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Does Honey Cure Ragweed Allergies or Is it Too Good to Be True?

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If you’re one of the many sufferers of ragweed allergies, you may be looking for relief from your symptoms as the fall allergy season settles in. Unfortunately, the warmer temperatures we’ve been experiencing due to climate change have increased carbon dioxide concentrations which allows ragweed and other plants to produce more allergenic pollen. The airborne pollen can travel for hundreds of miles in the wind, easily making its way into homes through open windows, on clothing, and pets.

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For those suffering from hay fever symptoms, reports that their allergy symptoms could be lasting longer is certainly unwelcome news. Many have started the search for natural allergy relief rather than taking more medicine—which can have undesirable side effects – or continuing to be uncomfortable inside and outside of the house.

Can Honey Cure Your Hay Fever Symptoms?

Instead of heading to the pharmacy, some people are heading to the farmers market to find locally sourced honey to cure their ragweed allergies. According to Web MD however, this is more myth than fact. 

The idea that vaccinating against allergies by ingesting small amounts of pollen deposited in honey by bees has some scientific backing – but studies have shown little or no correlation to reduced allergy symptoms. The most obvious reason for honey’s lack of effectiveness is that it doesn’t possess the quantities or types of pollen required to immunize against common allergies.

That doesn’t mean there aren’t other ways to find natural allergy relief. Reducing the severity of your allergy symptoms is possible without a trip to the pharmacy.

Top 3 Natural Ways to Fight Hay Fever Symptoms

Essential Oils in the Shower

Perhaps the most relaxing way to find allergy relief is a hot shower with a few drops of essential oils in the bottom of the tub. Not only will the water wash off any pollen that has collected on your body during the day, the steam and essential oils will open up your sinuses and moisturize dry nasal passages.


For the last three thousand years, people have been using acupuncture to find relief from chronic pain, as treatment for infertility, and of course, allergy relief. While studies have shown mixed results, acupuncture can be a reasonable option for those with mild allergy symptoms looking to minimize their medication use.

Whole-House Air Purification

Installing an AprilAire Whole-House Air Purifier in your existing HVAC system can help to reduce the amount of allergens in the air. Since allergy symptoms are a direct reaction to pollen and other airborne particulates, purifying the air in your home should improve your Indoor Air Quality and help you breathe Healthy Air at home.

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