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Parties are fun, but hangovers are not so fun

Holidays, Summer

It is the season of celebrations. A night with plenty to drink and… the next morning when you wake up, it’s a catastrophe: feeling tired, nauseous, nasty headache. Hangover is here… Time to act!



Why do we experience a hangover?

A hangover appears about 6 to 8 hours after an excessive consumption of alcohol when the body has already eliminated a large quantity of the alcohol imbibed. Symptoms are the strongest when the alcohol level in the blood is close to 0. Stomach burns, nausea, vomiting, headaches, problems with paying attention, a general feeling of weakness and an overwhelming tiredness is what we feel as a result of a lack of water in our organism, needed to eliminate the alcohol.


Essential oils to get rid off hangover?

Against nausea: Peppermint EO

peppermint essential oilIt is fairly common to feel nauseous the day after a party: too much to drink, too much to eat…
To help you: Peppermint EO will help you getting rid of the discomfort and the previous night will only be a happy memory.
Tonic and stimulating action: menthol (between 30 and 55%) stimulates the cardiac muscle and aids concentration and vigilance.

Local analgesic: monoterpenes found in Peppermint EO act as a local analgesic that has an effect on muscular pain, knocks, neuralgia and headaches. They have a light anaesthetic effect on the stomach mucous, helping in the prevention of nausea and vomiting.

Cholagogue and choleretic: menthone, another monoterpene (between 12 and 32%) is an efficient chologogue and choleretic. The molecules facilitate bile secretion by the liver and its evacuation towards the intestine.

Usage advice:

-Dermal route: massage one drop of pure Peppermint EO on your back neck (far from the eyes), up to 3 times a day or apply a compress dipped in cold water on which you have poured a few drops of Peppermint EO to your forehead and temples.

-Diffusion: pour a few drops of Peppermint EO on some cotton wool and let it diffuse slowly in the room where you are, or use a nebulising diffuser (do not go over 20 minutes of diffusion so as to avoid saturation of the atmosphere).
Precaution for use: Peppermint EO taken by oral route is only for adults or children over the age of twelve. Pregnant women should not use it.

Basil EO against bloating

Basil essential oil


Very often, eating excesses create digestive problems such as bloating. Basil EO can help you.
Beware that it is a powerful EO and must therefore be used parsimoniously.
Usage advice: massage the abdomen with a mixture of 2 drops of Basil EO in 50 ml of VO (olive, almond, etc) or mix 1 drop of Basil EO with some olive oil and place it under your tongue


To assist difficult digestion and stomach ache: Basil EO, Ginger EO and Peppermint EO

Very often, after numerous big meals, well ‘watered’ (with alcohol), the digestive system is a little perturbed: slow digestion, constipation, spasms and intestinal pain…
A mixture of 3 EO applied locally weakens the effect of these problems:
In a bottle of 30ml, pour 30 drops of Basil EO + 30 drops of Ginger EO + 30 drops of Peppermint EO, complete it with Macadamia VO.
Usage advice: Apply a small amount of this mixture on the abdomen and massage clockwise two or three times a day.
Precaution for use: this preparation is only for adults and not advised for pregnant women.

Lemon EO and Verbenone Rosemary EO to help your liver recover

To drain the liver after it has been working hard during those well ‘watered’ evenings
Usage advice: pour 2 drops of Rosemary or Lemon EO on a sugar cube or in a teaspoon of honey or olive oil.


16 additional suggestions to get rid off hangover

Anti-hangover remedy before drinking

  1. One teaspoon of olive oil or fatty food before you start drinking (especially if you are not used to it or if you are not very tolerant to large amounts of alcohol): the oil will slow down the effect of alcohol and avoid its brutal diffusion in the blood.
  2. Drink a lot of water and fruit juice (fructose is a natural sugar that will help you eliminate alcohol)
  3. Avoid mixing drinks (migraine assured the next day). Favour champagne as a pre-dinner drink rather than at the end of a meal. If you are to drink several types of wine, start with white, then follow it with red.
  4. Avoid cocktails with soda or fizzy drinks, those small bubbles accelerate the effects of alcohol.

Hangover, headache and heartache, eat

5. Honey (for breakfast the next day, as the fructose contained in the honey will contribute to eliminating alcohol)

6. Wholemeal rice, bread, pasta

7. Chew caraway seeds, fennel seeds or cardamom seeds (or a mixture of all three) to avoid nausea

To soothe a tired liver, drink all day in small mouthfuls

8. Lemon in infusion: pour boiling water into a cup on half an organically grown lemon, well washed and sliced. Leave to infuse for 8 minutes. Drink it tepid and add a teaspoon of honey.

9. Coca-cola with lemon juice

10. Green tea

Stomach ache?

11.Soda bicarbonate: it is known to neutralise acids in the entire digestive sphere and assist digestion. It is also very effective against heartburn, giving instant relief.

How should you take bicarbonate?
Dilute a teaspoon of bicarbonate in a glass of tepid water and stir well.
Drink it slowly (no more than twice a day)

12. Liquorice (as a tea or in a stick): healing and anti-inflammatory, it increases the secretion of gastric mucous, thus diluting the stomach’s acid content and reduce heartburn. Can also be used to prevent stomach ulcers.


13. Clay compress: Apply on the forehead and temples a poultice of cold clay, then an hour later a poultice of warm clay (heated only in a bowl, on a radiator or a heat source). Clay must not be cooked.

Recipe for a clay poultice
Pour dry clay into a bowl and dilute it with water. Leave it to rest for an hour protected under a cloth. Then, with a wooden spatula, place a small amount of clay in a natural fibre cloth, or in a cabbage leave, in a thickness of about 1 to 2 cm (if the paste is too thick add some water; if it is too liquid add some clay). As soon as the clay has hardened, renew the poultice.

14. Lemon: Apply on the temples a few lemon slices

To fight a hangover and wobbly legs

15. Take a shower or several showers: A cold shower followed by a warm shower will clear your head.

16. Peace and calm: rest in!


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All yogurts (animal or plant-based) can be flavored with essential oils. In an unsweetened yogurt, add a spoonful of honey in which you’ll dilute the essential oil of your choice. For a classic flavor, add two drops of citrus essential oils. For an exotic yogurt, add a drop of Ylang Ylang essential oil. This also works for whipped cream!


Flavor your olive oil: for 1 liter of edible oil, add 15 drops of rosemary or basil essential oil (or 8 drops of each) to one liter of cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil. Shake well to mix the different oils and let it rest for about a day before using it to season salads, pasta, vegetables, fish fillets, and more.


Add 1 or 2 drops of essential oil to half a spoonful of honey, agave syrup, or mashed fruit, mix it into an ice cube tray, cover with water, and freeze!

Here are some quick ideas to get started


  • In the case of a cake, chocolate mousse, or pancakes: add essential oils directly to the batter, which is sweet and rich in fats.
  • For syrup to drizzle over your cakes after baking, or for your ice creams: mix 250g of sugar syrup with about 4 drops of citrus essence (4 drops of one citrus or 1 drop of 4 different citruses, for example).
  • Jams, marmalades, or honey: add a few drops of essential oils (e.g., lavender, thyme, or citrus essences).
  • Season a pasta dish: add 4 drops of Clary Sage essential oil to a 400g pasta dish.
  • Flavor rice: add one drop of Lemongrass essential oil to 400g of rice.
  • Enhance an apple crumble with cinnamon essential oil

The essential oils most commonly used in cooking:







Le+ santé




Allium sativum

Odeur forte difficile à utiliser

.aïoli or garlic butter

. enhance the flavor of your sauces (tomato, dressing)


natural antibiotic

helps lower bad cholesterol and reduce blood sugar levels 

Difficult to digest




Anethum graveolens

Slightly  anised and fresh 

cream-based sauces to season fish, especially salmon

vegetables (potato, zucchini)

salads (cucumber)


Stimulates digestive secretions and the gallbladder

Risk of nephrotoxicity after prolonged and high dose ingestion



Ocimum basilicum

The essential oil of Basil has a stronger taste than the aromatic herb we know:

fruit desserts

poultry (chicken)

fish (calamari)

sauces (tomato, garlic)

pasta (garlic-olive oil, tomato)

vegetables (tomato, zucchini, coco beans)

olive oils


Relieves all intestinal and gastric problems Recommended for flatulence, bloating, and abdominal pain



Java citronella

Cymbopogon winterianus

Acidic and lemony flavour


Indian or Asian-inspired dishes

marinades, sauces (coconut milk)





Coriander (seeds)

Coriandrum sativum

Earthy and slightly camphorated fragrance

savory dishes (such as hummus)

Asian and Mexican cuisine

soups (pumpkin, carrot)

sauces (tomato, béchamel, coconut milk)



Aid for various digestive issues, bloating, and stomach-aches




Artemesia dracunculus

Light note

gratins, seasoning oils, and sauces (béarnaise, sour cream)

vegetable dips

meats (rabbit, beef)


Effective against colitis and intestinal spasms

Not recommended for use with anticoagulant treatments or coagulation disorders


Sweet Fennel

Fresh taste


gaspacho, tomato tart, fougasse, salads

Against flatulences and indigestions



Bay Laurel

Laurus nobilis

Sweet, bitter and fresh flavor


vegetables or fresh cheese

meats (game, pork, pâté, terrine)

fish (tuna, sardine)

sauces (béchamel, tomato)

vegetables (potato, tomato)



Pairs well with thyme



Origanum majorana


Sunny vegetables: tomatoes, eggplants, bell peppers… In savory tarts or pizzas

Recommended for hypertensive individuals

Closely related to oregano with a finer flavor



Mentha arvensis

Milder flavor than Peppermint


Hepato-digestive stimulant

Very potent taste; a single drop is sufficient to season your dishes and drinks


Mentha piperita


Ideal for salads (cucumbers), cold soups (peas), fresh cheeses, mixed with chocolate, or in your drinks Ideal for salads (cucumbers), cold soups (peas), fresh cheeses, mixed with chocolate, or in your drinks

Facilitate digestion



Mentha spicata

An even milder flavor than Peppermint or Field Mint


Moroccan tea


If you like the scent and taste of fresh mint, we recommend using this essential oil in your dishes instead.

Rosemary Cineole or Verbenon

Rosemarinus officinalis


Meats, fish, soups Poultry (chicken, turkey) Vegetables (zucchini, garlic) Sauces

Verbenon variety: detoxifying and liver protection

Pairs well with Bay Laurel and Thyme


Savory (Winter)

Satureja montana

Spicy, phenolic flavour

Pizzas, saucy dishes, mefrenats

Stimulates natural defenses



Clary Sage

Clary sage


pasta, broths and soups


Pairs well with Rosemary or Bay laurel


Thyme Linalol

Thyumus vulgaris

Very strong taste, best used in cooked dishes

Marinades, sauces (tomato), vinaigrettes, and vegetable preparations




Thyme  Thujanol

Lighter taste than Thyme Linalool

meat, fish, sauces





Flowers– Fruits 





The  +



Citrus bergamis

Tangy and sweet flavour


Poultry (chicken breast)

Fish (carpaccio, en papillote)


Sauces (olive oil)

Pastries (cake, shortbread, madeleine)

Fruit salads (citrus, banana)

Infusion (iced tea)


Aids digestion, prevents constipation and intestinal infections Appetite stimulant



Citrus limonum


Desserts or beverages

Fish sauces

Cake or sorbet preparation

Flavoring plain yogurt

Meat (veal)

Poultry (hen, chicken breast)

Shellfish (scallops)

Braised dishes (tagine)

Marinades (alone or with thyme, basil, cloves)


Cleanses and stimulates the liver. It also eases digestion and helps reduce gas and bloating

Pairs well with mint / peppermint essential oil

Geranium Rosat

Pelargonium graveolens

Floral flavour



Red fruit desserts (crumbles, panna cotta, muffins, strawberries…)

Creams (crème brûlée, ice cream)

Fruit salads (kiwi), pairs well with red fruits, nectarines (peach)


Appetite suppressant to regulate blood sugar



Lavandula angustifolia

Floral, herbal scent


Candy, shortbread, sorbets

In savory dishes, in flavored olive oil for salads

Jams (apricot)

Pastries (crème brûlée, ice cream)




Green Mandarin

Citrus reticulata


Sweet and tangy flavour


Juices or cocktails

Pumpkin soups

Poultry (poultry breast)

Shellfish (scallops)

Fish (monkfish, whiting)



Digestive tonic, against aerophagia Anti-inflammatory for the intestines Useful for heartburn, acidity


Orange (Sweet)

Citrus sinensis

Sweet and fruity


Chocolate desserts

Meat (beef, pork)

Poultry (duck, guinea fowl)

Fish (white fish)

Soups (carrot)

Sauces (olive oil, mayonnaise)

Pastries (cake, madeleine, cheesecake)

Creams (crème brûlée)

Fruit salads (with cinnamon)


Bitter tonic, against stomach spasms

Pairs well with  Cardamom or cinnamon

Petit Grain Bigarade 

Citrus aurantium

Fruity, with a flavor close to orange blossom

Fruity preparations (crumble, jam).

Pastries (cake, shortbread, madeleine, crepe)

Creams (custard, crème brûlée, flan caramel)

Fruit salads


Pairs well with citrus fruits (orange), honey, nectarines (peach)


Difficult digestion, bloating, digestive spasms, stomachaches


in eggnog for better sleep:

1 drop with 1 egg yolk, 1 teaspoon of honey and 25 ml milk to drink at bedtime



Citrus paradisi

Tangy and sweet

Avocado salads and desserts galore: tarts, syrups, shortbread, or sorbets


Suppresses appetite Difficult digestion


Lemon Verbena 

Lippia citriodora

Lemon scented


Dairy products, pies, fruit salads, smoothies, or infusions

Fish (monkfish, sea bass)

Shellfish (oyster)

Fruit compote (peach, pear)

Desserts (ice cream, parfait, panna cotta, custard, crème brûlée)

Pastries (madeleine, shortbread, cake)



Internal worms


Ylang Ylang Complete


Pronounced floral scent

Chocolate and apples









The +


Cinnamon (bark)

Cinnamomum verum

Warm and sweet flavor

All desserts: fruits in all forms, cakes, compotes…

Braised dishes (tagine, curry)


vermifuge and helps combat digestive disorders, gastric pain, urinary or intestinal infections.

Increases appetite.

Very potent oil that should not be used undiluted


Elettaria cardamomum

Spicy favour

Savory dishes or fruity desserts (orange, peach).

Ideal in coffee or black tea

Carrot salad

Basmati rice


Aids in the prevention of aerophagia


Clove bud

Syzygium aromaticum


Curry dishes

Apple desserts

Breath freshener



Curcuma longa

Savory and discreet flavo


Mayonnaise, rice, potatoes, or fish



Bloating, colitis, difficult digestion



Zingiber officinale

Spicy and lemony flavor

Soups, gingerbread, shortbread, rhubarb pies


Useful in case of constipation, nausea


Black Pepper 

Piper nigrum

Spicy, hot, woody


for seasoning meats, poultry, sauces, and vegetables (mashed potatoes, mushrooms)

Bloating, hepatic-pancreatic insufficiency, difficult digestion, lack of appetite.



Pink Pepper

Schinus molle

Peppery, hot, spicy


Meats (beef carpaccio)

Poultry (duck)

Fish (salmon)

Shellfish (oyster)

Fruits (apple)”

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Digestive disorders, intoxication, intestinal infections


Digestive and Purifying Essential Oils:

  • Dill, Celery, Cumin, Fennel, Basil, Lemon, Tarragon, Mint


Tonic and Antibacterial Essential Oils:

  • Ceylon Cinnamon (bark), Ginger, Mint, Thyme (linalool chemotype), Lemongrass, Turmeric, Clove, Savory


Soothing and Mild Essential Oils:

  • Cardamom, Lavender, Sweet Orange, Lemon Verbena, Lemon, Mandarin, Bitter Orange Petitgrain, Vanilla (resinoid), Ylang-Ylang



Precautions When Using Essential Oils

First and foremost, several essential oils are toxic and should not be ingested. While essential oils like lemon or coriander can be used, it’s essential to steer clear of curly parsley oil, which is highly toxic.

Therefore, it is crucial to research each oil before adding them to your recipes. Ingesting toxic essential oils can lead to symptoms ranging from mild irritation of the mouth’s mucous membranes to nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea. Some essential oils can even cause seizures or respiratory problems.


At-Risk Individuals

  • Prohibited for pregnant women in the first 3 months of pregnancy, as well as infants under 3 months.
  • Pregnant women beyond 3 months and those who are breastfeeding should exercise caution in both aromatic cooking and aromatherapy. Some oils are contraindicated for them.
  • Keep essential oils out of the reach of children.


Essential oils can trigger allergic reactions.




  • Only use 100% pure, 100% natural, and chemotyped essential oils, preferably certified as organic. This ensures a high-quality product with a known chemical composition and free from pesticides.


  • Avoid using essential oils in baby food (up to 3 years old): firstly, some essential oils may be contraindicated for young children, and secondly, babies already have a wide range of flavors to discover!


  • For children under 6 years old, their palates are still developing a taste for “classic” flavors. They may not appreciate the unique aromas of aromatic cooking. It’s better to introduce them gradually starting from the age of 6, beginning with familiar flavors like citrus, for example.


  • Never swallow essential oils undiluted or even on a sugar cube because they are highly concentrated.


  • Always dilute essential oils in a fatty and/or sweet substance: honey, oil, cereal syrup, cake batter, etc. Water, broth, or milk is not sufficient; a syrupy or fatty substance is required. Dosage must be precise to the drop!


Sometimes, one drop too many can render the preparation inedible. So, respect some basic rules:

  • Never incorporate the oil directly into the dish with the dropper, as an accidental drop can easily happen.
  • Always dilute the drop(s) in a spoonful of fatty or syrupy substance before adding it to the preparation.
  • Follow the number of drops indicated in the recipe or, if in doubt, stick to 1 drop per dish.

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