Had a blast at the club the night before, dancing and drinking to your heart’s content but as soon as you wake up in the morning all those happiness vanishes away. A cranky mood has taken over you and it seems the brain is hammering inside your head. Trust us, when we say that we all have gone through the problem once and therefore we know how irritating a hangover can get.
It may seem that hangover is a curse from the universe for having a good time the day before but do not worry we are going to provide a quick solution that it can help you to cure you off that hangover much easily and quickly.
So keep on reading then.
What is a hangover?
Before actually starting anything, we should know what does a hangover mean.
A hangover is a collection of unpleasant signs and symptoms that generally develops after drinking too much alcohol. As a general rule, the more alcohol you drink, the more likely you are going to have a hangover the next day.
Hangover symptoms generally begin when your blood alcohol content drips down significantly or reaches down to zero.
The basic symptoms that one generally notices during a hangover are:
- Fatigue and weakness
- Dehydration causing excessive thirst and dry mouth
- Headache and full-body pain
- Nausea and vomiting.
- Disturbed sleep
- Increased sensitivity to light and sound
- Dizziness, shakiness and irritable mood
Apart from these awful symptoms, hangovers cause poor performance and conflict at work.
There is generally no rule to determine how much you can drink and still avoid a hangover but we do know what to use so that these terrible symptoms can ease away quickly.
Best essential oils for a hangover
Essential oils are always considered as an alternative medium to treat medical problems and it is no big surprise to find that essential oils can also effectively cure a hangover. Although very little research is conducted on the benefits of essential oil for a hangover, popularity of essential oils to cure a hangover is slowly gaining momentum as most of them are based on personal anecdotes.
Some of the popular essential oils for a hangover are listed below
- Ginger Oil-
Made from the ginger rhizome through a process of steam distillation, the ginger essential oil is the most effective oil to be used against a hangover. Ginger is known for its anti-inflammatory properties and those properties are effectively retained in the essential oil. Alcohol increases inflammation in the body which contributes to the hangover, however, ginger oil which its properties can help in alleviating the inflammation.
Also, use ginger oil if you are feeling nauseous or achy all over. According to a study conducted, the application of ginger oil on people suffering hangover have effectively lessened nausea and vomiting symptoms and also eased down the pain in the body.
- Peppermint Oil-
Extracted through a process of solvent extraction or steam distillation from the refreshing herb, peppermint oil is hands down the most favourite essential oil to use against a hangover. It incredibly fresh and revitalizing scent can promptly decline the feelings of nausea, headache and mental fatigue.
Due to the presence of methanol, peppermint oil is an instant mental pick me up. According to certain studies, if you can combine peppermint oil with some essential oils especially if it is eucalyptus oil, then it can ameliorate headache within ten minutes flat.
Peppermint oil can be inhaled using a diffuser oil or can be applied topically on your forehead, back of the neck, wrists. However, make sure to dilute the essential oil before applying it on your skin.
- Lavender Oil-
Lavender has always been hailed for its calming properties and lavender oil is no exception. It ameliorates the pounding pain in the head and also takes care of the other aches and agony in the body. It also helps in calming down anxiety and stress. It relaxes the body and helps in better blood circulation so that it can reach to all parts of the body and slowly and steadily remove the fatigue of the body.
Use five drops of the essential oil in your bath water and give yourself a lush and luxurious treatment to recover from that dreadful hangover.
- Grapefruit Oil-
Making it big in the aromatherapy industry is this orange-tinted, citrus scented grapefruit essential oil. Through a treatment of cold pressing, this essential oil is extracted from the glands located in the peel of grapefruit.
It’s sweet and refreshing aroma can instantly reduce mental fatigue and energise you up. It also has other medical properties like maintaining normal blood pressure in the body and curtailing the stress created. It also helps in clearing up the fog in the brain and also increases alertness and concentration.
- Tree tea Oil-
Made from the leaves of Melaleuca alternifolia, a tree native to Queensland, tree tea essential oil has always been used for medical purposes since ages. This herbal, slightly bitter essential oil can effectively cure a hangover and also helps you to relax and freshen up after that tiresome night.
It’s naturally anti-microbial and anti-fungal properties can heal the body from fatigue, nausea, dehydration, headache and sensitivity to light and sound.
Add two drops of the tree tea oil on a warm face cloth and wipe your face clean or inhale three deep breaths of the oil to help you to quickly ease down the symptoms of the hangover
Things to keep in mind
As you can see, essential oils can be effective against a hangover but there some precautions that should be kept in mind.
- Essential oils are concentrated extracts from plants and therefore are toxic if it is consumed orally. Keep the essential oils out of the reach of children and pets.
- If you are applying essential oil, make sure you are in a well ventilated room and there is proper airflow.
- Essential oils can be potent against us if not used properly. Always remember to dilute the essential oil with help of carrier oil before applying it on your body.
- Do not use essential oils that have a strong aromatic fragrance as it enhances your headache instead of curtailing it.
There you go, your potent weapons are ready to fight against that dreaded hangover. Every essential oil has the capability to combat the symptoms of a hangover. Use one essential oil at a time or can create a blend and use as desired. Now you know, what to use when the hangover hits you. However, always be responsible while consuming too much alcohol.