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Holistic ways to help cure a hangover

Cover Media logo Cover Media 10/01/2019 covermg.com

© Provided by Cover Media The medicine cabinet is often our first port of call when it comes to tackling the dreaded hangover.

But instead of reaching for painkillers, simple aromatherapy and some nutritional know-how can be just as effective in helping you to recalibrate the morning after, the many nights before.

The first thing to assess is exactly how you feel. Is your head pounding? Are you nauseous? Or is your battery running on empty? Read on for a holistic guide to beating the post-party blues.

Headache blend

For this, you need to look no further than lavender and peppermint essential oils. Albeit not a cure, inhalation of these oils can reduce symptoms, duration, or the severity of headaches. A few drops into a diffuser and or onto a tissue will soon leave you feeling bright and ready to take on the day ahead.

Nausea blend

Two drops of cypress, two drops of grapefruit and one drop of peppermint in 10 mls of Jojoba oil, massaged in circular movements into the abdomen, will help ease nausea and gently remove toxins after a heavy night.

Energy blend

Add a few drops of lime, grapefruit, and orange onto a pocket tissue and inhale at any moment to keep you feeling positive and rejuvenated.

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Post aromatherapy treatment

Wellbeing Collective Nutritional expert Emma Olliff also advises using what's in your kitchen to bring energy levels back to where they should be.

Restore hydration

Drink coconut water or a rehydration drink to help to top up your hydration levels. If you don't have these to hand you can easily make your own.

"Dissolve a tablespoon of sugar and a teaspoon of salt in a pint of water and sip throughout the morning," she tells us.

Eat your greens

"Eating steamed asparagus before or after a night on the town will help break down toxins," Emma shares. "Scientists in Korea recently discovered that a product found in the shoots and leaves of asparagus boosted levels of the enzymes Alcohol Dehydrogenase and Acetaldehyde Dehydrogenase, which help digest alcohol."

Resist cravings

You may well be craving a double pepperoni pizza or a huge stack of pancakes, but fight the urge to make an Uber Eats order.

"After a night on the tiles, your blood sugar levels will already be elevated. So, what you really should be doing is eating a meal that contains whole grains, protein, and fibre," the expert advises. "If you still need to satisfy your cravings, make a fresh fruit or yoghurt smoothie."

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