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4 min read / 27 May 2022 / Caitlin Devlin

The best essential oils for a hangover

These essential oils can help to make the morning after a little more bearable.

Looking for a natural way to relieve hangover symptoms?

Essential oils have been used for centuries to relieve all kinds of complaints, from headaches and nausea to fatigue and upset stomachs. Do these symptoms sound familiar? You may have experienced some or all of them after a big night out. Whilst essential oils won’t let you go back in time and smack the glass out of your own hand, they can help to make the next day a little easier by tackling some of the nasty symptoms. Here are the oils we recommend for a hangover.

Black pepper oil

Black pepper’s antispasmodic abilities can help it to prevent spasms that can cause distress to the gut. Many people experience stomach pains when they’re hungover, so black pepper oil can be a great natural remedy for this discomfort. The compound piperine, which is found in black pepper oil, can further soothe the gut by reducing symptoms of diarrhoea. Black pepper oil has also been found to ease anxiety, helping us to shake off ‘beer fear’.

Learn more about the benefits of black pepper essential oil.

Eucalyptus oil

Due to the dehydration we can experience the morning after drinking, many of us may wake up with splitting headaches. Eucalyptus oil has been shown to be effective at relieving headaches, as well as relieving pain in general. Diffusing eucalyptus oil can help us to wake up feeling clear-headed and ready to face the day.

Learn more about the benefits of eucalyptus essential oil.

Fennel seed oil

Although drinking alcohol can be a lot of fun at the time, it can also have a toxic effect on our bodies – hence the hangover. Fennel seed is high in antioxidants, which help to combat the oxidising effects of toxins and free radicals and restore us to health, and its diuretic effects promote urination, further purging our bodies of toxins. Fennel seed oil can also relieve gas and constipation, two common hangover symptoms.

Learn more about the benefits of fennel seed essential oil.

Ginger oil

Ginger oil has been used for centuries as a natural remedy for nausea and sickness, and so can help us to control one of the most common and unpleasant hangover symptoms. It is said to boost positivity, helping us to focus on the fun we had the night before rather than the way we feel the morning after. It is also said to relieve pain.

Learn more about the benefits of ginger essential oil.

Grapefruit oil

Many people have found that grapefruit can prevent headaches and sluggishness, increasing alertness and energy to get us feeling more like ourselves. It is also a diuretic, able to stimulate urination to rid the body of toxins.

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Lavender oil

Lavender oil is often used to soothe anxiety, reducing the stress that can often naturally occur after a big night of drinking. It has been found to be very effective at easing headaches and other kinds of pain, and has a restorative effect that can calm us and promote wellness.

Learn more about the benefits of lavender essential oil.

Remember to always hydrate after a big night out!

Lemon oil

Lemon oil is an effective natural remedy for nausea. Its sickness-relieving properties are so pronounced that it has even been used to relieve morning sickness, so diffusing lemon is a great way to rid yourself of these unpleasant feelings when you’re hungover. Lemon oil is also said to have an energising effect, helping to beat fatigue.

Learn more about the benefits of lemon essential oil.

Mandarin oil

Mandarin oil also reduces nausea, and is said to be great for pain thanks to the presence of terpenes in the oil, which are often associated with pain relief. Mandarin oil can also be applied topically to soothe the often disturbing effects of alcohol on the gut.

Learn more about the benefits of mandarin essential oil.


Marjoram oil

Marjoram oil is commonly used for upset stomachs, popular for its soothing, balancing effects. This helps it to combat any irritation caused by alcohol. It is also able to reduce bloating and cramping.

Learn more about the benefits of marjoram essential oil.

Peppermint oil

Peppermint oil can be a great remedy for fatigue, as it naturally promotes alertness and energy, helping us to plough ahead with whatever we need to get done. It also has anti-nausea effects and is often used for headaches.

Learn more about the benefits of peppermint essential oil.


Diffusing any of these oils in your bedroom or living room can be a great way to take the edge of your hangover, but it’s important to make sure that you’re working with scents that you in particular resonate with – diffusing a scent that you personally don’t like won’t be great for nausea! If you’re not sure where to start experimenting, why not try our Hangover Relief Pure Essential Oil Blend for some quick ease.

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