Updated: Jun 25, 2021
Do you suffer from allergies, with congestion, scratchy throat, or itchy eyes? Or even bloating?
Maybe you're one of those who've never had any allergies and now out of the blue it seems you're more intolerant of seasonal changes and food!
Histamine levels work like a bucket. You might be ok with 1 strawberry or 1 bite of pineapple. Itchy taste on tongue but for some a few bites here and there of high histamine foods, and your histamine bucket may be more full due to exposure to seasonal allergens, mold, fluctuating hormones, dehydration, stress etc.
Suddenly the Beautiful World as We know it can seem Hostile!
Any of the above can tip the balance for you! If this happens to you, first have a look at what has changed in your environment and what you have eaten.
For some women for example, excess oestrogen can be highly inflammatory and drive up your histamine intolerance.
There are also types of foods that people with Histamine Intolerance may react to. These include lectins from beans and legumes and oxalates from e.g. raw spinach. So try new foods slowly and cautiously until you know how your body will respond.
The Sweet Spot For Food Allergens
All these lovely foods are good for our guts in the long run but it is important for you to find the
"sweet spot" that works for you. Get the balance right! not too much and don't eliminate food groups completely. Remember, many higher histamine foods have great nutrients, so we want to bring them back.
If you are struggling with certain foods, work with a nutritionist/homeopath and other therapists to see how you can be balanced.
A few Tips:
Washing tree nuts and storing them in the fridge and just eating 2 or 3 first.
Steaming the oxalate producing foods e.g. spinach rather than eating them raw.
Nettles are also an excellent herbal remedy for alleviating signs of allergies and histamine intolerance. Nettles lower histamine—excess histamine is what causes the immune system to react to pollen, dog or cat fur, and dust. Interestingly, lower histamine also leads to lower estrogen dominance.
Quercetin is an antioxidant flavonoid found in many plants and foods. Research suggests that adding quercetin to the diet may help to relieve allergy symptoms. Research suggests that quercetin can have anti-allergic and antihistamine properties
Quercetin is the most abundant flavonoid in the diet. It’s estimated that the average person consumes 10–100 mg of it daily through various food sources. Foods that commonly contain quercetin include onions, apples, cauliflower, grapes, berries, broccoli, citrus fruits, cherries, green tea, coffee, red wine, and
Basicallly foods such as blueberries have anti-histamine properties. So load up on the anti-histamine foods!
So we've done the food
and your allergic response is still high... Its time to try something else...
Introducing Hista Herb Homeobotanical
an invaluable addition to combat allergies! Packed with Elderflower, Garlic, Rosemary, Stinging nettle and Tumeric this Homeoherbal is very useful for hay fever, flu, allergic rhinitis, bronchitis due to airborne pollutants, wheezing, coughing, catarrh. Antihistamine, anti-inflammatory, immune system support, anti-catarrhal...
Elderflower: The quercetin in elderflower is a natural antihistamine, therefore helps to alleviate hay fever. positive effects on the immune system, antioxidant.
Garlic: Studies have shown that garlic doesn't only improve immune function, but its quercetin also acts as a natural antihistamine. And research has demonstrated why plant-derived quercetin has quickly become a key ingredient in many allergy fighting drugs.
Rosemary: Contains Rosmarinic acid. A study also reveals that rosmarinic acid is a free radical scavenger that can suppress the inflammatory responses of certain white blood cells, as well as allergic antibodies. Rosmarinic acid should help improve seasonal allergy symptoms of wheezing, coughing and production of sputum.
Stinging nettle: studies have shown that the bioactive components of stinging nettle can actually inhibit multiple inflammatory events.
Tumeric : So much has been researched about Curcumin the active ingredient in Turmeric. Here is another one : A study published by the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology of 214 people with allergic rhinitis found that those who took curcumin for two months alleviated their sneezing and congestion, and improved nasal airflow compared to those who took a placebo. Anti-inflammatory, antihistamine, antioxidant. Anti-allergy.
Treating Allergies with Homeopathy:
Working with a homeopath in Autumn may help you find and treat the underlying cause of your seasonal allergies which in the long run is the best long term solution. By balancing the body and reducing inflammation this will in turn fortify you to cope better even with Hay fever in Spring.
Hay Fever Season
Here are some Hayfever remedies you may find in your first aid kit or can buy in all good health food shops.
Arscenicum: Burning, watery, runny nose with a stuffy, tickling feeling
Allium Cepa: Watery eyes and a clear nasal discharge that irritates the upper lip, along with sneezing and a tickling cough. The person usually is thirsty, and feels worse indoors and when rooms are warm, and better in fresh air.
Euphrasia: This remedy can be helpful if the eyes are swollen and irritated with acrid tears or pus. The nose also runs, but with a blander discharge. Symptoms are often worse in the daytime and worse from warmth, and the eyes may hurt from too much light. The person can also have a cough in the daytime, which improves at night.
Ferrum Phos: In the early stages of inflammation. it often slows or stops an episode. Symptoms include runny eyes with a burning or gritty feeling, facial flushing, watery nose, and short, hard, tickling cough.
As you can see you no longer have to suffer in silence. If allergies are taking away the joy of life, there is lots to try...
A few references below of research on Homeopathy and seasonal hayfever.
Feingold E. Homeopathic allergies. In: The Complete Self Guide to Homeopathic, Herbal Remedies and Nutritional Supplements. Albany, NY: Whitison Publishing; 2008.
Allergy. Boiron USA website. www.boironusa.com/category/symptoms/symptoms-allergy. Accessed March 1, 2014.
Natural allergy and sinus relief. Similasan website. www.similasanusa.com/natural-allergy-and-sinus-relief. Accessed March 1, 2014.
Products for allergies. Hyland’s website. www.hylands.com/products/allergies. Accessed March 1, 2014.
Allergy relief. Homeostasis Labs website. www.homeostasislabs.com/products/allergy-relief/. Accessed March 1, 2014.
Hay fever and allergy research shows homeopathy works. National Center for Homeopathy website. http://homeopathycenter.org/homeopathy-today/hay-fever-and-allergy-research-shows-homeopathy-works. Accessed March 1, 2014.