Zone Bébé Newsletter - Wonder Honey

Last week’s newsletter featured information about the New Zealand Tea Tree, Manuka.
And Zone Bébé has taken delivery of Manuka honey UMF 20+ and a repair cream with 40% Manuka Honey UMF 10+.

But let me explain a bit about this wonder honey and what it is supposed to do apart from tasting wonderful...

In 1981 Dr. Peter Molan, Senior Lecturer at the Biochemistry Department, Waikato University New Zealand, discovered that certain types of Manuka honey contained much higher antibacterial activity levels than regular honey.

Not knowing which substance is responsible for this unique type of activity he named it the Unique Manuka Factor (UMF).

Until 2006 when Professor Thomas Henle, Head of Food Chemistry, University of Dresden, Germany announced the discovery of methylglyoxal (MGO).

"We unambiguously demonstrated for the first time that methylglyoxal is directly responsible for the anti-bacterial activity of Manuka honey"

From the Waikato Honey Research Website: It is now known that this unique antibacterial activity is due to the combined action of methylglyoxal (MGO) and an unidentified synergistic component(s). Although very low levels of MGO are found in most honey, the high level of MGO in Manuka honey is unique, as is the presence of the synergist which more than doubles the antibacterial activity of MGO.

The MGO system was developed after Dr. Henle discovered the existence of Methylgyoxal. Manuka honey with an UMF rating of 10 can be compared with MGO 100 Manuka honey.

UMF® 10 = MGO 100

UMF® 16 = MGO 250

UMF® 20 = MGO 400

Medical Uses & Health Benefits of Manuka Honey

Not only has Manuka honey healing properties that cannot be found in other honeys but it is often more effective than conventional medicines. It can be used internally and externally.

Manuka honey benefits:

Note: Some benefits are recorded from anecdotal reports, others are proven by clinical trials. For any persisting pain or complaints, please see your general medical practitioner.

Digestive use:

acid reflux

stomach relief

stomach ulcers (destroys the

stomach ulcer bacteria Helicobacter Pylori)
sore throat
cold and flu symptoms




peptic ulcers

eye and throat infections

cures antibiotic resistant infections

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

protects gastrointestinal system

Topical use:
Burns, sun burns, cracked lips

acne, boils
athletes foot
arthritic Inflammation
insect bites
diabetic wounds
foot and leg sores
relieves eczema and skin irritations

More information on wound healing and Manuka honey research can be found on the Waikato Honey Research Unit website.

And here is a nice info sheet on Manuka Honey as medicine.

The honey available at Zone Bébé is imported from New Zealand by Comptoirs&Compagnies and it its UMF is 20+ at 36€ for a 250g jar.

Please be aware that honey should not be given to babies under 1 year old, because of honey can, very occasionally, contain a spore of a bacterium called clostridium botulinum. This can cause a rare form of food poisoning (botulism) in babies.

But that should not stop you from using the repair cream containing 40% Manuka Honey UMF 10+, 100% natural ingredients, and no preservative components, certified by Ecocert. An easy to apply treatment to restore damaged and dried skin and repair superficial skin damage (scratches, abrasions, extreme dryness). Suitable for sensitive skin.

40ml at 9.90€.

Next week

And definitely for next week - a little while ago did Ökotest issue a test on those versatile colourful plastic clogs. Apart from being loved by children and parents, they did not fare well in the test…

Should you ever be on Facebook, please have a look at the Zone Bébé page and click on the “Like” button. Maybe even suggest it to your friends? That would be great, thank you!

And don’t forget if you are in the 06 area: May 19th-21st , Zone Bébé will be presenting its products on offer at the Libellule Café in Valbonne. Two full days, 09:00-18:00 Thursday, Friday and 10:00 – 12:00 on Saturday.

And Le Tresor de Lysa, next door is also having their open days with a Brazilian theme.

Indoor and outdoor furniture, objects and lighting, interior furnishings all styles, decorative paints, lime tracks, lime brushed, polished concrete decorative various Wallcoverings (coconut, mosaics, …), making curtains and cushions, the Tresor de Lysa brings their expertise to all of your projects of interior and exterior decoration.

Have a wonderful weekend and back to school for Zone B on Monday…

Claudia/Zone Bébé

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