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Manuka Honey

VTmomVTmom Posts: 2,486Registered Users
I just bought some manuka honey to use as a spot treatment for blemishes. Have any of you wise women out there used this? If so, exactly what did you do with it? I have a place, about the size of a penny, on my chin that is usually a little irritated and rashy/pimply-looking. I have the honey on there right now, but I was wondering if I should just keep it on for a couple of hours and then wash it off, or try to cover it with something and leave it on overnight (it's sticky, like honey :)).

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  • eche428eche428 Posts: 2,782Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I use honey twice a day. It has literally changed my life. I have type II Rosacea and I a bit of Seb Derm in my hairline and behind my ears. This will probably be much more than you want to know but...

    I have been using honey as a wash/mask exclusively for over three months. I wear concealer and mineral makeup most days and have been fine with just the honey as a wash. I wash with it twice a day just like I would soap. Three or so times a week I will do a honey mask for 45 minutes to a couple hours. I’ve not had a single new pimple since starting this routine so can’t help you specifically with spot treatment issues.

    I don't think Manuka honey is super important but that the honey is raw is the critical factor, not heated in anyway. Honey naturally has both anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Heating it in the manufacturing process destroys the natural enzymes in the honey. Enzymes are destroyed at temps above 104 degrees. For this treatment to work, the honey must be mixed with 10% chlorine-free water for this produces a natural hydrogen peroxide which is formed in a slow-release manner by the enzyme glucose oxidase present in honey. The amount of peroxide is minimal, you are not going to get any bleaching from it but you do get the antibacterial benefits. I mix about a quarter sized blob of honey with water in my palm and smooth it all over my face. I try to keep from putting it on my eyelids when doing a mask. As the water starts to evaporate from the mask I’ve had my eyelashes stick to my eyelids and have lost a couple lashes that way. When I’m done I just rinse with regular tap water and pat dry. Sometimes I’ll use coconut oil to moisturize after and other times just my regular moisturizer.

    The honey washes, honey masks have pretty much relieved me of all my Rosacea and Seb Derm symptoms. No more flushing, no red face or burning/stinging sensations. No itchy bumps and flakes in my hairline. I’m almost to the point of not having to wear foundation and concealer anymore. It’s been an absolute miracle for me! (sorry this is such a book!)
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  • VTmomVTmom Posts: 2,486Registered Users
    Thank you SO much for all the valuable info. I just bought a small (1 oz.) sample to begin with, because I don't like buying a lot of anything before I know whether or not I'm going to like it. I had read about using it as a mask, so I might go that route. Do you get your raw honey from the regular grocery store?

    Thanks again, and congrats on finding something that works so well for you....that is REALLY hard to do! :)
    The smallest deed is greater than the grandest intention.

    I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul. (Invictus - William Ernest Henley)

    Just think I used to worry 'bout things like that,
    Used to worry 'bout rich and skinny, 'til I wound up poor and fat,
    Nowadays I kind of worry where my mind's been at,
    Just think I used to worry 'bout things like that. (Delbert McClinton - I Used to Worry from Never Been Rocked Enough)
  • eche428eche428 Posts: 2,782Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    VTmom wrote: »
    Thank you SO much for all the valuable info. I just bought a small (1 oz.) sample to begin with, because I don't like buying a lot of anything before I know whether or not I'm going to like it. I had read about using it as a mask, so I might go that route. Do you get your raw honey from the regular grocery store?

    Thanks again, and congrats on finding something that works so well for you....that is REALLY hard to do! :)

    You are very welcome, VTmom. I have so far found raw honey at both my regular grocery store Target and in the organic foods section of Cub Foods. I'm sure you would find it at Whole Foods and any co-op if your regular grocer doesn't have it. I've heard the very best thing to do is to buy it from a local honey source at a farmers market if you have one available. I'm going to do that this summer once bee season starts again.

    Hope this works for you as well as it has for me. I'm sitting and typing with honey on my face right now. So soothing. Off to make waffles and bacon. Have a great weekend!
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  • VTmomVTmom Posts: 2,486Registered Users
    After I use up my sample, I think I'll try the raw honey and see if I can tell a difference. I went to Whole Foods for the first time a couple of weeks ago (the closest one to me is a couple of hours away)...I LOVED it! I also think there's a beekeeper around here somewhere, so I may check that out as well.

    Happy weekend to you, too!
    The smallest deed is greater than the grandest intention.

    I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul. (Invictus - William Ernest Henley)

    Just think I used to worry 'bout things like that,
    Used to worry 'bout rich and skinny, 'til I wound up poor and fat,
    Nowadays I kind of worry where my mind's been at,
    Just think I used to worry 'bout things like that. (Delbert McClinton - I Used to Worry from Never Been Rocked Enough)
  • Curly Girl FlaCurly Girl Fla Posts: 1,834Registered Users
    I don't use Manuka, but love raw, organic honey as a wash, scrub w/sugar, spot treatment and daily moisturizer (mix a dot with rose water, a drop of lavender and sometimes tea trea oils). The overnight spot treatment is very yucky sticky, but it's gentle and it works nicely...
  • RednaturalcurlsRednaturalcurls Posts: 1,814Registered Users
    After seeing this thread, I started experimenting with honey. I have rosacea too and anything that might potentially keep it calm is a plus for me. I am amazed by how easily it is taking off the little bit of makeup I wear (I still use a seperate cleanser to get the eye makeup off). I also noticed that I have far less flakes that I usually do (my skin is super dry). This is very promising. I didn't use Manuka, just an organic honey I found at the grocery store :-)
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  • KurleeEdnaKurleeEdna Posts: 714Registered Users
    Hi!

    I'm bumping up this thread because it seems as if all the attention is on honey. (Yes, it has great healing and moisturizing properties. I buy a local one and use it in a sugar scrub along with some grapeseed and tea tree oil when my skin gets flaky.) But now I'm curious about the MANUKA oil itself.

    I've been reading that manuka oil has better anti-fungal/anti-microbial properties than tea tree oil. I have seborrheic dermatitis (both on my face and scalp) that gets worse in the dry winter months. I haven't tried the manuka oil yet, but was wondering if anyone out there has and with what effects?

    Thanks!
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  • GoddessCurlsGoddessCurls Posts: 1,537Registered Users
    I ordered manuka honey..can't wait to try it. But so far I have been using raw Wee Bee honey and it's great. I have rosacea too and I mixture of honey and aloe dabbed on my cheeks helps. I keep a little lipgloss pot of it in my purse and dab it on when I start to flare up


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  • KurleeEdnaKurleeEdna Posts: 714Registered Users
    I ordered manuka honey..can't wait to try it. But so far I have been using raw Wee Bee honey and it's great. I have rosacea too and I mixture of honey and aloe dabbed on my cheeks helps. I keep a little lipgloss pot of it in my purse and dab it on when I start to flare up


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    Please let me know how the manuka honey works for you! :o
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  • SanaxRadianceSanaxRadiance Posts: 95Registered Users
    Ooh honey! I love it! :) I use it as my cleanser, twice a day.

    In the morning I just use raw honey, leave it on for 5-15 minutes before washing it off.

    At night I use a honey & propolis soap (I ordered it from Koru naturals) then I either use raw honey, or Manuka honey (if I'm going to be up doing nothing, or taking a long bath) I tend to leave it on for an hour or longer. I haven't noticed a humongous difference with Manuka honey though, so I think raw honey is just fine. (but I do love Manuka honey)
    I'm just trying to find the best way to use it.
  • GoddessCurlsGoddessCurls Posts: 1,537Registered Users
    Will do.
    So if I use manuka honey on my face will it help keep my pores clear?


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  • SanaxRadianceSanaxRadiance Posts: 95Registered Users
    KurleeEdna wrote: »
    Hi!

    I'm bumping up this thread because it seems as if all the attention is on honey. (Yes, it has great healing and moisturizing properties. I buy a local one and use it in a sugar scrub along with some grapeseed and tea tree oil when my skin gets flaky.) But now I'm curious about the MANUKA oil itself.

    I've been reading that manuka oil has better anti-fungal/anti-microbial properties than tea tree oil. I have seborrheic dermatitis (both on my face and scalp) that gets worse in the dry winter months. I haven't tried the manuka oil yet, but was wondering if anyone out there has and with what effects?

    Thanks!

    Wow I didn't even see this. Manuka oil is awesome! I ordered it from Koru naturals and it works WAY better than tea tree oil!
  • The New BlackThe New Black Posts: 16,738Registered Users
    I really want to try this! I have sebderm on my face too. Hope I can deal with the stickiness.
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  • KurleeEdnaKurleeEdna Posts: 714Registered Users
    KurleeEdna wrote: »
    Hi!

    I'm bumping up this thread because it seems as if all the attention is on honey. (Yes, it has great healing and moisturizing properties. I buy a local one and use it in a sugar scrub along with some grapeseed and tea tree oil when my skin gets flaky.) But now I'm curious about the MANUKA oil itself.

    I've been reading that manuka oil has better anti-fungal/anti-microbial properties than tea tree oil. I have seborrheic dermatitis (both on my face and scalp) that gets worse in the dry winter months. I haven't tried the manuka oil yet, but was wondering if anyone out there has and with what effects?

    Thanks!

    Wow I didn't even see this. Manuka oil is awesome! I ordered it from Koru naturals and it works WAY better than tea tree oil!
    Excellent...I'm so glad this works for you.:thumright: So I guess the manuka oil will be added to my shopping list this week!
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  • theliothelio Posts: 5,374Registered Users
    KurleeEdna wrote: »
    KurleeEdna wrote: »
    Hi!

    I'm bumping up this thread because it seems as if all the attention is on honey. (Yes, it has great healing and moisturizing properties. I buy a local one and use it in a sugar scrub along with some grapeseed and tea tree oil when my skin gets flaky.) But now I'm curious about the MANUKA oil itself.

    I've been reading that manuka oil has better anti-fungal/anti-microbial properties than tea tree oil. I have seborrheic dermatitis (both on my face and scalp) that gets worse in the dry winter months. I haven't tried the manuka oil yet, but was wondering if anyone out there has and with what effects?

    Thanks!

    Wow I didn't even see this. Manuka oil is awesome! I ordered it from Koru naturals and it works WAY better than tea tree oil!
    Excellent...I'm so glad this works for you.:thumright: So I guess the manuka oil will be added to my shopping list this week!

    i'm totally going to try out Manuka oil!!
  • The New BlackThe New Black Posts: 16,738Registered Users
    Ive been using 1/4 tsp of raw honey with 2-3 drops of bottled water (with an eye dropper) to wash. Does that sound like an ok ratio?
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  • Fifi.GFifi.G Posts: 15,490Registered Users
    ^^That should be a fine ratio. When I do my honey wash/mask (started 3 months ago) I use less that 1/2 tsp, and no water. I rub it around on my finger tips for a few to warm it up and smooth it out a bit. But a few drops of water will not hurt a thing. Just makes the application a bit easier for some. I was shocked at how easily it rinses off with water. I wash with honey every lazy day, when I'm not going out/wearing make up. During the times that I am wearing make up I use a cleansing milk and just do a honey wash/mask once a week. I normally do it after a exfoliating mask. I've been so pleased with the results so far.
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  • GoddessCurlsGoddessCurls Posts: 1,537Registered Users
    KurleeEdna wrote: »
    I ordered manuka honey..can't wait to try it. But so far I have been using raw Wee Bee honey and it's great. I have rosacea too and I mixture of honey and aloe dabbed on my cheeks helps. I keep a little lipgloss pot of it in my purse and dab it on when I start to flare up


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    Please let me know how the manuka honey works for you! :o

    Forgot about this thread..sorry. The Manuka works good...but honestly...it doesn't appear to be any better than regular raw honey. So I think when I run out...I'll just get a $10 jar of raw honey...as opposed to a $25 jar of Manuka.


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  • AnshuAnshu Posts: 1Registered Users
    I have been using this for one day applying twice. It has made a huge difference.
    I had a question for user eche428.
    First of all thanks for the valuable information as it provides hope for people having rosacea.
    I have very mild rosacea.
    Question- What type of water u use for mixing with manuka honey?You mentioned chlorine free water. Is there any brand u would suggest.

    Thanks
    Anshu
  • GretchenGretchen Administrator Posts: 8,424Administrators, Moderators Administrator
    What about for hair? Does anyone use honey as a hair rinse?

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  • Fifi.GFifi.G Posts: 15,490Registered Users
    Gretchen wrote: »
    What about for hair? Does anyone use honey as a hair rinse?

    I have not, but I've read about it and would like to give it a try.
    When I hear terms like "hipster" I think, who told cliques they could leave high school??

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