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1 Step To Prevent Allergies

on August 2, 2012

Allergies are no joke.  That beautiful green grass, those lush fragrant flowers, and not to mention a half dozen other triggers that send you into a tornado of sneezing, puffy eyes, and runny nose are easily enjoyed by other, but millions of people suffer from allergies.  I suffer horribly from allergies including headaches, scratchy and swollen eyes, runny nose, and just plain miserable feeling.  My allergies usually trigger my asthma as well.  I have done the shots and that helped a lot, but now I rely mainly on avoiding triggers and benadryl.

Just like my grape juice preventive, my step to prevent allergies has not been proven through peer-reviewed scientific studies, and I am not a doctor.  However, there is anecdotal evidence that suggest if you eat 1 tablespoon of local honey a day to battle allergies you can decrease the severity and frequency of allergic episodes.  That’s it!

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local honey (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It is thought that it works like a vaccine.  The idea is by eating a tablespoon of local honey a day gradually vaccinates the bodies against allergens.  This is a process called immunotherapy.   The honey has to be LOCAL!!  When I say local, I mean within a few miles of your house.  The closer the better because you will share the same type of plants.  It would be useless to try and treat your allergies in Maryland with honey from Mississippi.  By introducing the pollen spores from local plants into the body in small amounts by eating honey, the body  should become accustomed to the spores presence and decrease the chance of an immune system response.

It is important to note that bees don’t use all of the items that cause allergies.  Trees, grass, and weeds are not covered by this honey theory.  Also, honey itself can cause problems.  NEVER GIVE HONEY TO A CHILD YOUNGER THAN 2 because it can cause botulism which can be very serious.  Also, people do have allergies to honey, and finally, remember that honey has bacteria in it as well. 

So, weigh your options and decide if using honey to prevent allergies is a good option for you.


2 responses to “1 Step To Prevent Allergies

  1. katejohns says:

    This brings several questions to mind of—where do you get local honey, and how?
    I live in the country, so I for one, will not fight any bears, or get poison ivy trying to prevent allergies.

Very interested to hear you thoughts so leave a reply!

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