Propolis, a natural antibiotic, is rapidly gaining popularity for home remedies. It’s one those bee products that makes me marvel at the beauty of nature and at the incredible organization of the honey bee. Let me now tell you what propolis is.
As part of their immune system, some trees and conifers produce sticky substances to protect themselves from disease. These substances are collected by honey bees from the plants’ buds. Propolis is formed by chewing these substances and mixing them with saliva and other substances. This nutrient-rich substance plays a vital role in the survival of honey bees in their beehive.
It is used to sterilize the beehive and protect it from infection and diseases. It helps to prevent the spread of viruses, bacteria, and fungi in close-knit areas. It also helps fight against climate change, such as cold and wind. It can also be used to seal cracks and open spaces in the hive, as well as to strengthen and repair honeycombs.
This is why it is also known as “bee glue”. It amazes me that honey bees use this sticky substance to embalm and “mummify”, larger insects that enter the hive. These intruders are instantly stung to death, but the defending bees cannot transport such heavy corpses away from the hive so they embalm them instead of allowing them to decay. Propolis was used by the ancient Eygptians to embalm their exquisite mummies.
Propolis is composed of approximately 50-70% resins and 30% wax. It also contains 10% etheric oils, 5% pollen, and 10% etheric oils. It is particularly rich in amino acids, which are essential for immune system function. It is high in vitamins (Vitamin A (carotene), Vitamin A1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, and Vitamin B3, and extremely rich in bioflavonoids, Vitamin P), which are thought to have many immune-building properties and health benefits.
Which are natural pigments found in fruits and vegetables, are abundant in oranges. This bee glue has almost 500 times the amount of bioflavonoids as oranges. It also contains a variety of albumins, calcium, magnesium and potassium. It contains many unidentified compounds that work together to create a balanced, nutritious substance. Propolis can be purchased raw and unprocessed. However, it is sticky and difficult to handle in its natural state. Some beekeepers will freeze the propolis in small amounts.
The propolis can then be added to a coffee maker in its frozen form and ground for easy consumption. Most producers use a process that involves the active ingredients being ‘leached’ into alcohol or water, then dried and capsulated. This precious substance has been used for centuries as a healing agent due to its antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and antiviral properties. It is capable of protecting against infectious invaders, promoting healing and regeneration of tissues, and providing a superior source for energy and stamina.
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It has been used to treat cuts and wounds, and it has been shown to be effective in treating a variety of diseases. It can also be used as an alternative to penicillin or other antibiotics. It is considered to be extremely safe and effective. It also inhibits resistance-building, which is a problem with prescription antibiotics. Although antibiotics were not widely available in the former Eastern Bloc countries where they were banned, beekeeping is a popular hobby.
Hospitals and clinics recommend that patients wash their sinuses with propolis rinses. When applied topically, this bee product can be a powerful weapon against bacteria. It can prevent and treat infections. Did you know toothpastes now contain natural ingredients that are related to honey bees? Propolis is a healthier alternative to toothpastes made from synthetic ingredients. It is particularly useful for gum and mouth disorders.
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Our mouth is one the most sensitive areas of our bodies. This is where the synesthesia of the senses begins and the food we imagine develops its full taste and smell. The beginning point for food digestion is the mouth. A healthy mouth cavity is a key element in appetite and general well-being. The whole system can be disrupted if the mouth has sores, thrush, or gum disease. This can lead to pain and discomfort.
Clinical research has shown that propolis is effective in fighting bacteria, preventing tooth decay, improving oral hygiene, healing bleeding gums, and preventing gums from receding. Propolis toothpastes and mouth sprays are claimed to leave your teeth whiter and healthier, without artificial ingredients, taste great, and have no side effects. A honey shop salesperson explained to me that propolis toothpaste is safe for children as it can be accidentally swallowed.
These products are easy to use and are becoming a part of everyday dental hygiene for those who are particularly interested in natural remedies. Propolis extract can now be found in sprays and candies, which was my latest discovery as I was looking for honey products. The spray claims it is effective against flu, cuts and burns, gum and oral infections, intestinal discomfort, throat discomfortsts, and throat discomfortsts. The candy can also be used as a therapeutic alternative to traditional throat lozenges, and to treat flu, colds, discomfort, cough, and bad breath. Propolis is generally safe, but some people have reported allergic reactions like skin rashes, swelling and redness, eczema, fever, and redness to the product. Breast-feeding and pregnancy are not well-studied. Women should avoid propolis use during these times unless a doctor has instructed them to.