Hangover Cure #4 Malin+Goetz Candle

Malin+Goetz Geranium Leaf candle

Malin+Goetz Geranium Leaf candle

If your hangover is making you feel blue then a soothing sensory experience may help – today it’s thanks to Malin+Goetz Geranium Leaf candle that I’m finally starting to perk up.

I feel like this candle lifts me every time I burn it and after just half an hour of burning, the room is heady with its scent, it’s incredible. Geranium leaf is meant to calm and balance the senses – exactly what I need right now.

The writing on the glass jar says 16% eau de toilette scented candle – that’s why it’s so powerful. The description details top notes of green apple and cyclamen, middle notes of geranium and coriander, and bottom notes of musk.

The candle is made from an earth-friendly, natural blend of beeswax, vegetable wax and soy wax which proves you don’t necessarily need paraffin wax to make a high quality fragrance candle.

One last thing – I’m now down to the last few cms of wax on this candle but I’ve had it since September and burn it regularly so even though it retails at £37 (available from Zuneta) you get a lot of burning time – and pleasure – for your money.

 

Hangover cure: Home-made hummus

home made hummus

There’s really little more satisfying than throwing a bunch of ingredients into a food processor for instant, home-made hummus. Especially on a hangover. It’s comforting and relaxing, and after a night of alcoholic excess, it’s reassuringly self-caring. It’s my go-to 7-minute dish and one which everyone also likes to tuck into.

How to make hummus in 7 minutes flat

Put in a food processor:

  • 1 can of chick peas with a little bit of its water (or two cans if you’re making for a few people)
  • 1 clove of garlic crushed (or two or three if you / your guests love a rich taste of garlic like I do)
  • over half a lemon squeezed or a whole one for two cans of chick peas. The more lemon you add the brighter and more uplifting the taste. If your hummus tastes dull and dense then you probably haven’t added enough lemon.
  • 1 tablespoon of tahini per can of chick peas (sesame seed paste)
  • generous salt
  • generous pepper
  • generous glug of olive oil (in the mixture and for drizzling at the end)
  • chilli flakes/cayenne pepper/paprika – optional to season

Whiz in the food processor until as smooth or as chunky as you like. If it’s too dense, add a glug of plain, unflavoured yoghurt or more olive oil.

Also ensure it’s full of flavour – nothing worse than hummus without enough kick – always add more lemon juice than you think you need and don’t be shy with the seasoning. Be generous, and give it some life!

So that’s it.. no frills, no fuss (just a bit of mess), speedy, natural and utterly delicious. Just toast some pitta, grill some tomatoes, kick back and enjoy.

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Hangover cure #3: Home-made hummus

home made hummus

There’s really little more satisfying than throwing a bunch of ingredients into a food processor for instant, home-made hummus. Especially on a hangover. It’s comforting and relaxing, and after a night of alcoholic excess, it’s reassuringly self-caring. It’s my go-to 7-minute dish and one which everyone also likes to tuck into.

How to make hummus in 7 minutes flat

Put in a food processor:

  • 1 can of chick peas with a little of its water (two cans if you want to make enough for four people)
  • 1 clove of garlic (or 2 or 3 if you love garlic as I do)
  • just over half a squeezed lemon (make this one whole squeezed lemon if you’re using two cans of chick peas)
  • 1 tablespoon of tahini per can of chick peas (sesame seed paste)
  • generous salt
  • generous pepper
  • generous glug of olive oil (in the mixture and for drizzling at the end)
  • chilli flakes/cayenne pepper/paprika – optional to season

Whiz in the food processor until as smooth or as chunky as you like. If it’s too dense, add a glug of plain, unflavoured yoghurt or more olive oil.

Also ensure it’s full of flavour – nothing worse than hummus without enough kick – always add more lemon juice than you think you need and don’t be shy with the seasoning. Be generous, and give it some life!

So that’s it.. no frills, no fuss (just a bit of mess), speedy, natural and utterly delicious. Just toast some pitta, grill some tomatoes, kick back and enjoy.

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Hangover Cure #2: Micheline Arcier Bath Oil

Micheline Arcier Bath Oil

Micheline Arcier Bath Oil

If you’ve had a difficult week, a stressful day or a moment when you just want to stop the world and get off, I highly recommend some time with a Micheline Arcier Bath Oil. It will make you feel like you’re the most important person in the world and that everything will be OK. It’s also a great hangover cure.

Deemed as one of the originators of modern aromatherapy, Micheline Arcier was one of the first people to work with Dr. Jean Valnet, a medical doctor who used essential oils during World War II. Arcier and Valnet then combined forces with a famous biochemist during the mid-1960s, Madame Marguerite Maury, who had found a way to use essential oils on the skin. Together they created the form of aromatherapy we recognise and use today.

View and buy her products online or visit The Spa at Bluebird in London for a Micheline Arcier spa ritual/treatment – it’s not cheap but it would be a truly amazing way to really experience the sensory powers of essential oils. If you go, let me know!

Hangover cure #1: Lavera Soothing Eye Roll-On

lavera-cooling-eye-roll-onI’m not one for exaggerating the claims of beauty products but this modest looking roll-on actually made my peepers feel ever-so slightly better on a hangover day, yesterday.

While I wanted to tell you all about it I was actually hard at work on a 1500 word feature on radiation (gulp) for Natural Health magazine (out in July if you fancy it).

So little ol’ Lavera Cooling Eye Roll-On – with white tea and karanja oil – was my desk-buddy for the day. Massaging around my eyes in little mini circles every hour on the hour.

Cooling (quite cold actually) and definitely refreshing. It impressed the Beauty Bible judges too as it has a big sticker saying ‘award winner’ on it.

No silicone or mineral oils (used in products to give that slippy-slidy feel that makes people say ooh it feels lovely). This one uses organic plant extracts, lecithin, a natural antioxidant and emollient, fair trade green tea extract, an Indian seed oil – pongamia  glabra – used as a skin conditioner. Plus lots of other natural and organic ingredients you’d love.

Stimulating circulation around the face is the best way of keeping skin looking fresh and this kind of does the job for you…and is exactly what I need right now.