Take Some Milk Thistle
After a heavy night, your liver will still be working overtime the following morning – and possibly well into the afternoon – in an effort to metabolise however many margaritas you managed to put away. Give this poor organ as much assistance as possible in the form of a vitamin B6 supplement and a couple of drops of milk thistle, an excellent herbal remedy that assists in detoxification and regenerates liver cells. If you know you’re in for a big night, try taking it as a pre-tox cocktail before you head out for the evening.
Have A Bath
Showering will probably seem like way too much cardio, so slip into a bath instead. An Epsom or Himalayan salt bath with lukewarm or tepid water will work wonders to absorb toxins and improve circulation for the whole body. Try adding a few drops of sweet orange or lemongrass essential oils to the water, as both will help with sluggishness caused by an overworked liver. Try not to fall asleep in the bath.
Use Peppermint Oil
Research into hangovers indicates that they are an inflammatory response similar to when you get a wound or infection. In this case, wine flu. An anti-inflammatory such as ibuprofen will work, but other painkillers can make things worse. Acetaminophen (paracetamol/Tylenol) is metabolised by your already put-upon liver and aspirin can upset your stomach. For something more natural, try peppermint oil which will not only help with your headache, but with nausea too. Simply bring a bottle of peppermint oil to your nose and inhale deeply, but never for longer than five minutes an hour.
Feeling decidedly queasy? Try acupressure, the healing art based on the same points used in acupuncture. Pressure point Neiguan (P-6) is located on your forearm and is known to treat upset stomachs, motion sickness and headaches. Position your hand with the palm facing up and find the sweet spot located about three fingers’-width down from the heel of your hand. Gently apply pressure with the thumb of your other hand for a good three minutes. Then swap hands. Now, assume the recovery position, everything is going to be okay…
Like what you’ve read and want more? How about a great little article called How To Make Your Bath Better? You can read it HERE, while you’re in the bath, sipping a glass of wine… Oh, too soon?