Tips for treating alcoholism, addictions, and hangovers with home remedies

You can overcome addictions, ease withdrawal symptoms, and cure hangovers with medicinal herbs.

Whether quitting methamphetamine, pain pills, heroin, alcohol, cigarettes, vaporizers, or nicotine products like chewing tobacco, there are herbal remedies that can help break addictions and shorten the withdrawal periods. Do not be afraid to ask for help when needed. There are options out there that can really help once you decide you want to quit. And if you do over indulge, herbs can also help to get rid of nausea, headache, and the shakes. Read on to find easy home-remedies that work -- plus a section on kudzu -- a medicinal herb used in the treatment of substance abuse disorders and withdrawals since ancient times.

Man with red eyes fighting addiction
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This guy is using group therapy and herbal remedies to overcome substance abuse disorder.

Use herbs to treat addiction, alcoholism, and withdrawal symptoms.

Use kudzu root powder (Pueraria Lobata) and other herbal remedies to help lessen addiction and withdrawals. Tests show that kudzu root tea can sober up a drunk better than coffee. Next time you are dealing with an intoxicated person, offer them a cup of kudzu root tea.

Kudzu roots are useful when treating addiction and withdrawals.

Oriental cultures have used kudzu root for centuries to treat alcoholism and drug addiction. Preliminary studies conducted at the National Academy of Science have produced positive results using kudzu to treat people with addictive personalities. Down here in the south, kudzu is widely available -- so give it a try if you need to overcome any addiction including nicotine.

The root of the kudzu plant is taken in powder or extract form. Nine to fifteen grams of powder are given daily to inhibit the desire for alcohol and other harmful substances.

Kudzu root stimulates regeneration of liver tissue while protecting against toxins. Scientists say that two isoflavones, daidzin and daidzein, are responsible for these properties. Read more about kudzu's medicinal properties at the end of this post.

Are e-cigarettes addictive?

Yes. E-cigarettes, just like regular cigarettes, contain nicotine and are highly addictive. Use is on the rise especially among teenagers with reports showing a huge increase in 2018. If you are a teenager that vapes, please quit. The same home-remedies that help with other addictions can help you to quit vaping.

Watch this NIDA video about the harmful effects of Electronic Cigarettes:

Treat addiction by detoxing the liver.

Try detoxing the body with herbs while slowly reducing the amount of alcohol or other addictive drug that enters your body. One of the first steps when trying to kick addiction is to detoxify the liver with an herbal cleanse -- which can be done in as little as 24 hours. Many substances are addictive and although quitting is not easy, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Every little thing that helps is one more step to success so arm yourself with all the tools available.

Diet is important when going through withdrawals.

Eat lots of green leafy and yellow vegetables, citrus fruit, whole grain cereals (including oatmeal), fish, and legumes for extra magnesium. Include oranges, broccoli, green peppers, seafood, sea veggies, bananas, and tomatoes for potassium. Add brewer's yeast, mushrooms, and peas for chromium.

Get plenty of vitamin C.

Drink lots of orange juice and add fresh lemon juice to tea. Vitamin C detoxifies the system, lessens the craving for drugs, and it enhances immunity. Also use essential oils like bergamot, orange, lemon, and grapefruit in aromatherapy. The scent of citrus can really help.

Stock up on healthy foods before quitting.

Health foods such as wheat germ, bee-pollen granules, sesame seeds, molasses, and green drinks speed the process of withdrawing from addictive substances. Nuts, avocados, low-fat cheese, eggs, apple juice, and papaya juice are also beneficial. Jasmine essential oil and aromatherapy may also help ease withdrawal symptoms when overcoming addiction.

Increase intake of vitamins and minerals.

Supplement diet with vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin B-complex, glutamine, tyrosine, evening primrose oil, omega 3 flax oil, and minerals.

Use milk thistle seeds to support the liver.

Supporting liver function is extremely important. Milk thistle seed tea with a few drops of passion flower extract is recommended. Exercise every day. Avoid smoke. Eat slow-burning complex carbohydrates and when possible, eliminate refined sugar, alcohol, and caffeine from the diet.

Herbs for fighting addiction include valerian and wild lettuce.

Other herbal remedies for easing withdrawal symptoms include valerian, wild lettuce, passion flower, or bee balm tea for nerves. Enhance blood circulation with hawthorn or ginkgo biloba extract. Drink rosemary tea to offset depression, chamomile tea for relaxation, and angelica or skullcap tea for anxiety. Honey or sorghum syrup may be added to herbal tea for energy and taste.

Oat straw tea for nicotine withdrawal

Oat straw tea is good when fighting all addictions especially smoking and nicotine withdrawal. A study conducted in 1971 shows that a tincture made from fresh oats can help people stop smoking and vaping. Another remedy for nicotine addition is essential oil of black peppercorn. Inhale the vapors when the urge to smoke strikes but do not take internally.

Medicinal herbs for opiate addiction

Siberian ginseng helps fight cocaine and opiate addiction -- although ginseng should not be used in cases of hypoglycemia, high-blood pressure, or a heart disorder. Valerian root has a calming effect and when used with the amino-acid tyrosine can be helpful for those undergoing opiate withdrawals.

Whether quitting slowly or going cold turkey - ask for help.

Herbal treatment will vary depending upon the abused substance and overall health of the addict. To minimize withdrawal symptoms, withdrawal from any drug should probably be done slowly although some addicts find it easier to quit cold-turkey. The task of quitting cannot usually be accomplished alone and professional help should be sought if at all possible. It helps to find someone that will hold the addict accountable for their actions. Try group therapy, treatment centers, reflexology, acupuncture and other alternative treatments until you find something that helps. Visit other websites like Drug Abuse.gov for lots of helpful information. Do not give up!

Congratulations for taking the first step

If you are trying to overcome an addiction, seek help from clinics, family, and healthcare providers. There are many programs available. In many instances a clergyman can offer spiritual direction and other sources of help. Assistance is also listed in the local yellow pages (under Drug Abuse). Searches on the internet can provide valuable information about various methods and their results. Remember that you are not alone unless you choose to be. Help is available. Just by reading this article, you are on your way to a better life.

Risks of Drug Addiction

Addiction is a big problem in America. Find out about risks of drug addiction, types of illicit drugs, symptoms of drug addiction, and treatment options at addictions.com.

Tips for treating hangovers with herbs and home remedies

I think that you will agree that the worst hangover symptom after a night of heavy drinking is a pounding headache. Herbal remedies to the rescue! Use herbal pain relievers like white oak bark and white willow bark -- which work just like aspirin without irritating the stomach. Make a hot tea out of the bark and sip slowly while inhaling the steam.

How do I make white oak bark tea?

White oak bark tea is easy to prepare. Just cut off some bark from a white oak or white willow tree with a pocket knife or small hatchet. Be sure to get a little of the inner bark, too. Rinse well under boiling water to remove dirt and insects. Boil a piece the size of a deck of cards for 5 minutes in 2 cups of water, simmer for 10 more minutes, and you have a pain-relieving tea! Add peppermint, ginger, and rosemary for extra strength. Drink down ½ cup as soon as it is cool enough -- then sip on the rest throughout the day.

Man suffers from hangover
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This man is suffering with a hangover. He needs lots of water, some fresh air, a massage, a cup of herbal tea, and a few drops of lavender essential oil.

Herbal teas can relieve hangovers.

Hangovers can be eased a little bit by drinking water and breathing fresh air. Besides white willow and white oak bark, peppermint, ginger, and rosemary can also help. Get these herbs into the body by sipping on tea or using in aromatherapy. When drinking hot tea, be sure to inhale the aroma!

Use herbal massages and baths to treat hangovers.

Massage is also an excellent remedy for a hangover. Use a good-quality, organic carrier oil like almond, grapeseed, or olive oil and a few drops of essential oil. Good oils to try include bergamot, eucalyptus, lavender, or frankincense. These essential oils may also be added to a warm bath if no one is around to offer massage services!

Lavender essential oil can cure headaches and hangovers.

You can also rub a drop of lavender essential oil on the wrists and behind the ears. Careful, one drop is enough to clear the head and ease a pounding headache! Turn out the lights and relax a few minutes while inhaling the scent. Soon that miserable hangover will be a thing of the past. A reminder about lavender essential oil -- it should be in every medicine cabinet. One fluid ounce of the stuff will last months and costs less than $20. Use it neat on the skin for bug bites, scratches, acne, boils, sores, ingrown toenails, cold sores, mild burns, and more. Use it in aromatherapy for everything from relaxation to restoring energy.

Relaxation helps a hangover.

Medicinal herbs for relaxing the nerves are also good for hangovers. Try wild lettuce, passion flower, bee balm, chamomile, or special blends like Sleepy Time Tea (available at most health food stores).

Medicinal herbs can help the liver to recover from too much alcohol.

Use milk thistle and turmeric to restore the liver after a night of heavy alcohol consumption. It is very beneficial especially if a person drinks heavily on a regular basis.

Add magnesium to the diet.

Also try to eat something high in magnesium when suffering with a headache. Greens, sea food, nuts, whole grains, and molasses are examples. Vitamin C can also help. Avoid all MSG, soft drinks, liquor, dairy foods, processed foods, and red meat.

When recovering from a night of excess drinking, be sure to add apples, fresh pineapples, cranberry juice, green salads, brown rice, cider vinegar, and honey to the diet.

More about kudzu

Using kudzu root in herbal medicine

Kudzu vines cover a shed
Photo of kudzu vines by Janice Boling at Payne Mountain Farms

Kudzu vines grow throughout the southeastern states.

It may come as a surprise to southern gardeners that kudzu is good for many ailments and has powerful medicinal properties. Kudzu is used to treat heart problems, high blood pressure, and conditions with symptoms of fever, headache, or stiff neck. Kudzu is also used in the treatment of allergies, migraines, and diarrhea.

Kudzu has a long history in herbal medicine.

Kudzu was mentioned in the ancient, oriental herbal text of Shen Nong in A.D. 100. These writings tell how Kudzu was used in the treatment of wei or superficial syndrome. Kudzu has been recognized as an important herbal remedy in the Far East for thousands of years.

Kudzu has a bad reputation with landscapers in the southern United States. When it gets “loose”, it spreads and smothers out everything in its path. It climbs up trees, forms thick mats over the fields, and quickly hides abandoned cars, barns, and buildings. Kudzu vines can cover a house in just one summer.

Kudzu, originally from Japan, was imported for use as an ornamental in the landscape, as animal fodder, and for soil erosion control. Kudzu soon became an invasive plant in the southeastern United States escaping from pastures and covering valuable forest land. Now southerners dread the thought of kudzu sprouts taking over their property.

Kudzu may protect against hormone-related cancers.

Kudzu may be feared by the landscape enthusiast but the root has valuable isoflavones with chemical structures that resemble the hormone estrogen. Kudzu roots appear to protect against hormone-related disorders such as breast cancer and prostate cancers. A recent study has demonstrated that isoflavones have potent antioxidant properties, comparable to that of the well-known antioxidant vitamin E. The antioxidant powers of isoflavones can reduce the long-term risk of cancer by preventing free radical damage to DNA.

Kudzu roots contain high levels of isoflavones (up to 12%), which are known to facilitate improved blood flow throughout the body, help ease menopausal symptoms, and improve bone health.

Kudzu - the Mile a Day Plant

A poem titled, “Kudzu”, by James Dicky starts out, “In Georgia, the legend says that you must close your windows at night to keep it out of the house.”  Kudzu has many names including mile-a-day plant.

The kudzu plant is fast growing.

The kudzu plant is a coarse, high climbing, twining, perennial vine with attractive, sweet-scented, lavender flowers. It grows better in the South than it does in its native land and has no insect enemies here in the U.S. The huge, deep growing root can become the size of a human body. Many areas of the south have resorted to herbicidal spraying programs to keep the vine under control although goats, when staked out in a patch of kudzu, can keep it under control -- possibly even killing it out. Some kudzu plants may take as long as ten years to kill, even with the most effective herbicides. Kudzu is not recommended for home gardens due to its invasive habits.

Since kudzu grows abundantly in the United States, maybe it is time to rethink what kudzu can do -- especially for drug addicts, alcoholics, and smokers.

* Always consult with a healthcare professional before using any herbal remedy especially if you are taking over-the-counter or prescription medications.

Kudu blooms are very beautfiul.

Kudzu bloom on Payne Mountain Farms - photo by Janice Boling

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