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Friday, January 1, 2010

Hangover Remedies

Starting the new year with a hangover is no fun. Not that hangovers are fun any time. So here are some hangover remedies you may find helpful.

Let's start with an ounce of prevention.

You probably already know that drinking on an empty stomach affects you more, and, it would be assumed, leads to more and/or worse hangovers. What you may not know is that drinking a glass of water between alcoholic beverages - alternating between the two - can also help. Alcohol tends to dehydrate you, and some of your drinking may be because you're thirsty! Of course, it's also likely to slow down the pace of your alcohol consumption, so it may be helpful in two ways. A squeeze of lemon in your water may also help by adding a touch of vitamin C to help detoxify chemical additives/toxins in the alcohol.

Speaking of vitamin C, you may find it helpful to take 1,000 mg. of vitamin C before going to bed to reduce toxicity. Another way to diminish toxic substances in alcohol is to buy organic alcohol, especially wine and beer. If organic is not available, buying pricier brands are generally more pure.

Here's my concoction:

Morning After Lemonade
Juice of 1/2 lemon, seeds removed
2 teaspoons honey (omit if diabetic)
1,000 mg powdered vitamin C (optional)
8 oz ginger ale (use fresh ginger as described below if diabetic*)
(or 8 oz water with juice of 1/2 inch grated fresh ginger)

* I simply can't recomend diet sodas, which use aspartame.

The lemon and vitamin C, as already mentioned, reduce toxicity; honey helps normalize your blood sugar; ginger soothes your stomach.

For hangovers already in progress, avoid coffee and other forms of caffeine, which can make matters worse. Instead, drink a sports drink with electrolytes to replace what you have lost.

Sleep helps. Make sure you get enough, which may be a bit more than you usually need.

Aromatherapy offers some relief. Essential oils (for external use) of fennel, lavender, sandalwood, and lemon are relaxing, and can be added to bath water or an aromatherapy diffuser. Stimulating essential oils (external use) such as grapefruit, rosemary, fennel, and juniper can also be used for a pick-me-up effect. Valerie Ann Worwood gives specific formulas and additional uses in The Complete Book of Essential Oils & Aromatherapy.

Additional Resources:

Hangover - at - tips for prevention and remedies for the morning after.

How To Cure a Hangover - by Colleen Graham at

Buy Hangover Remedies at

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