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HONEY yes or no

Hi everybody... I have been diagnosed as asthmatic since i had a near fatal pulmonary embolism a couple of years ago. I suffer more with the coughing on exertion and after eating certain foods. Although I can have wheezy episodes but not too often.

I have been told by a family friend that 1 teaspoon of honey in warm water daily can have a good effect.

Has anybody else tried this..

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For centuries honey has been hailed as a miracle food and cure for all sorts of things. Of late scientific research into the merits of honey have been investigated and there is much research available on the Internet praising the merits of honey for general health & well-being plus also for various ailments.

I have read some research online in recent weeks that local honey is important for people who suffer from allegeries . The reasoning being that local honey is made from nectar within your area and it can, supposedly, de-sensitise you to the affects of pollen in your area that might cause allergic reactions such as hayfever, etc. Hence, popping along to your local supermarket to buy a jar of generic honey is probably no good and you really need to seek out a local honey supplier. Whether this works or not is entirely up to individuals I guess.

There is also an expensive honey - Waku(?) - from New Zealand which I think costs about £20 per jar and it is claimed that it has all sorts of health benefits. I think the best thing you can do is to sit down for an hour or so and Google 'honey' and see what results you get.

I also personally find the Femail section of the Daily Mail's website to be excellent as they have, I know, numerous honey related articles on there. That's where I have got most of my limited knowledge of honey from :-)

Hope this helps.



Looking at it from another perspective, those who have salicylate sensitivity linked to their asthma should steer clear of honey due to is apparently high salicylate content (according to info from allergy uk). Salicylate sensitivity is the current line of thinking for the cause of my asthma and urticaria problems and I'm currently on a trial low salicylate diet... I'm quite missing my honey!

However before the restricted diet I would quite often buy local honey both at uni and at home in the hope of warding off some hayfever symptoms, I was never quite sure if it worked or not but anything is worth a try I guess!


Thanks jan


Hi all,

I too have read some interesting articles about honey, some in well respected medical journals. Certain types of honey have antibacterial properties and can retard the growth of bacteria when put on wounds, as well as the suggested benefit to hayfever sufferers.

Whilst I would be slightly hesitant to place too much weight on medical information from the Daily Mail (I have seen some very dubious stuff in there, not to mention gross medical inaccuracies), it seems that to some extent honey really is the business.

Em H


Jan, glad you mentioned the New Zealand honey - it's called Manuka, you were close! - that stuff really is great. Normal honey works well with soothing sore throats etc, bit this Manuka stuff contains some special elements and nutrients and antibacterials that are really good for you. Apparantly, taking one teaspoon a day will boost you health and immune system no end.

One question though, would you still be able to have honey if you had a pollen allergy?


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