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October 09, 2018
Honey isn’t just for sweetening toast and tea. Honey is one of nature’s true MVPs. Historically, honey has been used to suppress coughs, treat burns, diaper rash, psoriasis and even dress wounds. Medicinal honey makes for a good wound dressing because it’s able to moisturize the wound, stimulate tissue growth, collagen synthesis, and blood vessel formation, inhibit microbial infections, soothe tissue inflammation, and keep gauze from sticking to the wound. And it can make your face glow!
Manuka honey, a honey variant from New Zealand, has an added antimicrobial mechanism. Manuka honey contains a compound named methyglyoxal. This compound can even inhibit the growth of methicillin resistant Staph aureus (MRSA). It's the basis of Medihoney, which the FDA approved in 2007 for use in treating wounds and skin ulcers.
Raw honey offers significant skincare benefits. Honey contains proteins and minerals that can help your skin glow. Many of the vitamins that act as antioxidants like vitamin C, biotin (B9), nicotinic acid (B3), pantothenic acid (B5), pyridoxine (B6), and thiamine (B1) are found in raw honey. Antioxidants are essential for an optimal anti-aging regimen. Honey also has intrinsic antimicrobial properties. Honey contains an enzyme called glucose oxidase. Glucose oxidase catalyzes a reaction that produces hydrogen peroxide. Hydrogen peroxide can then go on to wreak havoc on the bacterial cells.
From the cosmetic perspective, honey is a great vehicle. This means it can be used to hold other active ingredients like essential oils. High amounts of honey in a product are used to create ointments. Lower concentrations can be used in foams and creams. You can usually find honey containing products in concentrations between 1% and 10%.
Humectants are essentially moisturizers. Being hygroscopic means something attracts and holds water. This is why you see honey in so many moisturizing facial products. Honey’s humectant properties are due to the large amounts of glucose and fructose. These sugars are able to form bonds with water.
Honey is also used in hair for conditioning. It can penetrate into the hair shaft to restore hair’s elasticity.
We put raw honey in our new Baby Face Soap for sensitive skin. It smells good too!
Manuka honey isn't cheap. Nor should it be. But if you opt for using Manuka honey, it's important to undertstand that over 80% of honey sold around the world as Manuka honey is fraudulently labelled.
If Manuka honey doesn't fit into your budget right now, there are some great raw unfiltered honeys on the market. We prefer to use Y.S. Eco Bee Farms Raw Honey. It's unfiltered, unpasteurized, kosher and is not only organic certified but also GMO free. Organic bee colonies are not maintained with the use of any chemicals. This unfiltered honey is a great source of amino acid and B vitamins
Keep a container of unfliltered raw honey dedicated to this purpose. Honey has a very low pH, around 3.5 on average, so a lot of bacteria cannot survive in honey. For a lot of bacteria to thrive, it needs a pH of closer to a 7 on the scale. Resist the urge to use highly processed honey. That's more likely to increase acne and other infection because a huge part of honey’s benefits come from its enzymatic components. When it’s processed or pasteurised, many of these enzymes are destroyed. Unfortunately, there aren’t any set standards for labeling honey. The more clear the honey, the more filtered it is.
Wash your face and pat dry. Then spread a thin layer of raw honey over your entire face. Let it sit for 30 minute, or leave it on as you shower. Then rinse off thoroughly with warm water. If you use raw honey that has a honeycomb in it, it can add some gentle exfoliating. You’ll be surprised how easily it emulsifies and slips off with just a bit of water, without any any stickiness or residue.
If you're not impressed by the power on honey by now, we'll add one more property in honor of the month of October and Halloween. Creole women in Lousiana use honey to treat skin ailments AND in potions to ward off ghosts.
Skin care and paranormal prevention. Now that’s some serious double duty.
April 01, 2020
As we all do our part to help contain the spread of COVID-19 by self-isolateing and social distancing, it's easy to to feel overwhelmed, anxious and stressed. We also suddenly more aware of how often we need to washing our hands, how we frequently we need to wipe down “high-touch” surfaces like countertops, doorknobs, toilets, phones, and keyboards using household cleaners and wipes. We suddenly need to be aware of how often we touch our faces, and how often All that awareness can increase stress levels.
March 15, 2020
A recent in-depth analysis by market intelligence agency firm Mintel reported that bar-soap sales in the U.S. declined 2.2% from 2014 to 2015 against an overall sales increase of 2.7% in the broader bath-and-shower category. Further, according to the report, the percentage of households using bar soap dropped five percentage points between 2010 and 2015 from 89% to 84%. What's causing the market for bar soap to continue to fall?
March 06, 2020
For several weeks now we've all been hearing the guidance from the CDC, federal and local governments and other public health officials.
Frequently. For twenty seconds. But have you been wondering why these scientists and public health experts are currently telling you, to clean your hands of dirt, grease, bacteria and viruses "plain soap and water works?"
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