Propolis is an age old remedy that has been proven to help treat many conditions including acne, asthma, arthritis, burns, boils, bleeding gums, bed sores, blisters, burning tongues, callas, canker sores, the common cold, corns, diaper rash, diarrhea, eczema, flu, gastritis, gout, hay fever, hair loss, insect bites, moles, psoriasis, sore throat, swollen glands, stomach ulcers, toothache, tennis elbow, warts, and the list keeps growing.
- Bees seem to prefer the resin from the Poplar tree.
- There are only a few Propolis gathering expert bees in each hive.
- Bees only collect Propolis on warm days, when the resins are soft and pliable.
- Propolis is used to reduce the size of the entrance to the hive and to patch any cracks.
- It is also used as an antiseptic, lining each cell and the interior of the hive.
- If another insect enters the hive, It is promptly killed and removed. If the body is too big to move, the bees will encase the body in Propolis to stop the spread of decay and disease.
- It is reported that the renowned violinist Stadavarius (1644-1737 AD) hand mixed his own Propolis varnish to polish his hand made instruments.
- Pliney the Elder (79-23 BC) described the medicinal action of Propolis as a swelling reducer, a pain soother, and a wound healer.
- During the BOER War (1888-1902) Propolis was mixed with petroleum jelly and used to disinfect wounds.
- Today, Propolis has been shown to be effective against bacteria resistant to antibiotics.
The recommended adult dose is 1-2 capsules every day, or 1 capsule every 4 hours when fighting off an infection.
It is said that Propolis is the world’s most natural anti-biotic man has ever discovered. The remarkable thing about this is that this discovery happened some 2000 years ago.
The use of Propolis can be found In the ancient texts of Egyptian, Greek and Roman healers. They reported uses of Propolis to include its general healing qualities and as a cure for lesions of the skin. 12th Century Europeans attributed an important place to Propolis for certain preparations to cure external ailments.
Origins of Propolis:
Our honeybees collect resins as a basic building material for the hive. After the resin is chewed, and with the addition of bee saliva, Propolis is formed. Propolis is of vital importance to the honeybee. Not only does it protect them from disease, but also from climactic changes, such as cold and wind. Propolis consists of more than 100 substances. Approx. 50-55% resins, 30% wax, 5% fixed substances like organic acids, elements of spores, and micro elements like iron, copper, magnesium, zinc, amino adds, and antibiotics. It is also a good source of vitamins B, E, C, and A.
Pollens make up anywhere from 4 to l0%.
Recognized By Science:
Propolis is now considered an important part of diets and a natural cure by the World Health organization. Its popularity is ever increasing due to its many healing possibilities. The concentrations of flavonoids seem to be responsible for Its powerful antibiotic effect. Flavonoids possess many potent curative properties. As to date, 41 of these substances have been recognized by science.
Flavonoids stimulate hair growth, elimination of urine, bile secretion, and endocrine secretion and stimulates the movement and development of blood. It is a well known fact that endocrine secretion from places such as the thymus, thyroid, pancreas, and adrenals support the general health of a person. Flavonoids are also useful in the treatment of ulcers, rheumatism, flu and cold symptoms, irritated stomachs and certain breathing problems. Propolis is also a good choice for managing chronic ailments such as stress. This gives an extra dimension to the uses of Propolis.