another fun fact about me: i am fascinated by nature and the animal kingdom. i am a discovery channel nerd. i love shark week. i recorded the entire life series, narrated by oprah winfrey, on my dvr. as a kid, my mom got me & my sisters the entire childcraft – the how & why library. out of the entire library, my favorite childcraft book was the world of animals. i am obsessed with dolphins – as a child i had dreams of growing up to be a marine mammalogist. i think i even wrote a book about it in the 3rd grade – me, my boat & my dolphin. i had some pretty bad ass illustrations, too…
fast-forward 20 years later, mammalogy is not associated with my name whatsoever, i have a dolphin that has taken permanent residence on my right hip – smile & all, and i steer clear of any nautical vehicles, unless i feel like regurgitating my lunch. i do, however, have horrible allergies that pop up whenever the weather changes or when things start blowin around in the air.
when i first started having allergy attacks about 2 years ago, i was in denial that it was even allergies. i was in denial because my mom has allergies and she is a hot mess. not just during allergy “season,” but all year round! i didn’t mind inheriting my mom’s (lack of) height, her selective hearing (i am slightly deaf in both ears), or her quirkiness, but oh-my-gawd her allergies! then, one year my cousin confirmed it. (our moms are sisters, and yep – they both have allergies). she had been allergy-free up until her mid- to late-20′s, then all of a sudden, it was like she woke up one morning (bam!) and they were there! so i feel like that’s kinda what has happened to me: 2 years ago, they were no big deal. last year it was annoying, but bearable. this year – i am miserable: itchy throat, red/watery eyes, coughing (straight up nastiness), hoarse voice (because of the itchy throat), and congestion… OUT OF NOWHERE! ugh. horrible.
at work the other day, misery must’ve been written all over my face, because everyone at work commented on how i wasn’t lookin to hot. (thanks for the honesty, loves). i had bigger fish to fry than to worry about how i looked. i couldn’t breathe and my nose was running like crazy! i am usually against medication, but desperate times call for desperate measures. one of the girls, we call her juds, suggested zyrtec – “the miracle drug”. i picked up a bottle of the liquid gels (i heard they work faster) at cvs… and yes it most definitely is the miracle drug! i could breathe again!
what really caught my attention about allergy relief was taking tbsp. of honey a day… seriously? one of the guys on the team suggested it after i mentioned how bad my allergies were. mind you, not the honey that comes in the plastic bear, but local honey from local bees. i never heard about this natural remedy before, but apparently once he mentioned it, a handful of other people said they heard that it works! this is fabulous news for me, i would rather go the natural route than have to pop a pill everyday anyway!
with this new nature-based knowledge, i drove to the closest whole foods market and picked up a jar of my local honey, sage honey, to be exact. although, i also saw avocado honey on the shelf which peaked my curiosity, but i was not in the mood to be daring.i figured i didn’t have anything to lose, and if it doesn’t work, i could just go back to the zyrtec. i’m on day 3 of my sage honey allergy experiment. i’ve noticed that the itchiness in my throat has subsided, my coughs not as gnarly, and that my eyes aren’t red! (without the aid of zyrtec). the best part, it tastes good – nature’s natural sweetener. the animal kingdom never ceases to amaze me.
fun honey links:
amen bee products – suppliers of my daily honey fix
earth clinic honey remedies – other natural benefits of honey! i’m thinking about trying some of these out, too!
honey bee facts – learn about your buzzin’ buddies
honey locator – sooo awesome! read about local honey all over the country, the flavor of each honey & local honey farms in your area!
give honey a try…
winnie-the-pooh knows what i’m talkin about!