@Shawna: I can't seem to find anyone local that makes honey (doesn't mean there isn't a beekeeper around here though)....how did you find yours? I have such bad allergies & I've heard, that too.
Shawna, that's why we initially bought the honey from my friend. My daughter is sick ALLLLLLLL the time, primarily respiratory stuff, and we're trying everything we can to get her past it. But since we had it, I started eating it too, and now I put it in everything, lol!
@Lizanne: Whenever I move some where new as I have done a handful of times the past 20 years. I always go to a local craft fair or fruit market or the likes. If no one is there selling honey I ask some of the other vendors if they know a local bee keeper. I've always been lucky and found someone where ever we've moved within a few months.
Note: You need to make sure the honey comes from a local hive called colonies within about 15 miles (or less - preferably). Some sellers are re-sellers of honey from colonies a few hours away. You need it as local to where you will spend/live most of the time for it to be beneficial to you allergy wise. (Honey is good for several other health benefits besides allergies) But I've had so many people tell me it didn't work for them only to find out they were buying honey at the local fruit stand/market but it was from 2 states away. Well... of course that wont work. The pollen may not even be from trees, flowers, plants, that are even in your area if it's that far away.
Here's a good site to start your search, and maybe not even have to travel. A lot of these people will meet you at your local Walmart or Target parking lot or telling you where they sell at close by.
And Here's a couple more tips in using it for allergies: (resharing from an allergy info website)
1-Start consuming the local honey well in advance of the allergy season where you live. Honey is almost all nectar, from various plants. It contains little bits of pollen that has fallen off the bodies of bees as they fly from flower to flower. The pollen is what causes allergies to wreak havoc in your life. The little bits of pollen you are consuming over time help your body learn how to handle the invader in a more user-friendly way. Over time, this results in a lessening of the intensity of your seasonal allergic reaction.
2-Try to use raw honey, unheated and unpasteurized. It is thought that heated or pasteurized honey may destroy the bits of pollen, which is what is needed to help your body learn to control your seasonal allergic reactions.
3-Consume 2 to 3 spoonfuls of the gooey stuff each day. You can spread it on toast, biscuits or use it to sweeten your tea. Even hot tea isn't as hot as pasteurization, and should not pose a risk to killing the pollen spores that your body needs to develop an immunity to the seasonal allergies that plague your life.
@Shawna: That's a lot of good information - tyvm! It never even occurred to me to ask around at a local craft fair...
YW! Glad it was useful... I love sharing anything that helps others, especially trying to stay off drugs for the simple things. Good Luck!