Richmond, VA—Local beekeepers offer a unique solution to those suffering from allergies in central Virginia: surprisingly, honey may help remedy your worst allergy symptoms.
"We all call it hallelujah honey," says Lee Blue, who says he, his wife and their four children take a spoonful of honey every day. Blue says the sweet condiment is an effective allergy-buster.
"it doesn't cut it out 100% but nobody is on any medication and it's been very helpful we've been taking it for years now."
Local Beekeeper Bob Stapleton explains why honey is so helpful, saying it works like a vaccine to desensitize the body to pollen over a period of time.
"It's in the honey and pollen itself. By taking it daily, you can build up your immune system to whatever problem that you're having."
Some doctors, however, remain skeptical. The pollen in honey is different that what is blowing around in the air and causing sneezing and itchy eyes. Ultimately, health experts agree that more research on honey as an allergy medicine is needed.
Advocates of the all-natural remedy stand by the sweet stuff, and Stapleton agrees.
"Physically, I can't tell you what impact honey is having on their system, but psychologically, people tell me it's helping them. "If they feel better and are able to get through the pollen season by taking honey on a daily basis, that's great."
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