Celebrated everywhere whether you are Irish or not, St. Patrick’s Day is one of the busiest days of the year for most bars and restaurants. If you’re heading out to your favorite Irish pub this weekend to enjoy traditional food, drinks and Celtic music, be prepared for an upset stomach or heartburn the next morning with these safe, natural Boiron medicines. Acidil relieves heartburn, acid indigestion and upset stomach, while Gasalia relieves bloating, pressure and pain associated with gas. Both are available in quick-dissolving tablets. If you experience nausea and an upset stomach from overindulgence in food and drink, as well as hangover symptoms, try Nux vomica pellets. Nux also works well when you feel a bit drowsy after a heavy meal, or if you tend to eat too much spicy or rich food.
How will you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? Share your favorite spots or traditions with us, as well as your own healthy recovery tips. And here are some fun facts from National Geographic about the holiday’s history and traditions:
- St. Patrick's Day marks the Roman Catholic feast day for Ireland's patron saint, who died in the 5th century. St. Patrick was not born in Ireland, but in Britain.
- In the United States, it's customary to wear green on St. Patrick's Day, but in Ireland, the color was long considered to be unlucky.
- Colonial New York City hosted the first official St. Patrick's Day parade in 1762, when Irish immigrants in the British colonial army marched down city streets. In subsequent years, Irish fraternal organizations also held processions to St. Patrick's Cathedral. The various groups merged sometime around 1850 to form a single, grand parade. Today, New York's St. Patrick's Day parade is the longest running civilian parade in the world.
- By law, pubs in Ireland were closed on St. Patrick's Day, a national religious holiday, as recently as the 1970s.
- According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 34 million United States residents claim Irish ancestry, or nearly ten times the entire population of Ireland today, which stands at 3.9 million. Among U.S. ethnic groups, the number of Irish-Americans in the U.S. is second only to the number of German-Americans.
- Chicago is famous for dyeing the Chicago River green on St. Patrick's Day. The tradition began in 1962, when a pipe fitters union—with the permission of the mayor—poured a hundred pounds of green vegetable dye into the river. Today, only 40 pounds of dye are used, enough to turn the river green for several hours.
Happy Saint Patrick’s Day from all of us here at Boiron!