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Why Manuka Honey Heals Eczema Naturally

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.

What makes honey so helpful for eczema?

“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”.” [1]

Ok, so if we talk in terms of 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 [2] and displayed powerful anti-inflammatory effects in wound healing [3]. 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 [4]. Honey also is antibacterial and fights against topical infections such as staph [5].

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.

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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!

 

References

1. Honey: its medicinal property and antibacterial activity. [Asian Pac J Trop Biomed. 2011]

2. The impact of Manuka honey dressings on the surface pH of chronic wounds. [Intl Wound J. 2008]

3. Potential pathway of anti-inflammatory effect by New Zealand honeys. [Intl J Gen Med. 2014]

4. Topical application of natural honey, beeswax and olive oil mixture for atopic dermatitis or psoriasis: partially controlled, single-blinded study. [Complement Ther Med. 2003]

5. The antibacterial activity of honey against coagulase-negative staphylococci. [J Antimicrob Chemother. 2005]

18 Comments Post a comment
  1. Hannah Montgomery #

    I had a bad eczema outbreak on my face and neck recently. Luckily, it has gone away with use of topical steroid ointment but I am nervous about it coming back. Is it a good idea to use manuka honey cream on my face daily to prevent it coming back? I’m nervous about killing bacteria on my face every single day because I’m sure its there for a reason. If not, what should I use as my everyday moisturizer?

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    February 26, 2017
  2. ras #

    My son has eczema on his face , can we apply the manuka cream?

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    March 24, 2016
    • Yes, of course. The Manuka Honey Skin Cream is safe to use anywhere on the body. It’s a really great cream, my family loves it!

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      April 13, 2016
  3. Lynn Andrews #

    My skin is itchy and very dry. Sometimes I get welts. Can Manuka Honey help my skin from itching?

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    February 29, 2016
    • Hi Lynn – It will certainly help with the dryness and some of the itching. If, once your skin is well moisturized, your skin is still itchy, you likely have an underlying health issue. It’s possible you have contact dermatitis or have a food or chemical sensitivity.

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      March 10, 2016
  4. Kathy #

    I bought the manuka honey skin cream and it was good for my daughter’s eczema. We went through it like water. A bit pricey considering the first two ingredients are olive oil and beeswax. I started making my own (3 parts beeswax: 17 parts olive olive: 1 part UMF 16+ manuka honey which I bought from an apiary in New Zealand…yes it was expensive but I got a lot more mileage out of one small jar of honey compared to the cream). It worked equally as well. I also started giving her a teaspoon of the manuka honey to eat a day and that worked really well in conjunction with the cream. Thanks for the suggestion!

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    December 29, 2015
    • Hi Kathy,

      We too have had success for our 3yr old’s eczema. we were able to use on face and eliminate steroid use and has been two weeks now with no rebound flare. I also give him manuka honey to eat every day and it has kept him fairly healthy. We have also used manuka honey on several MRSA boils on his skin and it has cleared them right up. I too am interested in making this lotion as it is quite expensive and I have made lotions before. My question is, how did you come up with the measurements? I assume trial and error. Has it been as effective as the purchased MANUKA HONEY SKIN CREAM? Thoughts? Thanks so much.

      Jason

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      June 14, 2016
    • jpiombino #

      Hi Kathy,

      Thoughts? Thanks so much.

      We too have had success for our 3yr old’s eczema. we were able to use on face and eliminate steroid use and has been two weeks now with no rebound flare. I also give him manuka honey to eat every day and it has kept him fairly healthy. We have also used manuka honey on several MRSA boils on his skin and it has cleared them right up. I too am interested in making this lotion as it is quite expensive and I have made lotions before. My question is, how did you come up with the measurements? I assume trial and error. Has it been as effective as the purchased MANUKA HONEY SKIN CREAM?

      Jason

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      June 14, 2016
  5. CS #

    Hi is this cream suitable for a 10 month old baby?
    Thanks

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    August 20, 2015
    • Hi there – Yes, it’s perfectly fine for babies.

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      August 24, 2015
  6. Denise #

    I am using manuka honey for my daughter wound/scar..she is 6yrs old..Just got her stitches out yesterday and have been alternating manuka honey and Tamanu oil on her face…I just don’t know whether to then cover with a bandage or not..
    I always get nervous about using my natural remedies because doctors
    never recommend these things…but I want to help the healing skin with a moist environment ..not hurt it with dry air healing…any suggestions?
    Thank you!! It is so hard to feel confident treating ailments from accidents or sickness or anything because I like to use natural products only!! It is very stressful!
    Any feelings on this??
    Thanks :)))

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    July 30, 2015
    • I’m so sorry for the delayed reply! I usually apply manuka honey skin cream on a wound and cover for one day. Then remove the bandage and let it air dry, but still apply the cream each night. But I am not a physician, so I cannot tell you if this would work in your case. I hope you determine what works best for your daughter!

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      August 11, 2015
  7. I just recently read that eczema can be a sign of a mineral deficiency. I’m pretty sure it was zinc. I thought that was interesting. There were other things on the list besides eczema too.

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    November 23, 2014
    • Hi Lesa –

      It’s interesting – apparently it’s very common to be deficient in zinc. My naturopath claims that white patches on your nails are one clear indicator that you’re zinc deficient. And he had an oral test with some sort of drops that I tasted. If there was no taste, it meant I was zinc deficient. If it had a horrible flavor, I was fine. Both test indicated I was deficient. Jennifer

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      November 25, 2014
      • fbook #

        Hi so what kind of food or medication is required for zinc deficiency? Infact a dermatologist i met a few years ago told me the same thing that i may be lacking zinc but she failed to recommend anytjing.

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        December 2, 2014
      • Hi there – I know liver is really high in zinc. But if that isn’t an option, they do make some good supplements.

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        December 2, 2014
  8. DrB #

    Great post. Thank you Jennifer. A modern take on an ancient remedy – see http://www.atopicskindisease.com/articles/FF6

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    November 21, 2014
    • Funny how we’re still using so many of these ancient traditions to heal our skin today. I think that’s great! Jennifer

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      November 21, 2014

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