What is it? During the last part of their lives, worker bees stop gathering nectary and pollen. Instead, they gather tree saps, mix them with their secretions and use the result, propolis, to coat many surfaces in the hive. Propolis keeps hives freer from infections than most hospital operating rooms.
What does it do? Propolis is considered a very effective antibiotic. It is also believed to increase the effectiveness of other antibiotics, such as penicillin and myosin, by one or two orders of magnitude. Propolis is also credited with antifungal, antiviral, analgesic, and anti-oxidizing properties.
Propolis appears to function in two ways. It combats disease, and it also stimulates the human immune system to work more effectively.
Like bee pollen, propolis is believed to be particularly effective against circulatory problems including high blood pressure. It is also used to fight sinus and bronchial ailments and gastrointestinal problems.
Propolis is used to cure burns, chapping, abrasions, ulcerations, and even warts for people whose skin does not have allergic reactions. It appears to stimulate the growth of healthy outer skin cells.
Propolis is used in the mouth against gingivitis and many oral infections including those that cause bad breath.
Propolis is also used to heal some genital infections.
Propolis is thought to contain whatever it is that causes beekeepers to have far fewer cases of cancer and tuberculosis than other people have.
How do you take it? A few people have allergic reactions to propolis; therefore, it is wise to have medical supervision during the first few weeks that propolis is taken. It is usually taken orally in tinctures, in chewing gum form, or in other forms that do not taste unpleasant.
What does it taste like? Propolis varies depending on its source. Its color may range from yellowish-green to dark brown. It is hard and brittle when cold, but soft and sticky when warm... Its fragrance also varies with its source. Many propolis have fragrances that resemble vanilla. Its taste is sharp and bitter; therefore, it is usually taken orally in tinctures, in chewing gum form, or in other forms that do not taste unpleasant.
What does it contain? Propolis is a rich source of antibiotic, and also of flavonoids. Flavonoids decrease inflammation, reinforce the effective ness of vitamin C, and help the capillaries. A typical propolis contains twenty of these flavonoids:
Acacetin Benzoic Acid Benzyl Alcohol Caffeic Acid Chrysin Cinnamic Acid Cinnamyl Alcohol Eugeneol Ferulic Acid Galagin Isalpinin Isosakuranetin Isovanillin Kaempferide Myristic Acid Pectolinarigenin Pinocembrin Pinostrobin PterstilbeneA Quercetin Quercetin-3 Rhamnocitrin Sakuranetin Sorbic Acid Tectochrysin Vanillin Xanthorrhoel
Propolis from different sources will have different proportions of these ingredients and some different ingredients.
*These statements have not been evaluated by FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent any disease.*