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By Jennifer Roberge (bio below)
I am a big believer in the healing properties of Manuka Honey for eczema. Why? Because it is the key ingredient in our go-to eczema cream. The one that has helped my son’s chronic dry, scaly eczema as well as my daughter’s more minor, red inflamed eczema. The natural cream I’m in love with, not just because it provides relief for my children, but because it really works wonders on my overly dry, sensitive skin. My husband (who is very anti-skin care products) even uses it on his face! But I digress, let’s talk more about the Manuka Honey – eczema benefits and how honey heals skin.
Please keep in mind that I am in no way a medical professional. If you’re experiencing severe rosacea or eczema or have a topical infection, it is always best to seek medical advice immediately.
How does honey heal the skin?
“The healing property of honey is due to the fact that it offers antibacterial activity, maintains a moist wound condition, and its high viscosity helps to provide a protective barrier to prevent infection. Its immunomodulatory property is relevant to wound repair too….Honey is an ancient remedy for the treatment of infected wounds, which has recently been ‘rediscovered’ by the medical profession, particularly where conventional modern therapeutic agents fail. The first written reference to honey, a Sumerian tablet writing, dating back to 2100-2000 BC, mentions honey’s use as a drug and an ointment. Aristotle (384-322 BC), when discussing different honeys, referred to pale honey as being “good as a salve for sore eyes and wounds”.” 
Why use Manuka Honey for Eczema?
- The bacteria fighting properties are crucial to combat staph and other topical infections eczema patients are so very prone to.
- Honey maintains moisture, something we definitely need to combat the dryness, flaking and scaling.
- The skin barrier is known to be much weaker in those with eczema, so we definitely need this extra barrier protection.
- Wound healing? Yes, please! This is an absolute must for anyone with eczema – broken skin from scratching, dry, cracked skin, and red, open, oozing sores can all use a bit of healing.
The proof is in the (manuka) honey
Although honey is one of the oldest known tools for treating infections, it’s still not a mainstream method for treatment in conventional medicine. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t studies with some great results. Many studies report the benefits of honey and specifically benefits of Manuka Honey when applied topically to wounds and skin conditions. Manuka Honey reduced wound size, decreased pH of wounds  and displayed powerful anti-inflammatory effects in wound healing . And 8 out of 10 patients with dermatitis showed significant improvement after 2 weeks of applying a mixture of honey, olive oil and beeswax mixture (all found in Manuka Honey Skin Cream). 5 out of 8 patients with psoriasis showed a significant response to this honey mixture as well . Honey also is antibacterial and fights against topical infections such as staph .
Try Manuka Honey on your eczema
Curious? Then give a Manuka Honey cream a try. My family’s favorite is the Organic Manuka Skin Soothing Cream. But it’s also loved by so many other eczema sufferers, both children and adults.
This manuka honey eczema cream works very well when applied dry or on damp skin and is excellent when combined with wet wrap therapy because it’s so moisturizing. But don’t just take my word for it – read a couple of our customer’s testimonials below.
“My daughter is classified as SEVERE ECZEMA. She is only 3 and stays in a state of miserable. We have 3 steroid creams and a host of every cream and ointment on the market. She has NEVER slept through the night due to waking scratching. Her hair and clothes stay greasy from all the junk we put on her that has been unsuccessful. We have been using this for 3 days. She is BARELY scratching and she went a full 7 hrs of sleep for first time. This is non greasy, but her skin feels soft and smooth. I have not used the steroid cream in 3 days either. So right now we LOVE THIS STUFF.”
– Tammy Lee, eczema mom
“My 4-year old has moderate eczema on his legs, arms and stomach. In the past we’d he would squirm and cry when putting lotions on him but with this product he has changed his tune. He asks for the “honey” by name and is soothed immediately when I put it on him. Immediate relief from his itching. Very happy with this product.”
– Katie, eczema mom
The ingredients are simple, natural and effective which is why it’s our best seller. Manuka Honey Skin Cream contains only: Organic Beeswax, Organic Olive Oil, Grape Seed Oil, Organic Active 16+ Manuka Honey, Manuka Oil Extract, and Filtered Water. And to top it off, it’s GMO free!
Try the Manuka Honey Skin Cream today!
Bio: Jennifer is the author of It’s An Itchy Little World blog, as well as owner of The Eczema Company. After going through so many trials and errors to heal her son’s eczema, Jennifer wanted to share her experiences and favorite products with others in need. Discover her journey here. Jennifer is not a medical professional. Her comments, suggestions, and reflections are not intended to take the replace of medical advice. Always seek the help of a medical professional before undertaking any diet or lifestyle changes. Please see It’s An Itchy Little World’s disclaimer for information about affiliate links and more.
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6. The Evidence and Rationale for the Use of Manuka Honey as Wound Dressing. Molan, P.C. (2011). [Wound Practice and Research, 19(4), 204-220.]