Thursday, 28 June 2012

Omega-3 lowers inflammation in healthy adults

New research from Ohio State University shows that omega-3 fatty acid supplements can lower inflammation in healthy, but overweight adults. This suggests regular use of these supplements may help protect against and treat certain illnesses.

This is very important news for adults suffering from joint pain and arthritis, coronary heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, and Alzheimer’s disease and shows that Omega-3 is beneficial in treating these conditions.

There are many sources of Omega-3 however and the most common is fish oil from species salmon and tuna and shellfish Green Lipped Mussel from New Zealand.

Recent studies show that Green lipped mussel supplements can provide the most effective relief from inflammation because it contains a rare form of Omega-3 called Eicosatetraenoic Acid (ETA) not present in other fish oils.

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Antimicrobial Manuka soap

Many families are finding Manuka Natural East Cape Manuka soap a very popular product in their bathrooms.
One happy customer had this to say;
"Everyone loves your soap -- it is lovely, elegant, and so practical for a family that is so actively involved in sports-- outdoors and indoors. We even take it with us when we travel!"
Tonia, Ma, USA

One reason East Cape Manuka soap is so popular is that it fights both bacteria and fungi, reducing body odor as well as having a very pleasant lemon fragrance.

Manuka soap is an important component of all of our natural treatment packs including ringworm, acne, scabies, yeast infection, eczema and athletes foot.

Manuka soap can be ordered in natural treatment packs or on its own.

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Manuka honey in medicine part 4

Professor Peter Molan, Honey Research Unit, University of Waikato in New Zealand, looks at the use of manuka honey as a medicine.

Means of conveniently using honey in other applications have also been developed, such as skin creams, eye ointment and eye drops.

Skin cream made with manuka honey is showing good results when used on radiotherapy burns, and on dermatitis where the combination of the antibacterial activity with the moisturising effect of honey on skin is beneficial. The use of honey in ophthalmology was recorded by the ancient Egyptians and there are many reports in present day medical journals of good results being achieved.

Another traditional use for honey, and where there are reports in present day medical journals of good results being achieved, is for the treatment of gastritis and peptic ulcers. Laboratory research has shown that the anti-inflammatory properties of honey are involved in its action, but there is also the possibility that its antibacterial action may be involved, as the bacterium Helicobacter pylori is thought to be a major cause of gastritis and peptic ulcers.

Laboratory testing of Helicobacter pylori has shown that its growth is halted by manuka honey at concentrations below 5%, but not by another type of honey with a high level of antibacterial activity due to hydrogen peroxide when this was at a concentration of 40%.

Clinical trials have failed to demonstrate that manuka honey clears Helicobacter pylori from the stomach, but one of these trials (double blind) did show that manuka honey gave significant relief of pain, whereas the other honey used did not.

However, this could have been due to the anti-inflammatory action, as some preliminary investigations of the effect of honey on leukocytes in cell culture have indicated that manuka honey may have a higher level of anti-inflammatory activity than other honey.

The question of whether it is the antibacterial activity or the anti-inflammatory activity (or both) involved also remains to be answered in the use of manuka honey for the relief of inflammatory bowel conditions.

There has been no research carried out on this, but many anecdotal reports of it being effective indicate that maybe some clinical research should be carried out.

That the antibacterial activity of honey can be effective in the gut has been demonstrated in a clinical trial published in the British Medical Journal in 1985, where it was reported that honey halved the duration of bacterial diarrhoea.

Sunday, 24 June 2012

Manuka honey in medicine, part 3

Professor Peter Molan, Honey Research Unit, University of Waikato in New Zealand, looks at the use of manuka honey as a medicine.

As well as rapidly clearing infection, honey has been demonstrated in clinical usage to have several other therapeutic actions that are of great benefit. It very rapidly causes pus and dead tissue to lift off messy wounds, so surgical debridement or the use of enzymes (which are generally too expensive to use) are not necessary to get a clean wound bed to allow healing to begin.
It actively stimulates the healing process, so that rapid healing occurs and skin grafting is not needed. It rapidly soothes inflammation and thus decreases the exudation of serum from wounds, and decreases swelling and painfulness.

Trials are currently being conducted on the use of manuka honey to reduce the inflammation that results from radiotherapy.

The rapid clearance of inflammation in wounds by honey also gives healing without scarring. This is because part of the inflammatory process is the stimulation of fibroblasts to produce scar tissue to repair the wound, and prolonged inflammation gives over-stimulation, so excessive amounts of scar tissue are produced.

One of the factors that has slowed the uptake of the use of honey in clinical practice has been the practical difficulty of handling a very sticky substance that, when it warms up to body temperature, becomes quite watery and runs off wounds.
But technology has now been developed that makes honey easy to apply to wounds in the form of manufactured dressings. These are not only convenient to use but also increase the effectiveness of the honey on the wound. Because the water content of honey is strongly bound up with the sugar molecules, there is very little wetting of dressings applied to cover honey on a wound, so much of the honey, when it becomes runny at body temperature, gets squeezed out sideways, leaving very little remaining to exert its therapeutic effects.

If, however, the dressing is impregnated with honey before it is applied to the wound, then a larger amount of honey can be kept on the wound. There are two wound dressings impregnated with manuka honey on sale in the UK.

One consists of a triple layer of low adherent knitted viscose impregnated with manuka honey. The other consists of a mechanically bonded M-type calcium alginate fibre dressing impregnated with manuka honey.

 The calcium alginate fibres convert to a sodium alginate gel when wound exudate is absorbed, which has the advantage when used on an exuding wound of not only containing the exudate cleanly within the dressing but also of preventing the honey from being flushed out of the dressings, as can happen with the viscose dressings.

Both of these types of dressing are CE marked products. A further development, expected to be on sale in 2006, consists of manuka honey gelled with sodium alginate in the form of a sheet of non-sticky, rubbery material that has a very large capacity to absorb wound exudate.

Friday, 22 June 2012

Manuka honey in Medicine Part 2

Professor Peter Molan, Honey Research Unit, University of Waikato in New Zealand, looks at the use of manuka honey as a medicine.

A large amount of clinical experience has shown that manuka honey, selected to have a high level of this unique antibacterial activity, gives rapid clearance of infection from heavily infected wounds not responding to other treatment, and gives rapid healing of chronic wounds not responding to any other treatment.

Many case reports from this work have been published, including a small pilot trial. A very large multi-centre, randomised, controlled clinical trial of many honey dressings on leg ulcers, funded by the New Zealand Government, has nearly been completed (see

In view of this evidence for the effectiveness of honey in healing infected wounds, and that from several randomised, controlled trials demonstrating that honey protects burns from becoming infected, it has been proposed that honey be used prophylacticly on hospital patients at risk of acquiring infection through 'superbugs'.

Many laboratory studies have shown that manuka honey has a potent antibacterial action against MRSA, VRE, ESBL strains of various species, Acinetobacter baumannii, Stenotrophomonas maltophilia, and other species such as Pseudomonads and coagulase-negative Staphylococci that are difficult to control because of antibiotic resistance.

The most common routes of infection for these bacteria, leading to fatal septicaemia in patients with a weakened immune system, are open wounds and where catheters are inserted into the body. The two trials that have been conducted to test the effectiveness of honey in preventing infection of catheter exit sites have given positive results. This proposal has been tried at Waikato Hospital in New Zealand in a ward with a history of recurrent outbreaks of MRSA infection.

Manuka honey dressings have been used on all at-risk patients and there have been no cases of MRSA infection since. Whilst this does not constitute proof of the idea, it does indicate that it warrants further trial.

The Department of Health in the UK has been approached with this information as a proposal for dealing with the national problem of hospital acquired infection, but has rejected it on the grounds that manuka honey dressings are not registered specifically for treating infection with MRSA.

This is not likely to happen before many more hospital patients die, because the companies involved in marketing honey for medical use are not large enough to be able to afford the high costs involved in getting such registration unless the clinical trials needed are publicly funded.

Manuka UMF honey

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Manuka honey in Medicine Part 1

Professor Peter Molan, Honey Research Unit, University of Waikato in New Zealand, looks at the use of manuka honey as a medicine.

Honey has been used for thousands of years to treat wounds, gastroenteritis and eye infections. It was displaced from common usage by the advent of antibiotics in the 1940s.

But now that the widespread and rapidly increasing resistance of microbes to antibiotics has become a major global threat to health, there has been a renaissance in the use of honey to treat infections.

The ancient physicians were aware that some honeys were better than others for treating infections, but this ancient wisdom has survived only in folk medicine.

It was through scientific investigation following up such folk knowledge in New Zealand that manuka honey was discovered to have a unique anti-microbial component additional to the enzymically produced hydrogen peroxide that is responsible for the anti-microbial activity of all honey.

This unique anti-microbial activity is of extremely broad spectrum and is equally as effective against antibiotic resistant strains of bacteria as it is against other strains.

Also, unlike other topical anti-microbial agents used on wounds, manuka honey does not slow the healing process by having adverse effects on the exposed wound tissue.

Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Eczema - Are we too clean for our own good?

Recent studies suggest that if our bodies are too clean we lack the essential oils to lubricate our skin which can lead to conditions eczema and dermatitis.
Dr Sanjiv Nichani, head of children's services at Nuffield Hospital, Leicester, in UK says the number of cases of patients suffering from allergies and eczema, has "exploded" in western countries, compared with eastern countries.
He said: "One reason may be that we live in a relatively sterile environment which triggers certain cells in the immune system which veer towards causing allergies.
One way to prevent eczema developing is to apply emollients or moisturisers and the best time to apply them is after a bath when the skin is soft and absorbent.

Dr. Nichani says that moisturisers which are 'fatty' or thick are best because they allow better penetration and stay on the skin longer.

People looking for natural moisturisers who don't want to resort to steroid creams should try creams containing Manuka honey as this is both antimicrobial and it penetrates well into the skin.

One cream which has achieved excellent results is Manuka UMF honey cream containing 30% pure Manuka UMF 15+ honey as well as other natural oils and waxes renowned for their skin calming properties. People who have used this cream for themselves or their children have been delighted with the effectiveness both in healing the skin and calming the itch.

Sunday, 17 June 2012

Hair loss due to seborrheic dermatitis infection

Reports from Korea show that hair loss can be attributed to seborrheic dermatitis fungal infection in both men and women.
According to Dr. Lee Moon wan, “Abnormality of energy metabolism, poor blood circulation, liver disorder and kidney malfunction, low metabolism can all contribute to hair loss,”. “Therefore, it’s essential to boost the body’s own defenses to prevent hair loss and cure scalp ailments.”

One way to boost the body's defenses is with Deer Velvet Antler tonic, which has a long history of use in the East.
Velvet Antler has only fairly recently become accepted in the West as a health tonic and as a natural joint support and arthritis treatment.

Once the body's immune system has been supplemented, treating seborrheic dermatitis is very effective with natural Manuka oil, cream and soaps.

New Zealand Manuka oil is proven in studies to have powerful antifungal properties which controls the malassezia fungus, the cause of seborrheic dermatitis.

A natural seborrheic dermatitis treatment pack is available on-line from Manuka Natural Ltd in New Zealand.

Saturday, 16 June 2012

Athletes foot question

I’ve increased my running activity lately; as well as other sports. I’ve never had a case of athletes foot before. After a run and a trip to the market one day, I began to feel a burning feeling on my right foot. I removed my sneaker to find some peeling. After reading your article that wearing sneakers without socks can cause for a case of athletes foot, I’ve picked up some light socks for running today. The itching was so intense after yesterday’s run, my drive back home, I was moving my toes around in the shoes. Also, I’ve been wearing the same running shoe every day. Is there anything else I should do? - This from a customer email.

Yes you should immediately apply Manuka oil between and around your toes and cream to the rest of your feet.
We recommend using the complete Athletes Foot treatment pack which also includes Manuka soap.

You should wash your running shoes, and dry them thoroughly before wearing them again.

Athletes foot fungus spoors will survive in damp running shoes for long periods and the only way to get rid of it is to wash and dry well, you could also dry the insides with a hair drier as the heat will help to get rid of Athletes foot.

After that make sure you wear socks and wash them every day.

Apply Manuka oil to your toes daily until symptoms of itchiness stop.

Thursday, 14 June 2012

Bee Venom mask popular in Canada

For some unknown reason Canadians are buying Manuka Natural Bee Venom mask and moisturisers in unprecedented numbers.

Do Canadians know something that other nationalities don't?

Bee Venom in a cream, mask or moisturizer formulated with New Zealand Manuka honey are very popular and receiving acclaim around the world and the word has been well spread across Canada, even more than USA.

Bee Venom creams are also selling well in UK, Western Europe and Australia with Asian countries not as well represented at present.

Bee Venom from Manuka Natural in New Zealand is available in glass pots for the Mask and Moisturizer, and in an airless pump applicator for a cream also referred to as Beetox Cream for its Botox imitating effect without the pain or needles.

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Dust mites preventing sleep

If you are already having trouble sleeping, stop reading this right now. I’m going to talk to you today about dust mites.

What, you might ask, do dust mites have to do with sleeping? My bed isn’t dusty. Well, they get their name from the fact that these tiny creatures (they’re half the size of the period at the end of this sentence) shed their skins, and this cast-off skin plus their dried fecal material get airborne and become dust. Researchers think more than 50 percent of the cases of asthma, eczema and hay fever are caused by dust mites.

But it isn’t the dried skin and droppings floating around in the air that is why I asked about your sleep habits. You see, these mites spend all of their time in your bed. In fact, the estimates run anywhere from 100,000 to 10 million mites can be sharing your mattress with you.
Of course, you’ll never see them, no matter how many there are. Their tiny size and their translucent bodies make them, for all intents and purposes, invisible. The inventor of the microscope, Anton van Leeuwenhoek, was the first person to actually observe them back in 1694. You can imagine the sleepless nights he had for a while. These mites are downright ugly to look at.

The reason they like your bed so much is that it’s an almost perfect environment for them. Their favorite food is you -- or what used to be you. They don’t chew your flesh or suck your blood. They eat the dead skin you shed. You lose over 50 million skin cells every week, and that’s if you haven’t been running around outside getting sunburned. I suppose that would be like grilled steaks to these little guys.

Add to that the warm and humid conditions under your blankets and they live happy but short lives. The humidity is the key. They like it around 70 percent or higher. In the old days, this wasn’t a problem. Our homes were more or less exposed to the same humidity as existed outside, but with the advent of air conditioning and central heating, that changed radically. Once the humidity drops below 50 percent, dust mites shrivel up and die.

It turns out that an unmade bed is unappealing to them, whereas a tightly fitted, well-made bed (like we had to do in the military) allows them to survive quite well. Of course, beds aren’t the only place they can live. A dust mite can snuggle into upholstered furniture, in shag or other long-fibered carpets or rugs and in plush toys.
You’ll never completely eliminate dust mites from your home -- can’t be done -- but you can do things to significantly reduce their numbers.

Start with regular vacuuming. Go over your carpets, curtains, furniture and rugs. This will pick up skin flakes and fecal material as well as mites. Throw away the bag once you’re through. Dust mites can live inside of the bag just as well, if not better, as they can in your bed. Use mattress covers that are specifically designed to inhibit dust mites. Remove soft toys from the bedroom or periodically wash them in hot water or freeze them for 24 hours. If you decide to freeze them, you’re still going to need to clean them to remove the allergens.-

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Manuka honey UMF 20+

We will have Manuka Honey UMF 20+ back in stock again this month.

This highest grade of Manuka honey has been sold out for many months due to very high International demand and limited supply.

Other UMF grades of Manuka honey are still in stock including Active 5+ , UMF 10+, UMF 15+ and UMF 18+ Manuka honey, all certified.

One thing to remember is that the certification UMF is always a minimum and it has been found that this UMF rating can actually increase with age up to two or three years, so it improves like a good quality red wine!