Honey might be more than just a sweet treat during allergy season

Honey might be more than just a sweet treat during allergy season
Honey could be the best fix for allergies. (Source: WOIO)

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Many of you know it all too well -- the spring allergy season is well underway. Doctors are getting slammed with patients desperate for relief, with plenty of pills, inhalers, etc. to he handed out. There's an alternative medicine though, by which some swear that you might find very sweet: good, old-fashioned honey.

Paul Hekimian is an urban bee keeper with Honey Love, a nonprofit conservation group. His backyard in California is full of rescued bee swarms whose honey he said is in high demand.

"It's like liquid gold actually, it does help them, the kids and parents they tell me it's really helping their allergies," Hekimian said.

Hekimian said local raw honey carries the very pollen that makes noses tickle and eyes water. Eating it, he believes, helps build the body's tolerance to the pollen.

"The bees are pollinating on the things that you're allergic to," he explained. "So the theory is, if you're going to eat the honey that's in your local environment it will help offset those allergies."

With that, he recommends buying "neighborhood specific" honey from a bee keeper, or from a local farmers market. Think of the five mile radius to your house, he said.

Honey has not been scientifically proven to reduce allergies, but some swear a spoon full a day improves their health. Others say they're willing to give it a try, thinking since it's natural, there'd be no side effects except for maybe a sugar rush, or a bad tooth. There are warnings, though. Some people, especially babies, could have a bad reaction to unprocessed honey.

Click on these links for more information on that and the big honey business to be found in Ohio.

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