Herbs to Use in Preventing a Hangover
- Take ginkgo to prevent a hangover.In Japan, ginkgo seeds are served at cocktail parties so that people can drink freely without worrying about getting too drunk or suffering from a hangover.
- Speed up your metabolism with an enzyme found in the ginkgo. This helps your body process the alcohol more quickly.
- Ingest a bitter herb to prevent hangovers.These herbs include dandelion, mugwort and gentian, but the preferred herb is cinchona. Cinchona comes from a bitter bark and is used in tonic water.
- You can also use cinchona, dandelion, mugwort and gentian if you are unable to prevent a hangover and are suffering from symptoms. These herbs are used as a remedy for hangovers in China.
- Take kudzu as soon as you begin drinking.This root herb will encourage acetaldehyde, a chemical scientists believe brings on a hangover, to move through your bloodstream faster.
- Pay attention to how you feel while you are drinking. You may experience hangover symptoms while you are drinking instead of afterwards when you take kudzu. If you feel ill, slow down your drinking.
- Try wintergreen to avoid headaches.Taking aspirin can upset your stomach, especially when you are drinking. Wintergreen is gentler to your stomach and aromatic.
- Talk to your doctor if you have an aspirin allergy. You might also be allergic to herbs such as wintergreen that mimic the traits of an aspirin.
- Have some ginger to keep your stomach settled.At the end of your evening, take some ginger while you are drinking water. This can prevent throwing up and nausea.
Methods of Using Herbs to Prevent Hangovers
- Take herbs in a capsule.The easiest way to ingest herbal supplements is with a pill or a capsule. This works especially well for kudzu, ginkgo and ginger.
- Brew a tea.One of the most popular way to enjoy herbs of any kind is by using them in teas.
- Make a hangover tea with Angostura Bitters, which uses the cinchona herb. Just add a few drops of the bitters to a cup of boiling water. Add other herbs such as roselle and tamarind, which will cut down on the bitter taste.
- Mix wintergreen into your tea or boiling water for a soothing scent as well as a constructive drink.
- Apply herbs and oils directly to your skin.This works especially well with wintergreen or mint oil. Gently massage the leaves or oil into your temples or at the pulse points on your wrists.
- Pay attention to herbal and scientific breakthroughs. Recently, while studying cures for alcohol disorders, scientists discovered the herb hovenia dulcis can prevent hangovers. More research needs to be done, but hangover resistance is a bonus in this discovery.
- Remember that the best way to prevent a hangover is eliminating or limiting your alcohol intake. Drink in moderation, and always keep yourself hydrated with non-alcoholic beverages that are good for you.
- Remember that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not oversee herbs and herbal supplements. These treatments have not been tested or determined safe by any government agency.