For the past couple of weeks, my allergies have been bad. With the first bloom of a new season, specifically in spring and summer, my eyes and nose begin to suffer. This has always been something that’s affected me, and I know I’m not alone. Thankfully, when we were in Atlanta, I picked up a tip from a friend who swears by a sweet and gooey substance that will help do the trick…
But not just any honey…it has to be raw, and it has to be local.
Raw honey is completely unheated, unpasteurized, and unprocessed…so basically, straight out of the hive. Typically, bits of honeycomb or natural pollen will be left in the honey, which is essential for helping your body fight off allergies.
It’s also important for the honey to be local because it will contain pollen from your specific region.
Bees carry the local pollen that aggravates our allergies, and those pollens are then transferred during the honey making process. As we take in that pollen, our body builds up an immunity to it, resulting in less of those nasty symptoms.
I stopped by Reading Terminal Market here in Philadelphia to track down honey that I knew would be local to the area. I visited Bee Natural to get some more information on the type of pollen that has been making my allergies act up this season. Wildflower pollen has been the biggest culprit in the Philadelphia area, so I picked up a raw and local wildflower honey.
The best way to use raw and local honey to combat allergies each season is to start consuming it a few months prior to the first bloom. Getting an early start on ingesting the honey will help adjust the body to the pollen so that the immune system will be less sensitive to the allergens in the air after blooming begins.
I unfortunately heard about this remedy after everything had already bloomed – but it’s never too late to start!
Taking 1 spoonful of raw honey a day is the easiest way to start getting the pollen moving through your system and to help fight off those annoying allergy symptoms. You can also try mixing it in with some other ingredients to create a tasty elixir.
The most important thing to remember when dealing with raw honey is to make sure it doesn’t get heated, so whatever way you choose to consume it, keep that in mind!
I mixed together the juice of one pink grapefruit, the juice of half a lemon, a few bits of fresh ginger, one spoonful of raw and local wildflower honey, and garnished with a cinnamon stick.
I hope this trick helps you as well! If you have any other tips, leave them in the comments!
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