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Honey, Allergies and Asthma

Posted by blueberrytalk on October 30, 2018

A quick search through the internet to see what your local honey can do for you.

Honey can be used to treat coughing and the subsequent wheezing associated with asthma. According to ABC News, honey soothes the mucous membranes in your airways. Mucous accumulation in the bronchial tubes, better known as airway constriction, is one of the causes of asthma symptoms. ABC News reports that a study conducted by the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine revealed that honey is effective in treating night-time coughing in children. The same type of coughing is associated with asthma.

An allergic response occurs when immune system proteins (antibodies) mistakenly identify a harmless substance, such as tree pollen, as an invader. In an attempt to protect your body from the substance, antibodies bind to the allergen.The chemicals released by your immune system lead to allergy signs and symptoms, such as nasal congestion, runny nose, itchy eyes or skin reactions. For some people, this same reaction also affects the lungs and airways, leading to asthma symptoms.

The idea behind eating honey is kind of like gradually vaccinating the body against allergens, a process called immunotherapy. Honey contains a variety of the same pollen spores that give allergy sufferers so much trouble when flowers and grasses are in bloom. Introducing these spores into the body in small amounts by eating honey should make the body accustomed to their presence and decrease the chance an immune system response like the release of histamine will occur [source: AAFP]. Since the concentration of pollen spores found in honey is low — compared to, say, sniffing a flower directly — then the production of antibodies shouldn’t trigger symptoms similar to an allergic reaction. Ideally, the honey-eater won’t have any reaction at all.

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Very dark late honey

Posted by blueberrytalk on October 11, 2018

The last honey of the season (from an unknown source) is dark and delicious.

late honey (2)

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Mountain Gordlinia

Posted by blueberrytalk on October 7, 2018

Late foraging opportunitiesĀ  help prevent robbing.

sweet tea

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