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March, 19 2018

Can local honey help you with your hayfever?


Yvonne @JdeV Glasgow Shawlands store

Itchy eyes streaming with water, the sneezing, alternating between the extremes of a blocked nose to a nose that just won’t stop running, the tickly throat… yup it’s definitely coming up to that time of year again – hayfever season! When it comes to hayfever how to treat and tackle symptoms remains at the forefront of our minds. There are many different kinds of treatment for hayfever out there but today I’ll be taking a look at whether or not local honey can help to provide relief from those pesky symptoms! 

How does the honey treatment work?

The honey treatment is thought to work through ‘desensitisation.’ Honey contains anti-inflammatories and helps to boost the immune system, traces of pollen found in the honey are thought to introduce small quantities of pollen into the system to begin building immunity to hayfever symptoms. Sounds like the perfect natural remedy for hayfever right? However, there is a small catch that not many are aware of…

Firstly, honey is made from nectar not pollen. The pollen found in honey is pollen that gets stuck to the honey bee’s legs which means that only small amounts of pollen actually reach the honey. What’s more, this may not even be the right kind of pollen to help stop your hayfever symptoms!

A whopping 18 million people in the UK suffer from hayfever, with the condition thought to affect one in every 4 people.[1] However, that being said, it is more often caused by pollen from weeds, trees, and grasses rather than pollen from the bright flowers that bees collect the pollen from. Although more people tend to suffer from tree, weed, and grass pollen, it is still possible to suffer from pollen caused by flowers.

Despite the argument against using honey for hayfever, many people have tried and tested the honey remedy and swear by it. But, be warned – you may not see much relief from symptoms if you use supermarket bought honey!

Pollen levels are geographically influenced and not only is supermarket honey more likely to be made outside of the UK, it is often heavily processed which can kill off the pollen, making it useless as a hayfever defence. Bee keepers advocate local honey as it is not overly refined and will contain pollen traces from the local area in which your symptoms crop up![2]

What else can I do to combat hayfever?

When it comes to hayfever, we love A.Vogel’s Pollinosan Hayfever Tablets! Made using a unique A.Vogel formula these tablets contain a combination of 7 natural herbs that work together to help relieve annoying hayfever symptoms. These nifty tablets are non-drowsy, asthma-friendly and made using organically grown herbs – that’s a win in our book!

What’s more, for those of you who suffer at the whims of nasal discomfort during hayfever season, A.Vogel also have a handy Pollinosan Luffa Nasal Spray that can be used in combination with their tablets. This nasal spray helps to cleanse the nasal passages whilst also restoring fluid and moisture to soothe those inflamed nostrils. This spray contains no nasty preservatives or contraindications with other hayfever medications and it can even be used by children over the age of 6.



[1] https://www.nasalguard.co.uk/Allergy_Statistics_UK_a/267.htm
[2] http://www.itv.com/news/london/2014-05-21/could-a-spoon-of-local-honey-a-day-cure-hayfever/