10 Foods to Soothe Allergy Symptoms

As much as we talk of all the incredible qualities of springtime  (warmer weather, longer days, freshness, and energy)…for some people, it is a season of stuffy heads, itchy eyes and runny noses.

Spring allergy symptoms can be a real problem for many people this time of year.

Here are 10 key foods that may help reduce and calm inflammation, act as a natural antihistamine and ease congestion.

Plus they are just delicious, so adding them into your week’s menu plan should be a delight!


In my family we just can’t get enough of garlic…and we add it into most of our meals.  Garlic has many health benefits, but in particular for allergy sufferers the sulfur compounds make it act as a powerful immune builder which goes a long way toward easing sinus symptoms.


Onion has a compound quercetin which is an anti inflammatory flavonoid.  This compound works as a natural antihistamine and is also found in apples, broccoli, tea and red wine).


If you have sinus problem, ginger should be your best friend.  It decreases inflammation, thins mucus, and helps clear nasal passages.  Fantastic as a seasoning in soups and stir-fries, you can also add some grated fresh ginger to hot water for a soothing tea.


Tumeric contains curcumin which is highly anti-inflammatory and works to soothe flare ups due to allergic reactions.

Hot and Sweet Red Pepper:

Red peppers have immune-boosting carotenoids and high amounts of vitamin C which works as an antihistamine.

Flaxseed, Walnuts and Salmon:

Omega 3 fats found in foods like flaxseed, walnuts and salmon provide major anti inflammatory benefits.


Green leafy veggies like kale, swiss chard, turnip greens, spinach and beet greens are loaded with minerals and compounds (like beta carotene and lutein) that improve your immunity.


Berries are one of my favorite foods.  For me, it’s a bonus that they are exceptional for your health because they are so easy to eat!  They contain anthocyanins and antioxidant compounds that quell inflammation and improve immune function.

Are you a seasonal allergy sufferer?  Do you know any natural remedies that work to help soothe your symptoms?

Read more from the Spring Cleansing Series, here!