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Why Choose Watson and Son Manuka Honey?

Watson and Son manuka honeyNot all manuka honeys are equal. Its strength is determined by how the unique honey from New Zealand is sourced, harvested, and processed.

This may depend from region to region. As with wine the year also influences the quality (in this case the level of antibacterial activity).

How this activity is tested and by which standards the results are measured defines the trustworthiness of the label on the end product. Therefore it may not always be clear which brand and strength consumers could best purchase.

Watson and Son manuka honey carries the Molan Gold Standardâ„¢ which is a certification mark for rating the bioactivity. With bioactivity is meant the effects of a certain substance on living matter.

Molan Gold Standard trademarkThe Molan Gold Standard is a relative new rating system. The honey in jars with this label is guaranteed to be tested by a certified laboratory using the test method developed by Dr. Peter Molan at the Waikato University. The successor of the UMF rating system is designed to benefit customers.

Molan Gold Standard manuka honey comes from some of the most remote and unpolluted regions of New Zealand. The Watson and Son company, one of the largest manuka honey producers in New Zealand.

The Maori company has 15 thousand hives of their own spread over the country. This unlike other big companies who buy their honey from various other bee yards (apiaries).

Every step in the production chain, from the hive to market, can be managed to ensure the honey is of the highest standard. Watson & Son select each of their hive sites to make sure the honeybees will only draw from the very best manuka forest areas. Once chosen, each site is then government registered and identified with a GPS locator to ensure full traceability back to the hive.

Active manuka honey contains a plethora of healing properties, and can be very useful in treating many ailments. Below is a brief overview of the different ratings of Manuka honey, and their suggested uses:

Molan Gold Standard Manuka Honey Strengths Explained

  • Active 10+ Certified Manuka: This is considered a Maintenance level honey. This rating works great for general immune system maintenance and the daily treatment of acid reflux, IBS (Irritable bowel syndrome), and other digestive ailments.
  • Active 15+ Certified Manuka: This is considered a Useful level honey. High antibacterial levels make this honey perfect for treating ulcers, sore throats (especially resistant strep throat), cold sores and more advanced cases of IBS, acid reflux and digestive ailments.
  • Active 20+ Certified Manuka: This is considered a Superior level honey with very high activity. The most potent of our products, it is recommended for direct application to skin ulcers, pressure sores, and can be very effective against Staph infections, particularly MRSA.

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Does Manuka Honey Help Eczema?

Does manuka honey help eczema? Well there still is no cure for eczema. The chronic skin condition that affects approximately 10% – 20% of the people is hard to cure. But there are strong indications manuka honey may offer relief naturally.

Also the symptoms of eczema are difficult to treat. The dry, red, itchy skin patches may spread, tend to get inflamed and may become infected as a result of scratching. It really is a nasty condition that not only affects people’s confidence but can really keep sufferers awake at night because of the itch and sometimes pain as a result of scratching the patches open.

Antibiotic ointments are commonly used both as a eczema treatment as well as in case the skin is scratched open. Other commonly used products are steroid creams such as hydrocortisone. These are prescribed during eczema flare-ups as they act by reducing inflammation quickly.

Although offering the very welcome temporary relief steroids steroids proof to be ineffective in the long term. What’s even worse is that many of these unnatural, smelly creams work for a while but when the treatment is stopped the eczema may come back even worse.

Long-term use of these creams may also involve side effects such as thinning and accelerated aging of the skin.

So can manuka honey help relief the symptoms of eczema?
In theory it can. And an increasing amount of people report to have good results with the topical use of manuka honey on their eczema outbreaks. This natural remedy has demonstrated to stop and cure infections and reduce inflammation. It is antibacterial, promotes wound healing and stimulates new tissue growth.

Is there any clinical evidence for the benefits of manuka honey on eczema?
No. Not yet (as far as I am aware). The website of the world renowned Waikato University shows that the current research interests of their Honey Research Unit include: Clinical trial of honey for treating eczema This means that clinical trials are planned or currently being undertaken to measure the effectiveness of honey as a treatment for eczema.

How Does Manuka Honey Help Relieve Eczema Symptoms?
Honey contains hydrogen peroxide, a substance once used as a wound disinfectant in hospitals. It comes from an enzyme that bees add to nectar. It also contains the enzyme glucose oxidase, which boosts its anti-bacterial properties.

Compared with normal honey manuka honey has that other, additional property often labeled as UMF, MGO, or Molan Gold. This unique feature is responsible for its powerful antibacterial, antiseptic, and anti-inflammatory action. It has also shown to moisturize, repair and soothe dry, cracked skin. Furthermore it boosts new skin growth and has demonstrated to be able to heal seemingly incurable wounds.

Manuka Honey also has strong antibacterial properties which helps eliminate infection when the protective barrier of the skin is destroyed by eczema. When the skin is dry and cracked, bacteria can easily penetrate the outer layer of the skin, causing infection. Manuka Honey’s natural antibacterial and antimicrobial properties eliminate this concern.

Another major benefit of using manuka honey for eczema is that there are no known side effects. Unlike the steroids and cortisone creams often used for eczema.

How To Use Manuka Honey on Eczema?
Applying a potent manuka honey straight from the jar can be a sticky and somewhat messy matter. Therefore it’s recommended to cover the treated area with a breathable bandage, film, or other occlusive.

Possibly more convenient would be to use a manuka honey cream although the strength may be less than pure honey because of additional ingredients. A good cream (actually not a cream because it contains 100% sterile manuka honey) is 20+ Sterile Manuka Honey Wound Management Cream

What about psoriasis?
Although not directly related, topical manuka honey has shown to substantially diminish psoriasis symptoms. Click here for before and after photos a visitor of one of my Squidoo lenses sent me.

Which Strength Manuka Honey Should I Use?

The best strength when using manuka honey for therapeutic use, whether internal or topical, lies between 10 and 20.

Personally I always make sure to buy UMF or Molan Gold Standard honey. But also manuka honey with the MGO label seems to be sufficiently tested for its unique antibacterial and other healing properties.

As endorsed by the Honey Research Unit at University of Waikato:

# UMF10 to UMF15: useful therapeutic levels
# UMF16+ : superior strength with very high antibacterial levels

To get a better indication on the strength: a UMF15 product is considered to be equivalent to a 15 per cent solution of a standard antiseptic (e.g. phenol); UMF20 honey is equal to a 20 per cent solution of antiseptic.

In some cases however, manuka honey with for example a strength between 16 and 20 can cause minor irritation such as a stinging sensation or a slightly burning feeling when applied to the skin or a wound.

In these cases the honey is too strong or the skin too sensitive. This feeling will commonly fade after few minutes. If not the honey can be removed. In these cases it is recommended to use a less potent manuka honey.

There’s no need to buy manuka honey with a strength higher than 20 because it will not only cost a lot more but the benefits do not outweigh this higher price. In fact, as just mentioned, there’s only a higher chance on adverse reactions.

The antibacterial effect of honey is due to four major processes or qualities: The osmotic effect, the acidity of honey, the production of hydrogen peroxide in honey and the phytochemical factors.

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