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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