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Local Honey Helps Kids With Allergies

Updated on May 23, 2007

Did you know a little honey on your child's cereal in the morning may help prevent some allergies? Turns out those little bees are making some of nature's best antidote to the effects of pollen that irritate kids' eyes and noses.

Why Local Honey?

Local honey is produced closest to where you live. This honey contains tiny bits of the pollen specific to your geographical area. This minimal exposure helps your child's immune system develop defenses against the particular irritants she is likely to be exposed to.

You can find local honey at your local farmer's market or health food store.

How Allergies Work

Allergies develop from continuous exposure to the same allergens. Over time, repeated exposure to the same plants builds up in your system until one day you have an allergic reaction.

It seems strange that adding more exposure to pollen through honey will help allergies, but it does. It's the same reason people take allergy shots. The amount of pollen you get from the honey (or the shot) is so small that your body is able to ‘fight it off' easier than when you get hit by a full onslaught of spring pollen. This immunity then continues into pollen season protecting the child from allergic reaction - or at least making them less severe. While it's the same principle behind taking allergy shots, honey all-natural, less costly, and tasty!

Science Proves Honey Helps!

It's not all hippie nonsense. The positive effects of honey on allergies have been studied by the National Institutes of Health, Office of Alternative Medicine, where they found it was an effective substitute for expensive and potentially dangerous allergy shots. However, like all natural remedies, honey is subtle and it takes a commitment to use it over time to reap the benefits.

Remember, honey isn't safe for infants under one year of age.

Common Sense Medical Disclaimer:

Just in case you wonder, I'm not a doctor or any other kind of medical expert. I am just an experienced mother. Information contained in this article is intended as an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatment. It is not a substitute for a medical exam, nor does it replace the need for services provided by medical professionals. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking any prescription or over the counter drugs (including any herbal medicines or supplements) or following any treatment or regimen. Only your doctor or pharmacist can provide you with advice on what is safe and effective for you.

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  • Lois Danut profile image

    Lois Danut 

    6 years ago from Orlando, Florida

    visit http://winterparkhoney.ecrater.com/p/10901226/alle...

    for allergy honey.

    New, All Season, All U.S. Allergy Honey. The only allergy honey you'll ever need! Our Allergy Bee Gone is packed with pollen. This honey will help with your allergies all year long anywhere in the U.S.. This honey contains honey from all over the U.S. with bits of pollen from all of the plants that bother allergy sufferers all year long. It's our attempt to make it simple. We have many customers all over the U.S. that take this honey for their allergies. Because of the huge variety of pollen, this honey works for nearly everyone, no matter what part of the country you're in.

    Winter Park Honey is a small family owned honey company keeping bees throughout Central Florida and, during the summer, we keep bees near Winter Park, Colorado also. Check out our website, WinterParkHoney.com to learn more about our commitment to providing you many gourmet, varietal honeys in the most natural state possible. All our honey comes to you straight from the comb to the bottle.

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    ditchgould 

    7 years ago

    Honey is one of the greatest and simplest foods on the planet but, before suggesting giving honey to children, it might be advisable to add that honey should never ever be given to children under one year of age. There is a danger of them contracting Clostridium Botulinum, which is extremely dangerous to small children. Although this danger is small, it is present. Please be aware.

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    Kimberly Bunch 

    9 years ago from EAST WENATCHEE

    Good Hub! Here's another one: http://hubpages.com/hub/controllingallergies

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    TotalReviewGuy 

    9 years ago from Your Computer

    I've read about local bees and local honey being affective for allergies before and had forgotten about it. I'm glad that i stumbled upon this article/hub. Thanks for the reminder! -TRiG

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    Crystal Hudgens 

    9 years ago

    I think the QUALITY of the honey likely has some say in whether it's helpful or not, too. Honey can be graded in varying levels of quality according to this article, for instance:

    http://www.culinarymusings.com/2008/10/the-key-rel...

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    Lela Davidson 

    10 years ago from Bentonville, Arkansas

    I think the idea is to eat the honey over a sustained period of time, not as a quick treatment to allergic symptoms. Here are a few sources:

    http://www.pioneerthinking.com/to_honey.html

    http://apitherapy.blogspot.com/2007/02/raw-local-h...

    http://www.reallyrawhoney.com/healthfacts.php

     

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    thadd 

    10 years ago

    Please site your supposed study, since Rajan et al in Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology has shown quite contradictory conclusions.

    Also remember that most allergies are to pollens from trees and grass, which don't make their way into honey, and that the dose of such any pollen in honey is way to low to be comparred to actual allergy shots.

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    commentonthis7 

    10 years ago

    i heard also honey was good for a cough

  • Lela Davidson profile imageAUTHOR

    Lela Davidson 

    10 years ago from Bentonville, Arkansas

    It is pretty interesting. Every little creature has a big purpose!

  • marisuewrites profile image

    marisuewrites 

    10 years ago from USA

    reminds me of Marty Robbin's song.... ..."He took a hank of hair and a piece of bone And made a walkin', talkin' Honeycomb....honeycomb, won't ya be my baby, honeycomb be my own..." good ol' honey bees.... has anyone heard why there are disappearing? Is it getting any better? a good thing to google....thanks for the info...Marisue

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    kerryg 

    10 years ago from USA

    Very interesting! I believe in eating local as much as possible anyway, and now I have another reason to do it.

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    gshears 

    10 years ago from Cotton

    Very interesting. I learned something new about natural health today.

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    chaldaily 

    11 years ago

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    Woemwood 

    11 years ago from Melbourne Australia

    Honey is the most powerful antibiotic known to man, and does not lower the immun system as antibiotic prescribed by Dr. does.

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    Jason Menayan 

    11 years ago from San Francisco

    Great advice, and it makes perfect sense! I also read recently that eating apples and fish while pregnant also reduces the likelihood that your child will have asthma and eczema:

    http://www.emaxhealth.com/88/12251.html

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