Manuka honey is an “active” honey that is derived from the bees of the manuka bush which is native to New Zealand.
It comes in a variety of strengths. The weakest being 5+ and the strongest that I have come across is active 30+. I usually get the active 10+ since it’s not too weak and not too expensive.
Honey in general has been labelled a “super” food due to the healing properties it contains. However, Manuka honey is in a different league all together. I can’t stress enough how beneficial it is for not only eczema, but to maintain overall good health.
Manuka honey strengthens the immune system. The manuka bush it’s derived from is also known as the tea tree. You may or may not know that tea tree oil is used as an antiseptic as it contains antibacterial properties. It also contains antibacterial and antiviral properties, which means it’s good to consume when coming down with a cold or the flu.
Taking manuka honey on a regular basis helps build up the immune system making your body stronger overall. It can be used as a natural eczema remedy as it contains anti-inflammatory properties which means when your eczema is about to flare-up, your body is able to overcome it more easily reducing the chances of irritation occurring.
I tend to have 2 teaspoons a day, one teaspoon in the morning and one in the evening. You can have it on its own or what I usually do is add it to my tea as a sweetener or have it on toast in the morning. I also have it with natural yogurt as a snack…very yummy
It’s not only good for the skin, taking manuka honey on a regular basis has said to help keep gums healthy and free from gum diseases and help with stomach ulcers, heartburn, indigestion, diarrhoea and constipation.
The only down side of using natural eczema remedies is that the benefits don’t always show straight away. But the good thing is that when these benefits start to show, you can rest assure that they will be long lasting. I personally can’t say the same about using steroids for treating eczema.
You may need to take manuka honey as a natural eczema remedy for at least a month before you start feeling the benefits. Trust me; you can’t go wrong with natural remedies. There are no side effects and even if it doesn’t cure your eczema completely, at least you know its benefiting your body in other ways.
To use it as an eczema remedy, you can apply it directly on to the skin. As you can imagine, it will be a bit sticky, so I would advise to apply for no longer than half an hour then rinse off. If you wish to keep it on longer, try covering the area with cling film to avoid it sticking to your clothes.
I do have a few eczema remedies using manuka honey that I would like to share with you all. I will be making a manuka honey face mask and cleanser as well as talking about a face cream I purchased from a health store.
Has anyone tried manuka honey on their skin? What did you think of it? Please share your thoughts and advice by commenting below. Thanks