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Honey, Bee My ‘Zyrtec’ ! ~ 3 Ways Raw Honey Helps Your Allergies

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Allergies.  The body’s way of waging war on what it perceives to be a hostile foreign enemy.  The body’s immune system kicks into high gear;  nose runs, eyes water and burn, maddening facial itching, endless sneezing.  Anyone who suffers from seasonal allergies knows how miserable this can be.

When I was 12 I lived in Augusta Ga. for two years. Thick yellow blankets of pine pollen would coat the parked cars in the springtime.  It literally felt like I had the flu for three straight months in a row my allergies were so bad.  Now, fast forward 36 years.  It used to be people with asthma and allergy issues would move to the desert to find relief.  This is no longer the case.  Phoenix is now a forest of trees and grasses brought in from other areas of the country, and with this non-indigenous plant life comes POLLEN.

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Needless to say, FMS and allergies do not mix.  With an already compromised immune system, an allergy attack is a sure harbinger of a massive flare up.   Medications for allergies can also be a problem with FMS due to chemical sensitivity and possible contraindication because of other drugs being taken.

HONEY  to the rescue!

As you know, I absolutely love baking with honey. Honey is a whole food straight from nature, pure and unrefined.  Always use raw, organic, local and unpasteurized.  You see, pollen is the key to honey’s health benefits (click here).  This may sound odd considering pollen is the main source of allergy problems for many of us, but when digested the pollen the bees have picked up from local plant sources build your body’s immunity against these allergens.  If the honey is pasteurized and filtered, the heat used in these procedures kills all the healing properties.

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~Honey Bee Cheesecake~

GF

~5 pckgs 8oz cream cheese

~1 cup raw unfiltered local honey

~2 eggs

~2 egg yolks

~ 1 1/2 tsp vanilla

~1/2 cup organic sour cream

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Make sure all ingredients are room temperature.  Combine all ing except sour cream in mixer until smooth and creamy.  Stir in sour cream. Wrap bottom of an 8in spring form pan in tin foil creating a seal that will prevent liquid from seeping into pan.  Place in a water bath (a pan with hot water that reaches 1/2 way up spring form pan).  Bake for approx. 1 hour.  Will still be a little jiggly when removed from oven.  Allow to cool and refrigerate for at least 6 hours.  Pour additional honey over to serve.  

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    Alexandra - dontcallmestepmummy
    May 26 at 11:52 pm

    Brilliantly informative post and the cheesecake looks divine. My husband would love me to make this. Bookmarked haha. Thanks for sharing #sharewithme

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      Red
      May 27 at 12:49 am

      Definitely make this for him Alexandra! It’s super easy and deliciously rich 🙂

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    Jessica Joy at The Fit Switch
    May 27 at 6:07 pm

    Great post! I was wondering what the advantages were of raw honey. I knew there was a big difference, but I never researched it. I love using raw honey for facials! It works wonders. : ) Thanks for sharing!

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      Red
      May 27 at 8:36 pm

      Thanks Jessica! Make sure to add to your diet, satisfies the sweet tooth AND is good for you 🙂

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    Lynda Hardy
    May 28 at 6:43 am

    This looks amazing – I can’t wait to give it a try! I’d love it if you’d share this with this week’s Awesome Life Friday link up!

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      Red
      May 28 at 9:28 am

      Sure Lynda! I’ll head on over tonight 🙂

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    Jenny
    May 31 at 1:31 am

    Recipe sounds amazing and I will be trying to cook more with honey too as I have found my all the sudden new allergy to pollen is killing me and everyone keeps telling me about local honey and I think I really need to test it out to help me stop suffering. Great post. Thanks for linking up to Share With Me I hope you are enjoying my blog hop and thanks for all the linky support! #sharewithme

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    Red
    May 31 at 2:39 pm

    Need to make some small adjustments when baking with honey, but it’s totally worth it! 😉

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    All that's Jas
    June 2 at 3:53 pm

    That cake looks so silky! Thank you so much for sharing at Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop!

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      Red
      June 2 at 4:44 pm

      Your welcome Jas! 🙂

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    Marla
    June 3 at 6:33 am

    This is a wonderful recipe and great idea for allergies. I have many types of allergies including seasonal which are extremely bad this year. I just had an attack that went straight to my sinus because I went out to water my window boxes without a mask on. I saw my dr yesterday who practices Integrative Medicine and he said that the level gets worse each year and the studies they have done show that it is going to continue because of climate changes due to toxic chemotrails that are chemicals sprayed into our atmosphere. The scientist are experimenting at the cost of our health. I would love if you would like to come a share your recipe and post on Real Food Fridays that goes live every Thursday @7pm EST. I have shared on Pinterest & twitter. Have a health happy week.

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      Red
      June 3 at 9:43 am

      Thank you Marla! Wow, that’s really terrible about the other day! I’m so sorry your suffering with allergies like that, they can be miserable. Hope your feeling better, and I will definitely stop by 😉

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    Jen
    June 3 at 7:56 am

    Wow, this looks really delicious. Thanks for the tips and info on raw honey. Sometimes I just need someone to explain things simply, and saying how pollen in the raw honey helps us build an immunity has never been explained to me. Thank you!

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    Red
    June 3 at 9:45 am

    Your so welcome Jen! It doesn’t completely eliminate allergies, but I believe my allergies are more tolerable since I started using raw honey in my baking and cooking. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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    Deborah Davis
    June 3 at 6:37 pm

    Hi Red,
    What a delectable dish! I am delighted that you shared your healthy and delicious gluten free Honey Bee Cheesecake recipe as well as the benefits of honey with us on the Plant-Based Potluck Party Link Up. I appreciate it. I’m pinning and sharing.

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    Red
    June 3 at 11:58 pm

    Thank you Deborah! Enjoy! 🙂

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