Buy dried yellowroot and other wild herbs at Payne Mountain Farms.
Hangovers can be eased a little by drinking water and breathing fresh air. Peppermint, ginger, and rosemary can also help. Get these herbs into the body by sipping on tea or using in aromatherapy. When drinking hot tea, be sure to inhale the aroma!
Massage is also an excellent remedy for a hangover. Use a good-quality, organic carrier oil like almond, grapeseed, or olive oil and a few drops of essential oil. Good oils to try include bergamot, eucalyptus, lavender, or frankincense. These essential oils may also be added to a warm bath if no one is around to offer massage services!
You can also rub a drop of lavender on the wrists and behind the ears. Careful, one drop is enough to clear the head and ease a pounding headache! Turn out the lights and relax a few minutes while inhaling the scent. Soon that miserable hangover will be a thing of the past. (A reminder about lavender essential oil – it should be in every medicine cabinet. One fluid ounce of the stuff will last months and costs less than $20. Use it neat on the skin for bug bites, scratches, acne, boils, sores, ingrown toenails, cold sores, mild burns, and more. Use it in aromatherapy for everything from relaxation to restoring energy.)
The most common complaint from hangover sufferers is headache. If there is no lavender oil on hand, headaches can be treated with herbal pain relievers like white oak bark and white willow bark tea (which works like aspirin without irritating the stomach). Just cut off some bark from a white oak or white willow tree with a pocket knife or small hatchet. Be sure to get a little of the inner bark, too. Rinse well under boiling water to remove dirt and insects. Boil a piece the size of a deck of cards for 5 minutes in 2 cups of water, simmer for 10 more minutes, and you have a pain-relieving tea! Drink down ½ cup as soon as it is cool enough -- then sip on more throughout the day.
Herbs for relaxing the nerves are also good for hangovers. Try wild lettuce, passion flower, bee balm, chamomile, or special blends like Sleepy Time Tea (available at most health food stores).
Use milk thistle and turmeric to restore the liver after a night of heavy alcohol consumption. It is very beneficial especially if a person drinks heavily on a regular basis.
Also try to eat something high in magnesium when suffering with a headache. Greens, sea food, nuts, whole grains, and molasses are examples. Vitamin C can also help. Avoid all MSG, soft drinks, liquor, dairy, processed foods, and red meat.
When recovering from a night of excess, be sure to add apples, fresh pineapples, cranberry juice, green salads, brown rice, cider vinegar, and honey to the diet.
* Always consult with a healthcare professional before using any herbal remedy. Never put anything into the ear if a perforated or ruptured ear drum is suspected.
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