Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Drink Too Much? Try a Natural Hangover Tea

Okay, I'll be honest - I've given out my Hangover Tea many more times than I would have thought - but people just keep drinking more than they should!! This is especially true for holidays (the New Year is coming...) and birthdays, but I've never actually had to drink my own Hangover Tea. Maybe for me it acts more like a preventative...or maybe it's watching people put their face to the cement outside or stick their cheek to the toilet bowl and beg for help...yep, I'd say that's the ultimate preventative, and it works very well for me!

It's a good idea to have the ingredients on hand, otherwise, you could be caught off guard and need a few more herbs to complete your tea. Most of the herbs you would use for this tea can be found in the local grocery store, but the cheapest are the stores that have a "Mexican food" section of the store, complete with herbs and spices. Even better, if you can find the little herbs that hang in plastic bags, they range in price from $0.50 a bag, to $1.99 each. Otherwise, start your search in the local herb store, or natural foods store, but both would be much more expensive. Some herbal stores even carry bulk herbs, where you can purchase them by weight. No matter where you buy your herbs, be sure that they are not capsulated, just the dried herbs. I have used this tea with people who were praying to the porcelin god to save them from the depths of drunken death, and after just a few sips of tea, they were thanking God for making the plants that saved their life - typical of a drunk sick person, but still amazingly quick results.

Place the following ingredients into a heat resistant container, dried ingredients first, then add two cups of boiling water into the herbs, do not drop the herbs into boiling water, it will destroy some of the properties of the herbs. Take tea sparingly, such as a spoonful every five minutes, starting with two to three initial spoonfuls. Continue as needed.

  • 3 teaspoons of ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of basil
  • 1 teaspoon of thyme
  • 1 teaspoon of peppermint
  • 2 teaspoons of star anise
    (seed anise can be used if no star anise can be found)
  • 1 teaspoon of chamomile

If you don't have all of the ingredients, use a combination of the herbs that you do have, the ginger is the most important herb, and the herbs in bold are also very important to the Hangover Tea. Try to have at least these three on hand, they are also good for indigestion and other stomach problems that are common during holidays and other "feasts".

This information is provided for entertainment purposes only and is not intended in any way to be a substitute for the advice of a trained medical professional. Please see a doctor if you experience any unusual symptoms after consumption of any amount of alcohol.