Friday, March 23, 2012

Natural Antihistamines Foods for Allergies

Generally antihistamines are a class of drugs. Antihistamines block the release of histamines in the body. But several natural foods and herbs contain antihistamines. These natural antihistamines block the release of histamines without the side effects of drugs. 

 Goldenseal:Source: Wikimedia Commons 

Your body releases histamines when you eat or inhale a substance for which you are allergic. Generally your immune system protects you against harmful foreign substances. But at times the immune system reacts to harmless substances like pollen, dust, insect bites and even against medications. This leads to the production of histamines in the body. This will result in inflammatory response by the body like itching, respiratory problems, sneezing, vomiting and diarrhea.

Herbs with Antihistamines

Some of the following herbs have properties of antihistamines


Goldenseal is a plant found in North America. The root of the plant has a variety of medicinal uses. It contains a compound called berberine. It has anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. It is especially effective against the infection of the mucus membranes. It is also used to treat eczema, heartburn and infections of the throat, urinary tract and stomach. It can be used to cure minor cuts and bruises. It is very effective against chest congestion. But it is advisable to take goldenseal for short periods of not more than three weeks. It might become toxic if it is taken for longer periods.

Green Tea antihistamine

Green tea is a very strong antihistamine. It is particularly helpful to treat  allergic skin reactions. It helps to treat hives. Hives is an allergic reaction which causes itchiness, redness and swelling of skin. Green tea helps to reduce the skin reaction. It is necessary to drink 3-4 cups of green tea every day to reduce hives. Green tea helps to minimize the reaction.

Ginger antihistamine

Ginger is a very good antihistamine. It is very helpful in treating respiratory disorders. It acts as a natural decongestant and expectorant.It helps to fight allergic colds, sinus infections and flu.It can ease breathing by dilating the bronchial tubes. Ginger tea is a very good remedy for hives.

Chamomile antihistamine

Chamomile contains a compound called quercetin. It has antihistamine properties. Chamomile tea can be prepared with the addition of ginger and honey. As all three of them have antihistamine properties and will give good results. Aroma therapists use chamomile tea to massage the skin to cure skin allergies.

Stinging Nettle antihistamine

Stinging nettle is a perennially flowering plant which grows in Europe, Asia and America. It has very good anti-inflammatory properties. It helps to reduce the effects of hay fever and seasonal allergies. But stinging nettle should not be used if you have kidney problem, heart disease or diabetes.

Licorice root

Licorice root is a very effective remedy for bronchial asthma, allergic rhinitis, conjunctivitis and hay fever. Drinking licorice root tea is recommended for a variety of diseases. It helps to loosen the phlegm and reduce congestion for bronchial asthma patients. It inhibits the release of histamines and also has expectorant properties. 

These are some of the natural anti histamine foods for allergy

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