Mission Statement

mr itchThis blog is dedicated to women who are suffering from histamine intolerance brought on by the hormonal fluctuations common to menopause. It is a compilation of months of research.


I am not in the medical field and this is not medical advice. I am just an ordinary woman, like you maybe, just starting menopause and newly suffering from histamine intolerance because of the changes in my hormonal balance. I wanted to compile my hours of research to make it easier for women like me to find answers.

Why are you here?

Maybe because you have been suffering multiple hot flashes at night and can’t sleep. You are having nightmares, and are restless. Maybe you are waking up with hives, or itching during the day for what seems like no reason. Your brain is in a fog, you feel dysfunctional, you can’t focus and you feel fatigued and just plain awful. You’ve done the reading, and you know you are starting menopause, so you think this is how you should feel and just get through it.

Your options seem to be to take HRT or to use herbal remedies, but you still itch and those hot flashes don’t stop.

Maybe though, you’ve been lucky enough to stumble, and I do mean stumble, over what really might be affecting you; high histamine levels brought on by the hormonal imbalance of menopause. In other words, you might be suffering from histamine intolerance. Basically, that means that what you eat is directly affecting how you feel. Foods high in histamine are triggering allergy-like reactions in your body. For me it’s itching. Additionally, there is a strong link to high histamine levels and hot flashes. I can attest to that link too!

Once I discovered the link between hormones and histamine, and then understood the link between histamine and food, I started making major changes to my diet and started taking vitamin supplements to help bring down my high histamine levels and my life improved dramatically.

In a nutshell, histamine intolerance is a problem the body has handling excess histamine. Up until my hormones changed with menopause, my body had no problem with anything I ate. But now my body cannot handle histamine coming in from outside sources, with those outside sources being food. So it’s not an allergy to food per se. A doctor could do a scratch test (a common test for allergies) for spinach let’s say, but my skin won’t react. That’s because I am not allergic to the food, but the histamine in the food.

I still suffer from histamine intolerance, but I am now educated about the issue and can work to, if not recover from it completely, at least control it. My itching is at a minimum depending on my diet, and my hot flashes are non-existent. My mood is even and dare I say peaceful, and my focus on tasks is returning. I still get fatigued, but I’m a high school teacher so that’s a normal state of being, but I feel relatively normal again.

And I don’t feel crazy anymore. Before I discovered what was going on with my body I thought I was going crazy. Or that I had some awful disease!

Anyone who has histamine intolerance will tell you navigating through life is trickier. It takes a lot of work to maintain an itch free day. And there are many surprises along the way. (I’m going to have to live with some mildew on my bathroom caulking because I learned the hard way bleach lights me up like a fire cracker!) But knowing what it is and how to manage it makes life so much better.

What made me start this blog?

I guess you could say I had an itch to write! I always thought it would be the great American novel…

Anyway, the real story is that I was researching my itching for at least two months when I landed on a site talking about the link between menopause and its effect on rising histamine levels. It backed up what I had already known from other sources. But what I didn’t realize at first was that it was a site advertising a med for hot flashes. I clicked on the information page and was completely horrified.

The med had nothing to do with lowering histamine. Yes, it had Vitamin C which is a known antihistamine, but the other ingredients were too many syllables to remember. But one ingredient really infuriated me. MSG!

How many people have a problem with that chemical already? And to put it in something that is supposed to minimize hot flashes?! I was incensed!

Women need to be educated. High Histamine is hidden in the lists of things that can go haywire with our bodies during menopause. Most women might never make the connection between menopause and histamine. Pharmaceutical companies who know what the issue is should be working to help women, but they really just want to sell drugs.

So that was it. I’ve learned so much and feel so much better I wanted to share my knowledge. I haven’t had a hot flash at night in weeks. I was having six a night before I figured it out. I can’t imagine what I’d be like if I were taking a drug with MSG in it.

And one other thing I’ve noticed. I have not had mood swings since I started a low histamine diet in conjunction with vitamin supplements. There is a well documented link between high histamine and depression. I think there must be a link between high histamine and mood swings but I haven’t found that specific information documented yet.

I am a teacher by profession. This is just another chance to share and teach. So if you’ve fallen over my site in your search for relief, please leave a comment and let me know if I’ve helped. I figure if I help one person, then my time is well spent.

Don’t forget to take a look around by clicking the links at the top of the page.


405 comments on “Mission Statement
  1. Hellen says:

    Hi ladies

    I have an allergic history dogs, cats which have now disappeared only to be replaced by allergy to wine!! I experienced closed airways and swollen tongue with red wine. Jee wiz… I now have to carry an epi-pen. Wine is no longer my tipple any alcohol is out..Great…

  2. Melissa Brumagin says:

    Am I thrilled to read your article I had oopherectomy and hysterectomy at age 39 it totally messed up my life I’ve had many problems I have celiac disease and was recently diagnosed with POTS syndrome. I was doing my own research because I have found drs to not be real helpful. So what I found was that celiac disease predisposed you to mast cell activation problems these mast cells produce histamine….as you know histamine can cause all kinds of issues one being vasodilation…..vasodilation can contribute to POTS syndrome so I’m wondering if a lot of my issues are due to histamine since my hormones are messed up and I have many symptoms of mast cell activation problems I am thrilled to be looking at things from the histamine part for POTS they want me to take cardiac meds with cause vasoconstriction I don’t tolerate meds well. If you have any more info on histamine I would love to know thank you for sharing!

  3. Claudia G says:

    I am so happy to find this article, for my months I have been looking all over the internet. I have been desperate with all those symptoms but the worst is the rash and the itching everyday for the last five months, so today I am going to start looking what I eat. I hope this is the answer to my problem.

  4. Erika says:

    I’m in early stages of menopause and I am so desperate for relief. I have hot flashes all day long and I have ichy skin that causes me to scratch until I leave welts! It so bad at night that my sleep is always interrupted. I went to the doctor and she gave me all these creams and they made the rash worse. I’ve been researching for months and this is the first tine….it makes sense. I’m gonna watch my diet and take supplements and hope to god I feel better. Thank you for the time u took to inform us on how to be normal ahain. Thank you!

    • You’re very welcome. Good luck with the healing. I know you’ll improve quickly now that you know what it is.


    • Linda johnson says:

      Hi Erica, I found this sight as I had the same problems as you, my young female doctor told me she had never heard of anyone itching during menopause, just me and several million other women then. I haven’t changed my diet. I went and bought a bottle of olive leaf supplement, 4 days in now and I haven’t had a hog flush or an itch from the first day I took it. It really is a miracle cure, I feel like the old me again, try it, I just wish I’d found it earlier.

  5. Lemon Cure says:

    I have taken high Omegas 3-6-9. I have experienced some gastro-intestinal/digestive problems with hysterectomy and oophorectomy side effects. Try flavored fermented Cod Liver oil during the day and soy milk or supplements at night. This has worked for me. Also monitor your B vitamins. One more thing, I am taking trace minerals due to the results from the bloodwork before the surgery most levels were low. I do coffee enemas every once in a while and drink lemon water with curry or cayenne capsules every morning.

  6. 6carrs says:

    I’m so pleased to find this blog. Am really suffering at the moment. I had an abdominal hysterectomy 7 years ago – am now 47 – and have been housebound ever since with agoraphobia (have always had it in varying degrees but increased tenfold after the op). My ovaries remained and I still get monthly migraines like before the hysterectomy so I know they are still functioning (my mum’s stopped after her menopause). Along with the emotional problems, my histamine levels have been a nightmare. I itch constantly to the point of not sleeping and at the moment have two mosquito bites the size of saucers – swollen and so itchy. I never reacted like this before the peri-menopause. I am constantly covered in red, swollen itchy welts and hives. Thank you I will read more now.

    • Lemon Cure says:

      You may want to get the lymph moving I am 48 and had hysterectomy with oophorectomy. I do body cleanses,, i.e. bladder, colon, lymphatic. If you are low in estrogen, take natural or biological identical estrogen while rubbing progestern cream on the body. Take black cohosh at night and vitex, chaste berry, wild yam during the day. Eat things that tend to cleanse beets/beet juicing. Spirulina or chlorophyll. To get the lymph to move throughout, you must walk, jump rope or do some type of aerobic/cardio exercise . When I started to do these things, my histamine levels decreased and heart palpitations went away also.

  7. Thank you so much. I have had the itching associated with hot flashes for a few weeks. After googling and reading your blog it is time to search out a diet. says:


  8. Linda Johnson says:

    To every one here, I bought the olive leaf tincture yesterday. I was at my wits end itching and hot sweats all day and all night. 24 hours after I took my first mouthful of the oil and so far no itching and no hot sweats. I slept all night and with the covers on! For the first time in months. If you try nothing else try the olive leaf oil it works😀😀😀😀😀🎉😀

  9. vanessa says:

    Im so pleased i found this..i had ovaries out + hysterectomy 7 weeks ago and have itched ever since .even my eyes and back of throat as if its a mild allergic reaction/hayfever.

  10. stevie says:

    hi i also itch every time i use clorox bleach spray to clean my sinks. i itch terribly afterward and never knew why. can you explain it more. is it the histimine release? thank u so much for sharing your research with other women. u rock

  11. Thais says:

    Hmm. Wow. I had my first “itch-attack” last evening while I was dancing. The hot flashes up until now have just been hot, but now they’re accompanied by itching. Glad I found you all right off the bat. I’ll be returning as I try to figure out my triggers. Thanks ahead of time. Think I’ll start by looking for some of the olive leaf tincture…

  12. Terri says:

    Thank you so much Dale for starting this blog and to all those who have since contributed. I don’t get hot flashes during the day and only get the very odd “night sweats” episode. But I have been dealing with hives/itchy skin for almost two years and it started at almost exactly the same time that I entered the peri-menopausal stage. Foods that I have been eating all my life….dairy (milk/some cheeses) is out and I tried soy beverage – gives me hives, switched to almond beverage (as I need to get calcium somewhere) and same reaction to the almond drink. Strawberries, blueberries etc., all cause hives. Facial moisturizers etc., hives. Have switched to all-organic skin care and so far so good. What has been the utmost challenging is that most of these foods/skin care products did not cause hives right away. My body has gradually built up an intolerance to them so it’s been difficult to pinpoint the culprits. Dale, I’m positive that this is a histamine intolerance because it fits the bill to a T. Do you mind telling me if there’s a source that tells you what foods are high and low in histamines so that I can start paying attention to these things? I’m also going to try some olive leaf tincture as it seems to have helped a couple of people. I do take a high-quality multi-vitamin that is supplied by Women’s Health Network because their practice/products focus on holistic approaches to dealing with menopausal symptoms. While her vitamins seem okay, I had to stop taking their “Herbal Equilibrium” supplement, an herbal product aimed at relieving meno/perimonpausal symptoms because after taking these daily for a few months, I started getting diarrhea from them, which got progressively worse, and which stopped immediately after I stopped taking them. I did go for allergy testing a few years ago but it was inconclusive and listed food items that don’t bother me at all. So now I’d like to try to eliminate high histamine foods. Any suggestions are appreciated. Dale, what supplements do YOU take? I want to try to achieve what you have, which is to all but eliminate the itchy skin and hives if possible. Thanks again so much…I was thrilled to find this site!


    • My site is full of information to help you heal. I have a link to a list of foods somewhere but I can’t remember where. And my supplements are all listed with explanations above in the Supplements tab. A good place to start is the index of most useful posts under the Current Thoughts tab.

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