Is Honey a Natural Cure for Allergies?
I have been cursed. Ok not really, but when I am coughing, sneezing, feel like my head is going to explode because of the pressure and my nose is running like it’s a job, I feel cursed. When I was a kid, I remember my dad saying, “Oh Sarah, I am so sorry I know exactly how you feel, but when you are an adult you will grow out of them.” Whelp, I didn’t grow out of them. In fact they have stayed exactly the same. Did I mention my eyes swell up sometimes?
For years I tried to find relief. I have tried over the counter drugs like Benadryl, Allegra and Claritin with no luck. I even tried natural remedies like eating local honey. Everything would give me temporary relief but nothing long term.
Last year though, I had enough. I was done with the sneezing and nose running every time I walked outside. I was done with the need to scratch my skin raw every time I touched a blade of grass. After 29 years (ok to be fair maybe like 24 years) I made an appointment with my doctor and got the test that should have happened years ago.
The results gave me mixed feelings. On the one hand I was glad, I finally knew what I was allergic to so I could begin to find some relief, on the other hand I wanted to cry.
I am allergic to everything.
No really. I am allergic to everything. Some people may say that as hyperbole, however me? I say it because it is true. In the Spring and Summer and I am allergic to all grasses and basically every type of weed. I am allergic to oak trees and general pollen. But oh wait it gets better. There isn’t any relief in the Winter as I thought there might be. In the Winter I am allergic to dust. Allergic to dust?? Really? Yes, really. Oh yeah, I am also allergic to cats.
After reading the list over and over it meant one thing: I am allergic to where I live. Isn’t that just great…
I am allergic to where I live.
How is it possible that the one place I choose to live, where we bought our house and love to spend our time, I am allergic to??
How do they test for allergies?
Truthfully? The test is horrible. The doctor or nurse takes a block with little bitty needles on it each dipped in a different allergen. They then press that block into your arm. The initial prick isn't bad. It takes less than 5 seconds. The horrible part comes later. Depending on the severity of your reactions your arms get inflamed and indicate what you are allergic to.
Then the itching starts...but you can't scratch it. At all. Yes, the doctor was able to tell what I was allergic to, but the method in which he needed to figure that out was less than pleasant.
If you are still reading this, then you will be happy to know that yes, after my allergy test, the doctor did prescribe me medicine to provide me relief. It has changed my life. No, seriously. Although I am a candidate for the allergy shots, I ain’t got no time to drive 45 minutes to the doctor once a week from now until who knows when, so I opted for the ‘at home version’. All I have to do is take three different medicines every single day for the rest of my life and I am a changed woman. Easy peasy, lemon squeezy.
So what was the point of all this? It’s pretty simple. Allergy season is upon us folks and if you have horrible allergies and have the means to get an allergy test, do it. You won’t regret it. Ok, well you might regret it a bit. But still do it.
PS - The doctor also said eating natural honey may taste good but it does nothing for your allergies. Apparently, the pollen that bees use to make honey isn’t the pollen that flies through the air. If it were, they wouldn’t be able to use it to make honey.
Boom. Mind blown.