Five natural hangover cures to get you through the silly season
The season of over-indulgence is upon us, and it’s often accompanied by the dreaded hangover. Symptoms vary between individuals, but often include headache, nausea, digestive upset and fatigue. Of course the best way to avoid a hangover is to drink less, but for those occasions when you wake up feeling less than ordinary, here are five natural ways to cure – or at least reduce – a hangover.
Alcohol has a diuretic effect on the body, which can often lead to dehydration. Your first line of defense against a hangover is to replenish the body with hydrating fluids. Drinking plenty of fluids and hydrating remedies will help replace the minerals and electrolytes lost as well as alkalise the body. Try drinking:
- Water with a pinch of natural salt: the salt is rich in mineral electrolytes, such as magnesium, potassium and sodium.
- Fresh young coconut water and flesh: a great source of electrolytes.
- Hydrating iced teas: homemade non-caffeinated iced tea with fresh herbs and seasonal fruit.
- Broths: made from bone stock as it contains a great source of electrolytes in the bones.
2. Headache remedy
Have you woken up the next morning, following a night of drinking with a pounding headache? This is a very common hangover symptom. Instead of grabbing the headaches tables, try using the following herbs:
- Rosemary: Rosemary is traditionally known as an antioxidant, mild analgesic and circulatory stimulant. It is a soothing herb often used to treat headaches. Add fresh rosemary to water to make a tea.
- Lavender: Lavender is traditionally used as a sedative, relaxing, anti-depressant and anti-spasmodic herb. It can be indicated to soothe the nervous system and can help provide relief of headaches. Put fresh lavender next to your bed or massage the essential oil into your temples.
3. Nausea remedy
Nausea and stomach discomfort are other symptoms that you may experience as part of a hangover. Help calm your digestive system and relieve the feelings of nausea with the following natural remedies:
- Ginger root: Ginger is not just great in cooking but can be a very useful herb in treating digestive upset. Studies have shown that ginger can be useful in providing relief from nausea. Add fresh ginger to make a tea, or infuse in cold water.
- Peppermint leaf: Soothe digestive upset and nausea with refreshing peppermint. Peppermint leaf has been traditionally used as a calming, cooling and antispasmodic herb. The essential oils in the peppermint leaf may help provide relief of nausea. Add peppermint leaves to your water or enjoy as a tea.
4. Fatigue remedy
Drinking alcohol can leave us feeling fatigued, tired and flat the following day. Fight fatigue, increase energy levels and encourage wakefulness with the following natural remedies:
- Licorice root: Uplift your energy levels and restore the damage of a sleepless night with licorice root. Licorice root is traditionally used as an adaptogen herb, which means it helps the body handle stress. It can be enjoyed in tea form to help boost energy levels.
- Peppermint leaf: Peppermint is not only useful in calming an upset belly but is also traditionally used to boost energy and reduce fatigue. You can rub peppermint oils onto your temples or add a few drops to a bath.
- Fresh fruit: Fuel your body with fresh seasonal fruit such as watermelon, banana and pineapple. Fruit contains fructose, which will provide your body with a natural energy kick and it will also rehydrate the body with fruits water and vitamin content.
5. Sleep it off
Binge drinking places a lot of stress on the body and our health. If you can, allowing your body time to rest and sleep can be the best cure for a hangover. A good day or night of rest can help your body recover and restore itself.
Hydrating and anti-nausea energy drink
This is my go-to remedy to ease all hangover related symptoms.
1 1/2 tablespoons fresh ginger root or 2 teaspoons dried ginger root
1 lemon juiced and zested, (make sure your lemon is organic if using the skin)
6 fresh mint leaves or 1 teaspoon dried peppermint leaves
1 stalk fresh rosemary or 1 teaspoon dried rosemary leaves
1/2 teaspoon natural salt
1 tablespoon raw honey
2 cups of boiling water
Steep all ingredients in hot water for 5 minutes then add to a jug with 2 cups of cold water and 1 cup of ice. Stir and drink over an hour.
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