Propolis is the most poorly understood of all the hive products. Propolis is a resinous substance that honeybees collect from specific trees and plants’ bark and buds. This resin is mixed together with the honeybee’s saliva and stored in her hip pockets or in pollen bags. This is where the mystery begins. It is a mystery.
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Literally millions of dollars have already been spent on trying to find out what propolis is and how humans might make it. It is impossible, no matter how hard we try. Propolis is too complex. Propolis contains a virtual mix of organic compounds, including caffeic acid and acacetin, benzoic acid and ketone, which are all known to fight inflammation, infection, and histamine reactions. Propolis is also rich in vitamin P and Bioflavanoids.
These remarkable compounds have been shown to be able to heal leaking blood vessels and blood vessels, as well as a host of other benefits such as fighting viruses and tough medically-resistant bacteria. Propolis has been shown to heal teeth and gums, as well as healing burns and infections. It even kills cancer cells, according to studies from all over the world. This wonder is used by honeybees in their own hive to build and sterilize.
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The worker bees use propolis to fill in small cracks and gaps in their hive’s structure. Propolis is used to “glue together” the boxes, making them impervious against wind. It is also used to “glue in” the frames of the comb to make them permanent in the mind of their hive. The honeybee’s most impressive use of propolis is its sterilization. The inside of the honeybee hive is lined with propolis. They then polish the insides and make sure that the comb cells are sterile.
The queen will not lay eggs if the broodcomb cells are not sterilized with propolis. This is why sterility within the hive becomes so important. The worker bees will also apply a layer propolis to the “landing pads”, where the foraging honey bees will enter. This is to disinfect the bees’ feet as they enter the hive.
My father was the first to teach me about the benefits of propolis to my mouth. His dentist told him that he needed five root canals after he began to feel pain in his teeth. He was not one to be excited about seeing dentists or doctors and began to eat the propolis from his hives when he did hive inspections. He learned this from a Polish research doctor who was visiting Chicago from Poland.
My dad was told by this doctor that people suffering from tooth pain in Eastern Europe would pack their problem tooth with propolis. This was to provide relief and heal the tooth. His experience was nothing like the propolis folklore promised. The dentist remembered the sad state of dad’s teeth and asked him to return one year later for a cleaning. The dentist was actually astonished that dad’s gums didn’t bleed even when the dental hygienist cleaned them. The dentist asked dad what he was doing differently.
He mentioned his propolis habit of always having some in his mouth. The dentist was furious, as dad said that he sleeps with propolis on his teeth at night. Hive products are not a good choice for medicinal purposes. They don’t match modern medicine. The folk-lore remedies that have worked for centuries and are cheap and readily available, should not be ignored by modern medical elites. I was first interested in propolis and other hive products when I read an article in a main stream journal about a scientist who opened a hive to find a dead mouse. The scientist removed the dead rodent from the hive to see what the bees would do. The propolis completely sealed the mouse from the hive.
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After in-vestigating her observations the scientist found similar stories in old timer beekeepers. Then, she did some digging in her research and found that ancient Egyptians not just used propolis in their embalming process but also learned it from the honeybee, who uses propolis as a natural preservative. Propolis is a great preserver. This is why the embalmed mouse, and pharos are made. Antonio Stradivari, a 17th-century instrument maker, was also known to have used propolis.
Propolis was a great preservative resin, and Mr. Stradivari added it to his famous instruments. Propolis has the unique ability to produce unique products from different areas. This is one of its most remarkable qualities. In order to feed the hungry Japanese market, a growing number propolis-producing apiaries in Brazil has shifted away from honey production. The Japanese have been studying propolis’ effects on cancer cells for some time and are impressed by the results. According to published results, propolis derived from the Brazilian jungles is the most potent.
Brazilian Green is a special mixture of honeybee and rainforest goodness. It has a sweet, pungent smell that can quickly give anyone who loves it a headache. Only the Africanized honeybees of Brazil can collect it. Propolis from hives located near coniferous forests will also be produced with a lot of chutzpa. When I was first researching a better way to harvest propolis, I discovered that one apiary of my father’s produced a hot-tasting propolis. It was hard to keep a small amount in your mouth.
This sample was taken from hives along the Rock River in South Central Wisconsin, where there were many pine trees as well as scrub brush, honey-suckle, virgin Oak and nettles. Propolis samples taken from these hives were able to clear the sinuses faster than any other samples. The propolis was peppery in flavor but had a sweet, floral, earthy bouquet that was truly delightful.
This propo-lis has a hot taste due to high levels of bioflavonoids in the propolis. This is a good thing, and propolis from this area is even more potent. Propolis is a natural, non-toxic treatment that targets sickness. However, unlike modern medicine’s synthetic treatments, which can often cause damage to surrounding tissues and systems, propolis damages are not only harmless but are also a side effect.
Propolis is well-known for its ability to nourish and support healthy cells and tissues. However, some components of the propolis are capable of stopping the growth of malignant cells. Even the most well-respected medical professionals have relied on Propolis for thousands of years. One famous European doctor stated that western medicine would treat the honeybee’s gifts more seriously if they were not as tasty. Another famous doctor who relied on the healing powers propolis for his healing abilities wrote: “Pollen’s for health, propolis for life!” Hypocrites, father of modern medicine and author of the Hipocratic Oath, was this noted physician!