Drinking alcohol in moderation is safe. But if you overdo it, the next morning will welcome you with a raging hangover. While different people react differently, common side effects include headache, dizziness, nausea, fatigue, irritability, and sensitivity to light and sound. It’ll be hard to even function.
The first thing to do if you’re dealing with a hangover is drink water – lots of it.1 And here are 7 teas that can hydrate you and relieve the symptoms.
1. Ginger Tea
Feeling nauseous, groggy, and downright gross? Fortunately, ginger tea will come to the rescue. As a traditional anti-nausea remedy, ginger is amazing for hangover symptoms, all thanks to active phenol compounds like gingerols and shogaols.2 These chemicals work by stimulating gastric contractions, which puts your tummy at ease. The tea will also control any vomiting symptoms and soothe your tummy.3
2. Peppermint Tea
Peppermint is an energizing herb known for treating gas, diarrhea, queasiness, fatigue, and upset stomachs. It’s even known to decrease abdominal pain.4 This tea will cure even a pounding headache you might be facing after a night of drinking. Even its scent will work wonders, so don’t hesitate to take a whiff.5
3. Lavender Tea
Hangovers often cause irritability and anxiety along with the unpleasant physical symptoms.
Lavender will also relieve physical symptoms such as pain and spasms.8 It is also useful if your muscles or joints are hurting. The sedative effect will make it easy to take a nap, one of the best hangover cures.
4. Fennel Tea
Is your hangover causing muscle spasms? Drink fennel tea. Within 2 hours, the anti-spasmodic properties will work their magic. Fennel is, in fact, even more potent than ibuprofen.9
Since it’s effective for muscle cramps, it also works for women with menstrual pain – so imagine what it can do for you!10 This herbal remedy may be able to target those achy hangover symptoms.
5. Chamomile Tea
Chamomile tea is known for encouraging sleep. And when you’re hungover, napping is a must. Drinking chamomile tea will help you rest up and take it easy for the day.
These benefits come from terpenoids and flavonoids, chamomile’s active compounds.11 It’ll also target muscle spasms, anxiety, stomach cramps, and diarrhea.12 Essentially, chamomile tea is one of the best hangover cures out there.
6. Hibiscus Tea
Ancient Chinese medicine honors hibiscus as one of the best plants for liver health. And after drinking too much alcohol, your liver needs a pick-me-up such as hibiscus tea. In fact, in Guatemala, hibiscus is used to treat drunkenness itself! Drinking this tea will bring down indigestion, diarrhea, and stomach pain.13
7. Green Tea
As one of the most popular drinks in the world,14 green tea is a great hangover cure. It’s jam-packed with plant chemicals called catechins, which protect the liver from the damaging effects of alcohol.
These catechins will also reduce the risk of liver problems in general. Of course, this doesn’t mean you should fuel up on booze. But if you choose to drink alcohol, consider adding green tea to your everyday diet.
- If you take aspirin for a hangover, do not drink ginger tea. The blood-thinning effect of aspirin might negatively interact with ginger.15
- Avoid chamomile if you’re allergic to daisies, ragweed, asters, or chrysanthemums. These plants are related and might cause an allergic reaction.16
- Green tea contains caffeine.17 For some, this can worsen stomach problems. For others, it makes things better. If green tea makes you feel worse, avoid it when you’re
|↑1||Hangover treatment. U.S. National Library of Medicine.|
|↑2||Ginger. University of Maryland Medical Center.|
|↑4||Thompson Coon, J., and E. Ernst. “Herbal medicinal products for non‐ulcer dyspepsia.” Alimentary pharmacology & therapeutics 16, no. 10 (2002): 1689-1699.|
|↑5||Peppermint. University of Maryland Medical Center.|
|↑6||Lavender. National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health.|
|↑7, ↑8||Koulivand, Peir Hossein, Maryam Khaleghi Ghadiri, and Ali Gorji. “Lavender and the nervous system.” Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2013 (2013).|
|↑9||Nasehi, Masoomeh, Fahimeh Sehhatie, Vahid Zamanzadeh, Abbase Delazar, Yousef Javadzadeh, and Bahman Mohammady Chongheralu. “Comparison of the effectiveness
|↑10||Omidvar, Shabnam, Sedighe Esmailzadeh, Mahmood Baradaran, and Zahra Basirat. “Effect of fennel on pain intensity in dysmenorrhoea: A placebo-controlled trial.” AYU (An international quarterly journal of research in Ayurveda) 33, no. 2 (2012): 311.|
|↑11||Srivastava, Janmejai K., Eswar Shankar, and Sanjay Gupta. “Chamomile: A herbal medicine of the past with
|↑12||German chamomile. University of Maryland Medical Center.|
|↑13||Da-Costa-Rocha, Inês, Bernd Bonnlaender, Hartwig Sievers, Ivo Pischel, and Michael Heinrich. “Hibiscus sabdariffa L.–A phytochemical and pharmacological review.” Food chemistry 165 (2014): 424-443.|
|↑14||Cabrera, Carmen, Reyes Artacho,
|↑15||Ginger. University of Maryland Medical Center.|
|↑16||German chamomile. University of Maryland Medical Center.|
|↑17||Green Tea. University of Maryland Medical Center.|