Propolis…medicine from the hive!

Propolis (uncountable)
An aromatic glue-like substance produced by honeybees from tree resin, waxes, and their own secretions, used in the construction of their hives.

Propolis is a substance made by the honeybee that provides protection against harmful bacteria, viruses and fungi. Propolis is plant resin collected by bees for use in and around the hive. In plants it is usually the sticky coating around buds that serves to protect them from the elements of weather plus from attack by bacteria, fungi, molds, and viruses. These are properties that are useful to the bees and are enhanced by the sticky properties of the propolis bee glue. Like pollen, propolis bee glue is a bee product that cannot be clearly defined and varies from sample to sample. This is a natural outcome of the collection process. Propolis collecting bees will use resins from a large variety of tree and other plant species, and these naturally will differ in their qualitative and quantitative chemical composition. Nevertheless, different bee propolis extract samples do share considerable similarity in their physical and overall general chemical nature.

Hundreds of chemical compounds have been identified from bee propolis extract. The main chemical classes present in propolis are flavonoids, phenolics, and various aromatic compounds. Bee propolis extract also contains some volatile oils, terpenes, and beeswax, but these compounds are not believed to contribute as significantly to the chemical properties and effects of propolis.

Flavonoids are well-known plant compounds that have antioxidant, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral, and anti-inflammatory properties. Other properties of propolis beeglue include acting as a local anesthetic, reducing spasms, healing gastric ulcers, and strengthening capillaries.

Now that all that is down, I got a call from a woman who lived in Ohio recently. She was desperate to find some remedy for her poor dog. It has “hot spots” which being an oder dog, was literally driving the poor thing crazy! I recommended our propolis tincture Although I use both, I often recommend the tincture because of ease of application…liquid over solid.

It is a real helper on stopping a sore throat…a few drops on the back of the tongue will simple make it go away! Using propolis is safe and effective as a natural product. Being a natural antibiotic your body doesn’t reject it. I prefer it because of it’s natural woody taste.

I have personally used propolis to sooth a raw throat…a mere pinch under the tongue for half an hour and the pain is gone! I lost a tooth filling several years ago…a very painful experience most of you can relate to…a small chunk in the hole and I was able to eat and drink for several days until my dental appointment! Place under a bandaid it helps heal skin abrasions. Although raw propolis WILL cause reddening of the skin, remember it IS a natural antibiotic! Treat it as such! I have never been disappointed with the “magic” of propolis. If you have questions…type it into your favorite search engine…page after page of really good reviews!

Just a follow up note to this post…I did one hour (aprox) of propolis harvesting and netted aproximately 25 grams! It is a slow and tedious activity but well worth the effort judging by how much we have sold over the last 6 months. Nature has its secrets…now you have one of the best antiseptics in the world!

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