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Hi, I read in an old homopathic book that people with asthma could react to honey, I eat a LOT of honey. So three weeks ago I observed my breathing after I ate honey ,and I felt it made short of breath, and by the afternoon, about 5pm I saw a distinct decline in my breathing. So two weeks ago I stopped, and my breathing improved. Monday and yesterday I ate honey again, and I need my blue inhaler at about 5.30pm. Today I have not eaten honey and have had not breathing problems. Has anybody else experienced problems with foods.


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That is interesting.

We are often told that by eating honey from a local sourse it can help build up tollerance to the local pollen and hence lestening the effects of hay fever.

Though thinking about it, it could in reverse sensetize you to the local pollens - there will be trace proteins in the honey from the pollen that the bee has collected from whatever plant it chose to pollinate.

I seem to eat quite a bit of honey. Mainly local, but also Italian at the mo (Lower carbon footprint than Australian or Chillean etc etc)

Manuka honey, made from Tea Tree pollen in Australia is supposed to be antibacterial and have other properties.

Are you allergic to any pollen? May explain the honey effect.

I wonder if Winnie the Pooh every got hayfever?



Hi Kate,

I don't know about winnie the pooh. I live in rural France and I eat the honey of our region, and the only pollen that gives me big problems is called colza in french, in english it is good old rape seed oil.

Before I was diagnosed this year, I went for a walk with my dog Missie-Moo, and we walked in between four very large fields of rape, and I don't know how I got home, because I had a bad asthma attack, I had to just stand still to recover as I had no inhalers at that time, also about two hours after our return home Missie had breathing problems, she had difficaulty breathing in, so I talked to the vet and he said it's not uncommon for dogs to have this problem when running through rape in full flower.


I hate honey - the smell makes me feel queezy. However, here is an OT for you - last night my daughters pony came in with a huge gash on leg and lame. I refuse to pay for another vet call out for them to do everything I could do myself as the pony is ALWAYS either stuck / escaped or in some way damaged! On getting home, I wanted to check I has covered all avenues of infection control etc and apparantly, honey will make the wound heel fast with little scarring! Just not sure I can stomach it though. Interesting thread as there must be something in it that is a pretty active compound!


If something gets into the hive for example a mouse the bees cover it with propolis which is a natural antibiotic and the mouse will not rot, and it is very good stuff useful for all sorts of things


My mums trying to convince me I should eat manuka honey regularly - I told her at over £5 for a tiny jar there was no way I could afford it!


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