who you’re purchasing from is difficult. There are many counterfeit “essential oils” being sold that are causing health ailments, major skin reactions, and a lot of misery. These are NOT high quality essential oils. They are fakes being sold purely for profit.
I STRONGLY suggest you know the company that makes your oils, how the plants are cared for, what they do for distilling, how and how many times each batch is tested (and when), and their bottling processes. Many companies throw out fancy language for marketing purposes, but actually have no clue how their oils are made because the oils come from a broker (which are almost always diluted in solvents). Transparency is key.
I highly encourage you to check out our How To Find Quality Essential Oils post for in-depth information about why quality matters, and what to look for.
Where we purchase our essential oils, and why
We purchase our oils through Young Living because they set a higher standard for essential oils than what the rest of the industry expects. Their Seed to Seal guarantee is unmatched, and shows their dedication to a farm-to-table type of approach. This company has proven to me time and time again to be the closest thing out there to buying from your local farmer. They are totally transparent in their processes, and even open their farms so you can see for yourself (or involve yourself in the process).
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