Believe it or not, but the Romans too used cabbage to cure hangovers. That’s right, Canadians – hundreds and hundreds of years ago people got drunk too, and they used cabbage to deal with the aftermath.
Try as you may want to avoid a hangover, sometimes that just doesn’t happen, and there you are the following day with a splitting headache and tremors so bad you’d think the earth’s plates are rearranging.
Some hangovers are really so terrible they feel just like earthquakes. But have no fear because cabbage is here to take away all that pain from slightly over indulging in drinks.
What’s with cabbage healing hangovers anyway?
There’s no saying as to how the Romans discovered that cabbage is an excellent antidote to hangovers, but the fact remains that they used it to reduce all the symptoms associated with excessive drinking.
Today we know that cabbage if good food for liver, meaning it aids in liver cleansing and the breakdown of toxins in this organ, which is the main place in the body where alcohol is broken down. The modern research was able to show that the glutamine – an amino acid in cabbage helps with too much alcohol. Clever Romans!
How DO you cure a hangover with cabbage?
The Romans simply ate cabbage to ward off hangover effects. They ate it raw and served it with vinegar and lots of olive oil, sometimes boiling it. Cumin was often added too, for flavor but also for additional healing properties. Most importantly, they ate it before banquets and celebrations to prevent drunkenness. Aristotle himself practiced eating cabbage before and after alcohol intake.
People today resort to drinking cabbage juice instead of just eating cabbage foods to heal hangovers. However, because the taste doesn’t appeal to everyone, specialists recommend adding celery juice and cilantro leaves to mask the flavor of cabbage. And guess what, both celery and cilantro also help with lessening the hangover.
- Recipe calls for one cup of fresh cabbage juice, another cup of fresh celery juice and about two teaspoons of fresh cilantro leaves.
If you prefer Russian-style cabbage remedy, you are going to need pickled cabbage water. Pickled cabbage is harder to find in grocery stores, but you can easily make your own.
- Homemade canned pickled cabbage is also great to have for making pickled cabbage salad, which you can also eat to relieve hangovers Roman-style.
Also from Eastern Europe is a hangover relief that relies on sauerkraut. Ukrainians, for example, eat chilled sauerkraut to ward off the symptoms. If you can’t find ready-made sauerkraut, you can make your own.
- Finely chop one cabbage, add salt and mix by hand for several minutes, slightly massaging the ingredients until shreds are starting to moisten. Place into a glass jar with a tightly fitting lid and leave aside for several days.
Not only is pickled cabbage great at curing hangovers, but this food is also packed with nutrients which are going to replenish your body and provide you with the vitamins and minerals necessary to keep you on your feet and make you feel brand new, hangover-gone.
Never again spend a dime on Bytox patches and the like when you can eat something as cheap as cabbage for a hangover fix.