Does Honey Help with Allergies?

November 11, 2019 by Misty Fry
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Honey, nature’s nectar made from bees. Honey is a popular condiment for tea, toast, and rolls, and it dates back to early civilizations usage for wound healing and other ailments. As good as it tastes, it also delivers anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory support to the body.  There is much widespread belief that honey can help with allergies, particularly local raw honey. Unfortunately, according to research studies, honey doesn’t help with allergies. That said, honey has other benefits besides its sweet taste.

Honey works as an anti-inflammatory

Despite there is no scientific research to support the direct correlation to honey and allergies, honey provides anti-inflammatory support to the body. Inflammation is a response to an allergy reaction in the body. Although it can’t help prevent allergies, it can help the body’s response to allergies. When the body detects a foreign body (pollen or dust), it reacts through inflammation. This inflammation comes from the histamine surging throughout the body. The adrenal glands release cortisol to reduce inflammation. So adding honey to your diet can undoubtedly support your adrenal glands with less demand to produce cortisol.

Honey and asthma

Asthma is a chemical reaction within the body from allergies in more extreme cases. Studies show that honey is a cough suppressant resulting in less asthmatic responses to heightened allergies, called allergic asthma.

Honey and sore throat

As a natural antibacterial and antivirus, if you have a sore throat, the wound healing properties in honey can heal raw and irritated tissue in the throat. In addition, reduce inflammation in your throat from coughing or infections.

Keep honey in your pantry.

Despite there isn’t evidence to support a direct link to a reduction in allergies by ingesting honey, there are other correlations that can be attributed to honey that can ease the ailments that come with allergies. If you have asthma or even a cough, honey can help reduce your body’s inflammatory responses and provide some relief. Keep in mind that coughing is excellent and helps remove excess mucus build-up in the lungs, so it is a benefit not to suppress coughing at all times. **Do not give honey to babies under one year of age because of a rare form of botulism.

If you have a severe or persistent cough that lasts longer than two weeks, it may be time to make an appointment. Contact your doctor to make sure it isn’t another underlying health condition. If you suspect your allergies have worsened or you would like to determine if you have allergies, contact us today for an appointment.

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