Friday, 27 April 2012

Enzyme responsible for seborrheic dermatitis

Scientists have discovered that an enzyme is responsible for the Malassezia globosa fungus that's a common cause of dandruff and seborrheic dermatitis.
Seborrheic dermatitis a severe form of greasy dandruff that can appear on the face as well as the scalp results from excessive production of oil from the sebum glands attached to hair follicles.
It is this enzyme that appears to stimulate over production of sebum, leading to the development of the Malassezia fungus.
Several over the counter treatments are available to treat seborrheic dermatitis, however many contain chemical ingredients which may cause other problems.
For those who prefer a natural seborrheic dermatitis treatment a very good natural alternative is provided by the New Zealand Manuka plant in both the essential oil and the special Manuka honey.
Manuka Natural produce a cream containing 30% Manuka UMF15+ honey, an oil containing 25% East Cape Manuka essential oil and a soap containing Manuka oil specifically for controlling skin fungi and seborrheic dermatitis.
These products are grouped together in a natural seborrheic dermatitis treatment pack for convenience including free shipping worldwide.

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

New study on hand eczema in health care workers

An interesting new study reports that health care workers in Denmark appear to suffer from a higher incidence of hand eczema than the general population.

Reasons for this high level of hand eczema appear to be linked to two main factors; the wearing of synthetic rubber gloves and excessive hand washing.

Suggested remedies to reduce the incidence of hand eczema include the use of natural rubber gloves in place of synthetic and the use of hand sanitiser (when the hands appear clean) in place of washing as frequently as had been done.

The high use of hand moisturisers was also cited as a possible factor, which, if containing synthetic chemicals, could also contribute to skin problems.

We would recommend that people suffering from any form of eczema consider applying a moisturiser or cream containing Manuka honey as there has been a lot of anecdotal evidence that the antibacterial and anti-fungal properties of Manuka honey have helped to overcome eczema conditions.

There are a range of Manuka honey creams available including moisturisers and hand creams through to specific Manuka honey cream containing 30% Manuka UMF 15+ honey.

Monday, 23 April 2012

New Eczema Research

According to a report in the Otago Daily Times in New Zealand, World-class research led by New Zealand's University of Otago researcher Dr Kristin Wickens is opening up new horizons in the prevention of eczema among high-risk infants, showing that probiotic use can halve the risk.

Probiotics are microorganisms that protect their host and prevent disease.

The study showed one probiotic, a bacterium named Lactobacillus rhamnosus HN001, reduced the risk of developing eczema by the age of 2 by about half among young children who were at high risk of developing eczema.
The probiotic was developed by Fonterra the International milk processing company in New Zealand.

The probiotic has the effect of increasing the population of 'good' bacterium in the human gut - where it already occurs naturally, as it does in yoghurt.   

Some earlier but smaller studies in Finland had shown positive effects of probiotic use in eczema, but the Otago University-led research involved a much larger study and was internationally significant, according to Prof Gerald Tannock, of the Otago microbiology and immunology department.

Researchers say that if eczema could be successfully prevented in childhood, there could also be wider potential benefits in halting an "allergic march" towards developing other conditions, such as asthma and hay fever.

For those that already suffer from Eczema a natural topical solution has been found in applying Manuka honey cream formulated with natural oils and extracts renowned for their skin calming and anti-inflammatory effect.

Sunday, 22 April 2012

Yeast infection causes

In the last posting we referred to the most common causes of yeast infection and a leading one of these is a high sugar intake that feeds the yeast infection.
Yeast infection can also result from low levels of acidophilus which usually counteracts the sugars in the body, so taking acidophilus yoghurt will help to lower the available sugars.
Antibiotics is another contributing factor to yeast infection, women in particular can be affected when taking antibiotics for any bacterial infection, ironically taking antibiotics for bacterial vaginosis can lead to a vaginal yeast infection.
This can become a vicious circle with a treatment for one infection becoming a leading cause of another.
To break the circle it requires a treatment that can control both bacterial and yeast infections at the same time.
One such yeast infection treatment which will also prevent the development of bacterial vaginosis is New Zealand Manuka oil in a cream, oil and soap formulation. This natural yeast infection treatment has been highly successful for women who have suffered from one or other or both of these very unpleasant infections.

Thursday, 19 April 2012

Yeast Infection causes

Yeasts, fungi and bacteria are all part of the natural flora that appears all over our bodies, they will have higher populations in different parts of our bodies due to the different 'mini climates' that we all have.

Areas like the face and hands which are out in the open and more exposed to wind and sun will be drier, while other parts which are always covered provide warm, dark and humid conditions which are ideal for the growth of fungi and yeasts. Areas such as the armpits, folds in the skin and especially vagina's are very prone to the development and multiplication of yeasts.

Normally there is a healthy and natural balance of fungi, bacteria and yeasts, however it only takes a small change in what we eat or apply to our bodies to upset this delicate balance and get an overgrowth of yeast.

And the first place it will appear is the vagina because the conditions of warmth, moisture, darkness and lack of oxygen are just right for an overgrowth to develop.

Studies show that 3 out of 4 women will develop a yeast infection at some time and there are numerous factors that can contribute to a yeast infection.
The first is sugar, a high intake of sugar actually feeds the yeast causing it to multiply out of control.

This requires a yeast infection treatment that will return the body to its natural balance.

One such natural yeast infection treatment which has been very successful is the essential oil of the New Zealand Manuka tree. This Manuka oil is formulated in natural cream, oil and soap products which make up a comprehensive yeast infection treatment pack.

Sunday, 15 April 2012

Ringworm more prevalent in summer

According to Dr. Christopher Scuderi at UF New Berlin Family Medical Center, we'll see more ringworm in the summer.
As children get hot and sweat more the skin is moist for longer and because it is more common to keep the skin covered to prevent sunburn the skin is both damp and dark, ideal conditions for ringworm fungus to multiply

Ringworm can be itchy but doctors say you don't want to scratch it because if you break the skin you can introduce bacteria which can become a more serious infection.

One way to control ringworm and bacterial infection is to use a natural ringworm treatment

New Zealand Manuka essential oil is used in the natural ringworm treatment pack of oil, cream and soap which will control the ringworm and prevent bacterial infection from developing.

Thursday, 12 April 2012

Bee venom mask gets glowing report from Gwyneth Paltrow

The Daily Express reports that Gwyneth Paltrow is delighted with the results to her complexion following the use of a bee venom mask as quoted on her website.

She said she had been given bee venom therapy for an old injury and it disappeared. "I was also recommended bee pollen, raw honey and propolis for various purposes,"

"So far, these recommendations have worked for me," she added.

Bee Venom is available from Manuka Natural in three different formulas, as a bee venom mask, a bee venom moisturizer, and a vee venom cream, also referred to as beetox cream for the Botox like effect that it has on fine lines and wrinkles without the painful injections.

Bee venom cream, mask and moisturizer can be applied daily at night as a mask or during the day under makeup as a moisturiser or cream.

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Manuka honey in short supply

Reports coming in from beekeepers around New Zealand are stating that the famed Manuka honey will be in short supply this year because of an unusually poor flowering season due to inclement weather.

When the weather is wet or cloudy the bees do not get out as much to gather the nectar from the Manuka flowers.

In normal sunny summers the Manuka plants flower well and large amounts of Manuka honey are produced which is then tested for the additional antimicrobial activity that is a unique feature of Manuka honey.

Where the Manuka plants are concentrated and few other floral sources of nectar are available to the honey bees the honey can reach very high levels of antibacterial and antifungal activity. This is measured according to a scale developed by Professor Peter Molan of Waikato University in New Zealand called UMF or Unique Manuka Factor to describe and certify the level of antimicrobial activity of this honey which is only produced in New Zealand.

Unfortunately for the bees and for the public, hospitals and clinics around the world who use this special honey to treat stubborn infections, there will not be as much available for export this year as in normal seasons, which is expected to put pressure on prices, especially for the higher grades like Manuka UMF 20+.

Local on-line businesses have been able to secure some of this Manuka UMF honey for their clients and expect to be able to supply limited amounts over the coming months.

To check the availability of Manuka UMF honey in various certified grades click here

Home remedies for ringworm

For some reason a lot of people seem to think that there could be something in their pantry or laundry that could treat common infections.
Ringworm is one example where we hear of some quite wierd ideas about what can be used as a home remedy.
A popular ringworm home remedy is bleach, (we have also seen this recommended to treat scabies), however it should not be used for two reasons, the first is that bleach, most commonly chlorine, does not kill fungus spores unless it is used in concentrated form, secondly if it is strong enough to kill the ringworm fungus, it will cause severe burns to the skin.
Another ringworm home remedy that is seen on forums is garlic, which is also largely ineffective treating ringworm and can cause chemical burns and long term scarring.
There are many people who prefer to use a natural remedy for ringworm because of concerns about using over the counter ringworm treatments that are chemical based and for good reason, some can cause side effects.
People looking for a proven natural ringworm treatment, should consider one containing the essential oil of the New Zealand Manuka tree, this natural extract has been widely tested and found to be just as effective as any man-made chemical based treatment. A strategy of using cream oil and soap formulas containing Manuka oil are a safe and effective ringworm treatment

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Natural treatment for acne and pimples

Acne and pimples can be treated naturally by using antibacterial herbal products.

New Zealand Manuka honey has been proven to be highly antibacterial controlling a wide range of harmful bacteria including the bacteria that cause acne and pimples. New Zealand Manuka essential oil is also a proven treatment for acne and pimples.

Manuka Natural have developed a special cream containing a very high grade of Manuka UMF 15+ honey that is included in the acne cream at 30% by volume. This allows the Manuka honey to be applied to areas of the skin where acne and pimples are a problem to penetrate deeply into the skin preventing further outbreaks.

The Manuka oil is ideal for spot treatment to kill the bacteria and to allow the spot to heal naturally.
Manuka soap is also provided in this Natural Acne Treatment pack to cleanse the skin naturally further limiting the possibility of acne and pimple outbreaks.

Manuka honey cream also helps to prevent scarring from acne and to heal previous acne scars.