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Eat Local Honey to Fight Allergies

By Edited Jun 30, 2014 3 7

If you fear springtime because of your allergies, local honey may be a source of relief. Allergies effect people all year, but most of the allergies that honey can help are strongest during the spring and summer months.

Allergies are usually fought with three different methods: antihistamines, avoidance and immunotherapy.

Antihistamines: It is often easy to take a pill to help alleviate the symptoms of allergies, but medicines can be expensive and who knows what side effects you may suffer from what you are taking.

Avoidance: Moving to another area is usually not practical. The reason you are suffering the allergy is you live in an area where the allergens are a problem for you. Most people cannot easily move to a new location just to avoid an allergy.

Immunotherapy: This consists of allergy shots or homeopathic remedies. These can be expensive, but effective. When the doctor gives you an allergy shot he is actually giving you a bit of the allergen that causes your allergies in the first place. This is to help your body build up an immunity to that item. Eating local, raw honey is a type of immunotherapy that can give you exactly the same benefits without the expense. And it tastes great too!

For honey to be used in this manner (immunotherapy) it needs to be from the local area. You are not going to get exactly the same benefits from a jar of honey that comes from grandma's house 3 states away. Eating a variety of local and non-local honey may help with allergies that are not currently bothering you, but would if you lived in another area. Both are helpful, but you will probably want to focus more on local honeys. The idea is that local honey is made with the same pollen that is causing your allergies. For a honey to be considered local it should be harvested by the bees in an area that has the same allergens from which you are suffering. That could be 50 miles or more from your home. However it could be less depending on how selective your allergy problem is.

The honey also needs to be raw. This means that it cannot be pasteurized which keeps the honey from fermenting because of yeasts that are present in the honey. Commercially produced and packaged honey is almost always pasteurized. Pasteurization also kills the enzymes in honey which are most beneficial to your health. Many consider pasteurized honey to be completely devoid of health benefits. Raw honey is more likely to crystallize than pasteurized honey, but honey can be re-liquefied easily.

The allergy fighting ability of local, raw honey has not been proven by a large scientific medical study. Since drug companies don't benefit from you buying a $4 jar of honey they are not interested in doing the research. However there have been many people who claim that eating local honey has eliminated or alleviated the symptoms of their allergies. It is worth giving a spoonful a try. The worst that can happen is that you enjoy a jar of honey with a stuffy nose.

Find a local beekeeper and buy a jar to give it a try. If you don't know any beekeepers you can usually find local honey in health food stores. Usually the local supplier will have their contact information on the jar of honey. Contact them to find out what other varieties of honey they have available. They may be able to get you in contact with another beekeeper who specializes in raw honey specific to your allergen needs.

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Comments

Oct 24, 2010 4:35pm
Lynsuz
Fabulous. Great info. I learned a lot from this article, I have used honey for allergy relief without much help, didn't know about getting local honey. Makes so much sense. Thanks for sharing.
Oct 24, 2010 6:38pm
dpeach
Glad it helped. Find you a local beekeeper and make him happy by buying a jar of honey from him.
Oct 25, 2010 12:15am
cyberchica702
This is very intresting, I have never heard of this! I get raw honey from a lady in my hometown and I HATED honey until I tried this stuff - it is sooooo good!
Oct 25, 2010 6:46am
dpeach
There are so many different types of honey. My dad's bees produce a strong honey from a plant called gallberry. He also has a mild, citrus-y flavored honey from orange trees. It all depends on where the bees get the bulk of their pollen. Ask your honey supplier if they have other flavors you can try. Dad always tries to help a new buyer find a flavor they like.
Oct 28, 2010 4:15pm
Peaches
You said it better than I could, Son. I started to commit and nearly wrote a book before I deleted and I didn't say as clear as you did. Keep posting. I am learning something.
Oct 28, 2010 4:20pm
dpeach
Maybe we can learn from each other's writing. Dad's website is www.beekeepersfriend.com
May 3, 2011 5:33pm
2enjoylife8
I love how you've clearly explained how raw honey relieves allergy symptoms! I love raw honey and have been using it for my allergies for years. It does make a difference. Lately I've been eating unfiltered honey that hasn't been heated--cold packed-- and looks kind of creamy. I eat it by the spoon right out of the jar, using a clean spoon each time of course;) Thanks for your clear explanation it's probably the best online!
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