Ahh, Spring is here and each year her arrival paints the town with a powdery, pale blanket of yellow. Pollen.
Spring allergies. Just as synonymous with the warm air as bees are to blooming flowers.
Glands the size of cotton balls. Your nose dripping like a faulty faucet. And air as thick as a musty attic.
Seasonal allergies affect more than 36 million Americans, according to the Food and Drug Administration. And while you can try getting allergy prescriptions from your doctor, albeit nasal sprays and pills may not cut it.
I’m a bit of a natural remedy kind of gal, so I’m always seeking out alternative forms of medicine. My go to? Local honey as a cure for spring allergies.
How Stuff Works explained this process, although no scientific studies have been confirmed. Here it is in a nutshell.
Through pollination, bees bring back pollen spores to the hive, which are then transferred to the honey they produce. So much like a vaccine that introduces a small amount of a virus to your body, local honey introduces small amounts of pollen to your body, so your immune system is slowly inoculated.
Again, this evidence isn’t proven, but I’ve had positive outcomes from it. I guess it really depends on how much you like honey. Me? I’ll look for any excuse. It’s important to mention that local in this case is defined as within 25 to 50 miles of your home, since that is where the pollen will most likely affect you. The closer the better.
If I’ve convinced you, here is a list of a few local honey producers:
What about you? Any other interesting natural remedies to cure seasonal allergies?