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.
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.