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  • Honey as a Hay-fever remedy
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    rustam engineer
  • allergiescan i use raw honey for hay fever symptomshay feverhoney and allergiesraw honey for hay feverrhinitisstrawberry tree

Honey as a Hay-fever remedy

As a long time chronic Hay-fever sufferer, I am well acquainted with utterly disabling and misery inducing symptoms.

I have tried homeopathic remedies, with varying degrees of success, dietary cures, nasal washes, barrier sprays and often resort to powerful antihistamines just to get by when i need to function, but in truth antihistamines are powerful drugs and I don't care to keep ingesting them and don't want their effects on my brain, bladder, liver, kidneys or gut by prolonged use. 

(I once made myself an effective homeopathic remedy from grass pollens when i had manged to identify the local grasses which were causing my problems. but this method requires identifying exactly which pollens are aggravating you. Where i lived in Northern New Mexico, there were only three, so that made it easy. )

I've met quite a few people now who have told me how local honey has helped their Hay-fever.(rhinitis). The theory or claim is that pollens from the locale are collected by honeybees, make it into the honey and effectively act a bit like a vaccine or homeopathic remedy perhaps.( I don't doubt the anecdotal evidence of people, what i question is the reasons they give.)

The only problem with this theory is that it is probably incorrect. The reason being, that wind-borne pollens from trees and grasses are chiefly responsible for hay fever not insect borne pollens. These grass pollens and tree pollens are not pollinated by bees.

Raw honey is a wonderful medicine and a mild pre and probiotic effect and will promote your overall health and is very healing for gut disorders or even soothing a throat sore from sneezing..  It does promote overall health, regulates blood sugar and assists in gut health, which would all be helpful. There are good reasons in chinese medicine too why honey should help.  ( and these are only some of the things we know).

So it looks like raw honey does work for Hay-fever, just probably not in the way we think. What I can say is that eating only local honey has no greater benefit for Hay-fever than eating any other raw honey. Its benefit is probably more to do with the constituents of that particular raw honey and how its used. I don't think a teaspoon a day is going to do it but it's really up to you to experiment with dosages and what works for you.

A parting question to ponder. Do you only get hay fever when you are in your home environment ? or do you get it wherever you happen to be even whilst travelling ? So if you do, why would local honey honey be the answer to your hay fever, if you get the same symptoms whilst travelling ? It's worth considering, but myths are hard to dispel, especially when some are invested in perpetuating them...

Lastly below is a letter I received from a regular customer in the south of England, which is a striking testimonial about the raw carob honey and its effects on her Hay-fever.


"I used to suffer from allergic 'rhinitis' (all year round) which often causes cold-like symptoms such as sneezing, itchiness and a runny nose. However, ever since I started eating carob honey from 'wildabouthoney', I haven't suffered a single attack! 
I used to suffer very severe attacks at regular intervals, every month or so throughout the year, and  I would literally be rendered unfit during these periods to do anything the whole day as I'd only be sneezing and suffering with watery eyes and a runny nose non-stop.
I came across your site whilst googling raw honey and it's been a blessing ever since. Ever since I read that wild honey is full of unprocessed goodness, I wanted to try it and your carob honey is out of this world! I think my allergy has stopped in response to a cumulative effect of positive thinking and also 100% to the benefit of consuming the honey itself not merely for its antibacterial properties but for the sheer delight of its taste and consistency. I have it almost everyday in porridge, in oats, in home baked cakes and biscuits, in smoothies and also just by itself when I crave some sweetness. " -Delicia


PS We only have 20kg left...

  • Post author
    rustam engineer
  • allergiescan i use raw honey for hay fever symptomshay feverhoney and allergiesraw honey for hay feverrhinitisstrawberry tree

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