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Is Propolis Made From Resins From Trees?

The story of how propolis is made is very different from the way bees collect their pollen. Propolis also contains polyphenols that can be found in bee pollen. Propolis has a higher amount of propolis than the other. The pollen is used by bees as food.


The propolis is however collected for a different purpose. The purpose of collecting the resin is to make the glue-like substance that bees use to seal their hives. To protect themselves against external attacks by insects and parasites, trees make resins. The tree releases the resin when they are attacked by these parasites to seal off the area. It can also kill the larvae and insects that could infect it. It protects against the sun’s ultraviolet rays.

Free radicals can also be caused by ultraviolet rays. The resin that trees produce acts as an antioxidant. The powers of the resin produced by trees were apparent to bees, and they decided to use them for their own good. The resin is transformed into a glue-like substance by bees when it is collected from plants. This substance also contains other materials like beeswax, nectar, and pollen. It is used to seal beehives in order to protect the larvae from outside attacks.

Did you know?

Propolis has been used for centuries to treat human conditions. This product was also used by the Egyptians to mummify their bodies and as a treatment for skin conditions. Propolis has been used by tribals living in rain forests for many reasons. After being promoted by major manufacturers, it has been only recently that urban dwellers have been able access this product.

There are no indications that propolis will soon be manufactured in clinical laboratories. This product will remain the exclusive domain of honeybees. It will need to be collected by them before it can be converted into the compound that is now available to the public.

Final note

Some manufacturers claim that they have developed methods to extract the material at their facilities. There is no evidence to support the claim that such products are beneficial for humanity. Propolis is a natural product and should not be altered. It is best to leave the original producers of propolis, which are the honeybees who have been producing it for centuries, with the final decision.