Hangover

A sailor's cure for a hangover, from South Uist, was to pull a bunch of THRIFT, roots and all, and boil it for an hour or more. It had to be left to cool, then it was drunk slowly (Shaw). Sufferers in Norfolk would cure a hangover by the simple expedient of chewing CELERY. (V G Hatfield. 1994). RED POPPY, too, was a hangover treatment in Norfolk, (V G Hatfield. 1994), an interesting choice, for the underlying folklore has it that these plants will actually cause a headache. As John Clare said:

Corn poppys that in crimson dwell

Call'd 'head achs' from their sickly smell.

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