03/16/2012 01:06 pm ET

7 Health Lessons From The Irish

Tomorrow is St. Patrick's Day, a holiday that's earned itself an unhealthy rap by encouraging binge drinking and over-eating. But at the root of the March 17th celebration is an opportunity to honor the history of Ireland -- whether it's part of your heritage or not. It's a day to spend time with friends and acknowledge our own histories. And believe it or not, there are also great health lessons to be learned from the Irish.

When we asked around the Huffington Post newsroom, one editor (who estimates she's, well, 15/16ths Irish) told us she remembers a tradition of using garlic to ease an earache. Another editor, born in Ireland, says there was no hangover a raw egg and some water couldn't cure (don't try this one at home -- raw eggs can be a health hazard.)

Here, seven pieces of advice we gleaned from our Irish friends. Enjoy the tips and share your own from the Emerald Isle.