How Australian honey for hay fever relieves symptoms
Spring is almost here in Australia! While many of us get excited for the warmer weather this season brings, for others who suffer from allergies like hay fever, it’s not a season to look forward to as much.
Seasonal allergies like hay fever kick off when plants start in spring to produce pollen, which is the powder-like substance that helps plants make seeds and reproduce.
As sufferers know, hay fever is caused when your nose and/or eyes encounter environmental allergens, such as pollens, dust mite, moulds, and animal hair.
At Australian Beekeepers’ Honey, we are often asked by customers if our 100% raw Australian honey can help with their hay fever. Although it’s not a cure, we do believe that our honey can assist with relieving the symptoms associated with hay fever. Here’s how!
Honey and allergies
Let’s start by confirming that honey has not been scientifically proven to cure or reduce allergies. However, although it’s not a “cure” for hay fever, research does show that honey can help with symptoms like those you experience with the common cold: sneezing, a runny nose, coughing, difficulty breathing, and watery eyes.
We’ve written before about how honey can help with coughs and colds: Is honey good for the flu?
Can honey cure hay fever?
Rather than taking antihistamines, could a spoon of honey help cure hay fever?
Some people do swear by it, while others we talk to question it. It’s believed that consuming honey will remedy an allergic reaction by ingesting the small doses of pollen found in honey. However, if you have an allergy to grass pollen, honey won’t help since bees don’t forage for grass pollen.
But we have some great news. Honey does help with some symptoms of hay fever!
Honey as a cough remedy
We know that honey contains antioxidants that help fight viruses. Honey is also praised as a cough remedy since it soothes the irritation in your throat that causes coughing – in fact, it’s so good that the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends honey as a natural cough remedy.
Another study states “honey reduced night-time coughing and improved sleep quality in children with upper respiratory infection to a greater degree than the cough medicine dextromethorphan.”
Buy 100% pure raw Australian honey from AB’s Honey
The antibacterial properties of honey are increased in darker kinds of honey, such as AB’s Honey 100% pure raw Australian Manuka honey. According to global research, 100% pure Manuka honey – especially with an MGO of greater than 100+ – offers relief for a dry and tickly throat and can assist with improving energy levels.
Check out our entire honey range at our online honey shop Simply Honey:
At Simply Honey we only supply honey from the best hives in the country – no imports, just pure raw Australian honey.