Bees offer relief for pollen allergies

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Spring is here and our neighborhood roads are looking quite lovely all lined so beautifully with Dogwoods in full bloom. On those roads, however, are automobiles puttering along in yellow puff clouds of pollen. If you are one of millions of allergy sufferers reaching for yet another box of tissues with your glowing red nose and watery, itchy eyes, you may not feel like taking a deep breath and saying “yes” to spring!

Georgia allergy sufferers beware. A few days ago, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that this spring may be the worst on record for Georgia. This is the second-highest recorded pollen count since 1995 and studies show that several grasses have not even started producing pollen yet.
It is advised that those with severe allergies and asthma stay inside on the days when the pollen count is high to evade the problems this yellow fog can bring to your respiratory system. This is no fun at all considering pollen counts are usually the highest on the brightest, breezy days and lowest when it’s damp and well… gloomy.

The folks at Week’s Honey Farm in Omega, GA have a different buzz to share and it’s one that supports an old wives tale.

“We have customers that declare they get relief from seasonal allergies by taking one teaspoon in the morning and one teaspoon at night of our local wildflower honey,” says Sharon Weeks Crosby who works at the farm with her mother, husband and son.

This three generational family owned farm has been going strong now for fifty plus years and are supported by a long line of die-hard honey fans that stock up as soon as the pollen starts to blanket this region. Please note that it is recommended for best results that you begin this honey regimen a few months prior to pollen season.

“Our wildflower honey contains small amounts of the pollen that many are now suffering from,” says Crosby.

This regimen has been compared to “undergoing a whole series of allergy immunology injections” by Thomas Leo Ogren, author of Allergy Free Gardening and Safe Sex in the Garden.

Taking in small amounts of local pollen is thought to work like a homeopathic, by consuming small amounts on a consistent daily basis, the body tends to build up an immunity to it. It must be local honey or you’ll be ingesting a pollen from some other place and building up a resistance to it instead of what’s growing in your own backyard.

This is just one more reason to thank our little bee friends for all their hard work benefiting the welfare of our planet in so many ways. Albert Einstein once predicted if bees were to disappear, man would follow only a few years later. Let’s pray this theory is never put to the test!

Crosby says that it is relieving to see the bees flourishing right now. “The winter is when it’s the most critical and we did have the concern of dying bees then. Fortunately, the government has finally gotten the funding for research. This needs to be top priority.”

With bees being such an intricate part of our environment, it is unwise to not take note when they suddenly start disappearing and dying. It’s as if their little bodies and colonies should be thought of as our global barometer.

Weeks Honey Farm not only provides our area with quality local honey but they also crop pollinate for produce farmers in this region. You may find their honey in town at Bill’s Health Food and Vitamin Store, Juicy Mamas Natural Foods Market and Tommy Mc’s Produce. The farm also sells honey direct to the public. You may contact them at (229) 769-3293.

Comments

  1. Hi Kristen! Thanks for following my blog 🙂 It looks like you found a great source of raw honey too! Wow, isn’t it amazing!

    I love hearing all about your green adventures – you are a gift to our community!

  2. Much love for the BEES, for without them we shall not eat, much….

    I got my uncle on local honey and watched his severe allergies lesson to the point where he was able to drop his meds.

    Pollen, royal jelly, propolis, you name it, get it in ya!!!

    Bless

  3. Kristen Taylor says:

    Thanks for the comments! I just stocked up on some buzzin’ bee pollen today! Yes — a BIG thanks ot our little bee friends!

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