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About this web page: After I sent out the following email, I got a lot of people writing me back.  That lead to my research into local honey.  I've reprinted some of the best articles I found following the email.


Dear Friend,

Here's something I think you'll be interested in.  Let me know if you try any of these out.

- Rachel

Cinnamon and Honey  
Bet the drug companies won't like this one getting around. Facts on Honey and Cinnamon:  It is found that a mixture of honey and cinnamon cures most diseases. Honey is produced in most of the countries of the world.  Scientists of today also accept honey as a "Ram Ban" (very effective) medicine or all kinds of diseases. 
Honey can be used without any side effects for any kind of diseases.  
Today's science says that even though honey is sweet, if taken in the right dosage as a medicine, it does not harm diabetic patients. Weekly World News, a magazine in Canada , in its issue dated 17 January, 1995 has given the following list of diseases that can be cured by honey and cinnamon as re searched by western scientists:  
Make a paste of honey and cinnamon powder, apply on bread, instead of jelly and jam, and eat it regularly for breakfast. It reduces the cholesterol in the arteries and saves the patient from heart attack. Also those who have already had an attack, if they do this process daily, they are kept miles away from the next attack. Regular use of the above process relieves loss of breath and strengthens the heart beat. In America and Canada , various nursing homes have treated patients successfully and have found that as you age, the arteries and veins lose their flexibility and get clogged; honey and cinnamon revitalize the arteries and veins.
Arthritis patients may take morning,and night,one cup of hot water With two spoons of honey and one small teaspoon of cinnamon powder.  If Taken regularly even chronic arthritis can be cured. In a recent research conducted at Copenhagen University, it was found that when the doctors treated their patients with a mixture of one tablespoon of Honey and half teaspoon of Cinnamon powder before breakfast, they found that within a week, out of the 200 people so treated, practically 73 patients were totally Relieved of pain, and within a month, mostly all the patients who could not walk or move around because of arthritis started walking without pain.  
Take two tablespoons of cinnamon powder and one teaspoon of honey in a Glass of lukewarm water and drink it. It destroys the germs in the bladder.  
Two tablespoons of honey and three teaspoons of Cinnamon Powder mixed in 16 ounces of tea water, given to a cholesterol patient, was found to reduce The level of cholesterol in the blood by 10 percent within two hours. As Mentioned for arthritic patients, if taken three times a day, any chronic Cholesterol is cured. According to information received in the said Journal, pure honey taken with food daily relieves complaints of cholesterol.  
Those suffering from common or severe colds should take one tablespoon Lukewarm honey with 1/4 spoon cinnamon powder daily for three days.  This Process will cure most chronic cough, cold, and clear the sinuses.  
Honey taken with cinnamon powder cures stomach ache and also clears Stomach ulcers from the root.
According to the studies done in India and Japan  it is revealed that if Honey is taken with cinnamon powder the stomach is relieved of gas.  
Daily use of honey and cinnamon powder strengthens the immune system and Protects the body from bacteria and viral attacks. Scientists have found That honey has various vitamins and iron in large amounts. Constant use of Honey strengthens the white blood corpuscles to fight bacteria and viral Diseases.  
Cinnamon powder sprinkled on two tablespoons of honey taken before food Relieves acidity and digests the heaviest of meals.  
A scientist in Spain has proved that honey contains a natural Ingredient' Which kills the influenza germs and saves the patient from flu.
Tea made with honey and cinnamon powder, when taken regularly, arrests the Ravages of old age.  Take four spoons of honey, one spoon of cinnamon powder And three cups of water and boil to make like tea. Drink 1/4 cup, three to Four times a day.  It keeps the skin fresh and soft and arrests old age. Life spans also increases and even a 100 year old, starts performing the Chores of a 20-year-old...
Three tablespoons of honey and one teaspoon of cinnamon powder paste Apply this paste on the pimples before sleeping and wash it next morning with Warm water. If done daily for two weeks, it removes pimples from the root.
Applying honey and cinnamon powder in equal parts on the affected parts Cures eczema, ringworm and all types of skin infections.  
Recent research in Japan and Australia has revealed that advanced cancer of the stomach and bones have been cured successfully. Patients suffering from these kinds of cancer should daily take one tablespoon of honey with one teaspoon of cinnamon powder for one month three time s a day.
Recent studies have shown that the sugar content of honey is more helpful rather than being detrimental to the strength of the body. Senior citizens, who take honey and cinnamon powder in equal parts, are more alert and flexible. Dr.  Milton, who has done research, says that a half Tablespoon of honey taken in a glass of water and sprinkled with cinnamon powder, taken daily after brushing and in the afternoon at about 3:00 P.M.  When the vitality of the body starts to decrease, increases the vitality of the body within a week...
People of South America , first thing in the morning, gargle with one teaspoon of honey and cinnamon powder mixed in hot water, so their breath stays fresh throughout the day.  
Daily morning and night honey and cinnamon powder, taken in equal parts restore hearing. Remember when we were kids? We had toast with real butter and cinnamon sprinkled on it! 


Article: Local Honey and Allergies - by Thomas Leo Ogren           Local Honey and Allergies

  As one who makes his living by writing about allergies and asthma I am often asked about the potential health benefits of using local honey.
    Honey contains bits and pieces of pollen and honey, and as an immune system booster, it is quite powerful. I have often in talks and articles, and in my books, advocated using local honey. Frequently I’ll get emails from readers who want to know exactly what I mean by local honey, and how “local” should it be. This is what I usually advise:
    Allergies arise from continuous over-exposure to the same allergens. If, for example, you live in an area where there is a great deal of red clover growing, and if in addition you often feed red clover hay to your own horses or cattle, then it likely you are exposed over and over to pollen from this same red clover. Now, red clover pollen is not especially allergenic but still, with time, a serious allergy to it can easily arise.
    Another example: if you lived in a southern area where bottlebrush trees were frequently used in the landscapes or perhaps you had a bottlebrush tree growing in your own yard, your odds of over-exposure to this tree’s tiny, triangular, and potently very allergenic pollen is greatly enhanced.
    In the two examples used above, both species of plants are what we call amphipilous, meaning they are pollinated by both insects and by the wind. Honeybees will collect pollen from each of these species and it will be present in small amounts in honey that was gathered by bees that were working areas where these species are growing. When people living in these same areas eat honey that was produced in that environment, the honey will often act as an immune booster. The good effects of this local honey are best when the honey is taken a little bit (a couple of teaspoons-full) a day for several months prior to the pollen season.
    When I’m asked how local should the honey be for allergy prevention I always advise to get honey that was raised closest to where you live, the closer the better since it will have more of exactly what you’ll need.
    It may seem odd that straight exposure to pollen often triggers allergies but that exposure to pollen in the honey usually has the opposite effect. But this is typically what we see. In honey the allergens are delivered in small, manageable doses and the effect over time is very much like that from undergoing a whole series of allergy immunology injections. The major difference though is that the honey is a lot easier to take and it is certainly a lot less expensive. I am always surprised that this powerful health benefit of local honey is not more widely understood, as it is simple, easy, and often surprisingly effective.
    Pharmaceutical companies have huge budgets and can fund studies, but with honey this scientific research doesn't seem to get funded... thus most evidence we have is what we see, antidotal evidence. That however can be, and often is important; sometimes, often actually, such evidence proves very useful. Let me give you one such antidotal example of the powers of local honey. I was asked to look over the yard of a family that had just moved to this area (Central coastal
California) to see if I could figure out what was triggering the allergies of their five-year-old son. The boy was experiencing classical allergic responses, runny nose, itchy eyes, persistent cough. This family had only recently moved to California, from the Midwest, so a pollen allergy was surprising, as they generally take a number of years of exposure to develop.
    The boy had started having these symptoms a few months after moving here. At his house I didn’t find the usual allergy culprits of the landscape, male cloned trees or shrubs, but I did note that next to the house was a row of towering blue gum eucalyptus trees. I knew the eucalyptus trees were shedding plenty of pollen, as you could see it on the windows of the cars parked underneath them. I checked some of this pollen with a microscope and it was indeed from these blue gum trees. Eucalyptus pollen is fairly large in size and is triangular in shape, making it easy to ID. I suggested that at the local farmers market they could buy some eucalyptus honey and recommended that the boy be given several spoonfuls of this every day.
    The family did as I advised and the boy ate the strongly flavored eucalyptus honey every day for four months. By the end of the first month the allergic symptoms were starting to ease up. By the end of the second month all his symptoms had disappeared. Some ten years then passed and while in high school this same boy again started having allergic symptoms. I visited the high school at the request of his folks and found that they had a multitude of huge eucalyptus trees growing there. I again advised the local honey and once again, it seemed to do the trick.
    Now, let me be clear here, I am not suggesting that local honey will replace allergists. But what I am saying is that since visits to allergists are expensive and the series of immunology shots, although generally very effective, are costly, it makes perfect sense to give the local honey a try first. Many times, as many others and I have seen firsthand, the local honey will take care of the problem, quickly, safely, and inexpensively.

Thomas Leo Ogren

Thomas Leo Ogren has an MS in Agriculture/Horticulture, and all his graduate work was done on allergies triggered by landscape plants. He taught horticulture in inner city Los Angeles, and worked for Cooperative Extension in Calif., setting up community gardens in South Central, LA. He owned a dairy farm and retail-wholesale nursery in Northern Minnesota, where he hosted a popular weekly radio show on Public Radio,  “Tom Ogren’s Wild World of Plants.”    
His two published novels are used in schools, prisons, and in reading programs for adult new readers. Allergy-Free Gardening, Ten Speed Press, was the result of more than 15 years of research. 
Mr. Ogren’s work has been featured on HGTV, Canadian CBC, the BBC, the Canadian Discovery Channel, and in publications such as Garden Design, American Rose, Pacific Coast Nurseryman, Garden Gate, Alternative Medicine, New Scientist, Earth Island Journal, the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, and the London Times. His work has been also been featured on the CBS Evening News, and on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition.
Tom does plant/allergy consulting for the USDA Urban Forestry, for local asthma collations, for www.Allegra.com, and for the American Lung Association. Tom’s most recent book is Safe Sex in the Garden, also from Ten Speed Press. His website is: www.allergyfree-gardening.com




Cautions! on Using Local Honey for Allergy Therapy

by Tom Ogren

Cautions! on Using Local Honey for Allergy Therapy

Some time ago I wrote several widely read articles on using locally produced honey for immunotherapy, as an inexpensive (and often effective) way to stop or lessen the symptoms of pollen allergy. However, at this time I feel the need to add a strong caution to my earlier advice on local honey allergy therapy.

I have, since the writing of that article, encountered a number of people who have had allergic reactions, occasionally severe, while they were trying to treat themselves with local honey.

That said, I still believe in local honey therapy, still feel it is, for many people, a very good idea, well worth trying...and it is often quite effective, but please do read the following cautions. Below is one of numerous emails I've received from readers about this, and then my advice to them:

"Dear Tom, my wife has allergies so she took two teaspoons of local honey as close as we could get. In about an hour her eyes started pouring, then sweating, and a little rash appeared. It lasted just a few minutes, but it seemed a signal was there that something was wrong at the honey end, any ideas? Thanks for any help. There has to be a natural way. Larry"

And my reply: "Dear Larry, Yes, her body did indeed give her a signal and you are wise to respect that warning. It seems perfectly obvious to me that your wife almost certainly had an allergic reaction to the local honey...or rather to some pollens or other allergens in the local honey.

It is precisely because the local honey has allergens in it, usually the exact same allergens that allergic people in that locality have already been exposed to...it is because of this fact that the local honey can work as an agent to lessen sensitivities to allergies.... but, also, because of these very same allergens in the honey, using local honey is not without some danger for some of those with existing allergies. You don't mention if your wife has asthma or not, but for individuals with allergic asthma, I would be even more cautious about using local honey as therapy.

I recommend this:

have your wife try the same local honey again, but make sure you are at home with her when she does it, and she should only take a tiny amount.... a quarter of a teaspoon would be plenty.

If this works out and does not trigger any kind of allergic episode, if there is no itching, rash, no shortness of breath, no sudden sweating, no obvious allergic symptoms, then she could repeat the same dose the next day.... but in her case, since she has already reacted to the honey, she should always have someone she fully trusts, close by, someone who can stay for at least for several hours after she's ingested the honey.

If after several weeks of this daily therapy, if she has been tolerating it just fine, then she could try to very slightly increase the dose, to perhaps a third of a teaspoon of honey per day.... and could keep at that level for several months or longer. Hopefully, eventually she could work her way, very, very slowly over a considerable extended period of time, up to a dose of one teaspoon of local honey per day. In her case I wouldn't ever exceed this amount.

If the above works for your wife, almost certainly she will have greatly decreased her own susceptibility to pollen allergies. If, however, at any point the local honey again triggers allergic symptoms for her, she should immediately stop taking it altogether.

* I myself have not yet seen anaphylaxis associated with use of local honey, but it does seem possible: Anyone who takes local honey and then experiences symptoms of anaphylactic shock, which could include any of the following: a sudden, severe attack of, wheezing, difficulty breathing, abdominal pain, vomiting, cramping, rapid pulse, sweating, extensive rash or swelling of the skin, lips, nose or eyes, swelling of the throat, nausea, diarrhea, severe drop in blood pressure, fainting... anyone experiencing these symptoms should seek immediate medical attention.

Best of luck and keep me posted. Tom Ogren

Thomas Ogren is the author of Allergy-free Gardening
About the Author

Thomas Ogren is the author of Allergy-free Gardening, and of, Safe Sex in the Garden, both from Ten Speed Press, Berkeley, California. Tom's work on plants and allergies has been published in hundreds of magazines and newspapers worldwide, and has been featured on National Public Radio, on the CBC, on HGTV, on NBC, CBS, and Fox TV. His website is www.allergyfree-gardening.com

Find Local Honey

So, where do you go to find honey made in your home state?

You might think you could find it at your local grocery stores. That's not necessarily so. At my local Kroger, there was a HUGE supply of honey products (near the bread section). Despite ALL of the different types of honey found there, none was from right here. Instead, they said "product of Oregon" or "product of Michigan". The other states were: Florida and Indiana. I was fairly surprised that there was no honey from home there.

For the most part, beekeepers are your all-time best source for locally produced honey. If they don't sell honey themselves, they'll definitely know where to find it. To find local beekeepers in your area, try these links:

Now, the fun part comes with trying to find fun recipes to add honey to your diet on a regular basis -- like these honey-dipped cookies.

That, or you could just try to down a teaspoon or so a day of raw honey. But it would be easier to protect the whole family -- including kids who are finicky eaters -- if you could find some fun ways to incorporate honey into your regular meals.

More About Honey & Allergies

local honeyjar-of-local-honey-by-keyseekerOthers who have tried honey to treat allergies and hay fever

image 3Local honey helps kids with allergies

image 4Health benefits of really raw honey (...straight from the bee hive)

image 5Local honey: Even if it doesn't work...

image 6Put honey in your eyes to cure allergies?

image 7Warning: Before you use local honey to treat allergies

image 8Fun facts about honey (Psssst... it's GREEN!)



Subject:      Honey for allergies...

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I've heard two alternatives to the 'honey for allergies' topic:
(1) Eating honey from your local area is good for the reasons already stated (you are getting, gastroentestinally, the pollens that through your respiratory system set up the allergic reactions)
(2) Eating honey from the area you were born is good for you, with the explanation along the lines that allergic reactions generally are 'set up' in your system at birth or during youth, so the pollens from THAT area are the ones that will help to desensitize you.
I've never got it clear in my mind, though, that since it is primarily the windborne, non-insect-collected pollens that cause most peoples' hay fevers, how is it that bee pollen is supposed to help?
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From: Wendy Lewis <LEWIS_W@A1.SCCD.CC.CA.US>

As a hobbyist beekeeper who suffers from pollen allergies and from severe reactions to bee stings, I'd like to share some personal observations with you. I have been undergoing immunotherapy for my pollen allergies, with very good results. But for bee stings, my allergist (who understands my need to keep bees) prefers not to proceed with bee venom immunotherapy unless her patients have exhibited symptoms of anaphylactic reaction (drop in blood pressure, itching throat, hives, problems with breathing). Luckily, my symptoms are only severe swelling and intense itching at the sting site.  The tricky thing too, with bee stings, is that it is possible for someone who has not shown prior anaphylactic symptoms with stings, all of a sudden to become hyperactive.  It might be on account of this that some allergists are reluctant to proceed with bee venom immunotherapy.  I say, find yourself an allergist who will support your decision to keep bees, get a prescription for and carry an Epi-Pen insect sting kit with you and ALWAYS work with another beekeeper. And keep on keeping bees!
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From:         Tom Allen <TOMBEESKI@aol.com>

to be sure there is no one cure for allergiesand perhaps really none.
However for over 60 years I suffered from asthma in all parts of the country. There were a number of things that seemed to contribute:- fatigue, stress, tree pollen (especially white pine) molds and yeast's, ragweed. When fatigued the yeast in beers and breads were sure poison. About three summers ago including this year I suddenly noticed that I had no allergies although considerable stress. I began to try to figure out what was so different. Then I realized that I was consuming a lot of local honey from my own hives and others on my property. Also I was getting stung pretty often with my amateurish handling of my hives.
Maybe there is more than fiction in the stories about honey introducing minute quantities of allergens into our blood stream and tending to build up immunity to local allergens. I have only traveled one year in this period but that was during the ski season so it hardly counts. But even then I could have beer and home made breads with no ill effect.
So simply something had turned my life around. Any body want to exchange notes on this subject.

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From:         "Victor M. Kroenke" <victork@tyrell.net>

My experience is similar to yours.  My problem was severe sinus problems with head splitting headaches.  I started beekeeping about 20 years ago and have had only minor problems since.  I contributed the change to numerous stings and honey consumption.  I have regular honey customers that want local honey and claim the same results.
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From:         "Franklin D. Humphrey Sr." <Beekeeper@worldnet.att.net>

For years I've heard people say that raw local honey taken daily would help allergies.  Recently I've been hearing that some allergist are advising their patients to take raw local honey each day.  I heard all this and took it with the proverbial grain of salt.
I have a vanity tag on my pickup that reads B KEEPR and recently,  I was in a drive thru line waiting to be served and this lady came up and started banging on my window.  When I asked what she wanted, she asked how soon I could sell her some unfiltered honey.  I told her I had some in the truck that had been strained.  She said she was a nurse in an allergist office and he recommended raw unfiltered honey produced within 50 miles, for pollen allergies.  She even wanted me to save 3 quarts straight from the extractor without straining.  I now have several customers like this one and get new ones all the time.
So maybe there is something to this.  A lot of the old remedies are starting to be proven true.

From:         "Franklin D. Humphrey Sr" <Beekeeper@worldnet.att.net>

I had a number of customers who wanted raw honey for their allergies. These people, for the most part, told me that had always been told that consuming local raw honey helped to combat the effects of hay fever and other pollen related allergies.  Others, including one nurse who works in an allergist office,  told me that the doctors say that consuming honey produced within 50 miles,  helps to produce a tolerance to those  local pollens thus reducing the effects of allergies.  Sounds logical to me.
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From:         Peter Bray <p.bray@netaccess.co.nz>

To be honest I am skeptical about some aspects of this subject - or perhaps there are mechanisms at work here that are not immediately obvious.
Most pollen related allergies / hayfever are induced by wind pollinated plants, e.g. grasses etc. in the Spring and Ragweed in the late summer and Autumn.  The makeup of these pollens is greatly different to that of insect pollinated plants.  Insect collected pollen (most of the pollen found in honey - > 99%+) tends to be larger, more protein and actually provides a food source for the gathering insect.  Most have usually evolved with their pollinator(s) of choice and are attractive and nutritionally useful to these.
The references about a 50 mile radius for "local honey" are also open to question.  The main cause of hay fever from now on in large areas of the US is ragweed.  Perhaps some comments on its nectar and pollen source potential (or lack of) from others on the list will add information to this discussion, but due to its widespread nature, any "local" honey reference is meaningless. I would be the first to admit that "local honey is better" is not a bad marketing ploy. :)
Comb honey is often cited as being beneficial for hay fever and the presumed reason is that it contains more pollen than filtered honey.  This is true if the honey is filtered below around 10 microns, but strained (above 200 microns), normally extracted honey has around 2-3 times the number of pollen grains (30,000 to often over 1,000,0000 per 10 grams) as comb honey (usually below 50,000/10g)
Any research in this area needs to look beyond what in the initial instance appears to be an enticing piece of "logic".  Perhaps there is something more complex happening that may have wider (more beneficial?) implications.
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From:         "Franklin D. Humphrey Sr" <Beekeeper@worldnet.att.net>

I agree about the rag weed pollen but here in the southern USA the bees gather ragweed pollen and nectar form late July until other sources of pollen and bedime available in late August or early September.  The reason for the 50 mile radius.  Is probably an arbitrary figure,  but the idea is for a person to get honey that contains pollen form most sources that a person is likely to encounter locally.
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From:         Roy Nettlebeck <rnettleb@linknet.kitsap.lib.wa.us>

There is a reason that we have a lack scientific fact about the use of natural treatments for many things and allergies being one of them. Money is spent , where money can be made. You will see very slow progress in natural cures , but we all know that they are out there. We get  most of our medicine from plants in the first place, but we have to support a very large industry for us to get it to our mouths. I'm not against medicine , but I'm against the way we are hand fed to believe that it is the only way. We could have more than pollen in unstrained, unheated honey, that has a positive affect for us on allergies. I have Doctors that buy honey from me and only want raw honey.
The deck is loaded in one way. Read  Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis , he did it back in the 30's and things have not changed since then how Medical Dr's get there education. Who writes the educational plan?
We have other fish to fry right now. We need Varroa under control with a  natural fix that is long term. The polarity of natural honey for a cure of allergies will go down two lines for a long time to come.
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From:         Tom Allen <TOMBEESKI@aol.com>

I have just sent off another reply  to a recovered allergy sufferer who has found that honey has helped tremendously. I had  allergy problems with hay (the real stuff) spring pollens, molds from the earliest part of my life that I can remember. I was dragged from one doctor to another with no positive lasting effect. I  had relief only as long as one dose of medicine lasted and not always then. I moved from New  England to the Pacific in 1944 and thereafter had asthma so badly that the base doctors wanted to ship me home, there were days that I felt sure I would suffocate. That never happened and I completed my Pacific tour in 1946. For many years thereafter I suffered badly from asthma then to the 1980's I found a good respiratory allergist who used injections to increase my resistance had some noticeable relief but no cessation. In 1990 I was introduced to beekeeping and thereafter ate a lot of honey, and was frequently stung. Since then I have had no asthma but one summer of terrible hyperventilation problems probably from nervous conditions. The asthma has now not occurred in 3 years.

I used to have a great deal of sinusitis or hay fever, and got it from a number of sources, the mold or pollen content of a spring fed lake where I went regularly and still do. Everyone would say "What a terrible cold you have" because my nose was so irritated. So embarassing. This too has simply disappeared.

If only my mental condition would improve and my age decline all would be well. So far no one has comeup with the fountain of youth so I'll just be happy with improved health in the respiratory department.

Proof of honey as a allergy relief, I can not give, but there appears to be a relation. Several of my friends are also having good experience with honey and do not get stung as I do.
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From:        Garth  Cambray <g95c6713@WARTHOG.RU.AC.ZA>
Ken asked about the mechanism of how eating honey with a bit of pollen in it, from ones area may reduce hayfever symptoms.

Pollen mainly causes allergies through it's accidental germination in the nasal cavities, as well as the lungs if things go wrong, where it, being a small specialised plant grows out a pollen tubule in search of a femal egg to fertilize. This it does not find, but it does often find a blood vessel or some tissue into which is grows and is eventually popped by certain unspecific immune reponses - releasing all sorts of foreign particles into the blood stream and tissue.

Your body becomes sensitive and develops a response to this. The response is due to a range of cells that produce the allergic response antibodies, IgE's - which are in much lower concentrations to others like the IgG's which usually get rid of most infections.

If one eats a lot of pollen - even a teaspoon full of honey will have million times more pollen than a room full of air - about what we filter a day - your body is posed with a huge exposure to pollen particles that do the hayfever thing all the way down your throat.

In some people this makes them throw up - my girlfriend cannot eat bluegum honey. I have to give her honey from the desert where no bluegums grow. I cannot use a super that has had eucalyptus honey in it otherwise she gets nauseus - a strong allergic response.

However, for most of us, the exposure to lots of pollen makes us develop a population of cells producing IgG to that stuff, as well as special cells which control the cells which release histamine - and the allergy goes away. Just like exposure to a cold for two weeks make's it go away, and so does flu and everything else. One just has to watch out for conmen during this time period.

Alternatively, one can go and have 'this or that pollen' desensitization shots - administered by doctors who are educated in institutions that would close down if it were not for the 'donations' they recieved from the pharmaceutical companies - ie doctors are told - if somebody has hayfever give them celestamine and desensitizing shots at 1% of their anuual income or whatever. The celestamine will cause possible permanent psychological problems if taken for too long, and the expense will as well. Honey on the other hand is cheap and nobody gets royalties for it except us beekeepers who are not important as a tax base at all - and we don't donate millions to universities that train doctors.

So my answer - yes sell people honey as an antidote to hayfever. If it does not work, at least it won't damage their brains like antihistamines do - even although these don't really work either!!


Health Benefits of Really Raw Honey

It's no secret! Unprocessed honey, straight from the hive, has been used worldwide for millennia to promote healing.

We've gathered an extensive "intelligence base" both old and new, from medical journals, historic references, leading research facilities and the National Honey Board. Here's just a sampling of how Really Raw Honey is being used with amazing results.

Aids stomach and digestion

"In digestive disturbances honey is of great value. Honey does not ferment in the stomach because, being an inverted sugar, it is easily absorbed and there is no danger of a bacterial invasion. The flavor of honey excites the appetite and helps digestion. The propoma of the ancients, made of honey, was a popular appetizer.

"For anemics, dyspeptics, convalescents and the aged, honey is an excellent reconstructive and tonic. In malnutrition, no food or drug can equal it. The laxative value of honey, on account of its lubricating effect, is well known. Its fatty acid content stimulates peristalsis. In gastric catarrh, hyperacidity, gastric and duodenal ulcers and gall bladder diseases, honey is recommended by several eminent gastroenterologists.

Dr. Schacht, of Wiesbaden, claims to have cured many hopeless cases of gastric and intestinal ulcers with honey and without operations. It is rather unusual that a physician of standing has the courage and conviction to praise honey. The beekeepers and their friends know that honey will cure gastric and intestinal ulcerations, this distressing, prevalent and most dangerous malady, a precursor of cancer. But the news has not yet reached 99% of the medical profession. The remaining few physicians who know of it, are afraid to suggest such an unscientific and plebeian remedy, for fear of being laughed at by their colleagues and scientifically inclined patients. You may read in almost every issue of agricultural papers the reports of correspondents regarding their experience with honey for gastric ulcers, after going through the medical mill for years without improvement, without even hope of ever getting cured. Then incidentally, they meet a beekeeper or one of his converts and if they have courage and common sense (there are few) to heed the advise, they get well. It is disheartening for a physician to read such reports.

For instance, a correspondent A.L.T. of Omaha, Nebraska, writes in Gleanings in Bee Culture, February, 1931, "I have been a sufferer from ulcerated stomach for several years, part time in the hospital, part time in bed and nearly all the time in much pain. I noticed from the middle of September I was much better and gave no thought to the reason but kept up eating honey because I relished it. I had no attack since and it held good." It would fill a volume to assemble similar testimonials, praising particularly the curative value of honey in gastric and intestinal disorders, including ulcers. Father Kneipp, a great admirer of honey, remarked, "Smaller ulcers in the stomach are quickly contracted, broken, and healed by it."

The above historical information from the 1930s and contemporary commentary compiled from: Honey and Your Health, Bodog F. Beck, M.D. and Doree Smedley, Health Resources Press, Inc., Silver Spring, MD, 1997.

Honey as a treatment for stomach ulcers.
A team of researchers from the University of Waikato in New Zealand studied whether honey could benefit those afflicted with the H. pylori bacterium known to cause gastric ulcers. Within three days, honey stopped the growth of bacterium colonies!

For treating allergies

Ada, Oklahoma (AP) - An Oklahoma allergist told a meeting of 150 beekeepers that raw honey is an effective treatment for 90 per cent of all allergies. Dr. William G. Peterson, an allergist from Ada in the 1950's, said he now has 22,000 patients across the nation who are using raw honey along with more customary medications to relieve allergy symptoms.

"It must be raw honey because raw honey contains all the pollen, dust and molds that cause 90 per cent of all allergies," he told a meeting of the Oklahoma Beekeepers Association. "What happens is that the patient builds up an immunity to pollen, dust or mold that is causing his trouble in the first place. The raw honey must "not be strained, not even through a cloth." he added. "I know the customer wants good, clear strained honey, and that's fine, but for health reasons, raw honey is what we need."

Dr. Peterson said he and the 20 doctors at his clinic at Ada normally prescribe a daily teaspoon of raw honey. The honey treatment continues even after the allergy is under control.

Information excerpt from "Bee Hive Product Bible" (pages 127-130)

Much of the effectiveness of raw honey to help treat respiratory problems has been traced to the bee pollen and propolis suspended within it. According to a research report from Bulgria, they found the honey has anti-allergic, anti-imflammatory, and expectorant properties that insure the body has an immunobiological defense and give it the capacity to regenerate its attacked cells. Research on using raw honey to treat respiratory problems shows the following results: Of the 17,862 patients treated with honey, 8,836 were men and 9,026 were women. Most of the patients ranged in age from 21 to 60 years old. After treatmetn the results were:

Respiratory problem

Without Symptoms

Improved Condition

Temporary Improvement

No Effect

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Read what a user said about using Really Raw Honey to clear her allergies.

For healing ulcers and burns

Also many years ago, a study by Robert Bloomfield, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, reports "Applied every 2 to 3 days under a dry dressing, honey promotes healing of ulcers and burns better than any other local application. It can also be applied to other surface wounds, including cuts and abrasions..."

Honey has anti-cancer properties.

Recent studies by Gribel and Pashinskii indicated that honey possessed moderate antitumor and pronounced anti-metastatic effects in five different strains of rat and mouse tumors. Furthermore, honey potentiated the antitumor activity of chemotherapeutic drugs such as 5-fluorouracil and cyclophosphamide.
-- Gribel, N.V., and Pashinskii, V.G. Antitumor properties of honey. Vopr. Onkol., 36:704-709, 1990.

C.V. Rao at the American Health Foundation in Valhalla, New York found caffeic acids in propolis are inhibitors of colon cancers in animals. Other research shows hive products have the ability to prevent and halt the spread of malignant diseases. Earlier research by M.T. Huang also published in Cancer Research found caffeic acids effective in inhibiting skin cancer tumors in mice.
-- American Bee Journal, June 1994

Try It and Believe It!

For skin rashes, burns and abrasions. Apply a small amount of Really Raw Honey lightly over the affected area; may cover with a dressing or a dusting of cornstarch to reduce any stickiness.image 8

The ultimate moisturizer.
Smooth a small amount of Really Raw Honey lightly over the skin; easily remove later with splashes of cold water or comfortable warm water. Leaves skin baby soft.

As a bath and antibacterial soap.
Wash with Really Raw Honey straight from the jar and enjoy sparkling clean skin. Facial blemishes and acne caused by cosmetics or allergies will clear up quickly using a nightly treatment of RRH. A small amount needed.

For hair and scalp treatment.
Apply Really Raw Honey (with or without olive oil) to dry or damp hair about one half hour before washing--you'll be amazed at your "crowning glory". See skin recipes.

For dental care and mouth sores.
Cleans teeth, mouth and dentures and stops bleeding gums. Canker sores, blisters and mouth ulcers respond to application of Really Raw Honey.

An astounding natural preservative.
Unprocessed honey found in ancient tombs was determined to be edible and was even used to preserve bodies. Keeps foods fresh and moist longer and retards spoilage.

Honey is antiseptic, antibiotic, antifungal, and antibacterial -- it never spoils!

Known as a "medicinal" since ancient times


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The consideration alone that a snake is pictured coiled around the stick of Aesculapius, eager to feast from a cup of honey, ought to be sufficient exhortation to medical men to be more interested in this substance. Aesculapius, the god of Medicine, who not only healed the sick but restored the dead to life, held the snake sacred. The snake was the emblem of health and recovery. The snakes were fed on honey and honey cakes. Whoever entered the cave of Trophonius had to throw honey cakes to the snakes (Pausanias IX. 39:5). Honey was also the favorite food of the fabled serpent, the guardian of the Acropolis (Herodot. VIII.41). The snake of Aesculapius in Cos was given honey and honey cake (Herondas IV. 90; Virgil Aeneid IV. 484).

The above historical information from the 1930s and contemporary commentary compiled from: Honey and Your Health, Bodog F. Beck, M.D. and Doree Smedley, Health Resources Press, Inc., Silver Spring, MD, 1997.

“Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or find it not.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson


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