We have all heard something about the connection between raw honey and allergies. I answer a request for more information on this topic at least five times every week. Yes, it is true that you can use honey to reduce or even eliminate allergy symptoms. (Read more about honey’s long list of benefits here.)
How does honey work on allergies?
In order for it to be effective it must fit these criteria:
Raw – The honey needs to say that it is raw or you need to ask your farmer directly. Honey that is raw will still contain all the living enzymes needed to protect your body from a histamine overdose.
Local – I have heard all sorts of specific mileages on this. I’m not sure where they all come from. The truth is that there isn’t a magic number of miles within which you must purchase your honey. Any raw honey that is harvested nearby where the same sort of plants are blooming at roughly the same time can be considered local.
Allergen Appropriate – If you have fall allergies, you need to use raw, local honey that is harvested in the fall. If you buy raw, local honey that was harvested in the spring, you will no doubt enjoy some honey and get some health benefits. You will not, however benefit from the allergy prevention because the pollens to which you are allergic will not be found in this honey.
Another great option to quell the allergy suffering is pollen. Raw honey contains traces of pollen and this is where most of its power for this malady arises. You can skip the honey and go right to the source by using pollen on its own instead. A very small number of people will have a reaction to this powerful remedy so it is important to start with just a grain at first. You should watch for an increase in itchy redness around the eyes or other allergy symptoms. If you don’t have a problem then you can generally use ½-1 tsp of pollen daily for a month before your typical allergies surface and continuing on through your allergy season.
The big drawback here is that raw, local honey only works on pollen allergies. For years I was frustrated that I couldn’t help people with other sensitivities. So I developed one of our honey spreads to work on the histamine reaction and to support the liver. The herbs I like best for allergy suffering are:
- Nettle (Urtica dioica)
- Wild Yam (Dioscorea villosa)
- Dandelion Root (Taraxacum officinale)
- Eleuthero (Eleutherococcus senticosus)
My son seems to be sensitive to poultry feathers. Right now he’s particularly bad off because we have a batch of chicks that he has decided to mother. All day he carries them around and at night I wrestle down-filled pillows away from him and still listen to him sneezing. Since it’s so hot out, we’ve resorted to putting my Allergency Honey Spread into popsicles and we’re all enjoying a cool dose of natural relief.
Our Allergy Popsicle Recipe
(Modified from Betsy’s popsicle recipe here)
- 2 cups fresh or frozen berries (we use a frozen blend of berries we buy in bulk)
- freshly squeezed lemon juice (you can use something else, but lemon compliments the honey blend)
- 1 cup filtered water (DIY Natural recommends these filtration systems)
- 1 tsp of Allergency Honey Spread per popsicle, so if your mold makes 6, then add 6 tsp. (find it here)
Note: Measurements are approximate and may need to be increased or decreased depending on the capacity of your popsicle molds. This recipe makes about 2 ½ cups of popsicle mixture.
Add all ingredients to your blender and blend on high, stopping occasionally to scrape down the sides if needed. Add a little more water if the mixture isn’t circulating in the blender. Adjust sweetener or other ingredients if needed, and blend a little more. Pour mixture into popsicle molds, secure lids (and sticks depending on your mold), and freeze for several hours or overnight.
Are you suffering from summertime allergies?
How are you finding relief? Share what’s working for you in the comments section below!