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The early spring thaw is wreaking havoc for some allergy sufferers. Ground molds may be one source of the problem; exposed, dried plant materials and pollens may be another. While no medical claims have been made about treating plant allergies with honey, there is certainly a lot of anecdotal evidence that tells us honey helps minimize the effects. We hear it from customers on a regular basis.

The theory is – raw, local honey contains beneficial properties that contribute to improved immune functioning.

Bits of pollen found in the honey help build immunity specifically against regional native plant pollens.

This explains why allergy sufferers specifically come in asking for raw local honey; they eat honey every day to address this regional ailment.

In addition to raw honey, many allergy sufferers ask for bee pollen. Bee pollen is actually harvested from the bees’ little legs as they crawl into the hive.

Beekeepers have a system to collect pollen using little brushes and trays at the entrance to the hive. Allergy sufferers tell us they ingest pollen slowly into their diets – in smoothies, yogurts, cereal and the like – to increasingly build immunity.

This doesn’t eliminate the allergy, but it can significantly reduce the intensity of the symptoms. As always, check with your medical provider before adding pollen to your diet. (Another side benefit of pollen – it’s a good source for protein.)

If you’re looking for the benefits of both raw honey and bee pollen, check out our Pollen-Fortified Meadow Wildflower Honey. It’s a seasonal offering just in time for allergy season!