Allergy season is here. This is also the time of year allergy sufferers stock up on their chose allergy remedies, which number in variety as much as the flora which causes most allergies. So which one works best? It is probably best to consult a doctor to determine which pollen or mold or dander is causing the allergy to determine the correct cure but incorporating local honey into one’s diet, though not proven scientifically, works.
However, if the sufferer is already allergic to honey, this remedy should be avoided altogether. It is also not recommended to give wild honey to an infant because it may contain the Botulism causing spore released by Clostridium botulinum (C. botulinum) in anaerobic conditions present in home canned and bottled food stuffs.
Other than that, in an anecdotal sense, local hone is golden for helping with allergies. As of yet, though, there has been no peer-revised scientific study which suggests local honey is proven when it comes to curing allergies but do not tell that those who claim it works. Many feel that such a scientific study would be counter-productive to the medical industry because it would confirm a cure that is not an expensive or profitable over-the-counter or prescribed medication.
One theory on how honey actually, scientifically prevents allergy symptoms is akin to that of a vaccine. Since the honey would contain trace amounts of allergy causing pollens and release them into the consumer’s system more slowly and at smaller amounts than say, sniffing a flower or pollen bearing grass directly. These trace amounts of pollen would cause the consumer’s body to produce the antibodies that block allergic symptoms without actually causing the symptom.
Most allergy patients who take pills or other medications to prevent the allergy complain about the dependency that arises in taking that medication. A break in the dosage can cause the patient to suffer from an allergic reaction worse than if they had never started taking the medication, much like a woman who lapses an interval in her birth control medication and becomes pregnant as a result.
Archaeological evidence supports the idea that just about every ancient culture on the planet used honey for a medicinal purpose of one kind or another. The most commonly referred uses are of the topical ointment, nausea suppressant, and muscle relaxer variety. Honey’s uses and praises are listed in such texts as far back as the Old Testament, the Quran, and several ancient texts from India, Persia, and Egypt.
It may not be known just where the notion of honey as an inhibitor for allergies came into play but many believe it is, indeed, of North American origin, wherein unwritten Native American remedies were passed over to colonials and pioneers in practices predating modern medicine. It may not be proven, scientifically that the properties of local honey can cure allergies but many sufferers of hay fever and the like in this country hold, as an allergy cure supplement, honey works.
By Joseph Porter