Suffering from seasonal allergies? Before you turn to expensive over the counter or prescription drugs, the answer could be as close as your neighborhood farmer’s market.

Local raw honey is a safe, effective cure for seasonal allergies and hay fever. It hosts the natural pollen that is responsible for your allergic reaction. It is important that the honey be local. Here’s the reason. The bees travel through your town collecting nectar from the same flowers and plants that are causing your allergy symptoms. The bee’s raw honey contains properties from the natural pollen of these plants. When you consume this natural pollen in small amounts through honey, you boost your immune system which in turn helps your body fight off the allergic reaction.

Another reason to buy raw local honey is that manufactured, store bought honey, goes through a heating process which destroys its nutrients and enzymes, depleting it of all the good stuff!

There are other great benefits from raw honey too. It soothes sore throats, gives you healthier hair and skin, works as a natural antiseptic on cuts and burns, clears nasal congestion, aids in digestion, and is an energy booster.

If that weren’t enough, it also contains minerals such as potassium, magnesium, calcium, iron and phosphate. It has vitamins B and C, and copper, iodine and zinc. It is a good source of antioxidants and helps in the prevention of cancer and heart disease.

Recommendations are to take two to three teaspoons daily starting two months before the onset of the Spring allergy season. Not particularly fond of the taste of honey? Here are some ways to incorporate it into your diet while minimizing the flavor.

-Mix honey with mustard and use as a dip for vegetables, a dressing for salads or a marinade over chicken.
-Add to your favorite tea or iced tea.
-Mix it into a bowl of oatmeal or your favorite whole grain porridge; add fruit.
-Add it to your favorite smoothie recipe.
-Also, my daughter’s favorite, a peanut butter, honey, banana sandwich.

Honey can be toxic for children under 12 months; therefore, it should never be given to infants or people who have an allergic reaction to bee stings.

So, if you are a seasonal allergy sufferer looking for relief, before you reach for the medicine cabinet, find a local farmer’s market in your area and purchase some local raw honey. Your body will thank you!

Live well, Sandra

Sandra Pallotta