It’s getting close to the holiday season. Having a drink or two with family and friends is a pretty common way to celebrate.
I enjoy getting together with friends and loved ones and even having a drink or two to lighten the spirit and feel more relaxed.
I hate hangovers! I don’t like wasting any part of the following day recovering. The older I get, the longer it seems to get over. So, when I do have a drink, I try to make a conscious effort to not over-do it.
It wouldn’t be proper of me to write an article about alcohol without making a statement about drinking responsibly. Be safe and make responsible choices. No drinking and driving. Don’t drink so much you do something you will regret the next day. Drink in moderation!
Oops, it’s the next day after a great party. A fantastic time was had by all. Responsible decisions were made, everyone is safe. All is good. EXCEPT for that hangover!
Did you know you can use essential oils for a hangover? EOs are an easy way to alleviate some of the discomfort from having a few too many the night before.
Dehydration, this seems to be one of the major issues when dealing with a hangover. You may have noticed that you frequent the washroom many times during a party. The electrolytes in your body may become unbalanced when this happens.
Here are some other symptoms associated with a hangover:
- Inflammation in the body
- Nausea (vomiting)
- Stomach pain
- Lower Blood Sugar
- Expansion of Blood Vessels causing headaches
- Sleepiness – Alcohol can make it hard to fall into the deep stages of sleep thus making you tired.
Before heading out to the next party, do a few things to help your body defend itself against an uncomfortable hangover.
Drink moderately – All (most) things in moderation, a saying my mother liked to use. I believe this applies here. Have fun! Have a drink or two, or three, but be responsible!! Make an intention in your mind and stick to it!
Drink water with your alcohol – Have a drink in both hands! LOL In one hand you have your alcoholic drink and water in the other. Why not?
Eat a decent meal – Don’t drink on an empty stomach.
Drink water before bed – If you remember, have more water before you go to sleep for the night.
Essential Oils for Hangover Recovery
I have compiled a list of recommended essential oils to use in case of a hangover. Diffusing EOs is easy and effective. The EO attributes mentioned are in relation to hangovers. Each of these oils have many more benefits than I have listed here.
- mentally uplifting
- helps treat migraines
- supports hydration
- calms blood pressure
- relaxes the nervous system
- supports hydration
- relaxes nervous system
- reduces headache intensity
- relieves nausea and vomiting
- rejuvenates the mind and body
Lemon Essential Oil
- helps detoxify the body
- reduces nausea and vomiting
- helps reduce severity of headaches
- supports hydration
- helps clear the mind
- promotes energy
- reduces pain from headaches/migraines
- promotes memory
If you don’t care for rosemary by itself, try adding a few drops of something else you have on hand. Peppermint is recommended as an oil that goes well with rosemary.
- helps remove toxins
- stimulates and clears the mind
- helps to ease aches and pains
Blend juniper essential oil with peppermint or lavender to help soothe a bad headache.
Eucalyptus oil is one of my favorite oils. I use it regularly to cleanse the air in cold and flu season. It’s also great to help detoxify the body. This is a helpful oil when fighting a hangover. Blend it with peppermint oil to gain even more benefits.
Ginger essential oil
This is an awesome oil to use when you are feeling nauseated. I always have some on hand. Great for hangovers too! Ginger also reduces inflammation, helps sooth anxiety and it contains high levels of antioxidants.
Essential oils provide a wealth of benefits, far more than I have listed. Perhaps you have some above mentioned oils. Try them the next time you are feeling the effects of a few too many drinks from the previous night.
If you’re not familiar with making your own blends feel free to click here for more information. It is advised to stay away from floral EOs when nursing a hangover. Lavender is an exception.
If you are interested in more information regarding some research about essential oil benefits follow the links below
How to Use Essential Oils for a Hangover
My favorite way to use essential oils is with my diffuser. It is pretty simple, add some water and a few drops of oil and that’s it.
Topical applications are great too, always mix your oils with a carrier oil first, and apply to forehead, temples, back of neck. Massage. Click here to go to an article containing information about mixing your EOs with carrier oils. If you have not used EOs before you might want to do a little patch test beforehand if you have allergy concerns.
Some people like to use essential oils in the bathtub as a way to ease the discomfort of a hangover. Click here to go to an article containing some tips about how to safely use EOs in your bath water.
Two additional ways to inhale essential oils is directly from the bottle or by adding a few drops to some hot, steaming water (cover your head and the pot of water with a towel and breathe in the steam for a few minutes).
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What if you can’t stay home and nurse your hangover? There are options for you. Have you heard of Aromatherapy jewelry? Add a few drops of the oils to the necklace or bracelet that matches your outfit best and you are on your way.
Another option is portable aromatherapy diffusers! Portable diffusers are not only great for hangovers but great to keep in your pocket or purse for that unexpected headache, upset stomach or just a little pick me up when you are feeling tired.
More Recommendations to Fight a Hangover
Replenish your Electrolytes
Replenishing your electrolytes will help you when you are not feeling well the day after. Eat things like:
- Coconut water
- Chicken and bone broth
- Drink Pedialyte
Consuming foods high in electrolytes is highly recommended.
You might like to try a nice cup of coffee or tea. It helps to wake you up and feel less tired. Remember though, that tea and coffee are both diuretics, you will need to drink additional water if you choose to do this. This tip is not recommended if your body is not used to caffeine.
I was surprised to learn this as I was researching. It is recommended to do a little exercise if you feel hungover. Yup! Can’t imagine it.
Good news though, the recommendation says not to overdo it. Exercise in moderation. It was suggested that getting the circulation going helps your body to release toxins. Your body will also release endorphins which will make you feel happier! 🙂
Acetaminophen is an anti-inflammatory and a pain medication. It is not advised to take too often however, as it can be hard on your liver.
Even More Things to Try
I have no experience using the following products for hangover relief, nor have I done any research on them. I thought I would list them anyhow.
N-acetylcysteine – You take this product prior to the intake of alcohol. Reduces toxicity.
Prickly pear extract – (also called Barbary fig) Take prior to drinking alcohol to reduce hangover symptoms.
Magnesium – This is an important anti-inflammatory for your body. Supplement a little before drinking to help counteract the inflammation caused by alcohol.
Milk thistle extract – Used for centuries for treatment of liver conditions.
Have you had any experience using these products? If so, please comment below as I would love to hear about it.
Enjoy the Holiday Season
Isn’t it great that we can use essential oils for a hangover? EOs are a fabulous way to take some control of your own health, both mentally and physically. It’s great fun to mix and blend different scents according to what you feel your body needs.
Enjoy the upcoming season and time with family and friends. Make good memories! Stay safe and please be responsible when you partake of holiday cheer.
Have a very pleasant week ahead. Stay happy and healthy!
Angela (founder of Your Aromatherapy Store)
I would like to remind you that essential oils are very POTENT and should be used with common sense and caution. Always read the labels. If you are currently taking any prescribed medication it is recommended that you speak to your doctor before using essential oils.
If you are concerned about allergies, you may want to perform a patch test on your skin.
It is also good to be aware that some essential oils are photo toxic. Avoid the sun as necessary when using these oils.
Please know that some oils are not recommended if you are pregnant or nursing.
Essential oils are considered “complementary and alternative medicines” and are not always a substitute for professional medical intervention and advice. If you are experiencing severe physical or mental illness it is best to contact a medical professional.