Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Local Honey & Allergies....

Gillyweed is now selling sweet, delicious honey made right here in Coweta County by Craig & Josie Exner of Clay Creek Farms!!!  Although nobody in my house suffers from allergies and the dreaded Georgia pollen, I've always heard one way to help ward off allergy symptoms is to consume locally grown honey.  Here is a great article about that very same question written by Robin Shreeves...
 "The theory about local honey and allergies is this: your local bees are more likely to collect pollen from the local flowers in your area. That pollen will end up in small amounts in the honey produced. By ingesting that honey on a regular basis, the person eating the honey will build up immunity to the pollens from the flowers in their local region. It’s sort of like a vaccine taken little by little.
That’s the theory. There doesn’t seem to be any scientific evidence to back that up, however. I can’t find any scientific studies that test the theory. Even without scientific evidence, this seems like one of those ideas worth trying. There are other proven benefits, too. Honey can immediately sooth a sore throat (whether it’s caused by seasonal allergies or not). It’s a natural, temporary energy booster. According to the National Honey Board, it “contains small amounts of a wide array of vitamins and minerals, including niacin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium and zinc.”
 Most importantly, bee farmers are on the front lines of helping to save our decreasing bee population.  Purchasing local honey helps to support the local honey farmers and local community!  Small 8oz Honey Bears start at $4.50.... yum!!

1 comment:

  1. Honey is a very healthful food! Back in the day we could get "raw" honey; honey that hadn't been processed to where all the nutrients are taken out. I bet the Clay Creek Farms honey is awesome. I use to use raw honey on my face and hands. Smear it on and leave it about 10 minutes and rinse it off. My skin always felt so smooth and soft. And I like Robin Sheeves theroy. Maybe there is something to that...
    My father was a bee keeper. Your photos have brought back good memories.