We have many people in our family who have food allergies, as well as seasonal, animal, and plant allergies.  Histamine release is the reaction you body has when you come into contact with something you are allergic to.  Medicines like Claritin and Benadryl are anti-histamines, which means that they assist with stopping your body's histamine release.  There are natural ways of mediating histamine release and the discomfort that it causes, and one of them is to eat a diet that is low in histamine.  I ran across the Low Histamine Chef website the other day, and I thought I would share it here.  The recipe that she posted today is for Fennel Apple Coleslaw.

The Skinny

In studies, fennel exhibits “inhibitory effects against acute and subacute inflammatory diseases and type IV allergic reactions and showed a central analgesic effect.” (Link for the study is on the LHC website)

Russian studies (the only ones I could access for free on the net) show that tarragon shows “highlight potential
anti-inflammatory, hepatoprotective, and anti hyperglycemic effects”. (Link at LHC site)

Apple Fennel Coleslaw
Antihistamine & Anti inflammatory
Prep Time: 5 | Cook Time: 0 | Servings: 2 |
Difficulty: Easy


3 tablespoons olive oil
1 1/2 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh
2-4 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
4 tablespoons apple juice
3 celery stalks, thinly sliced
2 small fennel bulbs, thinly
1 apple, julienned

If interested in directions on how to make this salad, please visit The Low Histamine Chef!



12/26/2012 12:28pm

Better yet, fix your diet. Grains are high in histamine and anti-nutrients like phytic acid. Go Paleo, Primal, Weston A. Price. My allergies went away and I'm much healthier in general. Such foods are also ideal for homestead production.

12/26/2012 1:38pm

Brian, you are 100% correct. If we all ate whole, raw, locally produced foods we would be much better off.

However, most people don't eat that way for one reason or another, so baby steps are often helpful. Many people are unfamiliar with biology and how allergies work, as well as how whole foods can combat a myriad of health issues, which is why I post information like this. Also, when you are around animals that trigger allergies (I am allergic to almost everything except horses, dogs, and mice of all things!), as well as most grass and most trees, mitigating histamine release is a daily neccessity for me.

Using food as medicine, rather than a pill, to try and reduce histamine release is an ongoing, lifelong process.

Thanks so much for your comment! Sounds like you are well educated on this topic.



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