Don’t ‘BEE’ Miserable During Spring: The Magic of Bee Pollen and Green Things

Spring can be the best and the worst for me personally, in so many ways. Springtime brings both a sense of renewal as well as (unfortunately), a seriously case of the sneezies.

But let’s begin with the praise of primavera, shall we?

REASONS THAT SPRING IS THE HONEY TO MY OATMEAL:

1) All Things Green.

I don’t know about you, but the bare branches and turtle necks start to wear on my soul near the end of March and the first sprouts of green grass or leaves on the trees appear like a breath of fresh air to thaw my winter blues! I’m convinced that velvety green grass underneath your feet can improve your mood, no matter how sour a day.

2) FLOWERS and more FLOWERS

Peonies, daisies, daffodils, even dandelions. (So what if they are a weed.) I love them all. Flowers may hold no practical or vital function to humans, yet they do SO much. They are a life boat for the existence of bees and plant life. Not to mention each type of flower is different. Can you just take a moment and think about how cool it is that flowers exist? God was the perfect scientist, chemist, and mathematician when he created the world, but was he not also the most exquisite artist? Flowers are so visually wonderful to the human senses that they seem to trigger an emotional response of pleasure as well. (Not to mention they smell fantastic.) And I choose to believe the last bit was added in just for us.

3) Vegging Out

Spring is the perfect time to start your garden, and you don’t have to be jack and the bean stock for something magic to occur! Whether you have a green thumb and start from the seed or prefer to by the plants to place in your garden plot, April and May are the two prime months for revving up your garden for a summer bounty. According to Saveur’s Spring Produce guide (which I’m only slightly obsessed with) here are a few of the veggies that are seasonal in Spring:

-Spinach, Asparagus, Arugula, Morels, Peas, Leeks, Radishes and Rhubarb.

All of the above are delicious in salads, sauteed, or even a rhubarb pie (or two, or three.) So get groovy with some dirt therapy and get that garden going!

And now…..

REASON THAT SPRING MAKES MY EYES FEEL LIKE AN ITCHY WOOL SWEATER AND MY NOSE ERUPT LIKE A VERY UNFLATTERING VOLCANO:

1) ALLERGIES. (A.K.A. The Bane of My Existence.)

According to the Asthma and Allergy foundation of America, over 45 million Americans are affected by Seasonal Allergies. YIKES!

Whether it be grass, flowers, or just being out in the fresh air, it seems as though the very things that make spring so lovely have an alter-ego evil side.

But Alas, Never Fear for BEE POLLEN Is Here!

Bee pollen, the yellow and unassuming substance created by honeybees turns out to be one of the most amazing, nutritious, and itchy-eye saving productions on earth! Who knew? The bees seem to have one-upped us on this one.

Although it may seem crazy to ingest a substance such as bee pollen, don’t worry, it’s totally amazing (and you should totally jump on the pollen train as quickly as your car can make it to the local co-op.)

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Shelby, discussing the benefits of bee pollen with the vendor at our local Dogwood Festival

REASONS WHY POLLEN IS THE BEES-KNEES:

(Information sourced from MindBodyGreen)

1) Taking a daily dose of bee pollen can help build immunity in your system to certain allergies!

2) Pollen is a nutrient (A.K.A. it’s great for you) packed with vitamins, antioxidants and protein.

3) It’s perfect sprinkled in most foods/smoothies and creates an added sprinkle of gorgeous color. (All you need is a spoonful!)

If this allergy season is getting to you as much is it is affecting me, I urge and plead for you to give a daily dose of bee pollen a try.

If possible, buy local pollen from your town or cities’ co-op, grocery store, or farmer’s market. That goes for honey too! (I snagged my pollen and honey this year from a local Arkansas beekeeper.)

HOW I BECAME POLLEN-IZED:

I have now been taking my daily dose of pollen for two weeks and these are the results that I have noticed:

WEEK 1: moderate decrease in itchy-eyes and frequency of sneezing.

WEEK 2- considerably decreased itchy-eyes, sneezing, and reduced irritation.                I’m not buzzing you on this one!!!!  I’m convinced of the power and I hope that this has at least peaked your interest and that you may even give it a try!                    Remember it just takes a spoonful day 🙂    If you do try it, please let me know your own comments/thoughts/results!               Get your daily dose of golden goodness so you can get outside and enjoy the beauty of all things green.

–Christiana

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Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America: http://www.aafa.org/display.cfm?id=9&sub=33

Food Matters: http://foodmatters.tv/articles-1/10-amazing-health-benefits-of-bee-pollen

MindBodyGreen: http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-12765/how-bee-pollen-could-cure-your-allergies.html

Saveur: http://www.saveur.com/

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