Allergies & Honey

Allergies hit me hard this past week! I was pretty much down-for-the-count!

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At first, I didn't quite catch on to what was happening to me. I thought I must be getting the flu. Back on the east coast allergy season hasn't started yet.  This is my first spring here on the west coast - so it really snuck up on me. I was taken completely by surprise :(

Gosh, it's only the first week of April!

Once I realized that my suffering was caused by seasonal allergies and not some sort of nasty cold or flu, I started rummaging through my cupboards in search of an herbal remedy.

After all, there is no better place to run when in any sort of distress than to the faithful, fabulous, magical plant kingdom. She is my ally - always eager to relieve my pain ;)

The thing is - moving from coast to coast in a little car with two people was no easy feat. There just wasn't enough room to bring along much more than clothes and a few books that I was unable to part with. Leaving my herbal goodies behind was a heart-breaker for me - but it had to be done!

Sooooo ...

I didn't find anything on my search that would really help me out.

Luckily, I know that the simplest (and often most effective) way to treat seasonal allergies is with a few doses of local honey. It must be local - we will discuss why soon ;)

Unfortunately, I also know that the one brand of honey I have been able to find that is labeled with a local address is no longer produced in this area. A little misleading? Yep! Still - true!

I began thinking I was going to have to either settle for something over-the-counter (haha - no way!) or find a fresh new herbal solution. The problem here = Many remedies take weeks to brew and I was suffering now .

Then one of my co-workers (Thank You Carolyn!) clued me in to the fact that I could pick up honey at the town market which is produced about an hour from my home.

Hmmmm - an hour is still quite a distance. AND the diversity of the eco-systems around here is pretty wild. They change in the blink of an eye and they do it pretty regularly! So, I felt a little skeptical.

BUT - she said it works for her and I was pretty darn desperate! I dropped the extra cash on a bottle of Loleta Farms Honey.

This stuff is incredibly tasty! If it didn't help my allergies it would def make my beverages a whole lot better!

The good news ...

IT WORKED WONDERS!

  Photo by: justmakeit

 Photo by: justmakeit

I took 2 tablespoons of this magically effective nectar at bedtime, and awoke the next morning feeling 75% better than I had for the past 6 days!

I downed a teaspoon full about every 4 hours throughout the next day and that did the trick. AMAZING!

 

I FEEL GREAT! I'm making some hot tea with it as I write this, and there is already fresh-squeezed lemonade in the fridge that contains a more than generous portion of this sweet sticky goodness!

Loleta Farms Honey just became a regular part of my diet! It's just sensible!

Now, many of you are probably still sort of stuck on the question I mentioned earlier ...

Why does it have to be local honey?

As you likely know, our little bee friends buzz around from flower to flower looking for nectar to make honey. While they are busy going about their work, sticky little pollen spores attach themselves to their little limbs. They then transfer these spores to the pistils of other plants and the handy little process of cross-pollination occurs.

 Photo by: Peter Shanks

Photo by: Peter Shanks

The thing is - not all of the spores are transferred. Some of these little guys remain on the bee and get carried back to the hive.

They find their way into the honey these busy little workers make through the production process.

The end result of all this, as far as we honey-eating humans are concerned, is that the consumption of this sweet insect made elixir (honey) vaccinates our body against the allergens that are present in the spores the bees have indirectly made a part of their 'honey-brew'.

Obviously,  these are the allergens we need to be protected from, as they are the allergens we will be exposed to.

Soooo ... Eat local honey ;)

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