Sunday, 24 November 2013

Manuka Natural YouTube Channel

We now have a YouTube channel which we are updating weekly with news and comment relating to Manuka Honey, Manuka oil and Manuka hydrosol.

To date the most popular video relates to a common question people ask, "What is Manuka UMF honey?"

We have answered this question and followed up with another "What is Manuka MGO honey?" these terms are confusing to many people not familiar with the way that the antimicrobial properties of Manuka honey are measured and certified.

The first example of this is available for viewing here:

Saturday, 31 August 2013

Yeast infection natural remedy

Yeast infections, thrush or Candida Albicans are one of the most common infections that women (and some men) experience, often occurring repeatedly during their lifetime.

Today as people become more aware of the potential hazards and side effects of pharmaceutical drugs there has been a noticeable increase in demand for natural products to treat this age-old problem suffered by more than 60% of women in the world.

Causes for the high incidence of yeast infections can be courses of antibiotics, pregnancy and oral contraceptives which alter the chemistry of the subject.

A well proven natural yeast infection remedy is Manuka essential oil either diluted in a carrier oil, a cream or soap containing as little as 5% East Cape Manuka essential oil.

Thrush treatment can be achieved simply by coating a tampon with Manuka cream and inserting it overnight, washing the area with Manuka soap and douching with warm water containing a few drops of Manuka oil.

Friday, 30 August 2013

Bee Venom Mask

Masks and moisturizers containing Manuka honey and bee venom have remained popular following the initial flush of excitement when first introduced to the market over a year ago.

Touted as the next big thing in anti-aging creams bee venom masks and moisturizers hit the headlines following reports of their "secret" use by royalty and A-list celebrities.

As news came out about the beneficial effects of bee venom in these cosmetic creams there was a rush to try them. Today, while the initial excitement has died down, there is still a very steady demand for these products, showing that they are indeed effective with frequent repeat orders from satisfied users.

While it is the bee venom that tightens the skin and diminishes the fine lines, the addition of UMF Manuka honey in these formulas also has a huge effect on softening the skin and giving it a healthy glow.

Manuka honey is ideal in a skin cream as it nourishes the skin with a vast array of vitamin and mineral compounds as well as amino acids which are essential for healthy skin

In addition Manuka honey attracts moisture which keeps the skin humidified further reducing the effects of harsh sun, wind and dryness.

Thursday, 29 August 2013

Manuka honey testing

Amid reports of adulterated Manuka honey in markets in UK, China and Singapore the NZ Manuka Honey Association is in the process of developing new chemical testing procedures that will verify the authenticity of New Zealand Manuka honey.

Manuka honey has received world-wide acclaim in recent years for its special antibacterial and anti fungal properties not present in other floral sources of honey.

This has led to much higher prices for Manuka honey especially if it carries a high level of UMF or "unique Manuka factor" which is a measure of its antimicrobial effectiveness.

Unfortunately unscrupulous vendors have been caught relabelling other floral forms of honey as Manuka UMF honey in order to achieve high prices.

However the Unique Manuka Factor Honey Association intends to put a stop to this practice by becoming more vigilant and by providing a conclusive testing procedure which will allow food standards agencies in other countries to identify fraudulent Manuka honey quickly.

In the meantime the best recommendation we have is to purchase Manuka UMF honey directly from New Zealand where testing standards are already rigorously enforced to make sure you are buying the real product

Monday, 26 August 2013

Fake Manuka honey found in UK

The London Sunday Times reports that Manuka honey is under the spotlight for fraudulent activity with several cases of honey labelled as Manuka honey having been found to have come from other floral sources.

The UK Food Standards Agency has issued a nationwide alert to trading standards departments in Britain asking them to be on the look out for honey fraudulently labelled as Manuka honey.

Genuine Manuka honey particularly Manuka UMF honey which is certified as having non peroxide antibacterial properties is in very high demand and carries high international prices.

Unscrupulous honey producers and packers in UK China and Singapore have been found to be labelling other honey as Manuka honey in order to realise high returns.

The annual production of genuine Manuka honey is approx. 1700 tonnes whereas the worldwide sales of honey labelled as Manuka are believed to be in excess of 10,000 tonnes.

Therefore it is in the consumers best interests to purchase only Manuka honey which has been produced and packed in New Zealand.

New Zealand has very strict control and certification of Manuka honey and fraudulent representation is severely punished by the Commerce Commission.

Monday, 19 August 2013

Manuka honey in skin care

The medicinal uses of Manuka UMF honey are well documented in scientific journals and in daily use in clinics and hospitals around the world.

Lesser known perhaps is the valuable role that Manuka UMF honey plays in everyday skin care and beauty products.

Manuka honey has been described as the perfect food, not only to be taken internally but also to feed your skin.

Your skin needs nourishment daily to look its best and the compounds that are contained in Manuka honey are the ideal 'skin food'.

Amino acids, vitamins and minerals are all present in Manuka honey in a unique balance that is perfect for the skin.

In addition all honey including Manuka honey is hygroscopic which means that it attracts moisture so by applying a cream containing this special ingredient you will be able to keep your skin well hydrated, avoiding dryness which is a leading cause of premature aging of the skin.

Manuka UMF honey has the added advantage of providing a natyral antibacterial barrier for the skin, helping to eliminate infections like acne and rosacea.

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Manuka honey may halt the growth of cancer

In a recent report Professor Basel Al Ramadi, the lead researcher and head of the Microbiology and Immunology Department at UAE University discovered that Manuka honey can be used to inhibit the growth of several types of cancer cells.

This is the first time that a study has been made to investigate Manuka honey's potency in the treatment of cancer.

Researchers have discovered that regular consumption of even very small amounts of Manuka honey can actually stop the growth of cancer cells.

Types of cancer controlled by New Zealand Manuka honey include skin cancer, breast cancer and colon cancer.

It has been well known in New zealand that a daily spoonful of Manuka honey was a great health tonic but little research had been done on it's effectiveness against cancer until now.

Manuka UMF honey has been proven to control the bacteria that causes stomach ulcers, acne, and infections of MRSA the superbug.

Medicinal uses of Manuka honey

Manuka honey particularly Manuka honey with a high level of UMF or Unique Manuka Factor is now well accepted by the medical community as a legitimate and highly effective treatment for bacterial infection in wounds and burns.

More recently studies into the effectiveness of Manuka honey have extended to internal infections of the stomach where helicobacter pilori infection has led to the development of stomach ulcers, its effectiveness against plaque on teeth, gum infection and halitosis.

In each case outstanding results have been reported.

Manuka UMF honey is certified and graded according to the level of Unique Manuka Factor present in samples of Manuka honey.

The level of UMF in this honey which is only produced in New Zealand appears to be related to the concentration of Manuka flowers available to the honey bees.

Where the floral source is restricted to Manuka flowers the UMF levels in the collected honey are higher than when other flowers are available to the bees.

One of the areas of New Zealand where the dominant species is Manuka is in the East Cape region of the North Island.

Here, large areas of native forest were cleared in the early days of settlement for farming of sheep and cattle. Subsequently large areas of farmland have reverted to Manuka species which is now intensely populated with beehives bringing this valuable resource of Manuka UMF honey to the world.

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Manuka UMF honey prices reach new high

International demand for the highest UMF certifications of Manuka honey continues to grow forcing prices up for the limited supplies that are available.

New Zealands largest producer of Manuka UMF honey, Comvita Ltd. now advertise their highest grade UMF 20+ at US$99.95 per 250gm pot (approx. 8.8oz)

However their website currently states that this product is out of stock although they do list Manuka honey UMF18+ as in stock.

Manuka Natural have reasonable stocks of Manuka honey UMF20+ in stock at US$89.95 which included free shipping worldwide.

Sunday, 11 August 2013

How to get rid of Seborrheic dermatitis

Getting rid of seborrheic dermatitis is a very frustrating experience for many people, however Seb derm can easily be controlled and eliminated using natural products containing New Zealand Manuka oil and cream containing Manuka honey.

Seborrheic dermatitis is caused by over active production of sebum oil on the skin and scalp leading to the formation of the Malassesia fungus which causes a greasy flakey rash.

Frequently this will be treated with a selenium disulphide shampoo when it appears on the scalp.

A highly effective and natural way of treating Seborrheic dermatitis both on the scalp and on the face where it can also appear is with Manuka essential oil and UMF honey based cream, oil and soap products.

Manuka oil and honey are well proven treatments for seborrheic dermatitis and other fungal infections and are several times more effective than the commonly prescribed tea tree oil which is more volatile and can cause sensitivity in some people.

Currently a new Manuka shampoo is in development which will add to the current Seborrheic treatment pack

Sunday, 4 August 2013

How to get rid of acne

Getting rid of acne can be simple and safe using natural products if you know which ones to use.

At Manuka Natural we make this easier for you by putting the most effective products together in a special Natural Acne Treatment Pack so that you will be able to treat and prevent acne outbreaks simply and effectively.

Treating Acne with our Acne treatment pack is a three pronged method using the proven antimicrobial properties of Manuka soap, Manuka honey cream and Manuka essential oil.

Manuka soap is a gentle creamy soap used to wash the affected areas, Manuka essential oil with a concentration of 25% in a natural almond oil base is used to treat individual spots and our special Manuka UMF honey cream is used to apply a light application over the acne prone areas of skin.

Complete instructions on how to use the Acne treatment pack are supplied with your order, sent in plain packaging with free shipping.

New Zealand Manuka oil is proven in studied to completely eliminate the acne bacteria and the cream containing 30% Manuka UMF 15+ honey will soften the skin and also provide an antibacterial protection layer to the skins' surface.

Manuka UMF honey is used in a wide range of medical applications and is a very effective method of controlling acne outbreaks.

The Manuka Natural acne treatment pack is a totally natural alternative to using chemical derived treatments and has received widespread positive reviews displayed in the review section of the acne treatment product page