One hundred percent honey has nutrients and enzymes that feeds our bodies. When we choose wildflower honey collected from the blooms around us, it can reduce seasonal pollen allergies as well. Bees collecting nectar from flowers no farther than 20 to 50 miles away from home and work magically manufacture a product tailored to our area's flora. Taking about two tablespoons a day of these local bee's produce can help our bodies adjust to the incoming pollen flying all around us. Look for honey made from local wildflowers of this season and freshly harvested for the highest potency to fight allergies.
What Kind to Buy
Purchase raw wildflower honey at your local farmer's market if your town has one. You want to get the honey right from the bee keepers if possible, so you are sure where their bees collect their nectar. Get to know the bee keepers in your area because they can answer your questions about the many benefits of fresh 100% honey.
If they cold pack honey--it is not heated at all, is packed with even more nutrients and enzymes, and is thick--it will have the best effect. If not, as long as it is honey from local wildflowers, it will still be helpful.
How to get Your Two Tablespoons per Day
Since eating about two tablespoons a day of local wildflower honey can reduce allergy symptoms, we have here some combinations which will help you weave it into your regular routine. Having those two tablespoons first thing in the morning, helps me most. Keeping the honey as close to raw as possible, retains all its pollen fighting power. So it helps our bodies get used to the pollen in the air and not to react to it as severely.
On Breakfast Cereal
If you eat cold cereal you'd like to be a little sweeter, wildflower honey is the perfect answer.
I like to put it on my oatmeal when I eat it occasionally. Topping your breakfast cereal with a few tablespoons of wildflower honey might not only relieve allergies, but might help your body get rid of toxins as well. This formula that bees produce has so many benefits, you may feel more healthy all around.
In Coffee or Tea
I like to put wildflower honey in my coffee every morning. Even though the heat of the coffee may lessen the allergy relief effects sightly, I don't drink my coffee so hot as to destroy it. I find that since I regularly have two cups in the morning, it is easy to add a tablespoon in each and then my dose is in for the day. It's a wonderful nutritional sweetener.
It's also good in green tea or black tea if you like your tea sweet. Whatever fits into your morning routine the best.
Sweeter than sugar is the potion bees give us. We like to dip our popcorn into this potion for a snack. We've contemplated sticking the popcorn together into balls with it, but it's a little messy for us. So we pick up a few freshly popped kernels and dip it into our sweet sticky sauce and enjoy. It has a caramel sort of flavor. We devour two tablespoons of this sauce in a snap.
In Peanut Butter or Almond Butter Balls
Roll equal parts of wildflower honey, peanut butter or almond butter, and oats into balls and then coat them with cocoa powder. The cocoa keeps this healthy treat from being too sticky and you don't have to heat it at all, and so you retain all the pollen fighting power not to mention the protien energy.
Making lemonade with fresh lemon juice and raw honey is refreshing on a warm spring day. The vitamin C in the lemon juice fights cold that the irritation of allergy symptoms so easily can turn into. The honey helps the body adjust to the incoming pollen. Squeeze the juice of a lemon into a glass, add honey to taste fill with ice water and stir. You may have to heat the water slightly before adding ice to dissolve the honey, but try not to make it too hot because it may destroy some of the good enzymes and nutrients.
Eating two tablespoons of nature's sweetener made by bees, may be all that's needed to wipe out sneezing and watery, itchy eyes this season.