Apr 11, 2012 7:09 PM by Lacey Steele

Local honey may help your pollen allergies

If you're allergic to pollen, listen up!

Bees may be the answer to your problems.

We discovered a solution some allergy sufferers really believe in.

Bees may have a link to allergies that will surprise you.

"I have many people that come to my house and want local pollen, local honey that has local pollen in it," said Dennis Shearer, a bee keeper in Pueblo County.

It doesn't take much local honey.

"Just a tablespoon of honey per day, whether it be in coffee, or tea, or on a piece of bread, or whatever, will do the job, but it takes awhile to get it into your system and get everything going," said Shearer.

Many allergy sufferers say they can tell a difference, including Shearer.

"By taking this honey, you kind of build up a tolerance, very slowly, you build up a tolerance, so then when you are exposed to that large dose of pollen, it's not as bad," said Shearer.

He said it will not cure your allergies, only lessen the symptoms as long as the honey is made within 50 miles of your home.

"Many people get a real benefit from eating local honey, and the closer it can be to where they live, the better it is," said Shearer.

Bee keeping is a fun hobby he has enjoyed for 25 years, and it's rewarding to know he can also help others with those pesky allergies.

Here's a list of some of the apiaries in our area:

Dennis Shearer near Avondale (719) 948-2710
Honey Cottage in Colorado Springs (719) 329-0525
Schmidt Apiaries in Colorado Springs (719) 574-1283
Johnston Honey Farm in Rocky Ford (719) 254-6449



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