Pollen allergies: natural tips to protect yourself

If spring rhymes with the return of sunny days and flowering trees, it also sounds like pollination and allergies. Onion, tarragon, nettles. Here are foods with antihistamine effects that can be consumed to protect against it. Be careful, however: these tips are not miraculous, and in case of severe allergy, it is, of course, better to consult a doctor!

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

According to the latest National Aerobiological Surveillance Network (RNSA) assessment, the next pollen peaks in France should occur in the coming days, more precisely from March 24 in “a large part of the north” of France then until the end of April throughout the country.

And the-bad news for pollen allergy sufferers doesn’t stop there. According to-several scientific studies carried out in recent years, CO2 emissions released into the atmosphere that contribute directly to rising temperatures are likely to prolong and intensify pollen peaks (40 days earlier, according to recent American research published in Nature Communications).

Therefore, it-is becoming more and more necessary to protect against these allergies, also called “hay fever,” which affects about 25% to 30% of the French population. If you are looking for natural solutions to complement your medical treatment or prevent the-appearance of (mild) allergies, these foods with antioxidant properties may well help you!

Garlic

Known for its anti inflammatory properties, garlic is not only used to raise your dishes or keep vampires away. One of its antioxidant components would effectively alleviate allergic reactions to pollen. Do not hesitate to garnish your dishes and salads!

Nettle

We would not think about it for the good and simple reason that some 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, responsible for allergic reactions.

Onion

Even though it makes the eyes cry, onion is rich in quercetin, a flavonoid (metabolite) with natural antihistamine properties. Consume raw preferably or (for the most daring) in juice. Good to know: quercetin is also found in red grapes, black tea, apples, or citrus fruits.

Tarragon

In addition to opening the appetite and relieving pain or stomach aches, tarragon is also an excellent anti-allergen. Particularly 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 blades of this herb to accompany your salmon!