Spring is Here, Honey - How "Bees" It?

Andrew's Amazing Whipped Honey
Spring is officially here in NYC, but alas, the weather has not fully joined in on that confirmation just

So speaking of... now that it's getting close to allergy season for so many of us sufferers, what kind of treatments do you use?

I have tried locally sourced, raw honey for the past few years and it really has worked WONDERS for me. I'm actually in awe of a lot of people that do not know about this, so I decided to write and research a little. Hopefully it helps someone!

However, please keep in mind that this is BY NO MEANS a medical document; I am not a medical professional. You should always consult your own doctor/medical professional for advice before starting any treatment.

This is just what has worked for me. I'm not claiming it will work for everyone - but maybe it iwll help you determine if it is right for you.

Here's the breakdown:

You need RAW honey. Honey that is raw will still contain all the living enzymes needed to protect the body from a histamine overdose.

The raw honey should also be as local as possible. There is no magic or specific mileage or radius as to "how local is local?" Basically, any raw honey that is harvested nearby where the bees pollinate the same types of  flowers during the same season can be considered local.

Which brings me to the season appropriate factor: If you suffer with spring allergies, you need to use raw, local honey that is harvested in spring - and the same goes for the fall time. If you buy raw, local honey that was harvested in the alternate season, you won't necessarily benefit from allergy prevention because the pollens to which you are allergic will not be found in the honey from a previous season. (But I'm sure it's still tasty!)

It is also important to NOT heat the raw honey. Don't put it in your hot tea!

In summary, I'll leave you with the Mayo Clinic's article (from Brent A. Bauer, M.D.) on the affects of raw honey and let you formulate your own opinion(s):
  • Honey has been anecdotally reported to lessen symptoms in people with seasonal allergies. But these results haven't been consistently duplicated in clinical studies.
  • Still the idea isn't so far-fetched. Honey has been studied as a cough suppressant and may have anti-inflammatory effects. In addition, some experts point out that honey can contain traces of flower pollen — an allergen. And one treatment for allergies is repeated exposure to small amounts of allergens.
  • For now, however, it appears that honey may just be a sweet placebo. But don't let that stop you from using it in food and beverages. Just don't give honey to children younger than 1 year because of the risk of infant botulism, a rare but serious form of food poisoning. 
Even so it says it "appears that it's a sweet placebo" - that's okay, since it has worked for me! (Mind over matter, right?) I am a big fan of honey bees and love my local source: Andrew's. I find them at the Green Markets here in NYC and in some select health food stores. The whipped honey with cinnamon is a BIG favorite of mine and I'm a loyal fan... but like the Mayo Clinic points out, do NOT give honey to infants or even very small children.

Oh! And please help save the honey bees!

***DISCLAIMER: NYCFoodieGirl.com has not been compensated or encouraged to write this posting by any entity or corporation. 
This is merely my own, personal experience and does not contain medical facts or advice.***

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