Manuka honey is loaded with healing benefits that can help your eczema. When used topically and internally, it can be very beneficial.
So what is Manuka honey?
It’s a honey that comes from New Zealand and it’s made by bees that pollinate the Manuka bush.
Since Manuka honey has a considerably higher level of enzymes than regular honey (as discovered by researchers at the New Zealand University of Waikato in 1981), it’s enzymes also create a natural hydrogen peroxide that is antibacterial. 
Different antibacterial strengths of Manuka honey are characterized by a rating called the Unique Manuka Factor (UMF).  The UMF is a guarantee that the honey is of medicinal quality.
Check out my video below or keep reading for more info on Manuka honey.
A UMF rating of 5 is the minimum amount; however, it’s generally not considered beneficial unless it caries a UMF 10+ rating.
As a general rule with these products, you get what you pay for. Manuka honey contains nutrients, including amino acids, B vitamins, calcium, zinc and potassium.
UMF 10-15 is useful; however, if you want to treat something, a UMF of 16-20+ is generally of superior quality and much more effective.
Here’s a quick breakdown of UMF rating for manuka honey:
UMF 0-4 Non-therapeutic
UMF 4-9 Maintenance level with general honey benefits
UMF 10-14 Antibacterial components to support healing and bacterial balance
UMF 15+ Superior levels of phenols that are highly therapeutic (but don’t exceed 1 tbsp at a time) – especially if you are sensitive to honey/sugars
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Manuka Honey Benefits:
Manuka honey is incredibly beneficial for:
- SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth)
- Eliminating allergies
- Acne and eczema
- Healing wounds and infections
- Drawing impurities from the skin
- Digestive illnesses
- Soothing irritation
Please note that you should consume manuka honey in moderation (or if you are extremely sensitive to sugars, I would avoid it altogether or start small. When I had my flare up, my body was so sensitive that I couldn’t take sugar. I would tingle even if I ate a small amount of sugar).
But if you are consuming it, I would suggest you to take no more than 1 tablespoon at a time or 1 teaspoon twice a day.
Using Manuka Honey Topically:
- Manuka Honey
- Tea tree oil
- Shea Butter (to help lock in the moisture)
You can also try a manuka honey mask on your face. I’ve used it on my face before and I find that it makes it very soft afterwards, but when the honey first dries on my face, it makes it really tight, itchy and hot (so just some caution). The feeling dies down after the mask has been on my face for a while, though. However, everyone is different and you may not feel the same way.
Another Great (& Less Sticky!) Option: Organic Manuka Honey Cream
I want to introduce you to a great cream – an Organic Manuka Honey Cream from The Eczema Company.
Unlike just using manuka honey on it’s own, this is mixed into a cream made with a short clean list of ingredients including olive oil, grapeseed oil, beeswax and manuka honey. In fact, it’s The Eczema Company’s top selling product.
Both manuka honey and manuka oil are known for their healing, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. This formula really lets these two ingredients shine; manuka oil is extracted from the leaves of the manuka bush – and it’s 10 times more potent than tea tree oil! Unlike the medicinal odor of tea tree oil, you’ll notice there’s not much fragrance to the product either.
Aside from the benefits of manuka honey, I also found that this cream was a really rich balm that really helped to seal in the moisture and create a barrier on the skin (which ultimately helps reduce inflammation).
The great thing is that it will also help fight bacteria. It also doesn’t burn or sting the skin – so it’s useful for healing open wounds and soothing flare ups.
Did you know that Manuka honey also contains 1,000 times more methylglyoxal than other forms of honey? Methylglyoxal is what gives honey it’s antibacterial properties and makes it beneficial for eczema. In fact, a 2012 study by The Ithree Institute, University of Technology in Syndey Australia stated that Manuka honey…”shows promise as a topical antibacterial agent and effective chronic wound dressing,” and “treatment with manuka honey resulted in a significant decrease in the bacterial cell growth rate.” 
Studies to back up Manuka Honey
Although honey is one of the oldest foods known for treating infections, it’s still not quite a mainstream treatment method in conventional medicine. Despite this, many studies still report the benefits of honey, specifically when applied topically to wounds and skin conditions.
For instance, 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 the Manuka Honey Skin Cream today and let me know what you think!
Ever used manuka honey to soothe your eczema? If so, share in the comments below!
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Abby is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist who helps clients achieve optimal health. She is passionate about seeing people use health and nutrition to transform lives. She hopes that her experiences and knowledge can help educate others on natural remedies that will help eczema. Follow her on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, or YouTube for more updates!
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The manuka honey cream from The Eczema Company is definitely my favorite so far. It works so well to calm the mild eczema. I have yet to try the more sticky option, but that’s on my to-try list for sure.
Thanks for this great post on manuka honey.
You’re welcome! 🙂
I have suffer from dry skin and eczema and apply honey does work, as its an antiseptic. I know use a lotion with honey it in instead – i use the Made From Earth Holistic Honey Lotion – it smells gorgeous and has aided the clearing of my eczema wonderfully. It is quickly absorbed and I found had a soothing, cooling effect on my hand.
Hi! Just wondering if this manuka honey cream is suitable for 2-year-old?
Eve campbell says
I suffer from eczema around the eyes particularly underneith. the doctor prescribed me with hydrocortisone which i reluctantly used but now i am left with horrible wrinkles under my eyes. I am only 20 and am very self concious. Makeup doesnt cover it- infact makes it worse! I am going to try manuka honey cream but is there anything you can suggest for the wrinkles?
Hannah Montgomery says
Is it a good idea to use the Manuka honey cream as a daily moisturizer? I had a bad flare up of eczema on my face recently (luckily it has gone away with a topical steroid) and I really don’t want it to come back. On the other hand, I’m worried using a cream like this that kills bacteria daily will have some sort of negative effect since bacteria on your face is there for a reason (like the good bacteria in your gut). Is that a legit concern?
Nora Rulloda says
Nora Rulloda I want to try this product to my daughter is 11 yrs old has eczema in the hand, neck, and arms Im desperatley looking right cream for but my daughter has allergy for tree nuts if this product has tree nuts then she cannot use Im wondering if they have cream that has no ingredients for tree nuts or nuts. she is really super sensitive. Pls. advise thank you.