It's springtime in New England, which means 2 things: mud and allergies.
Mud can be fun, allergies on the other hand... those are awful. They always have been for me. In the past I have lived on various allergy meds, Sudafed being my top choice. Over the years I found that if it didn't have a decongestant, it wasn't worth trying.
Now though, I'm breastfeeding, which means no decongestants. Last year I suffered through, miserable for most of springtime. This year I needed something to change.
I've always known that raw, local honey is good for you. I'm not sure when exactly I learned that it helps with allergies, but it makes sense.
I'm not going to get into the science of honey, because I don't actually know how it works. I just know it has something to do with the fact that the bees use the same type of pollen that is causing the irritation.
It is still early spring, but some members of my family of origin are already having sinus issues, and I haven't noticed anything.
Some ways we eat honey:
In tea. I don't drink it often, but every bit helps.
Peanut butter and Honey sandwiches (The Minion's favorite.)
On a spoon.
In yogurt (I don't like this, but The Minion does)
Cinnamon, Honey Butter. This is by far the least healthy way to eat it, but it is sooo yummy!
You can find the original recipe here, I felt that there was too much powdered sugar though, so I added half what it called for. You could probably add even less and maintain great flavor, but the texture won't be the same, it will most likely be very hard to spread when it's cold.
Cinnamon Honey Butter
1 cup butter (room temperature)
1 cup honey (organic, raw, local honey is best)
1/2 cup powdered sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
Whip honey in a stand mixer until smooth.
With the mixer still going, add honey, mix until smooth.
Slowly add powdered sugar and cinnamon until combined.
Store in the fridge. I've had it in there for over a month and it's still good!
Share! What is your favorite natural way to combat seasonal allergies?