‎Propolis‎

‎A natural antibiotic!‎

 

‎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 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 in a hive
‎Propolis in a 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.‎


‎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."‎


‎Propolis harvested from the hive and is available in several forms:‎

‎It can be applied, to disinfect and protect against cuts and abrasions. Since wax is one of its ingredients, it even seals the wound like a bandage. As in ‎‎balm‎‎ which is ideal because of its antibacterial and antimycotic qualities.‎

‎Or it can be ingested, in ‎‎capsule‎‎ form, where it can be taken as an additional aid against bacterial infections or also as a dietary supplement as a strengthening of the immune defenses. There are also ‎‎mouth sprays, syrups,‎‎ ‎‎lozenges, chewing gum and toothpastes‎‎, as propolis has strong healing effects for sore throat and swollen gums. ‎