Essential Oils For a Hangover – Get some relief!

Happy Holidays!

It’s getting close to the holiday season. Havingessential oils for a hangover 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!

essential oils for a hangover

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.


Hangover Symptoms

Dehydration, this seems to be one of the majoressential oils for a hangover 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.

Pre-Party Preparation

Before heading out to the next party, do a few things to help your body defend itself against an uncomfortable hangover.

Drink moderatelyAll (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?


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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.


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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.

Grapefruit

  • mentally uplifting
  • refreshing
  • helps treat migrainesessential oils for a hangover
  • supports hydration

Sandalwood

  • anti-inflammatory
  • calms blood pressure
  • relaxes the nervous system

Lavender Oil

  • supports hydration
  • relaxes nervous system
  • reduces headache intensity
  • pain-reliever
  • anti-inflammatory

Peppermint Oil

  • 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

Rosemary Oil

  • helps clear the mind                                   essential oils for a hangover
  • 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.

Juniper Oil

  • helps remove toxins
  • antioxidant
  • 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 belowthe benefits of lemon essential oil

Antioxidant, analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects of lavender

Linalyl acetate as a major ingredient of lavender essential oil…

Aromatherapy as treatment for postoperative nausea…

A study regarding lemon oil and pain

A study regarding rosemary essential oil and cognitive performance


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:essential oils for a hangover

  • Bananas
  • Coconut water
  • Chicken and bone broth
  • Drink Pedialyte

Consuming foods high in electrolytes is highly recommended.

Caffeine
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.

Exercise
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?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.

Since we are in the cold and flu season here in Canada (the northern hemisphere) I regularly diffuse oils that boost my immunity. I encourage you to do the same. J

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.

 

 

Krampus and Essential Oils

Switchin’ it up

Greetings!

I’ve spent the past few months learning lots about online blogging and writingKrampus Was Here (16107360346) articles about essential oils, and I’m having a lot of fun doing it! I do a lot of research and learning before writing, and this week I have switched things up a bit based on my most recent prep work and the upcoming holiday season.

It was last week that I came across a reference to Krampus (maybe it was a reference to the recent Krampus movie). It got my attention and my curiosity got the best of me. I found myself reading articles related to this Krampus character. Normally, I would have been researching an essential oil topic!…LOL

I found it very interesting, so this week the focus is going to be on Krampus. It seems appropriate considering the season.

Perhaps about now you are asking yourself – What the heck is a Krampus?

That was my first question too! In a nutshell, he is one of St Nicholas’ sidekicks and he is not very nice! LOL

Turns out, Krampus is not a new character. In fact, his story has been around for thousands of years. Imagine that!

I realized as I was researching that to understand Krampus I needed to first get a better grasp on who exactly St. Nicholas was and why he is so popular. All I knew to start was St. Nicholas was in some way connected to Santa Claus.

First things first, who was St. Nicholas?

It is believed that St. Nicholas was a man born in Patara (an area in present dayHettangesaintnicolas Turkey) in 280 AD. He became a Bishop who was well-known to have helped the needy and was known as the protector of children. He was associated with gift giving. He died on December 6, 343 AD.

After his death, his legend of gift giving spread around the world. December 6th (the day he died) was the date chosen by many to celebrate him. This date varies somewhat in different countries.

On the eve of the celebration, it was said that St. Nicholas would visit homes during the night and leave treats for children who have been good.

During St. Nicholas’ travels from home to home, he was accompanied by different companions, most of whom were there to deal with the not so good children.

St. Nicholas and His Traveling Companions

I was born and raised in Canada. I was exposed to Santa Claus and the celebration story of the birth of Jesus on December 25th. I never really knew or studied the history of St. Nicholas and his companions. When I became aware, just last week, I was intrigued.

Most of the information I read came from Central Europe. It was interesting to me that in these stories St. Nicholas has a traveling companion (different ones in different stories), and for the most part that companion has a dark nature. In fact, some of them are frightening.

From what I have read, the companions that accompany St. Nicholas can vary depending on the country you are in. The common characteristic and purpose of each of these companions seems to be to punish children that have not been good. LOL

I am going to list a few of the characters that I read about and a little about each one.

Knecht Ruprecht                                                                     Nikolaus02 

This figure wears a black or brown robe with a hood. He travels with St. Nicholas to visit children in their home. If the children are determined to be good, they receive treats. If the children are determined to be bad, Knecht Ruprecht would give them coal, beat them or even take them away. He might even eat the children. YIKES!

Schwarzer Peter/ Zwarter Piet

This character is common in Luxembourg and the Netherlands. Despite the fact that Schwarzer Peter is in charge of carrying away the bad children, he is less scary and evil. He is actually in charge of passing out sweets and goodies. He is more of a kind helper.

Belsnickel

Belsnickel is common in parts of southwestern Germany and in the DutchBelsnickel in Modern Day Travel Attire communities of Pennsylvania, United States.

This character is more of a blend of St. Nicholas and Knecht Ruprecht. He visits homes prior to Christmas and determines who is good and who is bad. He dresses in fur and dirty clothes. He travels alone and often wears a mask with a long tongue. He carries a switch but his pockets are full of candy for good children.

Schmutzli

Schmutzli is a dark figure that accompanies St. Nicholas in the German speaking parts of Switzerland. He carries a broom of twigs to punish misbehaving children.

He is thought to originate from pre-Christian pagan times and represents the evil spirits of darkness. In modern times he joins St. Nicholas and even helps to hand out treats.

****Krampus****

Krampus, the scariest and most evil companion of St. Nicholas. His legend iskrampus and essential oils celebrated mostly in Austria and parts of Germany and comes from pagan tradition.

In central European Folklore, Krampus is a horned, half goat, half demon figure with a long pointed tongue and fangs. Sometimes Krampus carries a basket or sack to cart off the bad children. The story says that these bad children will be drowned, eaten or taken to the underworld. OMG!!! SCARY!! LOL

Over time, Krampus and St. Nicholas were paired together in many winter traditions.

The Krampus myth has been around for a long time. The myth has faced some opposition by some people. The Catholic Church for instance, tried to quash it in the 12th century due to Krampus’ resemblance to the devil, and the Conservative Austrian government tried to stamp it out in the 1930s. Both of these attempts (and other attempts not mentioned here) were not successful and Krampus lives on.

The myth is alive and well and becoming more popular as time goes on. Greeting cards featuring Krampus have been in circulation since the 1800s. krampus and essential oilsCandies, soaps, sweaters, tree ornaments etc are all available. I do have to mention, an item I found most humorous, instead of Elf on the Shelf doll, you can purchase a Krampus in the Corner doll to encourage your children to be good. Of course this is not suitable for all children, but I think some families might find it to be a funny alternative.

With the myth of Krampus gaining popularity, I wondered if it had reached my part of the world. I did an internet search and discovered video documentation of people dressing up as Krampus and roaming the streets in my very own city. Yup!


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What about Santa Claus? How did he come to be?

Here in Canada, Santa Claus is the man of the season. Where did he come Sinterklaas 2007from? I was curious about this as well.

In the 1700s, Dutch immigrants to America brought the legend of St Nicholas with them. He was known to them as Sint Nikolaas and his nick name was Sinterklaas. After many transformations over the years, Sinterklaas became Santa Claus and instead of giving gifts on December 6, the character became part of the Christmas holiday and was celebrated on December 25th.

What about Essential Oils? Do they play a part in this story?

LOL, NO, there is no essential oil connection. I found myself so interested in St. Nicholas and the story of his companions that I decided to immerse myself in the spirit of the season and learn more about the origin of the celebration that so many of us partake in.

I think the most interesting thing for me was discovering that the Christmas Season has a dark side. I was never told these stories as a child. Everything about the holiday season was supposed to be happy and positive, sweet and cheery. There was no mention of a negative aspect of it. Well, ok, there was the threat of getting a lump of coal in my stocking……never happened!

I hope you found this interesting despite the lack of EO information. Nextkrampus and essential oils week’s article is already in the works. The topic will be Essential Oils and Hangovers! With many holiday celebrations at this time of year, I thought I would share some easy oil blends to help you feel better after a night of merriment and good cheer!

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Before I say good bye, I invite you to shop here. Do as St Nicholas did and get into the spirit of giving this season. Feel free to click below and go to Amazon to get your shopping done.

I wish you all a very pleasant week ahead. Take good care and be good……..or Krampus might come and get you! December 6th (St. Nicholas Day) is only a few days away!!!

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.