De-stress, Lower Histamine Naturally
Numerous studies have documented the role of stress hormones on mast cell activation and histamine release. Fighting that stress has been my number one priority for years now, and it should be yours too. Here’s a few fun ideas to turn a day at home into a mini spa experience to chill out your immune system and hopefully prevent those stress hormones from filling up your inflammation bucket. So, sit back, relax, and learn about some of the best histamine-lowering ways to bring the spa experience to your home.
ENJOY SOME DETOX WATERMost spas offer fruit and/or herb-infused ice water. You can bring that idea home by making up a pitcher or water cooler filled with filtered or spring water and adding some antihistamine fruits and herbs. Remember that extreme temperatures, like the cold, are histamine triggers, so you may wish to avoid ice cubes or very cold water. Here are some of my favourite combinations:
- Blueberries + Peaches
- Cucumber + Lemon + Mint
- Green Apple + Lemon + Mint
- Cucumber + Basil
- Pomegranate + Tarragon
MAGNESIUM FOOT SOAKNot giving the body magnesium for just four days significantly triggers histamine inflammation. Aside from being soothing, pure magnesium chloride bath salts are an option for boosting those levels, especially if you’re sensitive to magnesium supplementation (like me! never been able to tolerate any supplement I’ve tried, but I use the transdermal oil nightly). Prepare the water by bringing 1 quart to a rapid boil. When the water has boiled, remove from heat, add the fresh herbs (if using, and let stand, covered, for 10 minutes to steep. Strain into a 1 quart container and discard (compost) herbs. Then rinse your cooking pot or kettle and bring 3 quarts of water up to bathwater temperature (104°F/40°C). Pour the herb-infused water and the warm water into a foot basin (or turkey roasting pan). Place on a towel in front of a comfortable chair. Test the water to make sure it’s tolerable (warmer is better as it helps promote circulation and open up your pores). Add ½ cup of magnesium salt if desired. Soak feet for 15 to 30 minutes, adding more warm water as needed. Antihistamine Foot Soak Combinations:
- A handful of mint leaves + 4 rosemary sprigs.
- Lavender flowers
- Chamomile flowers
- Peppermint + Soda + Salt (4 peppermint tea bags, 1 cup baking soda, 1/2 cup of Epsom salt).
RELAX WITH A MASK
- Ayurvedic Herbs: Mix ½ tsp neem leaf powder and ½ tsp Triphala powder with enough organic cucumber hydrosol (or another hydrosol) to make a paste. Apply to face and allow to set for 5 minutes before washing off with warm water and then a tolerated cleanser. Follow up with a hydrating oil (like jojoba) if you like.
- Nigella sativa: Mix ½ teaspoon of Nigella sativa oil into 1 tablespoon carrier oil, such as jojoba. Leave on for 45 minutes and then wash face with a tolerated cleanser.
- Activated Charcoal: Mix together the contents of 2 pills of charcoal, 2 drops of moringa oil, 1 teaspoon of cucumber hydrosol in a ceramic bowl. Apply to your face with your fingers. Leave it on for about 15 minutes, until dry. Wash face with a tolerated cleanser.