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Got Seasonal Allergies? Eat the Local Honey

Honey is all the buzz. Not only does it taste like summer, but it has some amazing qualities that help your body.

It's antimicrobial because of its high sugar content, so it's great for treating cuts and burns to prevent scarring. You can keep a jar in your medicine cabinet for years - it's slightly acidic, so it never goes bad.

I've also heard that honey can be used to treat seasonal allergy symptoms. In order to understand why, you need to know how honey is made.

Honey bees (the female worker bees) travel from flower to flower, drinking nectar, and storing it in sacs in their little bee bodies. Then they buzz back to their hive and use their "honey stomachs" to regurgitate and ingest the nectar a number of times until it is partially digested. They then store the nectar in the honeycombs, fanning it with their wings to evaporate the water, and turning it into the thick sweet honey we know and love.

The reason it may help with seasonal allergies, is because honey contains a bit of pollen from the plants. So if you eat the sweet treat that is made by bees in your area, the honey will often act as an immune booster, reducing your allergy symptoms to the local flowering plants. It's a good idea to take 2-3 spoonfuls each day for several months prior to pollen season.

Fit's Tips: Eating local honey works for some people, and may not for others. It's a folk remedy, with no scientific research to back it up, but if you suffer from seasonal allergies, it's worth a try. If it doesn't help with your sniffles and sneezing, well at least you're getting vitamins B6, thiamin, niacin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid and minerals like calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, potassium, and zinc. Honey also contains antioxidants and vitamin C. All that and it tastes good too!


ryandebny ryandebny 6 years
I use and sell local honey in Brooklyn. It's better than store bought and unpasturised. Single hive extraction maintains it's individual flavor as well. No sniffing or sneazing for me.
Amakai Amakai 9 years
Einstein apparently said “If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe then man would only have four years of life left. No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more man.”
Amakai Amakai 9 years
Does anyone know where I can get local honey for my cousin who lives in NYC, near the East river? Possibly the guy who keeps them on his roof? I live near Albany NY and use it myself but she is having a hard time finding it in the City. Let me know where I can get some. Also, I just recently read some research that bees are almost all gone and within 10 years there won't be any left. which means that we will no longer have fruits, veggies, flowers, honey, beautiful trees, healthy people and animals. We all need bees to survive, although some people may not believe this or not, but we do.
bookgirl bookgirl 10 years
I just watched CNN on lunch and I guess there's some virus killing billions of bees in the US and Canada, I bet that honey is going to get expensive if they don't find a cure, or a way to stop it.
sil2op sil2op 10 years
My bf uses honey to help with his allergies- he says it works. I have horrible allergies as well but can't have honey because I'm deathly allergic to bees and have reactions to honey as well.
bookgirl bookgirl 10 years
My allergies are horrible, and I'm willing to try about anything. Guess its time to get to my nearest farmers market to get some.
Brooklynbee Brooklynbee 10 years
As you can tell from my name, I love bees! I think they are the most miraculous creatures and when you think about how honey is made and all of its amazing properties, it boggles the mind. A man in my neighborhood keeps bees on his roof - I have to try to get some more of his honey as my allergies are killing me!
CestLaVie CestLaVie 10 years
My bf has a poison ivy rash right now and we were looking up remedies last night. I ran across a page that mentioned eating honey can help you become immune to it because bees (and many other insects and critters) do not react to it and there are tiny traces in honey.
machula machula 10 years
that's interesting, i've got allergies too (all kinds) and i've always been told to avoid honey, because it is in fact made of pollen, which acts as irritant. but i love me some honey nevertheless :)
ashleylynne ashleylynne 10 years
I moved to California where there's something in bloom year round. The honey lady at my local farmer's market told me this one. I tried it. I think it helped.
jennifer76 jennifer76 10 years
Huh. That's a great excuse to eat lots of honey! :P
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