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IT'S HOLIDAY TIME!
The Bee Garden Shop will be closed from 3pm on Christmas Eve until 10am on Friday, 18th January.
We shall be charging our batteries during this time, ready for the start of another season!
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HONEY AND HAY FEVER
Recently I have had a number of people asking for local honey because they have hay fever. Received wisdom indicates that taking local honey will ‘cure’ hay fever, but unfortunately it’s not as simple as that!
Basically, hay fever is an allergic reaction to particles of pollen: honey contains microscopic particles of pollen from flowers from which bees have collected nectar in order to make honey – therefore it is suggested that if you take some honey which has been made by local bees you can build up an immunity to the pollen.
This may be the case but there are a number of points which have to be considered:
In order for any immunity to be built up (in much the same way as the principle of homeopathic remedies), you need to take a small amount of honey every day, well in advance of when any symptoms appear. Taking a huge dose of honey when you already have the symptoms will probably not help at all.
It has also been suggested that taking honey from the region is as good as ‘local’ honey. The argument is that plants that grow in your locality, also grow in your county and even further afield.
Much also depends on what pollen causes the hay fever in the first place. If it triggered by grass pollen, or any other wind-borne pollen honey will not help, simply because bees do not collect nectar (and therefore do not make honey) or pollen from these plants.
It is also claimed that the type of flowers that honey bees visit produce pollen that is ‘stickier’ and heavier than the type of pollen that is the main cause of allergies. Allergy-causing pollens (that from grasses, for example) are light and small.
So, does honey help or not? The jury is still out! Some people swear by honey; others do not see any benefit. All I can say is, if it works for you then keep taking it; try it if you are not sure; or take other remedies if you are not convinced!