As someone who is always affected by allergy season, I’ve heard all the different remedies, but this one made me think and pose the question: Can eating local honey actually cure allergy symptoms? If it does, I might just be investing in some honey come spring time.
I found an article that talks about why eating a spoonful of local honey a day can alleviate your allergy symptoms. When bees go from flower to flower, they collect pollen spores and these spores are then transferred to honey. Because of this, your body can build an immunity to the pollen thus, “curing” your allergies.
However, even though there is great evidence currently supporting this method, in the past there was not. The New York Times released a study that is almost a decade old.
That 10 year old study was refuted this year when another study was done and the results were completely different.
This study looked at the pre-seasonal use of 2 types of honey: pollen infused (local) or regular honey. Then, compared this to people who just consumed their normal medication and looked at their symptoms.
44 patients that were diagnosed with birch pollen allergy either ate the pollen honey or regular honey daily from November to March. 17 patients made up of the control group who just used their normal allergy medication in order to reduce symptoms.
People who ate the birch pollen honey compared to the control group had:
- 60% reduction in symptoms
- Twice as many asymptomatic days
- 70% fewer days with intense symptoms
- 50% decrease in the need for antihistamines
Because there were two studies that contradicted one another, I wanted to find more supporting evidence on pollen honey consumption curing allergies. Personally, I don’t think that trying this honey method can do any harm. Honey has a wide variety of health benefits such as:
- Prevent cancer and heart disease
- Reduce ulcers and other gastrointestinal issues
- Anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-fungal
- Increase athletic performance
- Reduce cough and throat soreness
- Balance the 5 elements
- Blood sugar regulation
- Heal wounds and burns
- Natural probiotic
- Strengthen the immune system
I wanted to include that in this article so that people see that even if it doesn’t help the allergy issue, it can many health benefits and can be used to help other problems.
The whole idea behind honey working to cure allergies is that it encourages a build up of immunity, just as allergy shots do.
Even though this method seems like a great homeopathic way to get through allergy season, it’s important to know that there are health risks when consuming raw, local honey. Because the bees’ pollen covered spores are infused in the honey and not being filtered out, it also means that bacteria and mold can potentially get in the honey. However, this does not mean that the local honey is always going to be infected, but just to be aware that with the pros of local honey also comes some cons.
After researching this topic, I think I am going to invest in some local honey and try the method out. As I said before, I really don’t think it does any harm in trying — especially if antihistamines aren’t cutting it.