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Treatments for Hayfever

To stop the sneezing and your eyes from watering:

We’ve seen amazing results based on this idea, and are impressed by the theory of oral tolerance, which reasons that humans become accustomed to things they ingest.

Scientifically tested and proven, the idea is known as "exposure therapy". To put it simply, if people eat local pollens by eating pollen rich honey, any allergic reaction to pollen such as hay fever should diminish in the spring and summer.

Although it sounds strange it has worked for various people we know, without having to take any over-the-counter medication. Obviously, to some extent you have to know which pollens you are allergic to for it to work.

The most important thing is that you buy local honey, as this means that the same pollens you are exposing yourself to by eating the honey, are also the same pollens that are causing your horrible hayfever reactions. If you go on holiday during the summer, be sure to go straight to a local store and buy some new honey - as any honey you brought from home won't work!

This common ailment is marked by watery eyes, sneezing and a running nose, in other words there is an excess of fluid, which the body is drastically trying to offload.

For another effective relief use honey and cider vinegar. Take a tablespoon of honey after each meal for approximately a fortnight before the onset of the hay fever season. During the hayfever season, two teaspoons of cider vinegar and two of honey in a glass of water, should then be taken three times a day. The dosage should be maintained during the entire hay-fever season.

This information is an edited extract from the book 'Honey and its many health benefits' by Margaret Briggs. And is available for purchase from Bookmart Ltd, Blaby Road, Wigston, Leicester, LE18 1SE.

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