Can Raw Honey Help With Springtime Allergies?

Spring is here! Alas, she brought along her freeloading boyfriend Seasonal Allergies. Is this a good description of you: "My head feels like a balloon, my nose leaks, and I cannot tell if my allergies are getting worse, or did I forget just how bad they were last time."

A natural problem calls for a natural remedy – honey! Folk wisdom  says that eating local, raw honey diminishes seasonal allergies. Actually, this makes total sense. The idea is that since raw honey contains pollen, ingesting regular amounts of local, raw honey you will inoculate your body to the same pollen that’s causing your allergy flare-up. Over the years, multiple customers have told us that regular doses of raw honey have alleviated their seasonal allergy symptoms. It’s an easy, intuitive, and delicious solution. But can it work for you?

One scientific study reports that patients who ate local honey daily saw a big improvement in their symptoms compared to a control group. Other researchers disagree. The naysayers point out that the pollen we’re so allergic to is generally from grass and trees, not the flowers visited by honeybees.

But honeybees do visit trees and certain grasses, especially before the spring flowers are in full bloom. Some trees, like maples and oaks, are very early producers of pollen. These trees start to bloom as early as January in southern states, and then the time of peak bloom marches north during February and March. This early pollen is critical to bee colony survival and they bring plenty of it back to the hive.

While eating raw honey does not work for everyone, and the results are mixed, we recommend trying this natural remedy for yourself. Some things to keep in mind:

  1. Get raw, unprocessed honey that was produced as close to you as possible. Grocery store bears with pasteurized and filtered honey are not going to work.
  2. Remember to start dosing well before peak pollen (and well before your peak allergies).
  3. Eat a good dollop every day.  Have it on your toast, straight from a spoon, or any other way you want, but remember that you must to take it regularly.

We’ve heard from too many people who swear by this all-natural allergy cure to write it off. So the next time you're at the farmer’s market, keep an eye out for local honey. And if it doesn’t work for you, there are other benefits from raw honey. It’s still a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent. So even if it won’t cure your allergies, honey can soothe your irritated throat and calm that cough.


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