I’ve heard for quite some time that “honey” can be great for many things – hair, nails, acne, skincare, and combating allergies, especially if it is local to the region in where you reside.
Although I experience seasonal allergies, I have never tried bee honey with the intention of reducing or even eliminating my allergies. I only used honey atop my goat cheese and crackers – which by the way is so delicious and a must try!
I purchased the California Bee Pollen, the Wildflower Honey to put on my cheese & crackers and the Buckwheat Honey to apply to blemishes on my face, or maybe not!
Although I had heard about honey and it’s medicinal benefits for allergies, I didn’t know why the honey has been touted as being effective in treating allergies, so I inquired with the bee-keeper representative. She stated that it is the actual bee pollen in the honey that is important for allergies. She was selling both the straight pollen, honey and honeycomb. The difference between honey and straight pollen is that honey has sugar, hence more calories and carbohydrates and bee pollen is just pure pollen, directly from the plants and flowers. It is not sweet and actually has a bitter taste.
I decided the best option for me was to go with the straight pollen and add it into my morning protein shakes. It was suggested that I started out with ¼ or ½ of a teaspoon, gradually increasing to 1 teaspoon.
So here I am, it’s a beautiful Spring morning and I am giving my new bee pollen a try! I added ¼ of a teaspoon to my Vanilla Complete along with a few fresh strawberries and a banana. I didn’t notice the pollen in my shake! According to Dr. Axe 1 teaspoon 3 times per day is suggested, for a maximum of 60 day.
Shop your local Farmer’s Market to find honey and bee pollen local to your own region.
Did you know? One teaspoon dose of pollen takes one bee working eight hours a day for one month to gather. Each bee pollen pellet contains over two million flower pollen grains contains over 2.5 billion grains of flower pollen. That is amazing!