Updated: Apr 22
With springtime upon us here in America, all of the flowers and trees are in full bloom. Plants of all kinds are coming to life with their beauty, but for a lot of people, the beauty comes with a hefty price tag of sneezing, watery eyes and head congestion.
If you're anything like I was, springtime was always a beautiful time of year, that was sheer misery for me without much relief in sight.
I grew up with a SLEW of allergies, in every category: food, animals, trees, plants, grasses, molds, medications...you name it, I was allergic to it.
And my allergies were pretty severe, where I was getting allergy injections every 4 weeks, then to 8 weeks as I got older, right through college.
Benadryl & my Epipen were always on-hand for the accidental food allergen ingestion, and Claritin was on hand for hay fever season aka springtime. As I got older, around 2008, I became increasingly more interested in alternative healing and alternative solutions to the OTC drugs and medications that never quite seemed to work and had me coming back to the doctor's office time and time again.
I have to credit this cure to my father, who was looking into natural alternatives to help him with his allergies, and he turned me onto this remedy and I have NEVER looked back. So what is this remedy that is all-natural, readily available and sweet to boot? Well, you've heard me talk about this beauty before, and it's HONEY!
Yes, local honey will indeed help you tremendously if you suffer from seasonal allergies when the springtime comes around, and here's why:
When the flowers around you begin to blossom, you might notice that bumble bees can be found having a field day collecting their pollen from the plants to bring back to the hive. The pollen that the bees bring back converts over to that yummy, delicious natural nectar that we all love and know as honey.
Most of the symptoms you experience during the springtime are caused from all the pollen in the air from all the different plants...so if the bees collect the very thing that you're allergic to,and you ingest small amounts of it, you're building up your body's immunity to the pollen(s) that cause you an allergic reaction.
Now if you are not familiar, when you go to the doctor's office to get allergy injections, they are injecting small doses of the very things you are allergic to, to again, incrementally introduce your body to the things that cause you reactions of all kinds, so that you can build up a tolerance and so that your body will no longer react when exposed to the allergen...and the honey does the SAME EXACT thing, minus needles, co-pays and doctor's offices.
It's important to note the kind of honey you purchase, if you decide to try this remedy out. With the treatment of allergies, you want the local yocal stuff. It's best to find your local farmer's market and see what beekeepers are there with their honey (and score if they sell the bee pollen, too! The pollen looks like yellow powder, and can be ingested with your smoothies, yogurt, juice or other beverages. It's like the golden fairy dust that most people are unaware of, that is such a kickass remedy!)
You might be able to find honey from a local source that will have the exact pollen structure that you react to, but if there are no farmer's markets near you, you can always look up local beekeepers in you area, which is what my dad did...he found a local source right down the street from him!
Last, you of course can always check your local grocery store, and check the labels to see where the honey is produced. If you go the grocery store route, try to get a honey that is as close to your region as possible.
Now that we know how to find the honey, let's talk about dosing. Every body is different, so start small:
1/2 tsp., 2-3 times a day.
We want to make sure your body is ok and won't react to the pollen, so starting with a small dose is the way to go. As you monitor any symptoms, you can increase up to 1 tbsp. 2-3 day. How you decide to take the honey is totally up to you, but some faves of mine are:
-adding one of my doses into my morning coffee
-taking it straight from the spoon (spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down...wait, honey IS the medicine!)
-drizzling on my coconut yogurt parfait
-mixing with some fresh berries
So now you're all set, ready to tackle the onslaught of allergy symptoms with a sweet treat that feels like its too good to be true...but it's true! I mention honey a lot in my blogs, for its medicinal and healing benefits. It can be a game changer for a lot of symptoms, including cold & flu symptoms, which you can read all about here in my other blog.
PLEASE NOTE: I am not a doctor and I am speaking purely on my own personal experience and journey towards healing naturally with all-natural wellness practices. If you have severe allergies, please make sure you consult with a doctor before trying homeopathic remedies mentioned here or in any of my other blogs.
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