Pollen allergies: 4 natural ingredients to protect against them

When spring rhymes with the return of good weather and flowering trees, so does pollination and allergies. Onion, tarragon, nettle… Here are foods with antihistamine effects that can be eaten to avoid them. Please note: these tips are no miracles and if you have a serious allergy, it is best to consult a doctor!

Every early spring it’s the same: You rejoice when you can leave your scarf in the closet and feel the warm caress of the sun on your skin again. But you also fear pollination episodes, which irritate your throat, make you sneeze, cry, and cough.

According to the latest report from the National Aerobiological Surveillance Network (RNSA), the next pollen peaks should occur in France in the coming days, more precisely from March 24th in “much of the north” from France, then Until the end of April in the entire country.

And the bad news for pollen allergies doesn’t end there. According to several scientific studies conducted in recent years, there is a risk that CO2 emissions released into the atmosphere, which directly contribute to the temperature rise, prolong and intensify pollen peaks (40 days earlier, according to recent US research published in NatureCommunication

It is therefore becoming increasingly necessary to guard against these allergies, also known as “hay fever”, which affect about 25% to 30% of the French population. If you are looking for natural solutions to complete your medical treatment or prevent the development of (mild) allergies, then these foods with antioxidant properties may help you!


Known for its anti-inflammatory properties, garlic isn’t just for flavoring your meals or keeping vampires at bay. One of the antioxidant components is said to be effective in reducing allergic reactions to pollen. Do not hesitate to garnish your dishes and salads!


We wouldn’t think so, for the good and simple reason that certain allergies come from the pollen of this plant. But consumed in capsules or herbal teas, nettle has the power to reduce the activity of histamine enzymes, which are responsible for allergic reactions.


Although it makes the eyes water, the onion is rich in quercetin, a flavonoid (metabolite) with natural antihistamine properties. Best eaten raw or (for the more daring) in juice. Good to know: Quercetin is also found in red grapes, black tea, apples and even citrus fruits.


In addition to opening the appetite, relieving pain or stomachaches, tarragon is also an excellent anti-allergen. Especially recommended for hay fever, it is consumed in the form of capsules or essential oil. But it also works if you add a few fresh sprigs of this herb to your salmon!

(ETX Daily Up)

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