Tonight's post is sort of Superbowl-related though. If you've had one too many Fat Tires or Blue Moons tonight, I have a hangover cure for you! I first tried Alicia Silverstone's Cure-All Tea from The Kind Life during my January cleanse. It's made with three ingredients — umeboshi plums, shoyu, and kukicha tea:
The plums are super pricey ($20 for a package at Whole Foods!), but I splurged because the benefits sounded awesome. The tea supposedly restores minerals to the blood, and Alicia recommends drinking it for hangovers, to soothe digestion, to reduce heartburn, for nausea, and to combat the negative effects of eating white sugar.
Is it based on actual science? I have no idea. But I'm kind of new age-y, and I believe some stuff just works cause it's magic. I'm also a diehard Clueless fan, and I'll believe anything Alicia Silverstone tells me.
But I can vouch that this tea actually has worked for me. While on my cleanse, I hosted a birthday party for my friend Greg, and I let myself have a few glasses of wine as a cheat. Also on the cleanse, I planned a cheat day for Stephanie's birthday, which meant lots and lots of sweets. I drank this tea following the wine night and the sugar day. And you know what? I felt better! Maybe it was all in my head, but the tea really did seem to lessen the effects of both alcohol and sugar hangovers.
I also really love that the tea is savory. The pickled plums are very salty when eaten on their own, and shoyu is salty too. The kukicha tea is a Japanese twig tea, and it has a nutty, roasted flavor.
If your hangover is super bad, you can even suck on the pit of a plum (per Alicia's advice), but a mild hangover only requires one-fourth to one-half of a plum. So even though they're pricey, one package of them should last quite awhile.