Is raw honey good for dandruff?
Raw honey and specifically Manuka honey have been used as alternative medicine for quite some time now. It’s been used as a powerful natural healing remedy without any research behind it. But, that’s changing. Is raw honey good for dandruff?
Studies done on raw honey
Scientists are very interested in continuing research on honey specifically for its great antibacterial properties. But, antibacterial isn’t the only thing it has going for it. It’s also antifungal and has antioxidant activities that can heal and prevent illness. Raw honey is also considered a superfood due to its high nutritional content.
And it’s been used as medicine for thousands of years. Something else important to note is that it’s been used as a treatment for eczema, another cause of flakes, too.
A study on the therapeutic effects of honey on dandruff found that crude/raw honey has positive effects for seborrheic dermatitis (a more intense form of dandruff).
Manuka honey perhaps even more so than raw honey. More on manuka honey below.
In the study, patients that had severe dandruff applied honey diluted in water, rubbing it in gently for 2-3 minutes every other day. It was left on for three hours then rinsed off. The itching stopped and scaling went away. Patients that kept using the honey treatment had improved while the ones who stopped had their symptoms return.
Very promising results!
Honey is a great natural remedy for dandruff
The study above had promising results but, there isn’t enough evidence and research done to know for sure that it’s a 100% cure for dandruff. By not enough evidence it just means that we can observe that it has results but, scientists don’t understand why it works. It’s a mystery.
That’s why it’s still considered an alternative medicine currently.
But, because it’s all natural, honey is nutrient-rich and has no side effects. It can be applied topically or eaten. However, for dandruff, I recommend applying it topically. Eating it kind of defeats the purpose of healing your skin.
Side effects of applying honey to the skin. There’s good news. As long as it’s real honey, there are no side effects when you apply it topically.
I say, real honey because in the past honey manufacturers have been caught using cheap syrups to create “honey” instead of the real deal. You can’t always be exactly sure what’s in those cheap syrups.
Choose a company known for making quality honey. More about checking the quality of honey below.
The importance of getting the right honey
Raw or crude manuka honey is best. Regular honey is filtered and processed which makes it smooth and uniform but, removes some of the nutrients in the process. The study above that had great results was using crude/raw honey.
Raw manuka honey is a specific type of honey made almost exclusively in New Zealand. It’s used often as a natural skin treatment. It has powerful anti-microbial and wound healing properties.
Manuka honey is very popular for skin treatments. That’s because it has higher antibacterial qualities than regular honey.
It’s quite a bit more expensive than regular honey. There’s a good reason for that. It has to do with its quality (UMF rating).
Unique Manuka Factor (UMF) Honey Quality
UMF stands for unique manuka factor and that applies to manuka honey as a measure of quality.
It measures the strength of the unique antibacterial nature (Non-peroxide activity (NPA)) of manuka honey.
Basically, the higher the UMF rating is the higher the quality of honey is. UMF 20 is typically the highest and most expensive.
UMF 15 is what I would recommend based on the price if you’re looking for a natural dandruff remedy.
In order to get a UMF rating, your honey has to meet certain criteria of quality. Not just anyone can get it. So when you choose a honey make sure it says UMF 15-20 and not NPA, Kfactor, MGO, or Bioactive.
The website for the UMF Honey Association lists licensees that are allowed to use the UMF trademark.
My honey recommendation
I recommend UMF 15+ Raw Manuka Honey by Kiva. Kiva is a brand certified to hold the UMF trademark on their honey. Which means it will have the best benefits for your skin.
How to apply raw honey for dandruff.
Dilute it in warm water. 90% honey to 10% water. Gently massage it into your scalp for a few minutes and leave it on for 3 hours. Then rinse it off.
You may also leave honey on your scalp over night. Just prepare a little bit because things can get sticky.