Anyone that has read any of my articles before or who has visited my site will know I continually praise the healing power of honey. I also regularly recommend one particular essential oil - Tea tree. So how about if you could naturally combine the qualities of these two natural ingredients? The result would be nature's super healer.
Combining tea-tree with its anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties with honey, nature's soothing nectar with properties that promote healing. That's a powerful combination. Nature already provides this for us in the form of Manuka Honey. Manuka honey is produced in New Zealand where beekeepers set up their hives in the uncultivated areas where the Manuka bush grows. The Manuka is only indigenous to New-Zealand and the crops are helped by the government's' stringent pollution controls and restrictions on the importing of other detrimental plants.
It is not fully understood why the honey produced by bees feeding on the manuka bush is such a powerful healer. This question is still attracting the attention of many scientists and medical researchers. Researchers at the University of Waikato in New Zealand have labeled it the "unique manuka factor".
Products containing Manuka honey are being recommended by skincare experts worldwide because of its powerful skin conditioning properties. It is also being used medicinally to treat infections, ulceration and scarring. For the treatment of acne you need to seek out pure active manuka honey or products that contain manuka honey as a primary ingredient.
Unfortunately, though probably not surprisingly, it is more expensive than the honey that will be found locally or in supermarkets. But if your acne is severe and is not responding well to other natural treatments you may wish to consider this super honey.
Manuka honey can be used both by consuming it, where the honey will work from within. It can also be used topically on your skin where you can see results very quickly. Possibly as quickly as overnight and certainly within 2-3 days. If you need any more proof of the healing power of manuka honey just consider the range of conditions it has been used to treat successfully; infected wounds, ring worm, athletes foot, to promote healing after surgery, stomach ulcers it will even relieve the symptoms of colds and flu.
To treat acne either seek out a specialist product containing active manuka honey or use the pure honey as a face wash each night. After gently cleansing the face rinse and pat dry. Smooth a small quantity of manuka honey over the affected areas or over the entire face if preferred. Leave for about ten minutes then rinse off with warm water and pat dry. The honey will kill the excess bacteria on your skin and will also draw the impurities from your skin.
It will also work directly on the spots or pimples, drawing the moisture out and drying the area. Again the bacteria within the spot will be killed leaving the area of skin clean and fresh. The honey will then promote healing of the skin by encouraging the growth of new skin cells, reduce the inflammation and leave you with a clear, spot free face. Of course the honey could equally be used to treat acne on the back or other parts of the body. A further advantage is that it will not dry your skin out. Indeed it has been successfully used to treat eczema.
So, if your acne is failing to respond well to other natural treatments give super honey a go...