Because seriously…that’s what I want to do every single morning and night when it’s allergy season.
I never had allergies growing up — not even as a young adult (oh crap, I’m not a young adult anymore. Well that was a sucky realization…). Anyway, last year I started developing all these odd symptoms and kept thinking I was getting some sort of cold bug. But no…it appears the mysterious flower dust fairy that plagues so many had finally caught me in her invisible web.
So here I am, clawing my eyes out. Oh, and also wanting to shove a sharp inanimate object up my nostrils…but I digress.
Then I heard that you can use local honey to combat seasonal allergies. Could it be?! No! Something so simple? To be honest, for all my hippy-remedy-loving beliefs, I didn’t actually believe it! So much so that I spent money on good ol-fashion pharmaceutical allergy medication (I know! Gasp!). Not being a fan of conventional medicine, I opted for the children’s version, after someone recommended that it works well for adults, too.
Well like a semi-truck without its headlights on, those kiddie drugs hit me like a…well….like a semi-truck without its headlights on. I was a train wreck for the entire day and the day after taking them. I don’t even want to know what happens when you give it to an actual child! But I guess if you’re passed out cold, your allergies don’t really bother you anymore. Mission accomplished…??
Despite studies saying the claims were nothing but old wive’s tales, off to the Farmer’s Market I went. I hunted down the local honey vendor and she was the real deal. The honey feels a lot more legit when the woman selling it to you looks like she spends her days out in the boonies, in the midst of bee swarms, and only comes out to the “real world” to sell honey once a week. I sheepishly told her that I needed honey for my allergies and she had clearly heard this line before, immediately directing me to the right type of honey — one where the bees are pollinating multiple types of plants rather than just one type (i.e. flavored honeys — like raspberry) and instructed me to take “a bit” each day.
That night, I earned one more notch on my tree-hugging-hippy belt and ate a tsp of raw honey, hoping to God that I would stop violent-sneezing for long enough to get it down.
That was five days ago, and I have to say, it worked! By day three, I only had a slight burning sensation in the mornings and a few sneezes at night — nothing compared to what I was experiencing before!
The idea is that the honey actually immunizes you from the pollen…kind of like a natural vaccination against the allergies. So hey! There is a vaccination I agree with!