I have had hay fever my entire life, and I didn’t even realize it until I was grown up and able to put two and two together. As far back as 8 or 9 years old, each spring I would develop itchy swelling eyes, swelling in the back of my throat and on my face, coughs and runny nose until mid summer. It greatly affected my quality of life, made me miss out the best time of the year. While all my friends were outside running around having fun, I had to stay home all day, blow my nose with my eyes swelled shut, and spend hours at night tossing and turning in bed trying to fall asleep with my sinuses and throat all clogged up. My parents were not bad people, but they were woefully uninformed about many things in life. Instead of helping me, they blamed me for all sorts of reasons why this happened, from not washing my hands before rubbing my eyes, not dressed warmly (IN SUMMER) and catching a cold, to petting small animals and pets and somehow got myself infected with germs and bacteria; all my fault.
As I grew older I began to notice my discomfort happened almost exactly the same time each year, regardless of what I did or did not do. I came to the conclusion that it wasn’t something bad I did as my parents thought. I began trying various over the counter allergy pills from pharmacies such as Claritin and Allegra. Unfortunately they had little effect on my condition. Each year I continued to miss out on quality spring and summer activities, but at least I had the peace of mind knowing that it wasn’t my fault as insisted by my parents. I never really believed them anyway but I just couldn’t prove or convince them about it.
It was not until a co-worker of mine brought a bunch of home-made items to work for sale one year during Christmas that I was introduced to the incredible power of bee pollen and honey. My co-worker lived on a farm, and one of the things he did was beekeeping on his property. It was the first time I saw a jar of bee pollen, sitting among the bee wax candles and jars of honey on his desk. I had no idea what it was and asked my co-worker about it. He nonchalantly told me that is really good for allergies. My eyes lit up.
What is Bee Pollen?
Bee pollen, or bee bread, ambrosia, is a compound that consists of pollen that bees obtained from flowers, mixed with honey and nectar. It is very nutritious and has many of nutrients, vitamins, and minerals that the human body needs.It is also loaded with enzymes, which help break down and digest food. It is very beneficial for modern humans as our diet has a larger part of refined foods compared to the old days.
It is effective as Seasonal Allergy Relief for many people by introducing small amounts of fresh, local pollen into their diet. This helped their bodies’ immune system become desensitized to the stimulation caused by the allergens.
I immediately bought a jar from him and looked up as much information on it as I could on Google. Sure enough, a number of websites confirmed the potential effect of bee pollen in reducing hay fever. So right away I started taking it one teaspoon a day, usually mixed it into yogurt, or simply washed it down with milk or a glass of water. By the time my allergy arrived in May that year, to my big surprise, although it did not eliminate my hay fever entirely (I have really, really strong allergy), if what I have had was an 8, it was at least reduced to a 3, which to me was a godsend (especially when over the counter medicine has failed to work) and I was incredibly grateful of how well it worked for me.
I have taken bee pollen for a few years now, and I have never felt better in my life. It has restored my mobility back to nearly 365 days a year, and on the rare days when I would have a really strong attack, I would just take a few more spoonful 3 or 4 times a day and usually that will keep it under control. My mother, who has hay fever like mine but on a lower level, followed my recommendation of one teaspoon of bee pollen per day, and is now completely free of her allergy symptoms! I am really glad I discovered this remedy.
- Honey is also a good source of allergy remedy, especially when combined with bee pollen. There are many health reasons to replacing sugar (refined, brown, or artificial sweetener) with honey anyway, so it is a good idea to supplement your diet with honey along with bee pollen if you can.
- Buy locally harvested bee pollen and honey if possible, as they work the best in building up your immunity to your local environment. However, if you do not have that option, any bee pollen and honey should do.
- The first few weeks when I started taking bee pollen, my throat would get a little itchy and swell up slightly each time after I ingested bee pollen. It was a little uncomfortable, but not too bad (compared to what I had to deal with), as it usually went away in about 20 minutes. Since I started during my “off-season” in January, I was able to handle it. By the time May came around I had built up enough immunity that I was able to see a huge difference on how I felt.
- Some people would only start taking bee pollen a few weeks before their allergy season begins, and would stop when it’s over. My recommendation is to take it year-round. It is a good dietary supplement anyway, and this way you will not have to find a way to adjust the slight differences in your allergy season from year to year. There has even been reports that some people were completely cured of their allergies after a few years of non-stop bee pollen treatment! Good luck!
- A small percentage of people will have a severe allergic reaction to ingesting bee pollen, so always try a small amount first and make sure you are okay before consuming full force.