Dec 9, 2011

DIY Beauty Fridays: Holiday Hangover Cures

If you're at all like me, then you tend to consume too many bevvies during the Holidays.  Whether it's eggnog and rum, gin and tonic, Christmas punch, jello shots, vodka and soda, polar bears....well, you catch my drift.  Not only is the drinking a plenty around the holdiays but so are the hangovers.

Of course, there are many different ways to "curb" a hangover (ex: eating greasy food, eating a banana first thing before bed, drinking two larges glasses of water before hitting the sack OR, my personal fave, sleep for a couple of hours, wake up, stumble to the bathroom still in vodka-infused stupor, swallow two advil and head back to bed) but do these actually prevent a hangover from happening.  Of course they don't!  To be honest, there hasn't been any one thing systematically studied to cure a hangover.  But on that note, there are a few recipes that will aid in the pain and make you feel 10x better than eating greasy food or taking advil.

Lemon Honey Tea

1 - 2 TBSP pure honey
Warm water (a big mug full)
1/2 lemon

This recipe calls for honey which is in a extremely concentrated form of frucotse.  (Scientists have said that a hangover could be caused by low blood sugar.)  Heat the water until warm (not boiling) and add the honey to the mug to dissolve.  Once dissolved, add the juice of 1/2 a lemon.  Either drink concoction warm or let chill first.

Blended Fruit Juice with Watermelon 

1/2 small watermelon, cubed
2 stalks of celery, chopped
Coconut water, add as much until reached desired taste
1 TSP sugar

Add all items to blender and blend fully until smooth.  (These quantities are based on my personal preference BUT feel free to add more of any item to match your acquired taste.)

Headache Relief Bath Soak

1 cup epsom salts
2 TBSP olive oil
3 - 4 drops of eucalyptus essential oil

Add all ingredients to a tupperware container and shake well to mix together.  Add mixture (1/2 cup should do the trick but you could be crazy and add the entire thing) to your bath water.  Eucalyptus is fantastic for relieving headaches so be ready to feel refreshed after soaking.  (**NOTE: olive oil will make your abthtub slightly slick so please careful when climbing in and out of the tub**)

Though there is no scientific evidence proving any specific hangover cure, I can assure you that lemons, fruit, fructose (sugar) and eucalyptus will help immensely.  So, make one of these bevvies, fill your tub and soak away your hangover.  Until, the next day that is....

Happy Friday ladies!

8 comments:

  1. This is a great post, Christina! I am sure i will be trying all of these during the holidays at least once! :) Thanks for sharing them! xo

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  2. Don't forget Milk Thistle. It's the best cure I know!

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  3. @bronwen
    Thanks so much for the comment Bronwen!! They are some great recipes to try that's for sure!

    xo

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  4. @Debbie
    Thanks Debbie!! I have heard of Milk Thistle as well but have yet to try it out. I will definitely look into it though

    xo

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  5. Anything with watermelon is amazing! lol :-D

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  6. These sound great! My favorite hangover prevention is to drunkenly eat 1-2 pieces of plain bread before passing out. My guess is that it absorbs the alcohol in your stomach before it gets absorbed by your bloodstream? I'm not sure, but it's how I always quickly sobered up before I had to go home to my parents when I was underage!

    And it still works when I might have over-imbibed. Plus it prevents hangovers! :)

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  7. Great recipes! Might need those on Sunday morning :)

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  8. I have totally heard of the bread trick, Mandy, and as much as I love bread, I am usually eating a mcDonald's cheeseburger. Bad I know but sooooo good.

    xo

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Thanks for the love!...XO Christina

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