Being a seasonal allergy sufferer is no fun especial when the air is thick with pollen and other allergens. The cold-like symptoms: sneezing, watery eyes, and runny nose can make life miserable. There are lots of over-the-counter antihistamines that can bring relief, but if you don’t want to go that route, you don’t have to. Luckily there are several natural antihistamines that can alleviate your allergy symptoms. Some may be in your refrigerator or pantry right now.
Let’s say you’re allergic to dust or cat hair or pollen. A protein called histamine is released when these harmless substances come in contact with you. When this protein is released into your system, it causes an allergic response causing all those cold-like symptoms. These reactions are an attempt to expel those foreign substances from your body because they’re seen as a threat. An antihistamine will block this from happening.
To learn more about histamines visit: What Are Histamines?
5 Natural Antihistamines That Relieve Allergy Symptoms
1. Vitamin C
First on our list of natural antihistamines is vitamin C. It acts as a natural antihistamine by preventing histamine from forming in the blood. What’s great about vitamin C is that it’s both easy-to-find and safe. Citrus fruits are probably the most well known vitamin C sources, but other great sources include red bell pepper, kale, and strawberries. To get vitamin C in your diet, you can eat foods that have it or you can take supplements. The recommended dose per the Mayo Clinic is between 65 mg and 2000 mg per day. Going over that dose can cause diarrhea and other negative symptoms.
Learn more about Vitamin C as a natural antihistamine at Livestrong.
2. Stinging Nettle
Stinging nettle is an herb that you can drink as a tea and has many health benefits. This study used freeze dried nettles to understand its effects on allergic rhinitis. It found that 58% of the people who used 300 g per day of nettles had a reduction in their allergy symptoms.
You can buy stinging nettle at health food stores or on the internet. As mentioned above, you can drink it as a tea, but you can also buy supplements.
Bromelain, found in papaya and pineapple, has been shown to relieve the inflammation associated with allergy symptoms. It can also help to suppress a cough and reduce the production of mucus. To get the natural antihistamine effects of bromelain, eat papaya or pineapple or you can buy supplements. Dosage is 400-500 mg 3 times per day according to this study.
Unlike table salt, unrefined sea salt has a host of benefits. One of these benefits is that it’s a simple yet effective natural antihistamine. It can reduce respiratory inflammation, mucus production, and congestion.
To help with allergy symptoms, simply take a small pinch of unrefined sea salt, place it on the tip of your tongue and let it melt and absorb.
To learn more about sea salt as an antihistamine, visit this link.
Found in red wine and produce like apples, kale and blueberries, quercetin is an antioxidant that acts as a natural antihistamine. It prevents histamines from releasing into the blood stream which results in reduced respiratory allergy symptoms.
To get more quercetin in your diet, simply eat more foods that have it like the ones mentioned above or take a supplement.
Visit this link to learn more about quercetin.
Do you have seasonal allergies and have tried one of these natural antihistamines? Let us know what your experiences have been in the comments below.
Please be aware: We are not medical professionals and this post is not intended to be professional medical advice. The information on this post and website are intended for informational purposes only. If you have any health concerns or plan to change your diet or take supplements, please talk with your health care provider.