All throughout the month of September, you’ve got a great excuse to grab onto your honey! No, not your spouse or your sweetheart – all-natural honey, that sweet sticky food that’s all the buzz in the health and beauty world. September is National Honey Month, a celebration of nature’s most versatile sweetener. Honey has a multitude of uses, from soothing a sore throat to moisturizing dry skin. And adding a drizzle of local honey might do more than just add the perfect amount of sweetness to your morning cereal – it could help you fight seasonal allergies!
An estimated 36 million people in the United States suffer from seasonal allergies. Sneezing, congestion, itchy eyes and runny nose are just some of the symptoms that surface when your body has an adverse reaction to pollen. And while antihistamines often do the trick, they can leave you feeling drowsy, fatigued and foggy headed.
Honey is 100 percent natural, and in some cases, has been shown to improve symptoms of seasonal allergies. Local honey contains samples of the same pollen spores in your area that cause your body to have an allergic reaction. Working much like a vaccine, a honey regimen introduces small amounts of these spores into your body. As your body becomes accustomed to their presence, it gradually decreases its immune response.
There is no rule for how local your honey must be in order to be effective, but the consensus is the closer your honey is to home, the better. To find local honey providers in your area, use the National Honey Locator tool.
Although honey is all-natural and generally harmless, it is not safe for children under 12 months of age. Honey can contain botulism spores, which can cause infant botulism in babies whose immunity is not fully developed. People beginning a honey regimen should also be watchful for allergic reactions (Source: howstuffworks).
There are more than 300 varieties of honey nationwide, so why not try a few of them during National Honey Month? It’s a great way to sweeten your day while fighting seasonal allergies, and you won’t have to deal with the unwanted side effects of antihistamines. Honey: it really is the bee’s knees!