Is Arizona Honey Good for Arizona Allergies?

Many people believe that eating local honey will help with their seasonal allergy symptoms.  This belief is based on a half truth and one major misunderstanding.   The principle of desensitization, that exposure to small amounts of the thing you are allergic to will make you less sensitive over time is sound.   In fact, this is the principle behind allergy immunotherapy or allergy shots.  However, there is just not enough pollen in honey to have a lasting effect.  More importantly  however, is the fact that the pollen in honey comes from the wrong plants.   The plants that cause most seasonal allergy symptoms, grasses, weeds, and trees. are wind pollinated, not insect pollinated.  So bees do not visit these plants and so the pollen that causes allergies is unlikely to find it’s way into honey.