It's the time of year for seasonal allergies again. As a matter of fact, my daughter thought the blowing blossoms were snow! And with the blossoms we have the issue of pollen. So if you are dealing with allergies this might be of assistance.
Not all honey is created equal so don't run out to the supermarket to grab your honey.
#1. It must be LOCAL to you. I've heard a lot of people say the perimeter for local is 50 miles, but really it's less about mileage than what the bees are foraging on. So it can vary. Is the terrain similar to yours? Same plants blooming around the same time there? Then it's considered local to you.
#2. It must be RAW. This is why it's important to know your beekeeper. Raw is considered honey that has not been heated and still contains enzymes which help protect your body for the histamine reaction. Some people have been misled that raw honey is in a solid form and if it's clear it can't be raw. This is simply not true. As beekeepers, it's important to us that our honey is beneficial to those who consume it. We extract the honey, it goes into a bucket which contains a strainer bag that allows those enzymes and pollen through, without any extra bee parts you really don't want in your tea, and then we bottle it.
The only drawback to using honey for allergies is that it only works for pollen allergies. My daughter is severely allergic to cats. I've found that a tea containing Nettle, Wild Yam, Dandelion Root, Eleurthero, and Licorice Root and sweetened with Raw Honey has been beneficial. She likes hers over ice but once the summer hits she'll be getting ice pops made from the tea.
If you are suffering from Seasonal Allergies stay tuned for recipes using Raw Local Honey in the next few weeks.