Using Honey for Allergies

September 1st, 2011

Several things have kept me away from my laptop for Easy Peasy tales of beauty, fashion, life and style. None of them are any of these things. Well, I guess they’re the life one.

  1. Home reno—Oh please, don’t get me started on this. Kitchen, bath, dining room office…we’re still not done. But we’re still alive and married. That is a miracle.
  2. Deadlines—It’s like every boss said “do this now” simultaneously. They of course, were emailing from a beach somewhere…I’m sure. I jest. Hey, editors…Love you! Mean it!
  3. Camping trip—Yes, my favorite lovelies, I camp. Real tent and all. I hiked, I canoed, I cooked over an open flame. OK, I didn’t cook, but I packaged things up into neat little cartons for hubby to cook over open flame. He had to get his Cave Man on, after all. Man make fire and whatnot.

It was during said camping trip that a dear friend told me about a simple and easy way to help me with the No. 4 reason why I haven’t been around. Allergies. I’m exhausted.

For the past week, I look like a junkie…red rimmed eyes, constant snorting sound, clearing my throat, itching my ears. And the complete and utter inability to keep my nose from dripping. It gives me no warning. Just BAM. Drip. I am disgusting to everyone including myself and the other 35,999,999 U.S. people with seasonal allergies (I didn’t make that number up…the FDA did).

My camping friend told me that if you eat local honey, you can help wipe out your allergies.

Hooray! After wiping my nose, I hugged her. She, of course, told me that the first step to alleviating a problem is to admit I had one. I ignored the heroine addiction joke and immediately started Googling local honey shops.

The theory: it works like a vaccine, triggering an immune system response. Honey contains the same pollen spores that give us allergy sufferers so much trouble while the rest of you are frolicking through the newly bloomed flowers and grass (my nemesis). So getting these spores into your body in small amounts by eating them should theoretically get it accustomed to them and decrease sniffles and sneezes. And drips. Dear Lord, make it stop the drips.

The key is local honey…that means produced by bees usually within a few miles of where you lives. The closer, the better since they’re snacking on the same green stuff that’s bugging you.

So home reno, work, vacations, sleepy, whatever the reason I’ve been away…Easy Peasy is back. Thanks for your patience. Now pass me a spoon, honey.

Photo credit: National Honey Board

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