Local Honey and Lavender Nectar for Allergies
I don't know about you, but seasonal allergies are kicking my butt yet again. I never suffered too terribly from them growing up, but for the past five or so years something clicked over for me. I get incredibly congested, runny and itchy nose, itchy watery eyes, and even a cough some days. I use quite a few different things for relief around the house like herbal tea recipes, diffusing essential oils (I use doTERRA's Breathe, and it is amazing), and now I take 1-2 tablespoons of local, raw honey a day. While there are few studies that eating honey can lessen your allergy suffering I don't see a problem with trying it. I also give a spoonful to Tad every now and then to get his body used to the pollen collected around us.
The reason that doctors believe eating raw honey doesn't work is because there's no way of knowing if the traces of pollen in the honey contain the same pollen from the plants that cause seasonal allergies. But they also never seem to mention that it could have that pollen. I also have noticed that most studies never seem to mention that honey harvested can be selective to certain plants. Either way, since our family does not have sensitivities to honey, why not give it a shot?
I decided to make a little honey "nectar" or cough syrup of sorts to use. While you can just take some raw honey, this mix is kind of fun to use on all sorts of things like in drinks, your morning coffee, or even a sparkling water! The mix of lavender helps to calm and soothe you, relaxing your aching body and relieving the stress that seasonal allergies can cause.
Ingredients + Recipe |
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup local raw honey
- 2-4 tbsp dried lavender
- In a small sauce pot, boil the water. Reduce it to a simmer and add the lavender buds. Let simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Remove from heat and cover the water with lavender for 15 minutes to allow it to further steep.
- Slowly stir in the raw honey. You want it to be local so that you may benefit from the local pollen! Make sure the water is warm but cool enough to touch; if you add the honey while the water is still hot, it may not hold all of the possible beneficial properties.
- Keep in a container with an airtight seal in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. You may take the nectar in doses each day if you like, about 1-2 tablespoons a day, or add it to your favorite drink (tea, coffee, lemonade, etc). I think that this recipe is best in a drink due to the floral lavender taste! It works great in champagne or a seltzer as well.
I like this recipe because the mix of steeped lavender water really helps the honey to become less thickened and spread farther. If there's anything I hate when it comes to drinking tea is that my honey always seems to like to settle at the bottom of the cup. This really helps it dissolve into the liquid before I take my first sip! This is definitely not a cure for allergies, and I am not a doctor. I just like to try new things! If anything, use it as a preventative measure for your allergies and enjoy the delicious combo in your morning drink. Plus you are supporting your local beekeeper!