10 Essential Oils That Will Help You Bounce Back From a Hangover
Essential oils have become a popular option for healthy lifestyle support.
The medicinal properties of essential oils can be both used as both a preventive measure and as a response to illnesses of many sorts.
In fact, symptoms of a hangover such as a headache, nausea, tiredness, irritability, anxiety, and brain fog can all be addressed by using a range of essential oils.
Seeking relief through essential oils is effective because each drop is a concentrated form of the plant it is extracted from.
Given this, you can reap the benefits of the plant source from only a few drops of essential oil.
Additionally, given essential oils do contain a concentrated amount of the original plant source, it's extremely important to not over consume or apply the oil. Essential oils can be used in a variety of ways. Most commonly people will use essential oils in an aroma-therapeutic format or by applying topically to the skin.
Top Essential Oils for Hangover
Peppermint oil is an excellent essential oil to keep in your medicine cabinet because it can be used to relieve a wide range of issues. (1)
Symptoms associated with a hangover that peppermint is recommended for are a headache, nausea, and body aches.
Peppermint oil has both strong aroma-therapeutic properties in addition to relieving muscle tension by the cooling properties it produces when applied topically.
Based on the symptom, peppermint essential oil can be applied directly to the skin after being diluted by a carrier oil, placed on a cool wet washcloth, or diffused into the air. For nausea, the latter option is the most ideal. For tension headaches and muscle pain try the first and second option.
A helpful solution for relieving muscle pain is soaking the washcloth in a bowl of ice water that contains a few drops of peppermint oil. Simply ring out the washcloth and apply it directly to the area of discomfort.
This method can be repeated throughout the day as needed. You can also use this method to heal stomach pain by applying the washcloth directly to the abdomen area.
The chemical property of citrus, especially grapefruit and sweet orange, actually makes it an excellent resource for calming anxiety. Some people experience an anxious emotional state when they have a hangover. (2)
By inhaling the scent of grapefruit and sweet orange oil combined, you can actually affect the prefrontal cortex of the brain in a manner that causes relaxed feelings throughout the body.
Additionally, you can add the citrus oils listed below into the grapefruit and sweet orange blend. While combining more than three of these oils can make creating a balanced scent less manageable. Play with combinations to find what works best for relieving your hangover anxiety.
Some people may experience bloating and inflammation after a night of binge drinking. Researchers recently found that clove can dramatically reduce these effects.
In fact, findings show that by using clove when you are hungover you can cut the severity of symptoms in half. (3)
Clove has a long history of being used for its anti-inflammatory properties across cultures.
In traditional Chinese medicine, clove is ingested for its medicinal properties. Today, clove can be found in common hygienic products like toothpaste because it helps protect against periodontal disease.
To reap the benefits of clove, either apply it topically to the skin with a carrier oil or diffuse it into the air with an oil diffuser. When applying directly to the skin, add 1 drop to 3 tablespoons of coconut oil.
By diluting the clove oil with a carrier oil you’ll prevent irritating your skin. Essential oils are extremely concentrated and therefore, should never be applied directly to the skin without being diluted.
Researchers have found that hangovers can actually cause symptoms of depression. (4)
Lavender is notorious for being used as a calming and stabilizing herb. Lavender oil is often used by people who experience anxiety and a decreased elevation in mood.
This is why it is an excellent option for people who get the blues the day after binge drinking.
Lavender oil can also be used to alleviate headaches and body aches.
For these purposes, 5 to 10 drops can be added to a warm bath. The warm bath will help the lavender oil seep into the air, allowing its aroma-therapeutic properties to be enjoyed. By inhaling the lingering lavender scent, headache pain will subside.
Additionally, by soaking in warm water infused with lavender essential oil, body aching will be reduced.
Lavender can be healing for additional symptoms of a hangover, as listed below. It can also be combined with peppermint oil for more severe headaches and body pain.
- relieving brain fog
- mood elevation
- improves restful sleep
- reducing inflammation
Brain fog is a major symptom for people experiencing hangovers. Depending on what your day entails after a night full of drinking, this can be a real issue.
Especially if you have to be at work, dealing with brain fog can be an overly taxing task. Fortunately, the mentholated properties of eucalyptus help open up the sinuses and stimulate brain activity. In essence, eucalyptus breaks up brain fog and brings clarity.
Eucalyptus is widely extracted for use around the world, as well as in pharmaceutical and cosmetic products, making it a safe and easily accessible essential oil. (5)
You can seek relief from your hangover by adding eucalyptus oil to your bath. Soaking for up to an hour will help you achieve maximum results. If you are in a hurry then you can add a few drops to the floor of your shower and take a steamy morning shower to infuse the eucalyptus scent into the air.
Ginger root is an excellent resource for relieving inflammation and nausea. It is an especially important essential oil to keep on hand so that it is readily available when you are experiencing a hangover.
The ginger essential oil can be combined with a carrier oil and applied directly to the skin on the sternum area of the chest. This will allow you to breathe in the essential oil and settle an upset stomach.
You can also dab the essential oil onto your wrists and pressure points located from the shoulders up if you’re experiencing severe nausea.
The scent of ginger has also been known to elevate the mood and increase feelings of optimism. By using ginger essential oil when hung-over, you can reap double benefits and address multiple symptoms at once.
As a mood-enhancer, the ginger essential oil can help you start your day off in a positive mood the day after a long night of drinking.
Lemongrass essential oil can help increase your energy levels. Feeling lethargic during a hangover is not uncommon. However, sometimes combatting these feelings with caffeine can result in a jittery state.
Lemongrass, however, will help you to become energized but also maintain a balanced state. So, you’ll feel more level. Its sweet scent is quite enjoyable too, simultaneously causing the mood to elevate.
Lemongrass is an excellent scent to use in the oil diffuser, as it is a common scent for candles. It has light sweet floral notes that fill a space without creating an overbearing scent.
You can also take an invigorating bath with lemongrass oil in it to start your day as an alternative to using a read diffuser. You can also apply this scent topically to help keep your energy levels up throughout the day.
Cardamom is a centuries-old remedy used in eastern medicine.
It can be ingested in the form of spice but for more immediate benefits can be used as an essential oil.
It is excellent for its ability to help with nausea.
To use cardamom essential oil for nausea, apply it directly to your skin after mixing with a carrier oil.
Cardamom also has uplifting effects. Its warm, spicy scent helps to alleviate depressed moods.
Basil is an excellent essential oil for bringing clarity to the mind.
The brain often struggles with memory when it is recuperating from a long night of drinking. Inhaling the scent of basil by using a diffuser can help you feel more alert.
Filling your home or workspace with this scent the day after a long night of drinking can do wonders for helping you get through your day.
10. Tea Tree Essential Oil
Tea tree oil can be used to relieve aches and pains. It has similar benefits to peppermint but with a milder scent. If you find the scent of tea tree overbearing then this may be a good alternative for use.
It’s an excellent option if you want an essential oil that can cover multiple issues like body aches, headaches, nausea, and fatigue.
So, if you want to address multiple issues with one bottle then tea tree is your one-stop shop.
Download your FREE Essential Oils Quick Reference Guide
Get instant access to your Essential Oils Quick Reference Guide.