Throbbing head? Upset stomach? General malaise? Intermittent pangs of regret? Yep. You have a hangover. We’ve been there too. Somehow, “one drink” ends up in “why not?” and the aftermath does serious damage to your body’s well-being.
To help you mend yourself naturally—and ASAP—we found four tried-and-true natural hangover remedies. Consider these supplements to the age-old go-tos: hydration, rest, and time (ugh, sorry to say it).
Scroll on for four natural hangover remedies to try.
Pop Some B Vitamins
Alcohol is a diuretic. That means it dehydrates your body and also depletes its vitamins and nutrients. One of the most important vitamins that get flushed down the drain with your skinny margaritas is vitamin B, which plays an integral part in many metabolic processes of the body, including your liver’s ability to detox itself (kind of an important function, we’d say).
To help your body get back on track, try taking a vitamin B complex after drinking. The supplement is said to combat hangovers by helping your body detox itself properly.
Drink This Chinese Herbal Remedy
A study by the National Institutes of Health reveals that consuming a combination of ginger, tangerine pith, and brown sugar decreases nausea and vomiting associated with hangovers (nice!). This interesting remedy is a traditional treatment for booze-induced stomach ailments in China—give it a go next time your digestive system is feeling worse for wear after a late night.
Rub on Some Tiger Balm
Tiger Balm Ultra Strength Ointment ($5)
Tiger Balm is a popular topical cream that’s used to treat many ailments, from tension headaches to muscle soreness. When it comes to hangovers, consider Tiger Balm a natural option to get rid of that throbbing headache. (Will it ever end?!) Dab a small amount of the potent balm on the back of your neck and on your temples, massage it in, and repeat the mantra, “I will never drink again. I will never drink again.”
Take a Mustard Bath
Dr. Singha's Mustard Bath ($24)
Yes, you read that correctly. Raved about for its detoxifying benefits, the ritual of mustard baths dates back all the way back to Ancient Greece and Rome. While this might sound a little—uh—unappetizing, mustard greens contain glucosinolates, which are said to help regulate the action of detoxification enzymes and eliminate harmful toxins from the body.
Clinical trials are lacking, but a quick stroll through the hundreds of rave reviews on Dr. Singha’s Mustard Bath Amazon page might leave you open to mustard’s healing benefits.
We’d love to know—have you tried any of these natural remedies? What’s worked for you? Click here for more hangover remedies from around the world.