Active, unpasteurised honey like the premium honeys we have at Necta & Hive have a wealth of health benefits. From supporting a healthy gut to helping to strengthen the immune system, active honey is a great addition to a healthy diet.
But active honey has another secret, one that you may never have thought of – it can work wonders for strong, healthy nails!
Using Active Honey for Strong Nails
The nail cuticle is the thin layer of clear skin that sits along the bottom of each nail, where the nail meets the skin of the finger or toe. This tiny piece of skin is important for nail health. If the cuticle becomes damaged or dry, the nail growing from it could also become damaged and brittle.
Looking after your cuticles by keeping them well moisturised will ultimately look after the health of your nails. It will also help to prevent them becoming infected (see below).
Honey naturally contains enzymes, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that nourish and look after the skin. It helps to boost levels of collagen and elastin too, which both support healthy skin.
Eating active honey is a luxurious taste experience. But if you can stand to set a small amount aside for your nails, they’ll definitely thank you for it.
Combine two teaspoons of active honey with a squeeze of lemon juice and massage into your nails, nail beds and cuticles. Relax for 20 minutes before rinsing off, revealing shiny nails and soft cuticles. Do this weekly using Necta & Hive Red Gum 10+ TA honey for stronger nails that look beautiful without nail polish.
The Antifungal Benefits of Active Honey
Active honey has natural antifungal properties which means that it could also work on fungal nail infections.
As yet, this isn’t something that your doctor will prescribe – they’re more likely to prescribe a fungal nail infection treatment that you either paint onto infected nails or take in tablet form. The problem is, sometimes, these treatments can cause side effects with long term use, including headaches and an upset stomach.
If you have a fungal nail infection, add a drop of Necta & Hive Red Gum 10+ TA honey to your affected nail, cover with a clean bandage and repeat each day. Or use it at night and wear clean cotton gloves to avoid getting honey on your bedsheets. Honey can soak into the nail bed and get to work on the fungus, whilst not causing any further irritation to the area.
Even conventional fungal nail infection treatments take up to six months or more to work, so do persevere with your honey treatment.
Necta & Hive – Highest Quality Honeys
Necta & Hive honeys are all active and unpasteurised. This means that they retain all of their natural enzymes that give them their super honey status and antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties.
All of our honeys are independently tested and certified for their Total Activity, or TA, a measure of a honey’s antimicrobial potency. The higher the number, the more powerful its healing properties. Necta & Hive Red Gum 30+ TA honey has one of the highest TA ratings on the market so you can be sure of its high quality and health benefits.
So, try our honey for strong, healthy nails – it’s up to you if you tell anyone your honey secret!