Eastport, NY (PressExposure) April 30, 2009 -- Between growing concerns about the swine flu and MRSA staph infections, communities across the country are in a heightened state of paranoia. These life threatening conditions should be taken seriously and precautionary measures should be followed. The good news is that there are some very simple steps that can be taken to protect yourself and your family.
One important preventative measure is keeping your hands clean. However, the problem is that most antimicrobial products (such as liquid soap and hand gels) contain alcohol which can dry the skin out, creating microscopic cracks that allow germs to get below the surface of the skin where they can cause far more harm. A better solution is to use an alcohol-free product that contains an antimicrobial agent that is not harsh on the skin, such as Manuka Honey [http://www.honeymarkproducts.com].
Manuka Honey is a special type of honey that comes from New Zealand that has natural antibacterial and antiviral properties. Manuka Honey has been clinically proven [http://www.honeymarkproducts.com/pdf/micro-report.pdf] to eradicate the MRSA bacterium which is responsible for causing Staph infections that are resistant to most antibiotics. Manuka Honey's antiviral properties have also been successful in treating cold and flu symptoms.
Even though Manuka Honey is extremely effective at eliminating these dangerous pathogens, it must be used topically on the skin to do so, not ingested. Manuka Honey has many great health benefits when taken orally but in order for it to be effective in eliminating germs, it must come in direct contact with them. This would require applying the honey directly to your skin.
To avoid the sticky mess of smearing Manuka Honey all over your skin, a company called Honeymark has developed skin care products that contain Manuka Honey as a natural antimicrobial agent. Honeymark products are not sticky but still offer the same advantages of using Manuka Honey. Honeymark has developed a Hand Sanitizing Gel [http://www.honeymarkproducts.com/hand-sanitizing-gel.aspx], Liquid Hand Soap [http://www.honeymarkproducts.com/antimicrobial-liquid-hand-soap.aspx] and an Antiseptic Spray [http://www.honeymarkproducts.com/antiseptic-spray.aspx], all of which contain Manuka Honey. These products are alcohol-free and very effective in destroying harmful viruses and bacteria on the surface of the skin. In addition, Manuka Honey is considered a humectant which means it has a moisturizing effect on the skin.
"People forget that honey was used for medical purposes long before modern medicine was invented," says Frank Buonanotte, CEO of Honeymark International. "We use active Manuka Honey in our products because it contains antibacterial properties not found in other types of honey. It is our belief that Manuka Honey offers far more protection against flu viruses and bacterial contamination than any type of alcohol-based product."