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Herbal Remedies To Ease A Hangover

Updated on April 25, 2012

Help I'm Hungover!

Lots of us will have had a bad hangover at some stage in our lives, some maybe more than others. Trust me when I say that I've had my fair share. A hangover is basically the body telling you that you have abused it and should be punished! How many of us have uttered that immortal line "I'm never drinking again"? But of course we do. Next time you feel thirsty, tired, irritable and your head is thumping, remember this hub!

First things first though, go get a bottle of water and start hydrating yourself whilst reading about how to cure a hangover with herbal remedies. You'll start to feel better as you flush the toxins out of your body and start to rehydrate. Better still, if you're reading this as a regular drinker, remember to drink water before you go to bed after you've been drinking. You'll wake up feeling far less hungover next time!

The Effects

Excessive alcohol consumption speeds up the production of urine as the body tries to expell toxins. This leaves us thirsty and dry mouthed and the resulting dehydration leaves us with the dreaded hangover symptoms.

The most obvious thing to do is drink plenty of water, but it isn't that simple as the body will have lost salts and you need to replenish these before the body can absorb the water you're drinking.

Here are some ideas to help detoxify the liver, restore vitality and make the morning after a bit more bearable!

Essential Hangover Oils

Soothing essential oils can work wonders to ease hangover symptoms. They can be used in a bath, as a vapouriser blend, or as a massage oil.

The following combination is idea for putting onto a tissue or handkerchief and inhaled throughout the day:

  • 2 drops Fennel
  • 3 drops Juniper
  • 2 drops Rosemary

For a soothing bath blend try:

  • 2 drops Rose
  • 2 drops Juniper
  • 2 drops Grapefruit

Natural Remedies To Balance Body Salts


This is a great remedy as it is one of the few diuretics that adds potassium to the body rather than removing it. Dandelion is also an excellent detoxifer as it stimulates the sensory nerves of the kidney's aiding in the detoxification process. It also helps the liver and gall bladder to eliminate toxins.

Dandelion tea is a great way to benefit from this, but you could always add some leaves to a salad too.


These are high in potassium too, eating a banana for breakfast will help balance the body salts. The great thing about bananas is that they can be eaten in so many ways. If you don't feel like eating a banana by itself, try it with cereal or yoghurt.

Here are some other ideas:

Banana Bread / Banana Smoothie / Banana and Date Smoothie / Banana Breakfast Smoothie / Banana Oat Breakfast Cookie

Banana's are also good for nausea and headaches as they contain a natural antacid which helps the stomach, and magnesium which will help with a sore head.

Salt And Vinegar Crisps

Not for the very health conscious, but if you were that health conscious to begin with you probably wouldn't have a hangover anyway!

Salt and Vinegar crisps are a popular choice for the morning after, as the salt replaces those lost through dehydration, and the vinegar helps to relieve fatigue. It also helps to restore the body's acidic balance by making the stomach more alkaline.

Herbal Remedies


Chamomile tea is great for general soothing and relaxation, but as a hangover remedy, it works wonders on headaches and indigestion, especially when sweetened with honey.


Fennel tea is great for easing nausea and indigestion and can help to reduce the other effects of alcohol on the body. Drink a lukewarm cup of Fennel tea and it will relieve digestive ailments.


Juniper which is used to make gin, is reviving and restorative. This is one time when the hair of the dog may actually work!

Sip a small glass of gin and tonic with a splash of lemon and a teaspoon of honey. Combined, these ingredients will provide a much needed energy boost.


Lime is one of nature's great natural refreshers. A glass of cool water mixed with the juice of a Lime will act as a restorative, giving fresh energy. It can also aid digestion and boost the mood.


Lemon is a natural stimulant that is refreshing, purifying, reviving, strengthening and soothing. It works especially well to help the mind focus.

Milk Thistle

Milk Thistle has the ability to protect the liver from damage caused by the over comsumption of alcohol. The flower heads can be used in salads or made into herbal tea.


Peppermint eases headaches, indigestion and nausea. Drink a cup of Peppermint tea or chew on a fresh leaf to calm the stomach and improve stale breath.


Rosemary is a natural stimulant and is great for relieving feelings of tiredness. For a hangover related stomach upset, Rosemary can be used in the bath or as an inhalation agent, or it can easily be used in food.

Potatoes Boulangeres with Rosemary

Grilled Lamb on Rosemary Skewers

Rosemary and Garlic Bread


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      Jim 8 years ago

      I use T.H.C. The Hangover Cure. They sell it at gas stations in Dallas, it works great. Not sure if it is a national thing yet though.

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      liamdeantoni 8 years ago

      Great Hub!

      Another recommendation.  Prickly pear works great as well.  It's a cactus.

      I actually use a hangover patch from Zaca, because it has prickly pear and milk thistle in it, which you recommend.  It is also effective for 24hrs, so it works awesome!

      I buy it at



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      chermarie 8 years ago from Wisconsin

      This is a great Hub. Thank you for all the suggestions. I always knew a banana would help. I'm glad you included information about herbs. I have also tried some homeopathic remedies. Since I'm not much of a drinker anymore (too many painful 'morning afters') I will pass this hub onto some of my friends.

      Your Hub is very well written and informative. Keep up the good work!

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      Rodney Fagan 9 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City

      Great hub, thanks I have bookmarked this for the next time I have a morning after.

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      moonbun 9 years ago from London

      Thanks Cenny! I've had to use quite a few of these over the years and they do actually work, despite having had some of the worst hangovers from hell :(

      I of course never learnt my lesson though ;)

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      CennyWenny 9 years ago from Washington

      These are great, I especially love the tips about dandelions and bananas! I haven't had much to drink since my horrific 21st birthday, but I sure could have used these remedies then.