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this time of year i get hammered by tree pollen. i was at a friend's business yesterday afternoon when a customer recommended that i try 2 tea spoons a day of local honey. she said it helped her a lot.

so with that i did a little research:

http://www.pioneerthinking.com/to_honey.html

Local Honey and Allergies
by Tom Ogren

As one who makes his living by writing about allergies and asthma I am often asked about the potential health benefits of using local honey.

Honey contains bits and pieces of pollen and honey, and as an immune system booster, it is quite powerful. I have often in talks and articles, and in my books, advocated using local honey. Frequently I’ll get emails from readers who want to know exactly what I mean by local honey, and how “local” should it be. This is what I usually advise:

Allergies arise from continuous over-exposure to the same allergens. If, for example, you live in an area where there is a great deal of red clover growing, and if in addition you often feed red clover hay to your own horses or cattle, then it likely you are exposed over and over to pollen from this same red clover. Now, red clover pollen is not especially allergenic but still, with time, a serious allergy to it can easily arise.

Another example: if you lived in a southern area where bottlebrush trees were frequently used in the landscapes or perhaps you had a bottlebrush tree growing in your own yard, your odds of over-exposure to this tree’s tiny, triangular, and potently very allergenic pollen is greatly enhanced.




In the two examples used above, both species of plants are what we call amphipilous, meaning they are pollinated by both insects and by the wind. Honeybees will collect pollen from each of these species and it will be present in small amounts in honey that was gathered by bees that were working areas where these species are growing. When people living in these same areas eat honey that was produced in that environment, the honey will often act as an immune booster. The good effects of this local honey are best when the honey is taken a little bit (a couple of teaspoons-full) a day for several months prior to the pollen season.

When I’m asked how local should the honey be for allergy prevention I always advise to get honey that was raised closest to where you live, the closer the better since it will have more of exactly what you’ll need.

It may seem odd that straight exposure to pollen often triggers allergies but that exposure to pollen in the honey usually has the opposite effect. But this is typically what we see. In honey the allergens are delivered in small, manageable doses and the effect over time is very much like that from undergoing a whole series of allergy immunology injections. The major difference though is that the honey is a lot easier to take and it is certainly a lot less expensive. I am always surprised that this powerful health benefit of local honey is not more widely understood, as it is simple, easy, and often surprisingly effective.


anyone hear of or have any luck with this?
 

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I always try to buy local honey. I take honey and eat whole garlic cloves at the first sign of getting sick or allergies. Since I quit smoking 2 years ago, my allergies have almost completely disappeared. [up][up]
 

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I have heard about local honey for allergies and hear that it works wonders. I don't suffer much from them but know other people that do and have told them to check it out. It's nice to see something natural out there to help instead of the scripts that doctors push on you all the time.
 

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My wife has severe pollen allergies, and since starting to use local honey in her tea instead of sugar, her outbreaks have been less severe and have not lasted as long. I always thought it was just urban legend, but it's been working for her for 2 or 3 years now.

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i also use local honey works wonders for me i even have a guy who has bees right down the street from me so i buy it from him cant get much more local than that
 

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There have been no peer-reviewed scientific studies that have conclusively proven whether honey actually reduces allergies. Almost all evidence regarding the immunizing effects of eating honey is anecdotal. But these reports have proven persuasive enough for some people to try to fight their seasonal allergies by eating honey every day.

Allergists do no believe this. The honey may have a placebo type affect but hey if you feel better.
 

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looks like i'm going to buy some local honey[drinking]


Allergists do no believe this. The honey may have a placebo type affect but hey if you feel better.
Posted: 28 Apr 2009 1:03 PM
Of course they don't. They would loose $MONEY$ if they said it worked!
this whole honey thing make sense to me. i've been to an allergist before, probably around 5 years ago. i stopped going when i found out that my insurance carrier wasn't going to pick up all of the shots. i nearly went broke[wallmad]

what an alergist does is inject you with small amounts of what you are allergic to. that's how you build up a tolerance. so if you're allergic to pollen, this whole honey thing may work. what it may not help you with is if you're allergic to pet hair, dust, etc.

good replies here. thanks!
 

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Of course they don't. They would loose $MONEY$ if they said it worked!
Since my wife doesn't charge me I take the advice and I used to believe the same about honey. There is a lot to be said for believing something works. Why do you think people getting placebos in trials often respond positively.
 

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Well it is somewhat true,don't have to be the same town ect.You will find many of the same plants and trees in certain plant zones and, even the entire country. example new york and penn. honey will work here as well due to the same plants and trees, may even extend way futher. To really do the trick get honey from all over the country to help with allergies all over the country. Also don't get clover honey that as the name says comes from clovers. so it won't help with other allergies.

It does work however,quite well.What it does is help you build immunities to the allergens. over time your body becomes so use to it those allergies won't even phase you.You should also be careful if your allergies are severe,consult a doctor and maybe start with smaller amounts.Start at maybe 1/4 or 1/2 a teaspoon and work up to full amount. It is like working out,start lower to build to the higher .
 
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