We have all heard the old wives tales that local honey can help with seasonal allergies. Well, this girl finally decided to give it a go. Heck, it can't hurt. I have tried everything over the years- from prescription meds to over-the-counter remedies to netty pots, and so far, the allergies are winning.
So, a quick trip to the farmer's market and a nice chat with a local farmer saw me returning home with a jar of Middle Tennessee's finest dark honey. He said that was the key, the darker the honey, the better- for allergies, that is.
The idea is when bees do their work to make honey each year, they pick up the local pollen (you know- the stuff that drives allergy sufferers crazy), and deposit trace amounts into the honey they are producing. Much like injecting a flu shot that contains a bit of the virus itself to give you immunity, local honey is thought to do the same to help combat seasonal allergies.
Now, it may all just be a fluke, but I have taken a spoonful of honey each day this week. Sometimes, I mix it into my tea and other times I just knock back a quick spoonful. In any case, I have found that so far it has actually helped me at night time when my symptoms are the worst. I can actually breath at night. Unbelievable!!! So for now anyway, I'm thinking I will be taking that spoonful of sugar and ditching the medicine altogether.
Has anyone else had luck with local honey or other remedies?