Honey said to help with allergies
POSTED: Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 9:00pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 18, 2014 - 9:59am
Tyler , TX (KETK) — We're in full blown allergy season. But, if you're looking for a more natural way to help with your itchy eyes and constant sneezing, we have a suggestion for you. Honey.
A spoonful of sugar will help the medicine go down and a spoon full of honey can help fight those allergies.
"Pollen is a protein and our bodies are naturally allergic to a lot of different proteins and that's why you get the pollen in such a small amount then you come accustomed to it and then you're not allergic to it," said beekeeper Dick Counts.
Honey is not the cure all for allergies, but Counts said the natural sweetener can work like a vaccination.
"Eat the pollen in small amounts will definitely help with your allergies."
Experts said honey has a variety of similar pollen spores that those with allergies suffer from when flowers and grass bloom.
They said giving a little bit of honey to someone can help the body get used to those pollen spores and lessen the allergic reactions.
Doctors said if you want to try this remedy you should buy your honey locally.
They said you don't want to eat honey with spores from a type of plant that grows in a different state than the allergies you suffer from in Texas.
"We recommend people that have allergies always use local honey cause then they're getting the pollens they're allergic too," said Counts.
But, this natural remedy isn't for everyone. Some can get an allergic reaction from it. Health officials said that children under 12 months whose immune systems have not fully developed should not eat honey at all.
And as always to keep up with the pollen count, our KETK weather team is on it. They said we will see more pollen as the temperatures start to rise.
"Now we're starting to see that increase a little bit more when the temperatures start to warm up into the upper 70s and low 80s with humidity in the air, that will increase the pollen count even more," said KETK meteorologist Marcus Bagwell.