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Manuka Honey

Written by Kim Eonni

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Posted on February 16 2021

Antibacterial
Anti-inflammatory
Promotes wound healing
Moisturizing
Full of antioxidants

We love honey. Whether in tea as a sweetener or on our morning toast, it is simply delicious and has many positive properties for our body. It is being recognized as a best medicinal product worldwide. As we can see from the ancient history books, honey has always been used as a natural remedy for wound healing and against skin diseases (1). In this article you will find out why Manuka Honey is so special.

 

Where does Manuka Honey come from?

Manuka Honey is obtained exclusively from the Manuka plant (Leptospermum solarium). The Manuka plant is native to New Zealand and southeastern Australia. Honey can be classified into numerous categories like: blossom honey, honeydew honey, monofloral honey, etc. Manuka Honey belongs to the category "monofloral honey". Research recommends that monofloral honey brings promising and interesting effects as a natural remedy (1).

Leptospermum solarium

Manuka Plant (Leptospermum solarium)

 

Why Manuka Honey is good for your skin:

Antibacterial

    Hydrogen peroxide and methylglyoxal are responsible for their antibacterial properties. Hydrogen peroxide is a substance that is responsible for destroying the cell walls of bacteria. Coupled with the high sugar content, it is highly effective to make bacteria dehydrated by attracting water (2, 3). Manuka Honey is acidic and in this environment, bacteria cannot survive.

    Due to its antibacterial properties, Manuka Honey has proven to be extremely advantageous for the treatment of skin wounds, burns and lesions (5). Similarly, Manuka Honey is also beneficial for the control of acne as it stops the growth of bacteria responsible for causing acne and it equally reduces inflammation and free radical damage (4).

    Honig ist antibakteriell
    "Bacteria is no match for Manuka Honey ." 
    - Alvarez-Suarez JM

    Anti-inflammatory

    Along with its soothing effect and gentle texture it plays a significant part in the reduction of inflammation. Manuka Honey is made up of natural compounds that degrade inflammatory enzymes (4). As far as its anti-inflammatory properties are concerned it is being used for the treatment of, psoriasis, eczema, and Rosacea (6). As the causative agent of eczema is staphylococcus bacteria, this bacteria does not stand a chance against its Methylglyoxal component of Manuka (7).

    "Manuka Honey is ideal for irritated and inflamed skin." - Nunez K.

    Promotion of wound healing

    "Manuka Honey recruits fibroblasts, needed to help wounds heal," says Dr. Lindner (7). The other major benefit of Manuka Honey on the skin is that can accelerate skin healing (8). Due to its abundance of sugar content, it pulls out the excess fluid from tissues and is equally helpful in reducing wound Ph leading to a decrease in wound size (4). Honey promotes cellular epithelization via inhibition of the degradation process of cellular proteins so that new cells will be formed and the wound will heal earlier. Currently, the Manuka Honey micro-needling technique is being used to promote skin healing (8).

    Moisturizing

    Its long lane of properties does not end here, currently, it is being used as a humectant, the best moisturizing agent. this humectant contains a sugar component, aiding in the maintenance of moisture of the skin either by adding moisture in dry skin or removal of moisture, in moisture abundant skin (3).

    Antioxidant protection

    The invention of Manuka Honey antiaging properties has brought a revolution to the scientific world. It makes the skin fresh and healthy by eliminating reactive oxygen species (7). It is equally being used for fungal infections.

    Sheet masks with Manuka Honey

    Manuka Honey Etude House 0.2 Therapy Air Mask Manuka Honey

    TL; DR

    Here is the whole article summarized as a fact sheet.
    Manuka Honig Infografik

     

    References:
    1. Alvarez-Suarez JM, Gasparrini M, Forbes-Hernández TY, Mazzoni L, Giampieri F. The Composition and Biological Activity of Honey: A Focus on Manuka Honey. Foods. 2014; 3 (3): 420-32.
    2. Oelschlaegel S, Gruner M, Wang P-N, Boettcher A, Koelling-Speer I, Speer K. Classification and characterization of manuka honey based on phenolic compounds and methylglyoxal. Journal of agricultural and food chemistry. 2012; 60 (29): 7229-37.
    3. Mavric E, Wittmann S, Barth G, Henle T. Identification and quantification of methylglyoxal as the dominant antibacterial constituent of Manuka (Leptospermum scoparium) honey from New Zealand. Molecular nutrition & food research. 2008; 52 (4): 483-9.
    4. Nunez K. Manuka Honey For Acne & Skin Benefits: Masks, Face Wash & More 2020 [Available from https://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-16890/manuka-honey-why-its-great-for-your-skin.html.
    5. Patel S, Cichello S. Manuka honey: an emerging natural food with medicinal use. Natural products and bioprospecting. 2013; 3 (4): 121-8.
    6. Tomblin V, Ferguson LR, Han DY, Murray P, Schlothauer R. Potential pathway of anti-inflammatory effect by New Zealand honey. International Journal of General Medicine. 2014; 7: 149.
    7. Rud M. Dermatologists Say Manuka Honey Is a Powerful Force Against Acne 2020 [Available from https://www.byrdie.com/manuka-honey-for-skin-4776793.
    8. Frydman GH, Olaleye D, Annamalai D, Layne K, Yang I, Kaafarani HMA, et al. Manuka honey microneedles for enhanced wound healing and the prevention and / or treatment of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) surgical site infection. Sci Rep. 2020; 10 (1): 13229-.

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