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Honey for Allergy Relief

If you suffer from springtime allergies, consider adding a little local honey to your prevention regimen. The theory is that, as with allergy shots, daily exposure to a small amount of an allergen can desensitize the body, allowing you to better resist it, explains Evan Fleischmann, N.D., board member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians. In this case, that allergen culprit is pollen -- the very same ingredient bees use to make their honey.

The practice of eating honey for this purpose doesn't have much research to its credit. But some holistic practitioners have seen a drop in symptoms as a result of prescribing it to patients. To try it out, eat one teaspoon daily of raw, unfiltered honey made within 20 miles of your home.

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  • airpurifiers 17 Sep, 2008

    My parents tried this with me when I was a kid, don't know if it worked or not.

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  • airpurifiers 17 Sep, 2008

    My parents tried this with me when I was a kid, don't know if it worked or not.

    http://www.achooallergy.com

  • ladybugsy 19 Aug, 2008

    Thanks for the info:) My throat is itching and my eyes are watering right now. I think I will try this, too. The allergy medicines work, but they make me feel as though I am in a fog.

  • tasi 18 Aug, 2008

    Well that's why they say raw, unfilterd I think. Pollen clings to the hairs on a bee's body. Some of this gets left in the honey, the rest gets left on other flowers, pollinating them. Raw honey hasn't been heated up to get it through a filtering system and has bee parts, and other slight impurities, including pollen.

    I'm about ready to try this for my fall allergies. Though I don't know if bees even visit the things I'm allergic too. Who knows.

  • ladybugsy 18 Aug, 2008

    Don't bees use nectar (not pollen) to make their honey?

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