Honey as a natural remedy for hayfever?
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In celebration of National Honey week and the hayfever season in full swing, I wanted to talk about using honey as a natural remedy for hayfever.
The idea is that by taking a teaspoon of honey every day, you’ll build up an immunity to pollen which will reduce the severity of your symptoms.
Ideally, you would begin this earlier on in the year, around February, but there’s no harm in having a go now. As I said yesterday, honey has lots of other health benefits, so it’s great as part of a healthy, balanced diet.
Some people suggest getting hold of as local honey as you can; believing that this will allow you to build up immunity and desensitise you to your own local pollens.
Other people say you should use the best quality raw manuka honey because it has not been heated and the goodness has not been filtered out. You might need to experiment to see which works for you.[amazon-product align=”right” small=”1″]0007307136[/amazon-product]
Honey has the added benefit of soothing a sore throat, if this is one of your annoying hayfever symptoms. You could make a pot of soothing and decongestant mint tea and add a teaspoon of honey to sweeten. Leave to infuse for 10 minutes, strain and sip while inhaling the vapours.
Alternatively, try honey dissolved in a teaspoon of warmed apple cider vinegar and topped up with hot water if your throat feels scratchy and raw.
Have you ever used honey to treat hayfever? Did it work for you?
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