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MaidenAthene
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I'm not sure if this should be in Food, or in Old wive's tales, but i've heard from my parents that eating honey from local apiaries helps control your allergies (I'm assuming from plant material, not dog dander or dust). Is this a myth or fact?

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My Pubmed-fu is weak today. I'm just not thinking of the right subject headings. Hypersensetivity mostly got hits about people with honey allergies.

It is kind of cool though that there is a bunch of recent articles reinvestigating honey for wound care.

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Nick Theodorakis
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I'm not doing much better on Pubmed, either. Whereas using phrases like "oral tolerance allergies" or "oral tolerance food allergies" bring lots of relevant references, as soon as I add "honey" to the mix I get bupkus.

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I have heard that, too. Apparently, it is supposed to work much like an allergy injection, in that you are exposed, and build up a tolerance to, local pollens. It sounds plausible, but I have no idea whether it is true or not. I have witnessed a friend having an allergic reation to local unpasteurized honey.

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I have heard that it can help lessen the severity of (yes, plant/flower) allergies. Honey is made from pollen. Pollen comes from flowers or flowering plants. Therefore it would only be good for specific allergies to those plants that contributed to the manufacture of the honey. For example, eating orange blossom honey would be NBG to someone with wildflower allergies.

I've not heard that it can cure diddly... just make it less horrible.

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I found
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"Oral desensitization in children"
Allerg Asthma (Leipz). 1965;11(3):118-23. German. No abstract available.
PMID: 5867104 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

"Hay fever and transitory hypertonia following honey injections."
Dtsch Gesundheitsw. 1953 Feb 5;8(6):166. Undetermined Language. No abstract available.
PMID: 13067710 [PubMed - OLDMEDLINE for Pre1966]

"Resultant therapeutic method variations in pollen allergy with special consideration of oral desensitizing of pollen allergic children with honey."
Praxis. 1957 Aug 15;46(33):717-21. German. No abstract available.
PMID: 13484687 [PubMed - OLDMEDLINE for Pre1966]

Unfortunately, they are all in German and they are all old. The search was simply "honey pollen allergy"

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Honey actually comes from nectar. But that nectar does come from flowering plants. Bees also collect pollen, and there is a small amount of pollen in the honey from them carrying it around on their little bodies, but honey is mostly concentrated nectar.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honey

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honey

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Some health food stores sell local pollen that I guess is supposed to be ingested in some way for allergies.

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Pollen is yummy, and is supposed to be really good as an energy source.

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quote:
Originally posted by Rhiandmoi:
Honey actually comes from nectar. But that nectar does come from flowering plants. Bees also collect pollen, and there is a small amount of pollen in the honey from them carrying it around on their little bodies, but honey is mostly concentrated nectar.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honey

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honey

Sorry, you're right of course about the nectar. My bad.

(Edited to fix typo and crappy syntax resulting from typing one-handed while holding a baby.)

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It is kind of cool though that there is a bunch of recent articles reinvestigating honey for wound care.
The product that has been successfully used for wound care is called L-Mesitran. It's a honey based ointment.

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Yeah, I've heard of it being used as a topical wound ointment, but never as an allergy treatment. Weird.

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