In this blog post, we take a look at the benefits of Manuka honey and why it’s important to choose a natural skin soothing cream that’s safe for your skin.
What is Manuka Honey?
Manuka honey is a type of honey that’s native to New Zealand. It’s produced by bees who pollinate the manuka bush. Thanks to the presence of Methylglyoxal, manuka honey is renowned for its powerful antibacterial properties. For centuries, humans have used manuka honey for a variety of issues such as soothing sore throats, healing wounds, and improving digestive issues.
Manuka Honey vs Regular Honey
Got questions about the difference between manuka honey and regular honey? The main difference is that manuka honey has a unique compound known as methylglyoxal. While this compound is found in most types of honey, it usually only appears in small quantities.
The Unique Manuka Factor (UMF) is the scale used by honey producers to rate the potency of Manuka honey. In order to be considered strong enough to be therapeutic, the honey needs a minimum rating of 10UMF. The UMF rating reflects the concentration of Methylglyoxal.
To illustrate, Manuka honey has 1,000x more methylglyoxal than regular forms of honey. This gives it supreme anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties and makes it far more effective at healing skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis.
Benefits of Eczema Honey
There are so many benefits of honey. In fact, humans have actually been using this sweet substance for thousands of years to soothe a variety of dermal problems. To start with, honey can boost the immune system by helping the body fight off infection. It’s also helpful in soothing burns and healing wounds. Plus, its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties make it a great natural healing agent for skin problems like psoriasis and eczema. On account of its antibacterial properties, it can also help treat and prevent acne.
If you’re looking for a complexion boost, honey’s naturally moisturizing qualities can help give your skin a radiant glow. And if you’re wanting to prevent or reduce wrinkles, honey is the way to go! It’s full of antioxidants which gives it anti-aging benefits.
While you can apply eczema honey directly to the skin, this can get sticky and messy. If you ask us, it’s much easier to reap the benefits of eczema honey but applying it to the skin in the form of a cream. Its supreme ability to maintain moisture provides itch-relief to dry and flaky skin from eczema or psoriasis. Plus, if repetitive scratching causes the skin to crack or bleed, the wound-healing powers of honey will do their job.
Our Commitment to Safe Ingredients
Getting the right skincare products isn’t as simple as going to the shop and picking something off the shelf. Unfortunately, there are so many products out there that contain harmful ingredients. This includes makeup products, shampoo products, soaps, hair products, and yes, creams and ointments. Sadly, so many of these products contain chemicals that are bad for your hair, your skin, and your body. That’s why at Yoro Naturals, we’re committed to products that are safe for your skin and our planet. We do this by carefully selecting our ingredients and fabrics to make sure they are non-toxic. Using clean and simple ingredients, we make sure our products are safe and nourishing for baby skin and adult skin alike. We promise our products will never contain anything over a 1 rating with EWG’s Skin Deep Database. Your skin deserves nothing less!
The Best Organic Skin Soothing Cream
Not all creams are created equal. That’s why we love this Organic Manuka Skin Soothing Cream because it’s as natural as they come. When it comes to dealing with sensitive skin, we understand that sometimes less is more. That’s why it’s made with just six,100% ingredients including organic olive oil, organic beeswax, filtered water, grape seed oil, organic Active 16+ New Zealand manuka honey, and manuka oil extract. All of the ingredients included in this organic cream were handpicked by a mother searching for something to heal her own son’s eczema.
Because it’s made with pure and simple ingredients, you can use this nourishing balm anywhere on the body from head to toe. It’s even safe for delicate areas like the eyes and lips. This oil-based balm is perfect for even the most sensitive skin because it’s nut-free, gluten-free, and GMO-free. Kids love its sweet honey smell and non-burning formula. It’s perfect for psoriasis, rosacea, eczema diaper rash, burns, acne, cuts or scrapes, or allergy-prone skin. Give this nourishing cream a try and marvel at the difference in your skin.
This soothing cream is EWG Skin Deep 1 Rated and verified to be doctor approved. With 5 star reviews, it’s one of our top sellers. It’s available in a 2oz or 4oz jar, depending on your needs. You can shop for it on Amazon or directly off our website. Free shipping available for orders over $75. Trust us, this stuff really works wonders!
When trying out a new product, don’t forget to do a small patch test first to make sure there is no negative reaction on your skin.
Remedywear™ Clothing for Eczema and Psoriasis
While you can use the Organic Manuka Skin Soothing Cream on its own, we highly recommend pairing the cream with our soft and breathable clothing from Remedywear™. This winning combination will not only help boost the effectiveness of the oil-based cream, it will speed up the healing process as well.
Based on your preference, you can try either wet wrap therapy or dry wrap therapy. Both are easy at-home treatments that provide soothing relief for itchy or irritated skin. While wet wrap therapy may be slightly messier than dry wrap therapy, it provides a more intense cooling sensation. To wet wrap, soak the troubled area in water for 15-20 minutes. Then apply the Organic Manuka Skin Soothing Cream, cover the skin with a damp piece of eczema-friendly clothing, and add a dry layer overtop. Dry wrap therapy is similar except that only a dry piece of clothing is required. Both options allow emollients to better permeate the skin and enhance the effectiveness of creams and ointments.
Remedywear™ products were specially designed for those with sensitive skin, eczema, psoriasis or other skin conditions. All garments are made with silky soft TENCEL and embedded with anti-bacterial zinc. This unique blend of fibers has been clinically proven to reduce itching, improve quality of sleep, and soothe irritation when worn for three nights consecutively. Its ability to inhibit the growth of bacteria makes it especially beneficial for eczema or psoriasis sufferers as the body is more vulnerable to infection if scratching causes the skin to crack or bleed.
To soothe itchy skin on the chest, back, arms, or stomach, check out this Remedywear™ Long Sleeve Shirt for Adults and Remedywear™ Long Sleeve Shirt for Kids. The hypoallergenic material makes it an excellent choice for those with sensitive skin, eczema, or psoriasis. Thanks to its anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties, the shirt is the perfect treatment for hives, rashes, and even sunburns. Wear the shirt as a protective undergarment to protect the chest and back from irritating fabrics or alone as pajamas.
These form-fitting Remedywear™ Pants for Adults and Remedywear™ Pants for Kids make a soothing treatment for itchy or sensitive skin on the legs, knees, thighs, or buttocks. Featuring moisture-wicking sweat control, there’s no need to worry about sweaty irritation or chafing. You’ll love the comfortable legging-like fit that’s great for wearing underneath regular clothing during the day or alone as pajamas at night. From us to you, they truly fit like a second skin!
For difficult areas that are hard to reach - such as the bends or elbows and creases of knees - check out these hypoallergenic Eczema Sleeves from Remedywear™. Made with latex-free elastane, these super soft bandages provide long-lasting comfort throughout the day or during the night. They’re perfect for providing large-scale relief across legs or arms or for soothing small itchy patches as well.
For little ones who can’t stop scratching at the skin, this Remedywear™ Baby Coverall is a must-have. It’s the perfect treatment for your baby's full-body rash, irritation, or itchiness as it covers the chest, back, hands, legs, and feet. Made with scratch mittens, it helps reduce the harmful effects of scratching and quickens skin healing.
This Remedywear™ Scarf for Adults and Remedywear™ Scarf for Kids protect the neck from scratching and from rubbing up against everyday clothing. The TENCEL and zinc-embedded fibers help heal irritation and soothe inflammation.
Last but not least, dry, irritated, and itchy hands will adore these Remedywear™ Gloves for Adults and Remedywear™ Kids Gloves. When worn alone or in combination with the skin soothing Manuka cream, these gloves help restore moisture to the fingers, palms, and wrists. With a stretchy fit that extends just past the wrists, they’re a great alternative to latex or nitrile gloves.
When your order is over $75, shipping is on us! Products are also available on Amazon.
Natural At-Home Treatments to Beat the Itch
It’s no secret that we truly believe in using safe and natural products to heal eczema, psoriasis, and itchy skin. But in order to find long-lasting relief, we also believe in healing the body from the inside out. Let’s take a look at some ways you can heal your body from within.
First of all, it’s essential to get stress under control. Yes, stress-induced eczema is real. In fact, you may have noticed that you’ve experienced flare ups before a stressful event like a big exam or work presentation. This is because, when faced with something stressful, the body goes into fight-or-flight mode. As a result, it releases an increased production of stress hormones which causes an inflammatory response in the skin. Our favorite ways to cope with stress include practicing self-love by doing something you enjoy, journaling thoughts, indulging in a gentle bath, and finding support from others. Remember, your mental health is just as important as your physical health.
Getting a good night’s sleep is so important for overall health and well-being. You should aim to get between 7-8 hours per night. Unfortunately, when you’re dealing with itchy symptoms, getting the much-needed shut eye you require is often easier said than done. This is because symptoms tend to get worse during the night as the body peaks in cortisol levels. You can improve your sleep by wearing the eczema-friendly Remedywear™ clothing mentioned above. This will not only protect your body from harmful scratching, but it will soothe and calm any itchy symptoms.
Have you ever heard the expression, ‘you are what you eat’? No one can deny that diet and health are closely related, but when you suffer from eczema or psoriasis, what you eat can also be the difference between clear skin and a flare up.
Some common food culprits that are known to trigger eczema include dairy, gluten, soy, tree nuts, peanuts, citrus fruits (such as lemons, grapefruit, and limes), red meat, spices (such as vanilla, cloves, and cinnamon), and shellfish. On the other hand, some anti-inflammatory foods that may help reduce symptoms include vegetables (brussel sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, leafy greens), fruits (cherries, blueberries, grapes), and heart-healthy oils such as olive oil, flaxseed oil, and coconut oil. Foods that are high in probiotics, such as miso soup and sourdough bread, as well as foods that are high in quercetin, such as apples and spinach, are also helpful.
Just remember to take into account that everybody is different and may react differently to certain foods. What triggers inflammation in somebody else may not necessarily do the same for you. Figuring out your exact food triggers is not an easy task but it can be done with the help of an elimination diet. As the name implies, this involves removing the consumption of a certain food for a specific amount of time (usually about a month). You then slowly incorporate these foods back into the diet and carefully monitor the results. When undergoing an elimination diet, remember to always work with a doctor or dietician to ensure your body is still getting all the right nutrients.
Any questions? Feel free to ask us in the comments!