Bee pollen works by desensitizing your body to the pollen that travels through the air and causes your body to react. With small daily doses, your body builds up its defenses to fight off the allergens and avoid reaction in the future. Buy local if possible so it helps you build resistance against daily allergens.
I take issue with the requirement for using local honey. My mom found the Dr. Jarvis folk medicine suggestion of taking honey to alleviate sniffles. Works great! To test this, mom & dad brought me honey from Spain. *SAME* wonderful effect. It isn't the local part of the honey that works, it's the *honey* part, irrespective of origin!
Reduce Sugar to Reduce Allergies
Ever since increasing meat and fat intake, and decreasing carbs and drastically reducing sugar, my pollen allergies have almost gone away completely. Apparently, living in a state of ketosis (burning fat instead of sugar) is key to having higher ketones and less allergic sensitivity.
If my problem had been averted at first sign, it would have averted all the other problems I have been facing. I say start low dose and slow so you don't have a healing crisis. In 2010, every direction I turned I got more bad health news and I was in pain all day every day. The days felt like Ground Hog Day. Repeating the same problems day after day and then I would tell my prayer partner and she would pray. I read books, a lot of books, at the library and found the water book but wasn't going to read it because I drank a lot of water already. I avoided salt and fats because they were bad for you. Little did I know I was killing myself and creating a long drawn out nightmare. Read the link below this one Keep reading, keep learning, keep applying wisdom. Pray and don't quit when your answer doesn't come the way you expect or in the time you hoped it would. Lean in and Trust God loves you and is working it all out for the greatest Good. Bless you, Charity
I took one tsp. Every day for about 3 months (to finish the one container I bought) in the morning over the winter time and the next spring my allergies that I had my entire life were gone. I didn't have to take meds for 9months out of the year anymore. Just a nasal spray for about 3 weeks in fall, but I just bought more honey that was made from pollen of fall plants. I am hoping this takes care of the last of the allergies. That one container I consumed has worked for the last 3 years. Honey is awesome!!
After trying almost everything imaginable to handle my severe seasonal allergies, I stumbled across something while trying to find a way to help my old cat's chronic upper respiratory problems. Goat colostrum. I purchased it at a fairly reasonable price and took 4 capsules on an empty stomach in the morning and 2 capsules a couple more times before 4:00 PM. I will continue this for a few weeks as colostrum strengthens the immune system. I must say that I was surprised by the immediate and complete relief (less than half and hour), and it lasted longer than mega dosing turmeric. Much more effective than Claritin, which I have stopped using. I feel generally really alert and well too. My old cat has also improved. I'm thinking this supplement may be extremely important for improving the body's defenses against disease. Will post more later.
Apple Cider Vinegar, Turmeric, Local Honey
Turmeric, ACV, and local honey cured my allergies AND acne
Two weeks ago I started an ACV and Turmeric regimen for allergies with a wonderful side-effect! My skin is georgeous! I take 1tsp of ACV in 8oz of water 4-5 times per day. I drink 8oz of warm soy milk, 4 dashes of turmeric, 1 dash of black pepper, and 1tsp of local honey once a day. I live on a farm with cows, horses, dogs, hay and LOTS of pollen. I was taking OTC drugs twice a day with little relief. My eyes would swell, tear up and itch; and I'd sneeze like crazy. For two weeks I have not taken ANY otc drugs, and the worst I've had is a little bit of eye itching. Another wonderful side-effect is that I HAVE ENERGY! LOTS OF IT! Everything I've used is straight off the grocery store shelf - not organic. Except the honey - local farmer's market. This website has saved me lots of money and grief...thank you!
Local Honey Cures Allergies
I have been taking local honey for years and just recently moved to the great state of Maine and have begun a regimen of local raw honey here.
I use to suffer from allergy problems most severely, I took most sugar out of my diet and replaced it with local honey. Not only am I allergy free, I do not get colds or flu- even as my children were growing up and bringing home all kinds of contagious ailments from school, social activities- folks could be around me dropping like flies from viruses, colds etc.(For many years I worked in an orthodontic office dealing mainly with children with all kinds of germs floating about) I did not succumb because I believe local honey boosted my immune system to the point of immunity from most common ailments. I am 47 years old and have not gone a day without consuming local honey- I cannot recall the last time I became ill with a cold or flu. I believe in this statement most whole heartedly-Local Honey cures allergies. (I do believe it should be local honey consumed and all the better- raw local honey.)Also- raw honey cures many skin ailments, slow healing sores covered with raw honey heal more speedily and have little scarring.
I should mention that I am a sustainable farmer, growing most of the food I eat- I do not have health insurance and have relied on natural aids to healing. I have had lacerations that should have required stitches heal up well before the physicians of today would recommend by using raw honey and epsom salt soakings. I am a firm believer in natural cures- not because of what ifs but because of what is...all that the earth naturally provides can cure most ailments. One last comment- I would not be without Raw Organic Apple Cider Vinegar in my cupboard. It cures almost everything from headaches to sinusitis to dry skin.
Thank you for this wonderful alternative site to RX's that cost an arm and a leg and often provide horrible side effects. To get to the root of any ailment, one should start naturally...
Local bee pollen for allergy symptoms
I am extremely lucky to know a bee keeper who suffers as I do from allergies. It comes loose, rather than in capsules, and is from bees about 45 minutes from my home. Local pollen is very important to me.
While symptomatic, I use 1/2 tsp. in oatmeal or in an all-fruit smoothie daily. Otherwise, take 1/2 - 1 tsp every 2-3 days. Once I began two years ago, I have not had a single sinus headache or post nasal drip. The first time I tried it, I used a little more because I'd been ill for almost a month. The wad of phlegm that sat in my throat was gone overnight after taking my first 1 Tbl dose in a smoothie. After 3 days of taking 1 tsp daily, all symptoms were gone.
I have had seasonal outdoor allergies for most of my life due to living in Tennessee, which is known for high pollen counts. I have been able to manage this with over-the-counter medication until this past spring. I got deathly sick after painting a few rooms, pulling up old carpet, sanding some hardwood floors, and then trimming shrubs when the pollen count was high here. I've never had to seek medical attention until this event. I had all of the symptoms of allergic rhinitis, but was coughing my head off to the point of urinating on myself. The mucus was so bad that I was throwing up. With no health insurance or physician, I opted to go to a clinic inside Walgreens. I was placed on a Prednisone Dosepak and an Albuterol inhaler, and was told I had asthma due to allergies. After I took the prescription, I had one good month and then the symptoms returned. I went back to the clinic, and was given the same medication, but was also told to go to the emergency room because I was wheezing in all lobes of my lungs. With no insurance, I opted not to do this. I took the steroids again, but the symptoms came back. I was told I couldn't return to the clinic because asthma was out of their realm. I've been sick for over 5 months. The coughing has been so bad that my ribs feel broken.
I decided to take matters into my own hands. I purchased a Neti Pot (Sinu Cleanse) after seeing it demonstrated on Oprah. I highly recommend this to all! After a few days, it helped with breathing and sinus headache. I'm still doing this 3 times per day. I also found this website, and began the organic apple cider vinegar "cocktail." I use _____'s, and have decided two tablespoons of ACV, 1/4 tsp. baking soda, and one tablespoon of raw honey in 6 ounces of water (3 times daily) works best for me. I heat this in the microwave for 40 seconds to melt the honey. I do this for 6 days on and one day off. I also eat a cracker with no salt on it while drinking this to help offset the taste. I'm on my 3rd week with the ACV, and I feel so much better. For someone who felt on the brink of death and that an ER hospital visit was next, I'm amazed at the results. I'm slowly weaning myself off of the inhaler, but still need it. I'm also taking Mucinex and Zyrtec with the hope of getting rid of it too. I highly validate this ACV remedy to allergy and asthma folks! I will keep it up as a maintenance regimen with hopes I don't get this bad again!
Apple Cider Vinegar and Cayenne
Neither apple cider nor Cayenne have done anything for my allergies that I can tell.
Allergies: If you wake up with a heavy head and bad throat which usually causes body ache, try this,
step 1. take hot water mixed with salt, baking soda, lemon juice gargle, clean, wash your toungue, throat, upper part of inside of your mouth, it will make you want to throw up almost, eyes will be so red, but you feel relieved so much, this is cleansing the mouth.
Step 2. put some oil inside your both nostrils almond oil or may be olive oil (we in Southern India use coconut oil) you have to use your fingers as much deep you can reach to do this, then take hot water in a plastic mug which is pointed on one side (or if you can find NETI POT wich is shaped like Alladin's lamp use it) put the hot water inside of one nostril after another tilting your head and drain it out, you will find all the dirt - mucus come out at once, (some water may come into your mouth or through another nose), this you can do two times a day, this is keeping your drainage clean. you will find great relief in your head, eyes, even in shoulders, if the allergy cold is so severe.
Step 3. Take hot boiling steaming water into a wide mouthed vessel, add Vicks or drops of eucalyptus oil (Nilgiri oil) into it, bend your face into it, cover your head surrounding the vessel with a thick towel, inhale the steam as much heat you can take, your forehead, eyes, ear start to feel so much better, this is steam therapy.
I had been to a doctor, who is not able to diagnose my allergy sinus cold properly, instead when he is asking me questions like 'are you feeling depressed' I felt he needs to be sent to a therapy session on how to treat his patients well and listen carefully what they say.
Hi from Vancouver island,
I also am allergic to high fructose corn syrup, my nose can run like a tap when I cheat, it's best to totally eliminate it.
Vaseline Coated Inside the Nose
I HAVE BEEN HAVING SEASONAL ALLERGIES EVER SINCE DURING SPRING AND FALL. I WOULD GET RUNNY NOSE, ITCHY & WATERY AND SWOLLEN EYES. SOMETIMES I WOULD HAVE TO BLOW MY NOSE A DOZEN TIMES IN 1/2 HR AFTER I WAKES UP. AFTER RESEARCHING FOR A LONG TIME I CONCLUDED YOU MUST PEVENT THE ALLERGENS FROM EACHING YOUR BLOODSTREAM. YOU CANNOT COVER YOUR NOSE BUT I HAD ANOTHER IDEA. YOU CAN COAT THE INSIDE OF THE NOSE WITH VASELINE. I HAVE BEEN DOING THIS FOR ABOUT A MONTH, MORNING AND NIGHT AND HAVEN'T HAD TO BLOW MY NOSE NOT MORE THAN TWICE SINCE THEN. NO ITCHY, WATERY OR SWOLLEN EYES. I WAS SURPRISED IT WORKS. IT EVEN PREVENTS SNEEZING AND THE COMMON COLD. I USED TO TAKE CLARITIN BUT HAVEN'T TAKEN ANY SINCE THEN.
Charity just posted these words on the New EC site: "stress causes dehydration which causes histamine to be released". Hmmmmm, taking this a step further, could dehydration be a co-cause of a hay fever attack?? I wonder.
Having started drinking more water recently (mainly boiled tap water), the hay fever attacks HAVE reduced significantly. I wonder about that. If so, it's an easy way to feel more comfortable!
Sick people go to hospital and get saline IV and most go home fine. Most meds have anti histamine in them. Salt and water are natural anti histamine. Any mineral has a balancing mineral. Iodine lower selenium, selenium lowers iodine. Salt lowers potassium, potassium lowers salt. Zinc lowers copper, copper lowers zinc. Etc. Water lowers salt minerals.
The body will HOARD what it has become deficient in for a short time until there is a steady supply of it and so.....when you finally get some it can feel like it was bad as your ankles swell if you are dehydrated and take too much salt or water....
Batmanghelidj books woke me up and I am not allergic or having histamine rashes, sinus, lung, mental, emotional, colds, dry sinus cavity, horrible dandruff, psoriasis, digestion problems, or you can just go down this huge list of sick and ick off my bucket list that I overcame. Praise the Lord for information that sets us free.
Yes, I read Dr. Batmanghelidj's books on water and salt mineral balance and he said that histamine was a warning shot across the bow that the body was out of balance. I was starting his program after rupturing L-5 and a neighbor said her peonies were in bloom. I loved them but gave me bad headaches in short time and had to see them in vase through patio door. After the salt and water, I could not smell them and thought something was wrong with her flowers. She let me have them every year when they bloomed.
Next day I got water /minerals out of balance and had to put vase of flowers on porch, pounding headache. Proved to me Batman was right on. So I let as many people as I can hear this information because I used to get three allergy shots every other day for over a year and was allergic to everything.
I've been using nettle capsules for years for seasonal allergies. Before I started using it, I literally hated spring and fall. Now, when my eyes get scratchy, I get stuffed up or my ears itch way down inside, I take a nettle capsule. I don't hate spring and fall anymore. It's the one thing I consistently stay with.
I've recently had an increase in allergies, which I've read could be related to copper toxicity. Note that vegetarians are particularly susceptible, as most zinc-rich vegetarian foods are also high in copper. High-zinc/low-copper foods are mainly animal products, which I haven't been eating much of lately! Sure enough, I was eating a lot of copper-rich foods and taking copper through my B-complex and multivitamin!
Well, I reduced those supplements and added a 50mg chelated zinc tablet. My skin is less dry, is clearing up, and I have more energy! I also have noticed an increase in libido, which apparently zinc has been known to do.
I'm kinda surprised not to see any comments about cutting dairy for allergies. I was allergy free most of my life, til one day at about 33, I got hit with all of them at the same time...oh my God, I was in misery, itchy eyes, runny nose, sneezing, stuffy nose...it took me many many years to even consider it was dairy. So I decided to try an experiment and quit all dairy, no milk, no ice cream, etc, I was done for now. Within a few months, I noticed my allergies subsiding. I had been a dairy junkie, more cheeses than anything, bacon egg cheese bicuits for breakfask, cheeseburger or cheese pizza for lunch, string cheese for snacks etc. So I no longer need over the counter meds to deal with all the stupid allergy stuff save, eye drops ONLY for the springtime...but for nothing else. I probably had no dairy for almost 2yrs. I think my body was over saturated with something from the cheese itself...don't know what, but that's my theory, since I was allergy free for so long, them BAM, my body revolted and had a fit!
So, try it, give up all dairy for a while and see if that helps the symptoms, you'll at least see a decrease in mucus if nothing else. But I hope for overall better results than that.