Ragweed season is early. Well, of course it is. It's 2020!
Ragweed is THE biggest fall allergy trigger in the fall. It typically starts with warm days and cooler nights in August, particularly if there's been enough rain in the early summer. Even if ragweed doesn't grow where you live, its pollen can find you. A single plant can produce up to a billion pollen grains per season, and if the wind is right, they can travel hundreds of miles. The "sneezin' season" often lasts well into October.
Goldenrod, often mistaken for Ragweed, is NOT causing your allergies. It's an important food source for pollinators this time of year, so please don't uproot it!
About 75% of people allergic to spring plants react to ragweed. Symptoms include itchy and runny noses, itchy and watery eyes - often with dark circles under them - along with sneezing and coughing. For some people who are allergic to ragweed, certain types of produce, including bananas, melon, and zucchini, can also cause symptoms.
If you struggle with allergies, you've probably tried the usual treatments - antihistamines to stop the dripping and itching, decongestants to relieve stuffiness, and steroid nasal sprays to reduce inflammation.
There are more natural approaches - including Sweet's Elderberry Syrup, made with seasonally harvested raw honey that captures the very types of pollen causing your discomfort. Elderberry syrup contains anti-inflammatory compounds, as well as Vitamins A and C. Honey is more effective at soothing throats and coughs than dextromethorphan, the active ingredient in many over-the-counter cold and allergy medications.
Dr. Cammy Benton of Benton Integrative Medicine in Huntersville, NC, says, "We have used various forms of elderberry syrup for daily immune support, but I really prefer the taste of Sweet's and am convinced that local raw honey has added benefits, including seasonal allergies. I highly recommend this product because it is also made with love and the desire to improve the health of those who use it."
Bottled Sweet's Syrup contains honey local to the Southeastern United States. If you're outside that area but would like the seasonal support of local honey, blend your region's varietal with a Sweet's DIY Kit.
You'll want to take your daily serving, of course, but can consume Sweet's every three hours if you're experiencing seasonal discomfort. A Sweet's shot glass can make dosing simple! It's dishwasher-safe, with convenient markings for a teaspoon (child's serving) and tablespoon (teen/adult serving).
Be well, Sweet friends!