March 18, 2016 by healthwisehome
Hello friends! I know, it has been a LONG time since I last posted here on the Health Wise Home site. Life got busy (or busier than normal), our family moved, and well, it just wasn’t happening. Hopefully you have still been following along over on the Health Wise Home Facebook page. If not, make sure that you stop by and give us a “like” so you don’t miss out on our daily posts featuring Health Wise recipes, tips, current events, giveaways, and more.
Anywho, spring has just about sprung here in RVA (yep, our family returned to our Richmond, VA roots this past summer), which means that spring allergies aren’t far behind. In years past, we either suffered through the itchy eyes, runny nose, and nagging headaches or we gave in and committed to allergy meds for the duration of spring. Last year I had a new plan, though. After reading about the benefits of local, raw honey and the theory that it could possibly help your body build an immunity to some seasonal allergies, I decided that we were going to beat spring allergies! I purchased local raw honey and each family member took a teaspoonful every morning after breakfast at the start of allergy season. Sometimes I would add it into our smoothies, but I usually ended up pouring it into a teaspoon and sticking it in the kids’ mouths before we ran out the door for school. ** By the way, DO NOT give any honey, raw or treated, to a child under the age of 12 months**. Did the kids mind? Nope, it’s honey! Did it work? Well, I can’t answer that for certain. Overall, I don’t think that our allergies were AS bad as the have been years past, but we definitely still had symptoms and there were other variables that may have played a role in our results (I now know that it is recommended that you start taking the honey at least one month PRIOR to allergy season and that the dosage is closer to 2 teaspoons per day, etc.).
So, were my efforts a complete wash? Nope. In fact, I have continued to seek out local, raw honey to keep on hand at home and use on a regular basis. Not specifically for allergy relief, though. Aside from being a great option for a natural sweetener, honey has been used for centuries for healing and other nutritional benefits.
DID YOU KNOW that HONEY (in its natural, raw state):
- Is rich in powerful antioxidants and cancer-fighting phytonutrients
- Contains beneficial vitamins and minerals, including folate, B2, C, B6, B5, B3, calcium, copper, iodine, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, potassium, selenium, and zinc
- Contains enzymes that can aid digestion and help treat ulcers and diarrhea
- Has anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, and anti-septic properties which makes it a great topical salve to treat burns
- Has been found to be a more effective cough suppressant for children than an over-the-counter cough treatment (Penn State College of Medicine, 2007
Keep in mind that most of the honey that is sold in grocery stores has been heated and pasteurized, which destroys many of the beneficial compounds and enzymes that make raw honey so nutritious. Raw honey has not been treated with heat and therefore contains pollen, antioxidants, enzymes, and other beneficial compounds. In other words, leave the honey bear full of syrupy liquid on the grocery store shelf and go for the REAL thing: local raw honey! And, if you happen to live in the RVA area, check out Lavender Fields Herb Farm. It’s where I was able to finally find our LOCAL RAW HONEY.