At the state fair a couple years ago, a man was selling local bee pollen and honey, claiming they helped with seasonal allergies. I didn't pay much attention to him because I hadn't dealt with seasonal allergies since I was a child, and yes, as a child I took bee pollen capsules. They weren't "local" bee pollen capsules, we didn't know the value of the word local at that time.
Fast forward to the last couple weeks. I've been dealing with major...MAJOR...nose problems. Allergies. My allergies are back. Coupled with a deviated septum which I'm due to have repaired March 20th (no horror stories, please), I've been pretty miserable the last couple weeks.
I posted a note on my Facebook page, hoping for a cure. Local honey...local honey...local honey. That was the response I continued to get. Huh, how did I miss that one? In the (very) limited amount of research I've done, it appears that there is a lot of anecdotal evidence that allergies are alleviated by the regular intake of local honey (along with hangovers, afternoon fatigue, and anxiety). I read there is only one "official" scientific study which doesn't support the use of honey and states it has a placebo effect. So, I have to go with anecdotal evidence but I'm really okay with that since, well, I love local honey! And the more local the better - I gotta get those back yard bees.
How about you - anyone out there in blog land want to give me some positive anecdotal evidence that honey works for allergies? Tell me your story. What is the "dosage" that works, or worked, for you? Please leave me a comment or email me personally at firstname.lastname@example.org.