Frankincense Is The Hangover Cure You Never Knew Existed
So says an author who spent a decade in search of the ultimate morning after remedy for the night before.
A couple of Panadols, 20 (billion) litres of water, or just some good ol' hair of the dog are common ways we try to relieve the soul-crushing pain of a hangover, but we might have it all wrong.
The cure to a big boozy session the night before might be a little more ... unusual.
We're talkin' about frankincense.
Yup, as in one of the gifts -- being gold, frankincense and myrrh -- that the Three Kings offered baby Jesus when he was born.
Who knew the Christian Bible contained a sneaky remedy for a few too many tinnies? Cheers, God.
Canadian author Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall quite literally stumbled across frankincense during his ten-year-long search for the ultimate hangover cure.
Bishop-Stall documented his highly scientific research -- which involved polar bear swims, saline IV drips, adrenaline-fueled fighter plane flights and lots and lots of alcohol -- in his new book, aptly titled Hungover.
Despite trying everything under the sun to kick the sick, Bishop-Stall landed on one of the most prized and precious yet little known essential oils, frankincense.
What the F is frankincense?
Sometimes called olibanum, frankincense is used in aromatherapy and can offer a swag of health benefits, including easing stress and anxiety, reducing pain and inflammation, and boosting immunity. Noice.
It makes sense then that this cure-all oil -- it's available at most chemists -- can also take care of the headaches, nausea and general kill-me-now feeling that a hangover brings.
Frankincense oil -- also used in incense and perfume -- is made from the sticky resin of scraggy and weird-looking Boswellia trees found in northern Africa and Arabia, where it's been traded for more than 6,000 years.
So, you've hit the bottle too hard and you want a bit of frankincense magic? For the love of the lord please do not drink it -- ingesting it could have toxic effects on your bod.
Instead, you're meant to breathe in the fumes. Chuck a few drops of the essential oil to a hot bath, or use an oil burner or try frankincense incense.
It really deals with deactivating the most horrendous aspects of hangover. Nausea, headache, body pain – those large things that keep you down to your bed or couch or even sometimes put you into a doctors office. You won’t have any of those.
Your complete cure
Bishop-Stall's frankincense tip is just part of the author's comprehensive ritual he completes after drinking but before going to sleep.
According to his book he'd take milk thistle, for the liver; the amino acid and immune system aid N-acetylcysteine; and vitamins B1, B6 and B12, which boost metabolism.
And of course Jesus' fave, frankincense.
Probs best to have all those goodies prepped before you arrive home at 3am, wobbly and bleary-eyed, but that's just our hot take.
The fact that many of the ingredients in Bishop-Stall's holy grail hangover cure have been around for literally ages wasn't lost on him.
"Many of the things that the ancients used, whether pickled eggs or boiled cabbage or charcoal, they all have, we now realise, scientific footing. They’re the precursors to the things we try out to this day," he wrote.
Well, the ancient Egyptians used to put dead mice in their mouths to cure toothache so here's hoping that never makes a comeback.
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