Monday, June 13, 2011

Safer Allergy Relief

Finally, nice weather! Time to be outside and enjoy the fresh air and what happens - allergies! I don't like turning to medication unless really needed so I started to investigate some more natural methods. A friend suggested using honey! I had never heard of that before but it makes sense. The bees gather pollen from the same plants that are causing the allergies. For example, if you live in an area where rag weed is a problem you'll find that honeybees will collect pollen from the ragweed and it be present in small amounts in honey. If you eat honey that was produced by bees in your area, the honey will often act as an immune-booster since the allergens are delivered in small doses over time. The effect is very similar to undergoing a whole series of allergy injections but a lot more pleasant and a lot less expensive! To get maximum effect, purchase honey made as close to where you live as possible and take a teaspoon or so a day for several weeks prior to pollen season. You can usually find local honey at an area farmers market. Just keep in mind that honey should not be given to children under one-year of age due to risk of botulism.

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