Honey for Allergies?

Millions of people suffer from seasonal allergies. Fall brings its own allergens, distinct from those that abound in spring and summer. Many people think that once summer’s blooms have died down, allergies will subside. But fall, along with spring, brings an onslaught of pollens. Ragweed is one of the worst offenders. It releases pollen from August until October, causing untold allergic misery.

Honey for Allergies

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There are plenty of over-the-counter remedies for fall allergies. Most of the medications, however, are quite expensive, and many of them carry risks for side effects. As a result, many people resort to home remedies for their allergies. Raw honey is a popular homeopathic treatment. Raw honey is unprocessed, unfiltered, and unpasteurized and contains incredible nutritional value and health-giving powers. It is widely used as a therapy for low energy, sleep problems, and seasonal allergies.

For honey to be an effective therapy for fall allergies, it must be harvested during the season. Honey harvested in spring may not work because the pollens in the honey will be different than the fall pollens that are currently stirring up your allergies.

The idea of using honey to treat allergic reactions follows the same principles behind allergy immunotherapy, which is commonly delivered through allergy drops or allergy shots. An allergy shot introduces a person to allergens that cause reactions. If the person is allergic to pollens, he may be given a tiny dose of pollen in the allergy shot or drop. Over time, this systematic exposure can train the body to stop overreacting to pollen in the environment. Similarly, the pollen in raw honey has been shown to help induce desensitization.

There is no scientifically agreed upon quantity of honey for allergy remediation. You can experiment by starting with small amounts. There is always a risk that the pollen in the raw honey could cause a severe allergic reaction known as anaphylaxis, so use caution. You may also experience itching in the mouth or other hay fever-type symptoms in reaction to the honey.

If you are allergic to foods instead of (or in addition to) pollen, raw honey may not be an effective remediation. If you live in Chandler, see a Chandler food allergy doctor. He or she can administer an allergy test. If you show sensitivity to food allergens, your doctor may prescribe Chandler food allergy treatment through sublingual immunotherapy, which involves under-the-tongue allergy drops.