Suffering from Seasonal Allergies? Try Honey.

What Kind?
Not just any honey will work- eating raw honey that contains pollen is key. It seems that the quality of the honey that you consume has more importance over the presence of the specific pollen you are allergic to, so whether your honey is local is not as important as if it is raw or minimally processed.

Honey Quality
If you want to gain positive effects of honey in regards to seasonal allergies, you have to consume honey that contains pollen. Therefore, most commercial store-bought honey will not do. Your honey should be from a source that doesn’t contain pesticides or any chemicals that will tax your immune system.

Evidence
Scientific evidence behind these claims are few and far between, as in some naturopathic medicine. Unfortunately, small local beekeepers don’t have the resources to fund big research studies, so most of these natural alternatives are taken from a few key studies and the claims of advocates.

How Does It Work?
Many health advocates suggest eating a small amount of honey daily over a few months before allergy season begins. This will stimulate your body’s response, building up your immunity to pollen over time. Some people respond quickly, while in others it seems to take longer.

Now’s the time to take control of your health! Come see me at Healthy Harvest to pick up some wildflower honey from Hannan Honey in Southbury, CT.

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References

https://healthimpactnews.com/2014/is-the-best-honey-really-local-honey/ Is Your Local Honey Really Local? By John P. Thomas, Health Impact News

http://www.bee-pollen-buzz.com/honey-and-allergies.html  Local Honey and Allergies, By Angela Ysseldyk, Bee Pollen Buzz

https://pioneerthinking.com/local-honey-and-allergies-revisited Local Honey and Allergies, Revisited, By  Tom Ogren, Pioneer Thinking

https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/05/27/can-eating-local-honey-cure-allergies.aspx  Fresh Evidence… Could 1 Teaspoon per Day Tame Your Allergy Problems?, By Joseph Mercola, DO, Mercola.com

https://health.howstuffworks.com/diseases-conditions/allergies/allergy-treatments/local-honey-for-allergies2.htm Can You Fight Allergies with Local Honey? By Josh Clark, HowStuffWorks.com