Some turning to bees for allergy relief

Created: 03/19/2014 7:11 PM
By: Jen Samp, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Many New Mexicans turn to local honey as an allergy solution although there really isn’t hard evidence behind the honey cure, many people swear by it.

James Lynch says he loves taking his kids out to the parks in Albuquerque, but hates the allergies that come with it.

“I just get real bad sinus and congestion,” he said. He also tries to avoid pharmaceutical medications for his symptoms.

“You see all the commercials with all the side effects,” he said.

Lynch is not alone many New Mexicans resort to a natural remedy that has been buzzing around for years.

“The great thing about local honey is that it really is the taste of your neighborhood,” she said.

Jessie Brown is one of 400 beekeepers in Albuquerque.

She says many New Mexicans want local honey.

That’s because bees pick up the same pollen that causes allergies.

The hope is the honey will help with immunity to the allergens that make them miserable this time of year.

“Bees travel 3-5 miles from their hive to gather nectar so when you taste New Mexico honey you actually do taste our city and state,” she said.

Brown says allergy season started early, a little too early for the bees.

Right now it's hard to keep up with bees still in winter mode.

“I can’t possibly make enough honey and I think a lot of bee keepers say the same thing we can’t make enough honey to support the demand,” she said.

But you can’t push Mother Nature and bees rely on the moisture for plants.

“When there is a drought the flowers aren’t producing nectar and the bees use that as a food source,” she said.

“Brown suggests people buy honey that was harvested last fall, until the local bees get a chance to catch up,” Brown said.

A piece of honeycomb from a local farm usually goes for $10, but farmers say the price will be going up when summer hits.

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