We’ve all been there—it’s the morning after a great night with your friends, and the booze was flowing. You partied like there was no tomorrow.
The only problem is, well, there is a tomorrow, and it’s officially arrived.
Your head is pounding worse than a policeman without a search-warrant, and you could get sick at any second. You are, to put it lightly, not fit for public consumption.
Hangovers are the plague of young partygoers and have been for hundreds of years, but they haven’t gotten anymore fun. I personally don’t like to drink often, and when I do, I try to refrain from immoderate amounts.
However, this isn’t the case with all my friends, and so every now and then I’ll indulge in a merry night of imported hops or tangy sangria for good time’s sake (no pun intended).
Yes, one of those merry nights happened recently, and I was none the better for it the following morning.
The worst part was that I had to get up early in order to catch a flight!
Mumbling to myself that “I should’ve been home before 2”, I dragged my sluggish body out of bed and collected my bags. If you remember my headache metaphor, it felt like the cops were about to break through my cranial door.
How was I going to manage the trip like this?!
Descending the stairs gingerly in the deafening silence of morning, I made my way into the kitchen. A light-bulb suddenly came on in my head (which didn’t exactly help my headache).
I’d heard that jiaogulan could work wonders for hangovers, so I decided to put it to the test. I really needed something, especially since I usually try to avoid stuff like Advil.
After quickly throwing a pot of tea together (I was running a little late), I gulped down the jiaogulan…I know that this is where I should tell you that the “elixir of life” dispersed the hangover fog and completely relieved me of pain, but I’ll be honest with you.
The jiaogulan helped a little bit, meaning it made the discomfort more manageable.
I still had to deal with the classic symptoms of a hangover until the afternoon, but I guess the jiaogulan took the edge off slightly. It took me from the “I want to die” level down to the “Why can’t I just sleep in customs” level, which is something, at least.
Ultimately, when we drink too much we have to pay the consequences—there isn’t really any magical escape hatch that will allow us otherwise.
And it isn’t from a lack of trying on our part, either!
The Romans advised wearing flower-wreaths for hangovers, while the Chinese recommended eating horse brains. Even more bizarre: in 13th century England, it was suggested that the affected person bathe their genitals in vinegar!
Man, that just doesn’t sound right.
Of course, instead of resorting to all of these peculiar remedies and practices, the easiest way to prevent a hangover is not drinking so much in the first place. I know, it’s kind of like when they say the best form of conception is abstinence from sex!
Yes, everyone has the right to enjoy their life.
Still, we think moderation is an important virtue, even on the wildest nights. And if things go a little too far, just know you can always try a safe herbal remedy like jiaogulan or ginseng to take the bite out of that hangover.
So please guys, just put down the vinegar...