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The Best Manuka Honey Allergy Treatment

The Best Manuka Honey Allergy Treatment

Manuka honey is known for its healing properties, its hydrating qualities, and its antioxidant and antibacterial properties…but can it also be good for hay fever and treating allergies? This sweet but sticky substance has a lot of medicinal benefits, making it one of the best natural ingredients out there. 

In this blog, we explore what makes manuka honey so special, including: 

  • The difference between manuka honey vs regular honey
  • Health benefits of manuka honey
  • How you can use manuka honey for allergies 

Read on to learn more about the wonders of Manuka honey and why we love it so much.

What is Manuka Honey?

Manuka honey is a unique type of honey that’s native to New Zealand. Made from bees that pollinate the Manuka bush, it’s considered one of the world’s most beneficial forms of honey. It’s renowned for its antibacterial properties and is more powerful than traditional forms of honey thanks to its high concentration of Methylglyoxal. This natural healing agent is known to treat a variety of dermal issues, in addition to boosting the immune system, soothing sore throats, easing stomach pain, and improving digestion. 

Manuka Honey vs Regular Honey 

Manuka honey differs from regular honey because it contains 1,000x more Methylglyoxal, a unique enzyme that gives it its supreme healing qualities. The high concentration of Methylglyoxal gives manuka honey its renowned antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties we love it for. 

Understanding an Allergy

An allergy is when your body reacts to something that is normally harmless such as pet fur, dust, certain foods, or pollen. These are known as allergens. Symptoms of an allergy can range from mild to severe. Common symptoms of an allergic reaction include wheezing or breathlessness, sneezing, swollen eyes, lips, mouth, or throat, sneezing, itchy skin, rashes, or hives. 

Manuka Honey Allergy Relief for Hayfever

Hayfever, also known as allergic rhinitis, results when pollen produced from plants gets inhaled by humans. The immune system perceives pollen as a threat which causes it to release chemicals called histamines.This is what leads to common allergy symptoms. Hayfever is not just limited to spring. One of the best natural remedies for alleviating seasonal allergic symptoms from hayfever is manuka honey. 

Manuka Honey Allergy Treatment

One of our best-selling products in stock is our Organic Manuka Skin Soothing Cream. This oil-based cream is made with just 6 ingredients: organic olive oil, organic beeswax, filtered water, grape seed oil, organic Active 16+ New Zealand manuka honey, and manuka oil extract. This combination of wholesome and nourishing ingredients make it the perfect solution for dealing with psoriasis, rosacea, eczema, diaper rash, burns, acne, cuts or scrapes, or allergy-prone skin.

You can apply this gentle cream anywhere on your body, including delicate areas like the face. Its non-burning and non-sticky formula makes it a favorite amongst kids and adults alike. 

Thanks to its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, it can also help prevent infection if relentless scratching from itchy skin causes the skin to crack or bleed. Apply it directly to the affected area to soothe hives, reduce rashes, and eliminate redness. Its moisturizing qualities will also help combat itchiness and give your skin the relief it deserves. 

If it’s your first time using this skincare product, we recommend doing a small patch test first to see how your skin reacts before applying it to the rest of your body.

Soothe your Itchy Skin Today

If an allergen is causing you an allergic reaction, use Manuka honey to treat and soothe your allergy today. 

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How to Help your Dog’s Cracked Paws

How to Help your Dog’s Cracked Paws

Rough, cracked paws are a common and painful occurrence for our furry friends, especially in the winter. Being exposed to salt, ice and the fluctuation in temperature during colder months can cause dry and rough paws.  Just like humans, dogs need to up their moisturizing routine in the winter.

In this blog post, you’ll find everything you need to get started with treating cracked dog paws, including

  • What should my dog’s paws actually look like?.
  • How to prevent cracked paws
  • At-home paw soother

Keep reading to learn how to help your dog stay happy and moisturized this winter.  

Are Cracked Dog Paws Normal?

While cracked paws in dogs is a common occurrence, it is still vital to treat. A dog’s paw pads play an essential role in their everyday life. They provide traction, stability, and absorb shock for the delicate bones in the paw. Paw pads also protect dogs from the elements by getting stronger over time. However, when they become too rough and dry, they lose some of their strength and lead to pain and irritation for your dog. If your dog’s paws become excessively dry, start to crack, or start to bleed, they need to be treated as soon as possible. 

Signs of Irritated Paws

Be on the lookout for rough or dry looking paw pads, especially if it's cracking or peeling. While some peeling is normal, as old skin makes way for new, if you notice any exposed raw skin, this needs to be treated to avoid any serious infection and pain. Irritated paws are often also accompanied by abnormal behavior, including: 

    • Limping
    • Licking or chewing the paw pads
    • Avoiding rough surfaces
    • Lethargy

How to Prevent It

Rough paws can often be attributed to the surfaces the dog walks on. In the winter, the cold surfaces and de-icing solutions can dry out your dog’s paws. In warmer months, the hot sidewalks can burn off the outer protective layer of the pads and cause irritation. Just like our skin, the change in temperature can also lead to dryness. In colder months, constantly going from the cold outdoors to a warm indoor setting can lead to cracking. A few tips to help prevent this from happening:

    • Give the paws a full wash and dry when returning from a walk. Use antibacterial soap if there are any open wounds.
    • Try to keep your dog on softer surfaces while outside
    • Use booties when possible
    • Increase indoor humidity to reduce dryness 
    • Avoid prolonged walks in extreme weather 
    • Moisturize!

Natural At-Home Paw Soother

It can be tricky trying to choose  a moisturizer that’s safe to use on your dog’s cracked paw pads. Both coconut oil and vitamin E oil are safe and effective to use, but can be messy and tough to keep on your dog’s paws. 

Beeswax is a much simpler natural solution. It's a common skincare ingredient because it locks in moisture. This natural remedy is antibacterial and anti-inflammatory. It’s also perfectly safe for dogs to eat.

For best use, apply balms or oils to your dog’s paws before bedtime in a calm and relaxed environment. It can also be beneficial to put socks or booties on to keep them from licking or rubbing the product off. 

Start Treating Your Dog’s Cracked Paws Today. 

Use these helpful tips and tricks to ensure your dog is free from the irritation of rough and dry paws. 

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Diaper Rash in Adults

Diaper Rash in Adults

Diaper rash in adults is similar to diaper rash in babies. It can be very common, especially for those who experience incontinence. Though a minor diaper rash is not usually cause for concern, it can be extremely painful and cause great discomfort throughout your day. In more severe cases, leaving it without treatment can lead to an infection. Luckily, there are many effective and natural treatments for troublesome nappy rash in adults. 

In this blog post, you’ll find everything you need to know about diaper rash in adults including:

  • The causes of adult diaper rash
  • How to treat nappy rash in adults
  • How you can prevent it 

Read on to find out more about diaper rash in adults and how you can solve it.

Can Adults Really Get Diaper Rash? 

Yes, anyone can get diaper rash. Even if you don’t wear a diaper. Diaper rash is caused by prolonged periods of wetness. Moisture in the diaper area can very easily lead to skin irritation. Although adult diaper rash is especially common in adults who wear diapers and experience incontinence, it can happen to anyone under certain circumstances. Tight clothing can create friction, causing chafing to occur. Additionally, a build up of sweat can create added moisture that leads to irritation in the diaper region.

What is an Adult Diaper Rash? 

Adult diaper rash looks similar to diaper rash in infants. It is a common form of dermatitis that appears as inflamed skin and is characterized by bright red, tender-looking skin of the diaper region. The inflamed patches can then lead to itchiness and pain, causing discomfort and irritation

What Causes Diaper Rash? 

There are a few things that can lead to painful diaper rash: 

Moisture

Extended periods of wetness can lead to diaper rash. This may occur if you are waiting too long between changing absorbent products such as diapers and pads. 

Chafing

Chafing can occur between folds of skin or when material rubs against the skin creating friction. Chafing is more common in warmer months because potential sweat increases. 

Poor Hygiene

Those who have incontinence may change their absorbent products multiple times a day. If the area is not cleansed well between changes, stool and urine can be left on the skin causing irritation that leads to diaper rash. 

Allergies

Some adult absorbent products contain harsh materials or chemicals. Sensitivities to these products can cause skin sensitivity and irritation to occur. 

Diaper Rash Treatment Adults

Luckily, adult diaper rash can be treated using natural remedies at home.

Keep the area clean and dry

You can do this by changing out your pad or diaper often. If your diaper is soiled or contains too much moisture, it is a good idea to swap it out for a fresh one. 

Look for organic diaper cloth

Many of the incontinence briefs most accessible to us in stores are made with harsh materials. Look for organic alternatives or try buying cloth diapers or inserts made of breathable fabrics like bamboo or cotton that can be washed and reused.

Shower or bath daily with gentle cleansing products

Better yet, use a gentle towel to clean the diaper region in between every change when possible. Never scrub the area that’s irritated and always remember to avoid any harsh soaps or fragrances. We recommend something like the Coconut and Sunflower Oil Soap Bar because it won't irritate your sensitive skin, and will also work to repair the skin's barrier that diaper rash has compromised.

Pick the right moisturizer

The best rash cream for adults is the Organic Manuka Skin Soothing Cream. Its smooth and creamy texture will help soothe dryness and itchiness, while its powerful manuka honey will help fight off any bacteria that can lead to infection. A great choice as a diaper rash cream for adults, this skin soothing cream can be applied as often as you need!

Get started with diaper rash treatments today!

If you’ve ever experienced painful symptoms of adult diaper rash, you’re not alone. Use these helpful tips and products to start treating your rash naturally and effectively.

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Natural Chemotherapy Skin Burn Treatment

Natural Chemotherapy Skin Burn Treatment

Undergoing cancer treatment can affect your body in a variety of ways. For example, you may notice changes in your hair, nails, and skin. While skin problems that accompany cancer treatments like chemotherapy are not usually severe, they can be irritating and noticeable. 

In this post, we discuss what chemotherapy burns may look like, as well as: 

  • What is a chemo rash? 
  • Changes in your skin during chemotherapy 
  • How can you soothe a chemo burn on skin? 

Read on to learn more about a chemo burn on skin and how you find relief using natural and soothing remedies. 

What is a Chemo Rash? 

People can respond differently to various cancer treatments. For people undergoing chemotherapy, radiation therapy, stem cell transplant, targeted therapy and immunotherapy, a common side effect is known as a chemo rash. This rash can appear at any point during your treatment, however, it’s more likely to develop within the first couple of weeks. The appearance of a chemo rash can also mean that your body is having an allergic reaction to specific medication you’re taking. The most common places for a chemo rash to appear include the face, neck, scalp, upper back, and chest. 

Skin Changes during Cancer Treatment 

During your cancer treatment, you may notice visible changes in your skin that could appear similar to symptoms of certain skin conditions. Taking care of these side effects is an essential  part of your cancer treatment  and care plan. Here are some signs to watch out for:

Rashes:  

During your cancer treatment, you may develop skin rashes that may resemble acne or measles. Your skin may also look sunburnt  or like it is swollen. The intensity of these rashes can range from mild to severe. 

Dry and Itchy Skin:

Another common side effect of cancer treatment is developing dry and itchy skin. This is known as pruritus. In terms of appearance, skin may also appear more red or darker in color. Previous treatments may cause the skin to blister or peel – much like a sunburn. Changes in skin pigmentation are also possible. Signs of a severe reaction may include a burning sensation or the development of hives. 

Light Sensitivity: 

Photosensitivity is when your skin becomes more sensitive to light. Developing light sensitivity can make your skin more susceptible to sunburns. 

Natural Chemotherapy Skin Burn Treatment .

If you develop a chemo rash or other skin changes, speak to your doctor for the best course of treatment. The following recommendations can help you manage pain and discomfort at home: 

Use gentle skincare products: 

Avoid skincare and bathing products that are made with harsh ingredients or contain artificial fragrances. A gentle and natural product is the way to go. We suggest this Coconut and Sunflower Oil Soap bar because of how soft, smooth, and soothed it makes your skin feel. Without any added fragrances, it offers a light, clean smell. 

Keep your skin moisturized: 

Keep your skin well hydrated by applying a natural moisturizer as often as necessary. We recommend this Organic Manuka Skin Soothing Cream because of its non-burning formula and its ability to gently calm rashes.  

Avoid hot water: 

Hot water has a tendency to further dry out the skin. When taking a bath or shower, opt for lukewarm water instead of hot. 

Avoid harsh scrubbing: 

Be gentle with your skin by avoiding any harsh rubbing or scrubbing. We recommend avoiding using a loofah or bath scrubs. When drying your skin, pat dry your skin with a towel. 

Soothe your Chemotherapy Skin Burns Today 

If your cancer treatment is affecting your skin, give these natural remedies a try to find relief today. 

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