Spring is just around the corner! Yeah - more daylight hours, flowers blooming and birds singing. More time to spend in the garden and playing outside with the kids. But for hay fever sufferers spring can be a dreaded time! Sneezing, watery eyes, itchy throat, coughing, itchy nose, blocked/runny nose. During this time many people stock up on tissues and run to the chemist to grab antihistamine, sometimes even antihistamine isn't enough. It's no fun at all!
In spring hay fever can be triggered by tree and grass pollen. There are two types of flower pollen. One is very light and is easily airborne, this light pollen causes allergies. The second pollen is heavier, it is collected by bees and made into bee pollen.
Did you know that research indicates that if you take small amounts of bee pollen from your local area a few months before the hay fever season your body may become desensitised to the air borne pollens. It works like a vaccination does against childhood diseases. Desensitisation is based on the idea that the taking of the bee pollen will cause the body to produce antibodies that will cancel out the effects of the air born pollen when the person is exposed to it again. See below this blog for more details on research in the area.
Some of our customers have commented that their allergies have lessened when either taking Sweetree Bee Pollen or Honey. Our honey is not finely filtered and therefore retain a high pollen count. So to help with your hay fever symptoms try either taking bee pollen everyday or raw honey from your local area. Sweetree produce bee pollen in the Horsham Downs area and honey from Horsham Downs, Raglan, Ngaurwahia and Marokopa areas.
If you feel you need something more to protect you against allergies see a health professional. You may want to see your doctor, pharmacy, herbalist, Chinese medicine therapist, Naturopath, etc. Personally I love to visit the friendly team down at the Herbal Shop and Clinic (cnr Ohaupo Road & Lorne St in Hamilton). Check links below for some herbalists / health shops in your area. They will give you a brew specific for your needs! I love this holistic approach to nourishing, healing and protecting your body.
Breath easy this spring!
Bee Products Also Treats Allergies!
This came from Shirley's Wellness Cafe website, which has more interesting info on bee pollen
Pollen is also a remedy for hay fever and allergies. However it must be taken at least six weeks before the season begins and then continued throughout the season if it going to work.
Bee pollen has been effectively used down through the ages to rid allergy sufferers of their afflictions. This technique, called desensitization, was developed at St. Mary's Hospital Medical School in London soon after the turn of the century. The treatment consists of administering small amounts of the allergen to stimulate the patient's own immune system to produce antibodies that will eliminate the allergic reaction. It works rather like a vaccination does against childhood diseases. Desensitization is based on the premise that the administration of the allergen will cause the body to produce antibodies that will cancel out the effects of the offending substance when the patient is again exposed to it.
Allergy specialists prescribe bee pollen starting three months before the allergy season. They cautiously suggest starting with a few grains of bee pollen half an hour before each meal and gradually building this amount up over the three month period to one teaspoon before each meal. Very small incremental doses are recommended until one builds up natural immunity. If one experiences a violent reaction even at the minute dosage, stop and consult a physician.
Leo Conway, M.D., of Denver Colorado, treated his patients with pollen. Dr. Conway reported: "All patients who had taken the antigen [pollen] for three years remained free from all allergy symptoms, no matter where they lived and regardless of diet. Control has been achieved in 100 percent of my earlier cases and the field is ever-expanding. Since oral feeding of pollen for this use was first perfected in his laboratory, astounding results were obtained. No ill consequences have resulted. Ninety-four percent of all his patients were completely free from allergy symptoms. Of the other six percent, not one followed directions, but even this small percentage were nonetheless partially relieved".
Relief of hay fever, pollen-induced asthma, with ever increasing control of bronchitis, ulcers of the digestive tract, colitis, migraine headaches, and urinary disorders were all totally successful. Unfortunately, Dr. Conway, an early pioneer in the field of allergies, is now deceased. What we did not know was just how lightning-fast it could bring relief. It actually eliminated long-standing symptoms in minutes. Everything from asthma to allergies to sinus problems cleared. These trials confirmed that bee pollen is wonderfully effective against a very wide range of respiratory distress.