Honey is known to have many health related benefits. Also, it has antibacterial properties which helps in treating wounds.
Manuka honey is special, it is produced by bees which gather the pollens from the Manuka bush.
It has a high level of compound which is known as dihydroxyacetone, which is found in the nectar of the Manuka flowers.
Manuka honey is considered by many researchers to have properties which help in reducing skin inflammation and thus helps in the healing process.
The use of Manuka honey in the treatment of eczema
When Manuka honey is applied to the skin, it helps in treating eczema in the following ways:
• It helps in keeping the skin moist which in turn helps to reduce or remove the flare ups of eczema.
• Helps in reduction of inflammation which helps in healing.
• Inhibits the growth of harmful bacteria, which is commonly found on the skin which is prone to eczema.
• Honey has high viscosity which actually forms a barrier for the skin, which is very useful and prevents infections.
What are the perks of using Manuka honey?
• Promotes oral health and hygiene: in order to avoid decaying of teeth and keep your gums healthy, it is very essential to minimize the bad oral bacteria which leads to the formation of plaque. Also you need to keep the good oral bacteria which helps in keeping your mouth healthy. Manuka honey is considered to attack the bad oral bacteria.
• Helpful in soothing a sore throat: it consists of both antiviral and antibacterial properties which can be helpful in reducing the inflammation and attack the bacteria which is responsible for causing the pain. It will also coat the inner lining of the throat and provide a soothing effect to it.
How practical is it to apply Manuka honey on your skin?
As we all know, honey is a very gummy and sticky substance, thus applying it on the skin should be done very sparingly.
Your main target to keep the honey over your skin has to be for at least 20 minutes. After that you will have to rinse off the honey with warm water and then later pat it dry.
In case of a child, you can wet wrap the child’s eczema affected skin and this will act like a moisturizing layer to the skin of your child.
Before you use the honey, you can warm it up a little so that it will be easier for you to spread it and you will not have to drag it along on the skin.
Also, in case you don’t want to deal with the stickiness and mess that the honey will create, you can opt for the alternatives like creams that include Manuka honey in them. Or you could also try consuming the honey and it can still be effective on the eczema affected skin. You could spread it on your bread or toast and add some yogurt to make it more nutritious and delicious!