This marks the third year that I have prepared for allergy season by ingesting small amounts of bee pollen leading up to spring. My absolute favorite ways to consume it are in smoothies or sprinkled atop granola and almond milk. Since incorporating this practice into my life, I am thrilled to say that I no longer suffer from seasonal allergies. As someone who does not like to be dependent on medication, I’m forever grateful for this natural remedy!

Bee pollen, deemed a superfood and potent antioxidant, is packed with vitamins, minerals, and all nine essential amino acids. To wrap your head around its effectiveness in relation to relieving seasonal allergies, think of it like a vaccine. By ingesting small amounts of bee pollen at a time, the allergens within it trigger the body to produce antibodies. Over time, these antibodies help the body build resistance to flower and tree pollen, thereby limiting or eradicating allergy symptoms.

Because pollen is so specific to the flowers and trees in a given region, purchasing local bee pollen is key. If you are located in the Philadelphia area, Swarmbustin’ Honey is an excellent option. They offer two varieties depending on the time of year: light, spring-harvested bee pollen and dark, summer- and fall-harvested bee pollen. Although I’m sure this goes without saying, if you allergic to bees in any way, shape or form, it’s probably best to stay away from it.

Do you have personal experience with bee pollen? If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comments!