Plants to Avoid if You’re Allergic to Ragweed
Uggh! Allergies! Pollen and food allergies can really make you miserable. Stuffy nose, runny eyes, itchy everything, headaches, and more! When you’re allergic to the pollen of just certain plants, then you usually have a couple of months out of the year that you suffer. Generally, it’s trees in the spring, grasses in the summer, and ragweed in the late summer and fall. If you’re allergic to ragweed like I am, however, you may find that you have mysterious episodes of similar allergic reactions at other times of the year besides the fall. It could be because you are consuming or using plants that are related to ragweed. Some of these can cause a reaction similar to the hayfever reactions of ragweed. If you are wondering about this yourself, then here are some plants and foods to avoid if you’re allergic to ragweed.
Foods and Plants to Avoid if You’re Allergic to Ragweed
Some may not cause any allergic reaction for you. Over time or in combinations, however, your body might start having a similar reaction to these common plants and herbs as it has to Ragweed. This has happened to me. For a couple of these, I developed dermatitis on the back of my hands or random itchy red bumps, as well as the stuffy, itchy nose and itchy, bloodshot eyes.
These plants products are commonly consumed:
Sunflower – oil and seeds
Some people who are allergic to Ragweed are also allergic to the following foods. Generally, they have a more immediate reaction to them, like an itchy mouth or swollen tongue. You probably already know if you have a sensitivity to them. According to The College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, the sensitivity to certain foods is “tied to the fact that some fruit and vegetable proteins are genetic cousins to certain pollens, like ragweed. So people allergic to pollen may experience symptoms when they eat related foods….” Some of these foods are:
Medicinal Herbs to Avoid if You’re Allergic to Ragweed
Some Other Medicinal or Seasoning Herbs that are Related: These are some very common medicinal herbs and could be found in herbal or natural cold & flu, allergy, skincare, pain rub or parasite cleanse preparations.
Common Garden Flowers Related to Ragweed
Some who suffer from ragweed allergies also are sensitive to certain flowers. You should probably avoid planting these in your garden:
What to Do
If you want to test the theory, stop using or consuming any plants on the list. Do this for at least three months and see if you notice any changes–which is basically an elimination diet. Have your allergic reactions eased up? You could add one of the foods or plants back into your diet for a week or two and see if you have any allergic symptoms. Sometimes you will know right away, but sometimes it could take a week or two for it to build up.
Be sure to check the ingredients on herbal or health supplements as they often include various medicinal herbs, and lots of baked products contain sunflower or safflower oil.
If you’re concerned about these symptoms, it may be a good idea to see an allergist. According to The College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, “An allergist can help you predict which additional foods might potentially cause problems, based on pollen skin test results. Because they break down quickly, oral allergy food proteins are not often detected in standard food allergy skin tests. But if you take the fresh fruit to the appointment and do a skin test with that, it may be positive.” I haven’t been to an allergist myself, so I’m not sure what if any treatments they have to offer for this type of allergy. For me it just makes sense to avoid that plant.
You Can Heal Your Allergies
The good news is, it is possible to heal your body of allergies. According to studies AND practice, people are finding permanent relief from seasonal and food allergies by healing their gut. It takes some time and dedication to health, but people are learning the great importance of having a healthy gut biome. For more information, read my article How to Heal Your Allergies by Healing Your Gut Biome. (Article Coming Soon!) You can also search gut health, probiotics and prebiotics.
I have begun eliminating the plants to avoid if you’re allergic to ragweed from my diet and health care routine, and I also am focusing on healing my gut. Cutting out toxins, eating probiotic-rich foods while eating nutrient-dense foods is where I am starting. I have taken homeopathic ragweed supplements for years and it has helped tremendously.
If you have healed your allergies, please let us know how in the comments! My readers and I appreciate the encouragement and ideas.