When my baby Marcie got hand-food-and- mouth disease, my brother introduced me to Manuka Honey as it supposedly can help to reduce the ulcers in the mouth. After doing a google search, I am surprised to find that there are many links relating to how manuka honey can help with eczema. Being curious, I did a little research and though the verdict is still not conclusive, Manuka Honey seems to be a fairly safe product with no known side effects.
What is Manuka Honey?
– Produced by bees that collect pollen from manuka bush native to New Zealand, proven to have anti-bacterial property above ordinary honey
– UMF stands for Unique Manuka Factors, where say a UMF 12 stands for 12% solution of antiseptic
How does it help with Eczema?
– Stops infection and reduces inflammation
– Moisturize, soothe and repair dry, cracked and damaged skin
Other benefits published in a 2006 article DailyMail.co.uk suggest ability to fight superbugs, bacteria that causes gum disease, soothes sore throat and helps with digestion
Word of Caution
– Got to find active manuka honey in cream form, rather than applying honey direct onto baby, o.w. so sticky (and yucky or yummy, depending on how you see it!)
– One teaspoon is recommended for adults, so not to be given in excess to children
– Not to be given to babies below one year old (some links recommend 2 year old)
Update: View this post in 2014 with a compilation of studies on honey’s effect on eczema
5 replies on “Alternative treatment – Does Manuka Honey help with eczema?”
Try Manuka Honey and Propolis Skin Health Cream on Pure Manuka Honey.com this is specially formulated for problem skin and one jar lasts ages!
Holland & Barrett do manuka homey soap & cream
Thanks Su, I’ll check them out when I next go to buy flaxseed oil from them 🙂 take care!
Sure, let me know or if you’ve a post relating it, I’ll link to you! There’re products on it but I haven’t felt compelled to try any yet!
I’ve heard of this recently. I’m intrigued. I’ll let you know if I find a cream format or a balm. I’d love to try it.