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Old 07-13-2006, 09:22 PM   #1
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There has been much talk among the homeopathic community regarding honey and seasonal allergies. Reading about it further, it makes sense to me.
The idea is to take small amounts of local (local being the key. Local = local bees, local pollen) honey daily to build up an immunity to the pollen which causes many allergies. Recently, physicians have also agreed with the idea, suggesting it as an alternative and in conjunction with medication.

Luckily, I don't suffer the malady, but my boyfriend does, horribly. He has tried all the prescribed medications and nothing works. My question is, how does one go about finding local honey without cruising the streets? I imagine a farmer's market is the way to go..but where are they listed?

By the way, he lives in Aston, Pennsylvania, about 20 miles from the Delaware border.

Thanks for any help.

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Old 07-13-2006, 09:37 PM   #2
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You might just try any honey and see if it helps. HOney is a pretty neat food.
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Old 07-13-2006, 11:00 PM   #3
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There has been much talk among the homeopathic community regarding honey and seasonal allergies. Reading about it further, it makes sense to me.
The idea is to take small amounts of local (local being the key. Local = local bees, local pollen) honey daily to build up an immunity to the pollen which causes many allergies. Recently, physicians have also agreed with the idea, suggesting it as an alternative and in conjunction with medication.

Luckily, I don't suffer the malady, but my boyfriend does, horribly. He has tried all the prescribed medications and nothing works. My question is, how does one go about finding local honey without cruising the streets? I imagine a farmer's market is the way to go..but where are they listed?

By the way, he lives in Aston, Pennsylvania, about 20 miles from the Delaware border.

Thanks for any help.
I've heard the same advice recently: "try local bee honey to desensitize yourself to the local pollen".

I Googled and found a link that your boyfriend might try. http://agmap.psu.edu/Businesses/2047

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I've never heard of this idea, but it makes perfect sense!
Thanks for the info, Verablue!
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Very interesting concept!
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Old 07-14-2006, 12:51 PM   #6
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Honey, in and of itself, has some medicinal qualities. That is why I suggested using honey that was available if no local could be found.
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cannot use any honey

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You might just try any honey and see if it helps. HOney is a pretty neat food.
Thanks for the suggestion, Gretchen, but any honey won't work. It has to be local honey, because it's local pollen than any given person is allergic to. For instance, during the week, when my boyfriend is home, he's miserable with the allergies. I live in northern NJ, and when he visits on the weekends, he sees a marked change. Naturally, I'm inclined to believe it's my stunning presence that makes him feel so good....but I have to look at this realistically, as well.

Local honey works because it's full of the pollen that is around the person who is suffering.
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Thank you

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I've heard the same advice recently: "try local bee honey to desensitize yourself to the local pollen".

I Googled and found a link that your boyfriend might try. http://agmap.psu.edu/Businesses/2047

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I see they are discussing this in Boston,, too...
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I haven't found any local honey here at all. I don't even know if we have any apiarists in this area. What makes me laugh though is that I can buy honey from my home town in Australia (Launceston, a pretty small town) here in the UK, but I can't buy honey made locally. Strange. I'd love to know if this works.
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It's an old, old remedy and it works to desensitise you to pollens, but local honey is just that - local to the area where you live. That's because it's mostly the pollens of plants where you are that can cause allergic reactions, and the eating of the honey that is produced by the bees who work those pollens that gradually builds up an immunity to them. Honey made 10 or 20 miles away won't be quite so effective, unless you can guarantee that the same pollen from the same plants is used to make the honey. Pollen can travel long distances, blown by wind, bees seldom travel very far at all. The ideal is to have your own bees in your own garden, and this isn't as difficult as it sounds. Contact your local agricultural authority, or Apiarist Association (whatever it might be called) and get their advice on how to go about it. Ask them if you have any species of bees that are sting-free, but it's best to get local native species. Ask your local health-food shop where they get their honey from.

The recommended daily dosage of local honey for allergy treatment is 1 teaspoonful three times per day.

Please note that this won't cure all allergies - only those allergies to pollens which are known to affect you. In other words, it's also an effective hay-fever treatment, when your hay-fever is caused by local pollens.

To alleviate the discomfort of allergic reactions, you could try any of the following remedies, remembering of course that individuals could be allergic or sensitive to any of the remedies!

When afflicted with an allergic reaction, eat a handful of Parsley every day, or drink the juice made from it.

To reduce susceptibility to allergies, eat plenty of foods containing Vitamins A, C, B12 and E, or take supplements of these vitamins. Taking supplements of pantothenic acid, L-histidine and Flaxseed (Linseed) oil can also help.

Place 15g Chamomile flowers in a 1-litre jar. Fill two thirds of the jar with boiling water. Add 3-5 drops of essential oil of Thyme. Cover and let cool for half an hour. Open the lid and inhale the fumes, taking a few deep breaths. Repeat as desired throughout the day.

Drink 1/2 cup Celery juice for several days to alleviate allergic reactions.

Take 1/4 teaspoon Horseradish daily until the symptoms of your allergy subside. Thereafter, you need only a few teaspoons of Horseradish each month to prevent another allergy attack.

Cut Orange peels into strips and soak in Apple cider vinegar for several hours. Drain. Cook down in honey until soft. Keep in the fridge and eat one as required.

To build up resistance to allergies, diet is important. Avoid dairy products, sugar, and refined foods.
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