9 Fall Foods to Fight Your Fall Allergies

Ragweed season is here again, and your farmers’ market is full of natural allergy remedies.

By Emily Main and Leah Zerbe

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Stinging nettles help control the inflamation associated with allergy symptoms

Stinging Nettle

Even though it’s not necessarily a food, or a fall-specific herb, you can’t discuss natural allergy remedies without hailing stinging nettle. It helps stifle the inflammation that occurs when you’re experiencing allergy symptoms. Stinging nettle contains histamine, the chemical your body produces during an allergic reaction, so it helps you acquire tolerance. Look for 500 mg freeze-dried nettle capsules in your natural health store, and take three times a day. That’s the best form for allergy relief; it won’t sting because it’s freeze-dried. Long-term use of the herb is not recommended, since it can deplete your potassium stores.

Antiallergy Soup!

There’s nothing like a warm bowl of soup when you’re feeling sick, and while this usually pertains to chicken soup for the flu, an expert on herbs developed this soup to naturally battle allergies. In The Green Pharmacy Guide to Healing Foods: Proven Natural Remedies to Treat and Prevent More Than 80 Common Health Concerns (Rodale, 2008), herb expert James Duke, Ph.D., recommends this allergy-fighting soup recipe:
 

  • Boil an onion (with skin) and a clove of garlic.
  • Add ½ cup chopped leaves and diced taproots of evening primrose.
  • After boiling for about 5 minutes, add a cup of nettle leaves and a cup of diced celery stalks, and boil gently for another 3 to 10 minutes.
  • Before eating, remove the onion skins and eat the soup while it’s still warm.
  • Season with wine vinegar, black pepper, hot pepper, turmeric, curry powder, or celery seed.

 

 
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