ABILENE, Texas – (KTAB/KRBC) – Is it true that locally harvested honey can help relieve allergies? One bee hive remover in Abilene believes so.
Dan Edinger, owner of Angry Bee Removal and Angry Bee Honey in Baird, said that native bees will harvest pollen from local flowering plants and trees, which gets incorporated into their stock of honey. When consuming that local honey, the body creates stronger antibodies that repel the invading pollen in the air.
“We mash the honey very carefully. We break open all the little honeycombs, and then we run it through a filter that takes out all the bad stuff but leaves the pollen in. We want that pollen in for allergy purposes,” Edinger explained.
According to the National Library of Medicine, this works by introducing small amounts of the allergen into the body in order to gradually reduce the chance of an allergic reaction when exposed later on.
Though local honey is effective against most pollens, it unfortunately won’t do much to combat cedar fever, one of the most common allergies known to the area. Honey also has other medical benefits, including improved digestion, a cough suppressant, and is rich in antioxidants.
Edinger also provided advice for anyone who encounters an angry hive on their property.
“Lawnmowers and bees don’t mix. The big secret to that is to get out of their area. Our local bees will quit chasing you 50 to 100 yards away from their hive. Africanized bees, they’ll go. I had them chase me a mile once. Get into a car or get into a house,” Edinger shared.