It’s almost spring, so our thoughts will soon turn to … allergies.

A simple remedy punted by those in favour of alternative treatments is to consume raw honey made locally because the traces of pollen from the flowers on which bees forage could help some of us counter seasonal allergies by desensitising us to local pollens. But, like most remedies classified as “alternative”, the remedy is merely anecdotal, according to the Mayo Clinic website. However, honey does have anti-inflammatory properties, which is probably why it is so often punted as an antidote to a number of ills...

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