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A shot of olive oil anyone? Weird and wonderful hangover cures from around the world

After a night of drinking, one thing that people all over the world have in common is the dreaded hangover, and the subsequent search for a cure that will quickly alleviate the symptoms brought on by having too much fun. For many, it’s that perfect food dish that brings them back to life, and different cultures have different cuisines that they favour for the task.

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An old Irish tradition saw people burying themselves in sand from the neck down in order to atone after a night of drinking. Image by ebookers
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Salty and tangy, pickle juice is apparently the key to re-hydrating yourself after a night of drinking in Poland. Image by ebookers

But it’s not just food that is reached for as a cure. Booking website Ebookers has shared a list of weird and wonderful hangover cures from places all over the world that contains a number of quirky, and sometimes somewhat outdated remedies from history that offer a look at how our ancient ancestors dealt with those dreaded headaches. Practices on the list include burying yourself in sand from the neck down in Ireland, rubbing lemons underneath your armpits before drinking in Puerto Rico, and wearing a necklace of Chamaedaphne leaves like the ancient Egyptians did.

Koreans favour an ancient dish called Hae Jang Guk, which is usually made with cabbage and ox blood sausage.
Koreans favour an ancient dish called Hae Jang Guk, which is usually made with cabbage and ox blood sausage. Image by ebookers
A South African hangover cure consists of an ostrich egg omelette, which is the equivalent size to 24 hen eggs.
A South African hangover cure consists of an ostrich egg omelette, which is the equivalent size to 24 hen eggs. Image by ebookers

The list includes a number of delicious dishes from different places, such as Burek, a dough from Croatia stuffed with meat and cheese, Poutine, a Canadian favourite of fries topped with cheese curds and gravy, and Pad Ki Mao from Thailand, otherwise known as “Drunken Noodles”, the dish is made with broad rice noodles, soy sauce and seafood.

A favourite Canadian dish to help ditch a hangover is Poutine, which sees chips being topped with cheese curds and rich gravy.
A favourite Canadian dish to help ditch a hangover is Poutine, which sees chips being topped with cheese curds and rich gravy. Image by ebookers
An old Estonian technique of soaking socks in vodka and hot water before putting them on and drinking a cup of tea before bed is thought to help sweat the alcohol out.
An old Estonian technique of soaking socks in vodka and hot water before putting them on and drinking a cup of tea before bed is thought to help sweat the alcohol out. Image by ebookers

Other dishes on the list may appear less than appetising for a lot of people feeling delicate after a night of drinking, including a pickled sheep eye in tomato juice from Mongolia, sheep’s brains from South Africa, sparrow droppings in brandy from Hungary and taking a shot of olive oil like they do in Russia.

Don’t fancy any on the list? You can try the hangover cure generator to see what other options are available.