What is Propolis?
Honeybees collect plant resins and bring these back to the hive. To these resins they add beeswax, a little honey and enzymes. This substance then becomes Propolis. Propolis is used by bees to protect the hive from disease as it has very strong antibiotic properties. Propolis can inhibit both bacteria and viruses. Most conventional antibiotics are not effective against viruses.
What is in Propolis?
Over 180 different compounds have been identified so far. By far the most important of these are the flavonoids. These flavonoids come from the plant resins that the bees collect. Flavonoids form an important and essential part of the plants immune system. Flavonoids have been studied extensively and have been shown to have antibacterial, antiviral, anti-tumour, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and immune stimulating effects.
Does Propolis help when I have a cold?
Yes. Propolis is an effective treatment if you suffer from upper respiratory diseases such as bronchitis, laryngitis, throat inflammation and inflammation of the nasal membranes. Propolis can kill the bacteria associated with these conditions. It also provides a protective effect with influenza, decreasing the recovery time. Propolis is available as a throat spray which can be inhaled, as a liquid which can either be gargled and swallowed or in capsule form.
Is Propolis good for ulcers?
Propolis has a significant anaesthetic effect which can be 3 times more powerful than cocaine (without the side effects). It has been used for centuries in the treatment of sore throats and mouth sores. To obtain relief from the irritation of mouth ulcers and to speed recovery simply add 10 drops of Propolis tincture in 100ml of water and rinse the mouth. The tincture can be swallowed. Repeat as required.
How about Psoriasis?
The anaesthetic effect of Propolis provides significant relief. Propolis also has a softening effect on the skin to reduce irritation, as well as having strong anti-inflammatory properties.
The above information does not constitute medical advice. It is based on the clinical and anecdotal experience of many people using propolis.
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