All winter, I long for spring to arrive, so that I can play outside with the kids. When spring does finally arrive, the pollen drives me and the kids back indoors. I find that highly unfair. Don’t you? It’s hard to watch the little ones rub their eyes and noses all day.

The culprit behind spring allergies is mainly the pollen flying around from local flowering trees and plants. Local honeybees take this pollen back into their beehives and leave traces of it in their “nectar” or honey. These small amounts of pollen present in the honey can provide a way for allergy sufferers to slowly build resistance to the pollens. Local honey, if taken orally in small amounts, can be helpful over time in building such a resistance. Now that may be a slow process, but it may be worth it. Of course, honey contains a lot of sugar, so don’t overdo it either. One teaspoon a day for children is an adequate amount. Remember, honey is NOT recommended for anyone under one year of age. Also make sure the honey has been through the pasteurization process.

Remember, local honey is helpful for fighting only pollen-related allergies. There are many other outdoor environmental allergens out there. Combating spring allergies for you kids requires a comprehensive game plan, one which you should formulate with your pediatrician.

Taking small amounts of honey is only one of the tools you can use. When it comes to honey, looks like “staying local” is for the best!

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