A Natural Remedy for Seasonal Allergies

If you’ve never wanted to claw your own eyes out, then I guess you don’t suffer from seasonal allergies.

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!

Domestically Yours,
Natasha Kay

6 thoughts on “A Natural Remedy for Seasonal Allergies

  1. admiralbudgegoestovimy says:

    It seems that by ingesting the honey and pollen directly into your system you are starting to activate your antibodies before your body has a Histamine reaction. No Histamine reaction equates no allergy symptoms! Very cool! I’m totally going to keep that in mind! I wonder if that means I have to find honey that is harvested just after Cherry Tree season because that is what gets me every year!

    • Tracey Scott says:

      A shoot I had tried to make a blog but didn’t now my email is still attached to that stupid name! The last post was from me, Tracey

  2. Larissa Overbey says:

    Isn’t this rad? Although, I can’t say it worked that quickly for me.. BUT I have been consuming wildflower honey. I’m so looking for flavored honey this Sat at farmers market. Woot! Thx!

  3. Lily says:

    We only buy natural honey here… I’m definitely trying this out!! I have bad ragweed allergies and this fall I will not be able to take any medication because I’m unexpectedly… expecting!

  4. Jen @ Renaissance Ma'am says:

    This is awesome; I think my California allergies may have cleared up slightly since using the wildflower honey as well. I’m a big advocate of it, as long as what you’re allergic to are flowers or tree blossoms pollinated by bees. If one is allergic to grasses though, or catkin- or cone-bearing trees like birches or pine… one might have to stick with the OTC stuff since those plants are all pollinated by wind. Whatever though. I figure it’s worth a try, and it’s sure delicious medicine!

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