Herbal remedies to ease a hangover. Soothe your head the morning after with some gentle natural remedies to detoxify your liver and restore vitality.
A night on the town with good friends and a few drinks (too many) can be fun until we wake up in the morning with and awful hangover. Why you feel so terrible is, your body’s way of telling you not to treat it so badly in this way. In the meantime, there are some things you can use to get you back to your best.
Excessive alcohol consumption speeds up your production of urine as your body tries to expel toxins, leaving you feeling thirsty and dry mouthed. The resulting dehydration causes headaches, depression, irritability and insomnia. The symptoms can be combated with herbal remedies but the easiest way to avoid a hangover is to consume alcohol moderately.
Drinking lots of water as soon as you wake up is one way to combat a hangover, as it re-hydrates the body and helps to flush out toxins, but because you will also have lost body salts, you need to replenish these before your body can absorb the water you’re drinking.
This is an ideal remedy, as it in one of the few natural diuretics and detoxifiers that adds potassium to your body rather than removing it. Make a tea with dandelion leaves, or eat them in a simple and soothing salad. Bananas are high in potassium, so have one for breakfast to top up your depleted reserves.
If you don’t keep a health-conscious kitchen, a packet of salt and vinegar chips will be better than nothing.
A cup of chamomile tea will do wonders to soothe headaches and indigestion. A lukewarm cup of fennel tea will ease nausea and indigestion, and can act to reduce the effects of alcohol on the body. You should not use fennel though, if you are pregnant or if you suffer from epilepsy.
A glass of water with lemon or lime juice added will work especially well on your mind to help you focus when you’re feeling a little fuzzy. Being a natural stimulant it is refreshing, purifying and reviving. It is a godsend during rough post-drinking periods.
Use rosemary in the bath or as an inhalation agent, or simply to garnish food with as it is great for relieving feelings of tiredness.
Drink a cup of peppermint tea to ease headaches, nausea and indigestion or chew on a fresh leaf to calm your stomach and improve your stale morning-after breath.
So keep these natural herbal solutions in you kitchen to help dispel that morning-after feeling as quickly as possible.