A natural antibiotic!
A little history of propolis:
Propolis has been used for more than 3000 years, it was already used by the Egyptians, Greeks and Romans for its antiseptic and healing properties.
Propolis, one of the most well-known products of the hive. After honey, of course! Propolis, also called Russian penicillin is a powerful, all-natural antibiotic. Many scientific studies have been done on the effects of propolis. Recently, Cuba opened a multi-million dollar complex dedicated to the scientific study of propolis and other hive products.
This resinous, sticky, brown substance is collected by bees and comes from the buds of various trees such as chestnut, birch or poplar. It is also mixed with wax.
Propolis in a hive.
The role of propolis in the hive:
It has a protective purpose, since it is used by bees to sterilize their hive against infections, bees also use it as a versatile cement and varnish.
Propolis contains approximately 55% resins and balms, 30% wax, 10% etheric oils and 5% pollen. Rich in amino acids and trace elements, it also contains a high content of vitamins, including bioflavanoids and Vitamin K. It is these basic ingredients that give propolis its ability to destroy bacteria.
Propolis in medecine:
It is said, that Hippocrates, the father of medicine, prescribed the use of propolis to help heal wounds and ulcers, both internal and external. Unlike penicillin or other drugs, propolis is always effective because bacteria and viruses can't get used to it. This has been clinically verified after its use in more than 16,000 cases.
The Danish scientist, Dr. K. Lund Aagaard, considered an expert in propolis said:
"The entire research program had an objective goal, namely, to obtain a substance with the greatest effectiveness against the greatest number of diseases. The many healings speak for themselves and the number of people who use propolis is always growing."
The different forms of Propolis:
The propolis harvested from the hive is available in many forms:
It can be applied as a balm or cream, to disinfect and protect the skin in case of cuts and abrasions. Since beeswax is one of its ingredients, it even seals the wound like a bandage, and with its antibacterial and antimycotic qualities, this makes propolis an essential part of the first aid kit for the small accidents of everyday life.
It can also be ingested, in the form of capsules or pure as chewable propolis stripes (to enjoy its soothing virtues for the throat or the gums), where it becomes an additional aid against bacterial infections or simply as a as a food supplement to boost your immune defences.
The brand Propolia® has created a whole range of propolis-based cosmetic products including creams, body and face scrubs, shower gels, shampoos and even deodorant.
There are many other propolis-based products such as: throat and nasal sprays, syrups, lozenges, chewing gum, as well as toothpaste and other oral hygiene products, thanks to propolis' strong healing effects for sore throats and swollen gums.
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