The merriment commences, but do you sometimes get a bit too merry? Thank the goddess that we are not living in Medieval times, when their cures included rabbit droppings and pickled sheep eyes. Let me share a few less bizarre tips to help you feel a little more human the morning after the night before.
Before you go out prepare: one pint of water / 2000mg soluble Vitamin C and some Milk Thistle tincture [RDA]. Mix together then drink before going to bed. The water will combat dehydration a major contributor to feeling grotty, the Milk Thistle will help the Liver process the alcohol and the Vitamin C will replace what has been depleted by the action of the alcohol.
Drink lots of water before, during and after the night, it really will lessen the pain.
About 200ml of water is needed to counteract each 30ml of alcohol.
Alternate alcohol and water during the evening.
Tomato juice with a dash of cayenne pepper and sugar will get you back on track.
If you have access to wheat-grass juice drink that too!
Head bursting ? Take a couple of Feverfew capsules with a pint of water, sprinkle a few drops of essential oil of lavender on your pillow and gently massage a little Tiger Balm into your temples.
Tummy upset? Ginger counteracts nausea, in capsule form or as a tea.
If you are a fan of homeopathy try nux vomica and I hate to say it but Coca Cola is great for nausea.
Chew a couple of sprigs of fresh parsley. If you have had what the Romans called an ‘upward purge’ [ie you have hugged the loo] settle your stomach with a cup of peppermint tea and a few drops of Goldenseal tincture dissolved in a glass of water.
Massage the reflex area for the Liver, located on the outer edge of the right foot
Feeling tired? Take B complex before and after to help you perk up.
Some drinks are kinder to you than others. For example, vodka and gin are kinder than whisky and rum. Get ‘tested’ to see which drink suits your body chemistry and which doesn’t. Does your body process red wine better than white wine? A quick energy test could save you a lot of suffering.
My Aussie friends will love this one: Vegemite on toast - puts food in your tum plus a bit of Vitamin B .. something very comforting about toast. My godson swears that cold pizza works for him.
Blitz a couple of bananas + tablespoon of honey + ½ pint of milk and some ice to make a smoothie to replace lost potassium. Bananas are a natural anti acid so will help with the nausea and the magnesium will help that headache.
Dandelion tea is another rich source of potassium that helps re-regulate the body’s fluids.
Try a warm bath with Epsom salts [magnesium sulphate]. They will draw out the alcoholic toxins from the body – you may feel a bit dozzy and/or dizzy at first, but rest for 30 minutes, drink lots of water and you will begin to feel better.
Make a tea from grapefruit peel. It is rich in vitamin C and phenolics which help the body detox.
Lots to choose from, no need for those rabbit droppings just yet!
Happy Solstice, Christmas and New Year!