Natural Remedies for Improved Health
There are several medical treatments available for seasonal allergies, but many people prefer natural treatments instead. One example rumored to help with seasonal allergies is local honey. Local honey is raw, unprocessed honey made close to where you live. This honey is rumored to help lessen symptoms in people with seasonal allergies, but studies have not consistently duplicated results in clinical studies.
How Honey Works with Allergies
The idea behind local honey treating allergies is not far off. The concept is like that of a person getting allergy immunotherapy. It thought that when a person eats local honey, they are ingesting local pollen. Over time, a person may then become less sensitive to pollen found in the local honey. As a result, they may experience fewer seasonal allergy symptoms.
Actual Results May Vary
While it is true that bees pollinate flowers and make honey, only trace and varying amounts of pollen can be found in raw honey. Another consideration is that plants that cause seasonal allergies release their pollen in the air and do not attract pollinator, such as bees, like flowers. So, when a person eats local honey, they have no guarantee how much, if any, pollen they are ingesting, and the pollen may not even be related to their allergy symptoms. This differs from allergy immunotherapy that desensitize a person to targeted pollens at much higher and standardized concentration.
Enjoy Healthy Foods
While honey has not been clinically proven to reduce allergies, it can still be a tasty alternative to sugary snacks. So do not let that stop you from using it in food and beverages. Just do not give honey to children younger than 1 year because of the risk of infant botulism, a rare but serious form of food poisoning.