Tis the season to stop your sneez'n
By Karla Jones Seidita, Home Economist
Every spring I'm asked for this age old cure for pollen and mold related allergies.
It's easy, delicious, pain-less and cheap because it works with Mother Nature - not against her.
|Local honey comes from a 50 mile|
radius of where you live
Understanding why you sneeze, wheeze and leak
When you body is overloaded with unfamiliar pollen, it tries to get rid of it by sneezing it out and diluting it with water then leaking it out of your eyes.
This is good for your body but annoying.
Pollen is vital to plant reproduction so it's everywhere.
The key is getting familiar with your local pollen so your body recognizes it.
Once the body recognizes the pollen, it's no longer foreign and the body doesn't react. Sneezing and watery eyes are gone!
This is just like getting allergy shots...only easier, tastier and much cheaper!!
Eat a tiny bit of raw, local honey each day gradually increasing the amounts over an extended period of time. That's it!!
Raw, local honey contains the pollen that's in your area.
But watch out!
Eat too much honey too soon and you'll have a full blown allergic reaction.
The key to this cure is to gradually increase the amount of pollen in your blood so your body gets used to it.
Get a small jar of raw, local honey. Any kind.
Local honey comes from within a 50 mile radius of where you live. Check the label.
If it comes from farther away, it won't help you.
You need honey that contains pollen from your area.
Look for local honey at farmers markets, farm stands and in the local foods section of food stores.
You will not be able to see the pollen in the honey but it's there.
It makes no difference whether or not there's honey comb in the jar.
Just be sure the honey is raw.
Processed honey is cooked and won't work.
This cure helps the body build up its natural immunity and that takes time... about 6 months...... but once it's done, it's done.
You may start noticing results after a few days......... but keep going. For best results, you have to complete the whole cure.
For a couple of weeks, eat a speck of raw, local honey once a day.
A speck is just the amount that's on the head of a pin.
It's an amount that's so small it doesn't seem worth while - but it is.
Do this once a day for a couple of weeks.
Two weeks. Three weeks. The exact amount of time doesn't matter.
Just do it once each day for a couple of weeks.
One speck each day. No more!
If you over do it, you'll have an allergy attack.
Raw, local honey contains pollen - the same stuff that's been making your eyes itch and your nose run. Too much too soon and your body will scream at you!
For the next couple of weeks, eat a slightly larger speck once each day. We're still in the speck stage. Don't rush it.
For the next couple of weeks, eat a drop of honey once each day.
A drop is about 6 specks but less than an 1/8 of a teaspoon.
For the next couple of weeks, increase your daily amount of honey to 1/8 teaspoon once a day. No more!!!
You can eat the honey plain but since the amounts are now increasing, you might want to combine the honey with any cold or room temperature food. Just don't heat it.
Ideas: Stir into a smoothie. Drizzle over a salad. Spread on your toast. Mix into your jam or jelly. Eat over ice cream. Spread onto a graham cracker or a Little Debbie. Mix honey and mustard together and use as a pretzel dip.
Be careful not to eat more honey than you should at each step during this cure. If you do, you will trigger an allergic reaction.
For the next couple of weeks, increase your daily amount of honey to 1/4 teaspoon once each day.
|After taking the honey cure|
you'll be able to open the window and
let the fresh air (and pollen) in !
Increase your honey to 1 teaspoon once a day for a couple of weeks.
Final step - 1 tablespoon of honey once a day for a week or two.
There after, have some raw, local honey every once in a while when you think about it but there's no schedule to follow and you can eat any amount you're like - even more!
Always check with your doctor before self medicating.
The honey cure may not be appropriate for diabetics or in combination with prescribed or over the counter medications.
Do not give honey to children ages 5 and under.
If you move 50 miles or more away (or travel that much to a new job), your allergies may come back because the pollen in your new place is different. Just repeat the honey cure using raw honey from your new area.
Already live 50 or more miles from your job?
Do the honey cure for the place where you have the most annoying symptoms.
After that, if you still have symptoms when you're in the other location, do the honey cure again, this time using raw, local honey from the other location.
Unlike medicines, you aren't going to get a drug interaction....just a lot of good taste!!