Hey Men of Oil! How are you all? Today I am going to enlighten you all on a little unplanned mansperiment I did on the weekend involving a bucks party*. I drank my own body weight in shots and beer, not a lot of sleep and a four-hour drive to get home the next day. Add all of that up and you have a hangover that would kill a brown bear (and nearly me). And I am not someone to let an opportunity pass me by. So, I decided to test the effects of essential oils and hangover. Can essential oils help with headaches, nausea, sore back and leg cramps?
* Manslation: Bucks party is an Australian term for a Bachelor party or Stag night. It is essentially a group of grown men who get together and do stupid things because one of them is getting married.
How did I get the hangover?
Well I think that is fairly obvious but let’s look at the extent of it. I drank a lot… In fact I drank waaay too much. Whilst I am not real proud of it, it is something that happens when you put 20-odd middle-aged guys in a room who think they can party like a 21 year old. We started too early on the beers. Kicked off a few drinking games and before you know it, we were drinking shots of any spirit or liqueur we could find. Add that to a 2am finish and there you have it, the perfect recipe for a rip-roaring hangover.
By the time I got picked up at 9ish the next morning, I had a headache that would stop an elephant, nausea, dizziness and a sore back from sleeping (insert passing out) on a very hard and uncomfortable fold out bed.
What was the mansperiment aiming to do?
Those of you who have read my blogs in the past will know that I do not make wildly excessive statements about essential oils and their ability to cure medical ailments. So I put my needs here firmly in the relief category. I wanted to be able to sit in a car for four hours and not feel like I did! Just wanted to feel less nauseous, less sore in the back and not have a headache the size of Mount Kosciuszko (or whatever mountain is big wherever you live). Simple, I just wanted relief.
Some of you might remember the M*A*S*H episode where they sobered up Hot Lips Houlahan with a cold shower and lots of coffee… tried that first… didn’t work. Some of the guys went straight for the bacon, eggs and sausages. Tried that too… That just made me feel even more nauseous.
We all know that the only way to really sober up is to let your body process and remove the alcohol via the liver. The purpose behind this mansperiment was to see if I could gain some relief whilst this happened without the use of any medical/chemical intervention. Mainly because paracetamol does not agree with my stomach when I am in this state.
What did I try?
I did some research. Well if I am being honest, I asked my beautiful and very understanding wife to do some research as I couldn’t focus on my phone for long enough. And together we came up with the following:
- 3 drops of Lemon Essential Oil – a natural detox
- 2 drops of Lavender Essential Oil – calming and soothing – for the headache
- 2 drops of Peppermint Essential Oil – for the nausea
- 1 tablespoon of Coconut Oil – because I didn’t know how the above would react with my skin.
Once mixed, I rubbed the concoction on my temples, forehead, behind the ears, kidneys and wrists. Essentially any trigger point I could think of that might help. Much of the research also recommended adding the three oils above – or lavender as a minimum – to a diffuser. Since we were traveling this was not an option. However I am in the process of purchasing an in car diffuser so will keep you posted on the results there in future mansperiments.
Our research did identify other oils that are known to assist in these situations. Rosemary Oil aids with mental clarity, Juniper Oil – another good detoxifier and Orange and/or Grapefruit are good mood lifters and detoxifiers. We however did not have these on us at the time so went with what was in Nic’s take everywhere kit.
Oh, and I also drank a bucket load of water… Always drink lots of water.
Did it work?
In short… It did a little! Let me break it down into the major hangover categories:
This was the most noticeable difference. My headache subsided very quickly. Usually a headache is the first sign of a hangover for me and the hardest to shake. I can honestly say that in a very quick time the jackhammers inside my head did reduce their speed level quick significantly. I am going to give this one a tick!
Sore back and leg cramps
Not too bad either – although I had walked a lot in the day leading up to bucksamageddon and was sitting in a very small car. But my back pain did subside enough that I could sit without too much discomfort. I am going to give this one a tick via benefit of the doubt. I am thinking the peppermint may have had a bit to play here as it does in my sports liniments.
Hard pass! I can honestly say that this did not subside in the least. Every bump in the car made my stomach jump like a Cirque du Soleil acrobat. Even water made everything I had the night before repeat on me. Only a piece of dry, white bread for lunch did anything to make me feel a bit better. If I could think of any way to test this more without the hangover I would do so but for now this one of a fail.
So there you have it, I am going to give this one a pass. I was able to reduce my symptoms without the use of any pain killers with the use of the oils. I even got a little sleep on the trip – something I think my wife was eternally grateful for! And whilst I don’t condone drinking this much in one session, I would recommend this for those of you who happen to stumble into this world in future.
Of course, if any of you have any better options, please let me know below and I would be happy to take one for the team and test them out for you!
In the meantime, drink responsibly and have fun
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My name is Paul and I live on the east coast of Australia with my wife and six year old son. I also have 19 and 23 year old daughters. I am an ex government and bank worker who took a bit of a sea change and opened my own business by the beach with my amazing wife. If you can do it, try it. You will never look back. You want to know more about me, read my About Me page