Health is wealth! Good health is the basis of all our other acquisitions! One way to improve our health is with apitherapy, which is healing with bee products. Ancient wisdom from many different cultures and faiths have long extolled the health and healing properties of the honeybee and her hive products. Scientific studies verify this ancient wisdom. (You can read more here.)
Propolis is a resinous substance collected by the bees from tree buds sap flows and other botanical sources. Among other things it is used by the bees to keep the hive hygienic. Bees are the only insects having been found to be bacteria free, due to the actions of propolis. Hippocrates, the father of medicine knew about the healing benefits of propolis 2,500 years ago.
Propolis was used by the Egyptians, along with honey, to embalm and mummify the deceased, precisely because of its immortal qualities. When a predator such as a mouse or lizard enters the hive, the bees will sting this intruder to death and then because they cannot physically carry the carcass out of the hive they will instead seal it in propolis, essentially mummifying it and making it odourless and harmless. Thus preserving the hive from disease and infection.
Once again as in the case of nectar collection the bees who are solar insects collect the essential sap from trees and flowers and then add their own enzymes to make propolis. Because of its botanical source propolis contains a high degree of condensed sunlight. This “distilled” sunlight that propolis contains is very healing. Modern science has also found propolis to contain many flavonoids and anti-oxidants, which are excellent for one’s health as they combat the free radicals that are one of the causes of cancer. .
Frequently called “Nature’s Penicillin” propolis is a natural antibiotic. It is good for the prevention of colds and reinforces our immune system without side effects. Propolis as well is antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial.
Researchers have identified over 180 compounds in propolis with many being biologically active. Flavonoids are abundant, counting over 38, including apigenin, galangin, kaempferol, luteolin, pinocembrin, pinostrobin and quercitin, which all have anti- . inflammatory, spasmolytic, antiallergenic, antioxidant, antimutagenic, antibiotic, antifungal, antiviral, and/or antibacterial properties.
Propolis is rich in minerals, B vitamins and antibiotics and works to raise the body's natural resistance bystimulatlng it to produce its own disease fighting defenses. Propolis contains all the known vitamins except for Vitamin K.
Of all the fourteen minerals the human body requires for normal function, propolis contains all but one sulphur The compounds contained in propolis create a perfectly balanced food substance.
Sixteen amino acids within propolis have been identified and it has even more bioflavonoids than found in oranges. Natural acids and their derivatives as well as terpenoids are also found in propolis, which contribute to the antibiotic, antifungal and antiviral effects. Propolis is uniquely rich in the caffeic acid phenethyl ester; which in animal studies has inhibited cancer growth and reduced inflammation as effectively as drugs. This super anti-inflammatory improves the absorption of vitamin C and helps to retard bacterial and viral infections.
Propolis acts as a local anaesthetic, reduces spasms; and helps in the healing Of gastric ulcers, while, showing improvement on pulmonary functions and strengthening capillaries.Propolis is a choice ingredient in wound salves., Along with being anti-inflammatory and detoxifying, propolis stimulates new tissue and new cell growth. It promotes swift replenishing of the skin, thus aiding in the quick and aesthetic healing of abrasions and acne, and can be used as a natural alternative for iodine. This is important in promoting the quick, healing of wounds and diminishing the occurrence of scars.
Propolis has also shown positive effects in those with arthritic conditions, stiff joints, and in the regeneration of bone tissue.
Antiseptic properties make propolis an ideal nutritional supplement for the throat, mouth and gums.
Propolis comes in chunks, tinctures, and capsules. Recommended dosage is one gram per day for preventive health maintenance. (In the case of a propolis tincture 8-10 drops daily taken under the tongue.) In tincture form propolis can be applied to wounds and aid in disinfecting them and with its antibiotic activity it can keep the wound sterile and therefore help to accelerate healing.
FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY. CONSULT YOUR PHYSICIAN AS NECESSARY.
CAUTION: SOME BEE PRODUCTS MAY CAUSE ALLERGIC REACTIONS IN SOME PEOPLE.
References: The Miracle of Propolis by M. Vosnjak; Propolis: Nature's Energizer by Carlson Wade; Propolis Medical Data by The Propolis Information Bureau; Bee Products: Medicine From The Hive by C. Leigh Broadhurst, Ph.D., Nutrition