Seasonal Allergies and Honey

We see that a great number of people suffer with seasonal allergies. If you are one among them, read this article to learn about the importance of honey in overcoming these seasonal allergies. It is not only a natural remedy but also saves you some dollars that you invest in purchasing drugs to obtain relief from your allergies. Unlike the worst side effects that generally accompany with the use of drugs, the use of honey is safe and can be used as an effective natural cure for hay fever or allergic rhinitis.

To enjoy the benefits of honey, it is recommended to consume local honey. Local honey is considered to host that natural pollen to which you are allergic. By consuming these allergens in very small quantities through honey, you are boosting you immune system against these allergens. Hence, you will be in a better position to fight against these allergens.

There are other benefits of consuming honey. Honey serves as an anti-inflammatory agent and reduces the inflammatory reactions that associates most of the allergic reactions and provides relief. It even soothes the nerves and reduces pain. Honey also aids people who are unable to have good sleep due to sneezes caused by allergic pollen.

Another effective use of honey is that it serves as an anti-microbial agent, thus it helps to overcome the problem of sore throat by reducing the microbial count in the throat region that generally accompanies along with allergic rhinitis. Honey plays great role in reducing the symptoms of seasonal allergies. To enjoy the benefits of local honey to the full extent it is essential that you consume untreated honey that is very pure and not heated to kill the bacterium or other microorganisms. Some people mix jaggery with local honey. There will be no useful effect by consuming adulterated honey. Check the smell and taste of the honey before purchasing it. You can obtain high quality pure honey from local farmer markets rather than at stores.

Another important benefit of honey is that it has very few calories and it is safe to be used by diabetic patients and overweight people as a sugar substitute. It even contains vitamin B, a valuable nutrient for maintaining perfect health. It is very easy to feed even small babies as it is very delicious to taste. But, never feed honey for infants. It is believed that honey hosts a bacterium that releases a dangerous toxin termed as botulism when ingested by infants.

From the above discussion, we can say that the local honey made from honey bees wandering in your areas serves as a good remedy for allergic reactions and also serves as a nutritional supplement. To have perfect results, it is recommended to have two to three teaspoons of honey. Also, you can avoid from becoming a victim of seasonal allergies, if you start having honey two months before the onset of the spring season, during which you can see a burst of pollen that trigger most of the allergic reactions.

1 comment

  1. The Nurse Reply
    September 9, 2012 at 10:39 am

    Thanks for the good information – HOWEVER, no child under the age of TWO YEARS should consume honey. I think it would be helpful to substitute this information with your phrasing of honey being safe to feed "even small babies."

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