We all know how annoying it is to suffer from seasonal allergies. Sneezing, itching eyes, nasal congestion, sinus pressure, and the pain it is accompanied with is unbearable. Histamines are the chemical compounds present in our body that trigger at the time of allergic reactions. Antihistamines block their reactions. The medications you take to combat the histamines make you tired and drowsy and end up resulting in several side effects. But what about natural antihistamines? Rather than using over-the-counter antihistamines, you can rely on the natural cures to curb the symptoms of allergies. Below is the list of some of the best natural antihistamines:
1. Vitamin C
Vitamin C is considered as one of the best natural antihistamines. It is rich in antioxidant properties, fights against allergies and free radicals and most importantly, provides the much-needed boost to the immune system. Vitamin C can be found in abundance in many vegetables and citrus fruits such as kale, bell peppers, cranberry juice, parsley, tomato juice, oranges, guavas, and many more.
2. Vitamin A
Vitamin A is an excellent natural antihistamine because of its antioxidant properties. Daily consumption of vegetables rich in vitamin A (such as raw carrots, spinach, dried apricots, mangoes, etc.) can control the histamine reaction to the body.
Flavonoids are one of the most used natural antihistamines around the globe. They are rich in carotenes. Try to include them more in your daily diet. You can eat blueberries, strawberries, tomatoes, green peppers, and sweet potatoes daily.
4. Evening Primrose Oil
Evening primrose oil has antihistamine properties, which help reduce itching, and urticaria . Include evening primrose oil in your diet regularly.
Found in the stem of pineapple, Bromelain reduces the effects of allergens on the body. Consuming pineapple regularly can help you get relief from cough, congestion, and other respiratory diseases. You can also take it in the supplement form. Taking 400-500 mg of it, thrice, daily will do the needful.
Whenever you feel allergic symptoms, put a pinch of unprocessed salt at the end of your tongue and let it absorbed. You will notice the effect within a few seconds.
Note: Don’t consume salt frequently in a large amount as it may lead to other problems. First, find out that how much quantity of salt can work best for you.
Quercetin is an antioxidant commonly found in onions, capsicum, broccoli, garlic, and apples. It stops the release of histamine from the cells and cures eczema, dermatographism, itchy and watery eyes, congestion, psoriasis, swollen nasal passages, and sneezing. Either consume quercetin-rich food or take it as a supplement.
Note: Consult the physician for dosage.
8. Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Omega-3 fatty acids contain anti-inflammatory properties, thus help reduce the allergic reactions. Foods rich in this acid such as canola oil, flaxseed oil, hemp seeds, etc., prevent allergies in future.
Chamomile is one of the best natural antihistamines. Crush the flowers and prepare a poultice. Apply it to get relief from inflammatory swelling. Or else, drink chamomile tea, twice or thrice a day.
Note: If chamomile causes irritation to your body or any hypersensitive reaction, stop using it immediately.
Elderberry is a very useful remedy when suffering from cold and flu. This herb cures the seasonal allergies and can be used to treat sinus, nasal congestion, and swelling of the mucus membrane.
This flowering herb is rich in antioxidants. This herb improves the overall health of the eyes and is very beneficial in the cases of eye allergies, dry eyes, sinusitis, and conjunctivitis. Combine it with water to prepare eyewash or take it as an herbal tea.
Jewelweed provides relief from bee stings, contact dermatitis, and poison ivy. The natural compound (called Lawsone) in this herb inhibits the histamine reaction. It is also effective in curing razor burn, bug bites, heat rash, and uticaria.
Fennel has been used for many years for the treatment of indigestion, spasms in the digestive tract, and removing the phlegm from the lungs. Rich in quercetin, this herb can combat many allergies. Prepare fennel tea and drink it about 2-3 times a day.
15. Stinging Nettle
Stinging nettle is one of the popular remedies to allergens, like pollens. You may use it in the form of tea, tincture, cream or extract.
1) Usage of this herb may cause an allergic reaction. So, consult a healthcare practitioner before its use.
2) Also, stinging nettle is not recommended for pregnant and breastfeeding mothers.
Basil is a natural antihistamine herb which can easily prevent stomach cramps, gas, and constipation. Apart from these, basil has other benefits like alleviating acne, speedy healing, drawing insect or snake venom out. Add some freshly chopped basil leaves to your salads or sip basil tea to avail its benefits.
Echinacea has been used worldwide to treat and prevent various infections like flu, cold, hay fever, and other respiratory infections. It fights against the viruses and bacteria that can cause histamine in your body. To combat such allergies, you just have to add a little dose of Echinacea extract in your daily diet.
18. Clove Oil
Natural oils like clove oil can turn out to be a very good replacement for your costly ointments and lotions. Clove oil can easily help you to combat the infection in your body. You can use clove oil topically to treat dermatitis. It can also be consumed in appropriate amounts to keep sinus passageways clear.
19. Lemon Balm
Lemon balm herb has been used for over 2000 years as a natural antihistamine. The essential oil of lemon balm easily combats with the allergic reactions and its direct application on the body can heal the insect bites naturally. Moreover, it’s other benefits include reducing the swelling of gout, eczema, headaches, skin sores, fever, etc.
Whenever you eat pumpkin, Brazil nuts, bran cereal, halibut, quinoa, spinach, or almonds, you are getting a small amount of magnesium in your body. Magnesium is natural anti-histamine which is the easiest way to control your histamine growth. To reduce the level of histamine production in your body, you can consume the above-mentioned foods or include a dosage of about 400-800 mg of magnesium supplements in your diet.
Note: Make sure that you don’t take an overdose of magnesium as it may affect your bowel movements.
Pycnogenol is an outstanding natural antihistamine that can be used to control the actions of allergens as it has the ability to stop the spreading of histamine by 70%. It is obtained from the extract of the bark of French maritime pine and brings in no side effects with it. Pycnogenol can be used as an antioxidant and to treat various other conditions like high cholesterol, diabetes, menstrual disorders, asthma, skin problems, etc.
22. Proanthocyanidin (PCO)
Proanthocyanidin is another excellent natural anti-histamine. It is found in abundance i grapes, blueberries, cherries, plums, leaves of hazelnut tree, barks of lemon, and landis pine tree. To lower down the levels of histamine production, it is advised to ingest these foods fresh as preservation process might decrease the value of PCO in them.
23. Butterbur (Petasites Hybridus)
Butterbur has great antihistamine properties and is being used to treat a migraine for over a million years. It is recently found out that it can turn out to be very helpful in decreasing the histamine effects if processed in a proper manner to eliminate its toxic substance.
Note: Individuals under 12 years of age, people having liver and kidney problems and pregnant or lactating women should not ingest butterbur.
24. Green Tea
Green tea is a well-known anti-histamine agent due to being rich in quercitin and catechins. The regular consumption of green tea can not only provide you relief from allergens but also, prevent any further attack. Or, you can also try black, white or oolong tea for this purpose.
Honeycomb can be used to relieve hay fever, congestion, and other allergy symptoms. It contains propolis which acts as a mild natural antihistamine. To give this natural anti-histamine a shot, all you have to do is to swallow the honey and keep chewing the waxy portion of it for about 10 minutes and you will be able to notice evident results in a very less time. You can also add honeycomb to tea at the place of sugar.
Note: Do not try this remedy if you have allergy from bees.
26. Essential Oils
Aromatherapy given by essential oils can turn out to be a relief for the people who have a problem ingesting antihistamine pills. Take 2 drops each of lavender, lemon, and peppermint oil and mix them together with the help of a little water. Apply the prepared mixture on the feet and massage for about 10 minutes daily to attain the desired results. It will provide relief from the inflammation caused by allergies.
Research has shown that goldenseal works perfectly in lowering the histamine levels of the body. Also known as ‘cure all’ herb, the root of goldenseal can be used to treat various ailments such as periodontal problems, eczema, heartburn, painful menstruation and other infections.
28. Horny Goat Weed
If you are troubled by hay fever and want to get rid of it instantly, then, this ancient Chinese remedy is just the right thing for you to try. Also known as yin yang in Chinese, this herb can be used to treat hay fever.
1) Pregnant and nursing women, people with heart disease or consuming any kind of steroid should not consume horny goat weed.
2) It should only be consumed for a short span of time.
29. Chamomile Tea
Chamomile tea is well known for its various benefits, but not many people know that it can work as natural anti-histamine as well. Drink this herbal tea for about 2-3 times a day for best results. You can also use crushed chamomile flowers as a poultice to treat inflammatory swelling.
Note: People who are very sensitive to allergens can suffer from histamine allergy due to Chamomile. They should stop consuming it as soon as the symptoms appear.
Reishi is an herbal mushroom which is well known for its health benefits. It contains ‘Lanostan’ that inhibits the secretion of histamine. Reishi, apart from acting as an anti-histamine also provides your body with various other benefits like increasing immunity and controlling adrenal functions to promote your body to stop the reaction to allergens.
The endless nasal drop at the end of the summers can be easily stopped by using this herb. Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, it can effectively cure histamine. Goldenrod can treat a range of problems like heartburn, eczema, infections, and painful menstruation. A tincture of the freshly harvested flowers or tea can be used to do the needful.
1) Do not consume goldenrod if you have a history of kidney disease without consulting your doctor.
2) Stop using this herb after a maximum of three weeks as it may build up in your tissues and become toxic.
Ragweed is well known for being behind almost all the summer hay fever allergies but, not many people are aware of the fact that ragweed can act as an excellent natural antihistamine. It helps relieve the congestion and dry the mucus caused by allergic reaction speedily. You can either make a tincture from the fresh leaves or can prepare tea from the dried leaves of this herb.
Note: Avoid intake of ragweed if you are pregnant.
This nutrient-rich herb is rich in antihistamine and antiseptic properties. It can be taken when you are suffering from seasonal allergies. It’s tremendously high levels of vitamin C stabilize mast cells. The anti-microbial properties of thyme inhibit the growth of bacteria and fungi in your body.
34. Wild Oregano
Regardless of its name, wild oregano is a very powerful antihistamine which treats seasonal allergies from the root. Being rich in antioxidants, wild oregano turns out to be useful in curing many allergic symptoms such as rashes, venomous bites, rhinitis, sinus congestion, head congestion, stomach ache, upset stomach, itching, hay fever, and many more. You can consume tinctures and capsules of oregano oil that are available in the market.
Note: Don’t consume this herb if you are pregnant.
Papaya is considered as one of the most trustworthy and tasty natural antihistamines. Filled with vitamin C in abundance, it is very helpful in inhibiting histamine secretion. You can directly apply papaya pulp externally on the affected areas or consume its juice daily to reduce the chances of any further allergic reaction.
36. Caraway Seed Oil
Extracted from caraway seeds, this natural oil can neutralize the effects of histamine in a magical manner. Apart from acting as an antihistamine, it also acts as a disinfectant and antiseptic, which provide immunity from any further allergic reaction.
Onions can be very beneficial to inhibit histamine release in the body due to their prebiotic characteristic. Regular onion consumption can stabilize the mast cells and lower down the histamine levels extra-cellularly in blood plasma cells.
Watercress is considered as one of the most densely nutrient-rich foods and has the superb ability to inhibit 60% of the histamine released from mast cells. Watercress can be used as a topping for salads to make them spicy and tastier. The peppery and nutritious leaves of watercress have been used to treat bronchitis and nasal afflictions from early times.
39. Pea Sprouts
A fairly high amount of diamines oxidase is found in pea sprouts. Diamines oxidase not only stops the histamine process in the body but also decreases the extra-cellular histamine. Consume a lot of these legumes in order to increase the diamines oxidase content in your body.
Alternatively, you can also opt for chickpeas and lentil.
As natural antihistamines go, this super food can never disappoint you. It has the ability to actually provide easy relief from histamine allergies. High in antioxidants and prebiotics, garlic can help relieving allergy symptoms such as congestion, difficulty in breathing, stuffy nose, sneezing and watery eyes. Its strong aroma also help to relieve the sinus pressure and apart from this, it also helps reduce chest coughing, hives, rashes, itching skin and puffy eyes too.
Moringa is another “superfood” which is used as an antioxidant and is said to be an excellent antihistamine. Rich in nutrients, Moringa is said to inhibit about 72% of all the histamine release in the body and has been used for many years to naturally treat allergies and malnutrition.
Note: Pregnant and breastfeeding mothers should avoid its consumption.
Many studies have shown that tarragon extracts can be considered as an effective herbal alternative to histamine actions. Tarragon is considered one of the highest amounts of antioxidant foods which help to stabilize mast cells.
Note: Make sure that you consult your pharmacist before using it.
Peppermint is widely known for its lung cleansing benefits and other varieties of benefits. Its antihistamine and cooling effect help in killing bacteria and treats nasal congestion rapidly. Peppermint has a history of treating allergic rhinitis and has been used as an H2 antagonist.
44. Black Cumin Seeds
Rich in numerous health benefits, black cumin seeds or Nigella Sativa and its oil have been shown to strengthen the immune system of the body. These seeds have a bit of bitter herbal taste in them and can be consumed in the form of seeds or oil. Black cumin seeds release protein kinase C, which has been used to treat bronchial asthma and other allergies.
45. Thai Ginger
Thai Ginger is widely used by Asians to deal with seasonal allergies, fever, respiratory ailments, and congestion. Studies show that this natural antihistamine is very useful in stabilizing mast cells and preventing anaphylaxis. It can either be added to food, or its tea can be made. To prepare the tea add about 1 gram or an inch of Thai Ginger crushed root in a cup of water and boil the mixture for about 15 minutes. Drink this tea about 3-4 times a day to attain the best results.
46. Lotus Root (Nelumbo Nucifera)
This nutritious crunchy rhizome (root) of lotus plant is edible and tasty as well. You can get it from any Asian supermarket. Lotus root is known to have antihistamine, immune modulating effect and mast stabilizing properties. It can be ingested in raw or cooked form to provide relief to histaminic reactions in the body.
Right out of your kitchen shelf, turmeric can be one of the most reliable ingredients to actually strengthen your immunity and fight the histamine releases. Apart from acting as a natural antihistamine, turmeric is useful in soothing inflamed airways and other allergic reactions. You can increase the daily intake of turmeric by adding a pinch of turmeric in all types of food you cook.
Pomegranate is another excellent remedy for histamine allergies. Pomegranate is rich in polyphenols such as tannins and anthocyanins which serve as an antihistamine for the body. Pomegranates are of great therapeutic use for the body and can be consumed in its natural form, juice or tea. It contains more antioxidants than the green tea which boosts up the body greatly.
In the case of histamines, an apple a day does keep the doctor away. Rich in many kinds of flavonoids and polyphenols, apples are used to treat the allergic effects on the body widely.
Peach is another tasty and juicy fruit which can inhibit the release from the mast cells. Consume about 2-3 peaches every day to get easy and tasty relief from the histamine reactions.
51. Capers (Capparis Spinosa)
These tangy flower buds are very well known as one of the best antihistamines. Capers are rich in anti-microbial, anti-oxidative, anti-inflammatory and anti-viral properties which make them one of the biggest cures to histamine reactions.
Note: For best results, use fresh capers preserved in salt.
52. Mangosteens (Garcinia Mangostana)
This tropical fruit is sweet and creamy in taste which not only inhibits histaminic reaction but also the degranulation of mast cells. Easily available in supermarkets these days, mangosteens are turning out to be a great alternative to the allergic medicines because of their strong anti-inflammatory properties.
53. Green Gram Sprouts
High in flavonoid, consuming a lot of green gram sprouts can make you feel better from the allergic reactions you are facing. Apart from the anti-histaminic reaction, it also helps in attaining healthy blood circulation.
54. Olive Oil
Consuming olive oil contains oleic acid which is rich in diamine oxidase (DAO). Olive oil can increase the amount of DAO in the body by 500% which stabilizes the histamine reaction in the body and also degrades free amines and histamines. Try to cook the food in olive oil or add it to salads.
Note: Just try not to cook with olive oil on high heat as it burns easily.