Hayfever and honey

Last year a few people suffered from hayfever and were talking about using honey to help so here's a reminder!

(Details from my father-in-law who's a beekeeper.)

You should start taking the honey about 3 months before your hayfever season starts. Take a teaspoonful every day and chew it.

The honey should be local, from within a 10 mile radius of where you run. The best is comb honey or if you go direct to the beekeeper you may be able to get "cappings" which are the bits taken off the comb to extract the honey.

Good luck!


  • that could be this years "top tip"
  • That would be good. I don't suffer from hayfever (fingers crossed) but I really want to know if/how well it works.
  • Ah I remember this last summer! Not managed to track down any honey local to me though!
  • I'll start looking now for a local supply and see if it works. Anything to relieve or get rid of hayfever!
  • Hammerite - where do you live? Email me direct if you like.
  • Just found this link for the British Beekeepers' Association

  • Boing!
  • I have local honey throughout the winter and don't suffer with hayfever anymore in the summer...it's bliss :)
  • Was that the prize jar, Trin, or from another bee-keeper?
  • No, I've been having local honey through the winter for 2 years now and there are a couple of bee keepers local to Alveston. The 'prize jar' came in very handy though, as I'd run out :)
  • Mine's not lacal but it is free and comes in a 10lb plastic bucket (sometimes labelled Rollmop Herrings!)
  • Mmm...honey with a hint of fish :)
  • ...and pickling spices.
  • So interesting not sure of a supply local to me, my honey at present is from Devon!!
    Live each day as if it was your last  give it all you have to reap the rewards.
  • Poppy - I'll try and track down a local beekeeper for you if you want. The more local to where you run, the better.
  • K2-That would be fantastic I run in Swansea around Killay,and Mumbles area's

    Thanks for any help:-)
    Live each day as if it was your last  give it all you have to reap the rewards.
  • Poppy - this is the best I can do at the momnet. They should be able to give you the name of someone in your area.

    Welsh Beekeeper's Association
    Pen Cefn
    SY25 6LL

    Tel: (01974) 298336
  • Boing!
  • Boing for Escargot.
  • Boing boing.
  • K2 - Only found this again, thanks for your offer of finding a local producer a few months back!!

    I actually managed to find some last week sold in the local pharmacy and actually produced about 1 mile from where I live. Looks like the beekeeper is cashing in on the hayfever/honey thing by selling to the local pharmacy!!
  • Hammerite - seems like a good idea to me! One of the difficulties with the local stuff is tracking it down - I know there's a beekeeper near me as we get honey bees in the garden but don't know where he/she is.
    Not that I need to buy any honey......

    Apparently a company is developing pollen tablets as an anti-hayfever measure. Not sure how effective they'd be, as father-in-law says it has to be local stuff.
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