If you’ve ever had a hangover, you know it’s not exactly a pleasant experience. But you may have something inexpensive in your pantry that can provide some relief. Here are the 7 best teas for hangovers.
Let’s face it. Hangovers aren’t fun. And there are a variety of purported cures and supplements that claim to relieve the unpleasant symptoms after a long night of heavy drinking.
But one that surprised me was a pantry staple: tea. I decided to try some ginger tea to clear up a hangover haze after a particularly late night out. Now it’s number one on my list of favorite teas that are proven to provide some hangover relief.
1. Ginger tea
Ginger is a common remedy for treating nausea, which can be a hangover symptom. But it also includes antioxidants that have been shown to help alleviate the effects of alcohol-induced oxidative stress in the body. Oxidative stress is an imbalance between free radicals and antioxidant defenses that has been linked to diseases such as diabetes and cancer. The antioxidant properties of ginger and in a cup of ginger tea can combat free radicals and decrease the effects of alcohol consumption, while replenishing some much-needed water.
How to make ginger tea: Add 2 teaspoons of ginger powder or a few slices of fresh ginger to a kettle of water, along with a few lemon wedges, some honey, and a cinnamon stick (optional). Bring to a boil and let steep for 5 minutes, then strain into a mug and serve.
2. Lemon tea
Chances are you have a lemon or two in your fridge or pantry. Adding some to tea can be an effective hangover reliever. Lemon juice is rich in vitamin C and antioxidants which help boost your body’s immune system. It’s also common in detox regimens and has been shown to improve liver function, which is important for breaking down alcohol so your body can remove it.
How to make lemon tea: You only need three ingredients — lemon, honey, and water. Boil a cup of water, stir in a teaspoon of fresh lemon juice and 1-2 teaspoons of honey. Add lemon slices and sugar if desired.
3. Turmeric tea
This traditional Indian spice is all the rage these days, and for good reason. It’s long been used as a home remedy for things like sore throats and coughs. And it’s also high in antioxidants, shown to have anti-cancer, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties. In addition, one study showed it was effective at speeding up alcohol metabolism — a key factor in overcoming hangovers — and improving liver function. All of these make it a good tea for alleviating hangover effects after a little too much alcohol.
How to make turmeric tea: Thinly slice some fresh turmeric, then add it to a saucepan with 1 cup of water. Boil, then let simmer for 5 minutes. Strain into a mug. Optional: add lemon and honey to taste.
4. Ginseng tea
Shown to help with everything from digestion to fatigue, ginseng has also been linked with a host of other health benefits, from fighting cancer to reducing anxiety and inflammation. And ginseng has been shown to alleviate the effects of alcohol and the severity of hangover symptoms. So not only can ginseng tea help you recover from that hangover headache, it can also help boost energy levels and fight the drowsiness that often accompany hangovers.
How to make ginseng tea: Wash fresh ginseng root thoroughly, then cut several thin slices and marinate in honey for 30 minutes in a large bowl. Heat water in a kettle, then pour over the ginseng and honey. Let steep for 5 minutes, strain, then serve.
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5. Green tea
Green tea is another good choice for helping with hangovers. It’s packed with a substance called catechins, which can produce high levels of beneficial antioxidants. Catechins have also been linked with improved liver function, which can help accelerate alcohol metabolism. And green tea can also help with cognitive function and mental health by relieving stress and improving mood, both of which can be affected by hangovers.
How to make green tea: Green tea is readily available in easy to use sachets or tea bags. Simply boil some water, then let a sachet steep in it for five minutes. Remove it and enjoy.
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6. Peppermint tea
Peppermint tea is known for its calming, soothing qualities. It can also relieve headaches, stress, bloating, and stomach aches, all of which can be symptoms of a hangover. And peppermint essential oils have been shown to be effective in treating nausea and vomiting. In addition, the cooling, fresh sensation of peppermint can help with alertness and focus, so a cup of peppermint tea can be just the remedy the following day after overindulging on alcohol.
How to make peppermint tea: Add several mint leaves to a teapot, then fill with boiling water. Let steep for 3 minutes, and strain into a mug. Sweeten with sugar or honey and a dash of lemon to taste.
7. Chamomile tea
Chamomile is another ingredient that is commonly used in tea to help with an upset stomach and to help act as a calming agent to relieve stress. It can also help with your digestive system, sleep, and headaches. Plus, chamomile is caffeine-free so it won’t give you jitters. All of those properties can be beneficial when trying to overcome the effects hangovers.
How to make chamomile tea: Boil water in a kettle. Scoop 1/4 cup of culinary-grade dried chamomile in a glass and fill with the hot water. Steep for five minutes and strain. Sweeten with honey if desired.
Skip drinks high in caffeine, as those can cause jitters and restlessness rather than helping to calm your body. Also try to avoid other alcoholic drinks as those “hair of the dog” remedies will serve to dehydrate you. To help alleviate hangovers, get plenty of hydration through beverages like water or tea.
Like green tea, black tea is a good source of antioxidants, which can help fight inflammation and relieve hangover symptoms. But it contains more caffeine than green, so it can make you more jittery. If you’re looking for something more calming to help treat your hangover, green tea may be your best option.
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