Thursday, January 19, 2006

Local Honey and Cedar Fever

I thought I would add on a bit to my previous "Cedar Fever" post.
I have been trying the honey thing that everyone is always buzzing about (didn’t really mean for the pun to come out, but it just did, darn it.) I have been buying local honey at Whole Foods and taking a tablespoon a day by mixing it in with my tea. The theory behind the honey treatment is that local honey contains pollen from local trees, the ones which cause the allergies, and then, supposedly, over time, this builds up an immunity in your system similar to what allergy shots will do. I’m apparently too sensitive/allergic to take allergy shots so honey really is my only chance. (Read about that in
"Health - Caroline Style" in "Cedar Fever" and "Allergy Tests Me.")
The results so far of my (oh, so scientific) test are inconclusive, but I certainly haven’t ruled out that it is helping. It seems like my allergies aren’t quite as bad as last year; I know that my eyes have not been itching as badly as before. I haven’t compared this year’s pollen counts to last year’s pollen counts, though, so it’s possible it could be just my imagination, but I’m still hopeful.

Whatever the case, I plan on continuing the treatment for now because it involves honey, which I like anyway. At any rate, it definitely beats hitting your head on the wall.


El Jefe Maximo said...

My grandmother used to swear that honey in tea was the be-all to end-all in cure-alls. I'll be curious to hear in future installments if your honey cure actually works.

Jonathan said...

I just searched google for "cedar fever local honey" and this post came up. I'm curious if you kept taking the honey, and how you felt this year with the record high cedar levels. Could you email me and let me know that? I'm thinking about doing the honey thing.

Candidly Caroline said...

I have seen results from taking local honey, when I do so regularly, so I think there is something to it.
I have had trouble taking it consistently, though, and I think that's pretty important for its effects.