PROPOLIS: Benefits, Uses and Virtues of Propolis? Medicinal properties? Dosage? Side-effects? Origins, Composition, Expert opinions, Combination with medicinal plants and other bee products, and more information on Propolis.
- 1 Propolis: Medicinal Properties
- 2 Propolis: Origins
- 3 Propolis: Composition
- 4 Propolis: Dosage
- 5 Propolis: Ultimate effects, benefits, virtues
- 6 Propolis: Side-effects, contraindications
- 7 Propolis: Opinions of experts
- 8 Propolis: More information
- 9 Propolis: Combination with other plants
Propolis is one of the most powerful natural shields there is. It comes from bees, which use it for sealing cracks, sanitizing, reinforcing and protecting the hive. An excellent natural antibiotic, it can be of great help in preventing infections, and is unparalleled in its protection of the immune system. It is also one of the first remedies against flu, tonsillitis and sore throat (it is used by singers suffering from loss of voice). For men, Propolis has been the subject of numerous scientific studies in relation to its immunostimulant properties, and some herbalists even claim that it has anti-cancerous properties, but is this really the case?
Propolis: Medicinal Properties
Natural antibiotic - Anti-disease – Anti-cancer
- powerful natural antibiotic, very broad range of action
- powerful antiseptic, anti-infective, antifungal (fights fungi and germs)
- flu, swine flu (H1N1) (combines excellently with Royal Jelly).
- Influenza (types A and B)
- fever, febrility, chills
- sore throat, tonsillitis, hoarseness (synergy with Garlic)
- respiratory infections: bronchitis, laryngitis, pharyngitis, rhinopharyngitis, cold, rhinitis (traditional usage)
- protects from pollution and tobacco smoke (synergy with Turmeric)
- chronic cough
- ENT infections, recurring ear infections
- anesthetic effect, pain relief (synergy with Cannabis)
- anti-inflammatory action (internal and external usage)
- prophylactic with anti-tumor and anti-cancer effects, antioxidant (synergy with Turmeric and Garlic)
- antioxidant, anti-aging (synergy with Goji Berry and Royal Jelly)
- tuberculosis (synergy with Rhodiola and Echinacea)
- genital herpes and labial herpes
Digestion – Intestines
- fights intestinal parasites: candida albicans and many other bacteria and germs… (synegry with Garlic)
- fights stomach parasites: helicobacter pylori and many other bacteria and germs… (synegry with Garlic)
- effectively cleans the intestine and drives out parasites (synergy with Turmeric)
- drugs and food poisoning (synergy with Turmeric and Ginseng)
- some digestive problems
- Lyme disease
Protection of Skin – Hair – Nails
- acts effectively against skin aging (combines very well with Aloe vera and Acai/Goji Berry)
- wounds, abrasions, injuries (traditionally used by the Roman army)
- promotes wound healing, cell reparation (internal and external usage) (combines very well with Aloe vera)
- accelerates the healing of burns (combines excellently with Aloe vera)
- frostbite, chapped skin
- combats mycosis and athlete’s foot (internal and external usage)
- reinforces the skin, hair and nails
- treats warts
- acne (synergy with Aloe vera)
- varnishing, coloring the skin, wood… (Propolis is used for varnishing and protecting musical instruments)
Teeth – Mouth – Throat
- loss of voice, hoarseness
- sore throat, tonsillitis (synergy with Garlic)
- prevention of cavities, reinforces the teeth
- mouth ulcers, healthy mouth
- bad breath (synergy with Peppermint)
- genital and labial herpes
Propolis is a beehive product, produced by bees through their secretions and through various natural products found in plants and trees. In the hive, Propolis is used to seal cracks and repair alveoli, but above all to sanitize and disinfect. It is also employed for the mummification of dead animals (mice, rats..) so as to prevent their decomposition in the hive.
Historically, Propolis was used by several ancient civilizations: the Egyptians, Greeks and Romans used it frequently, and it is notable that in Latin, “Propolis” can be broken down into two words: “Pro” = before, in front – and “Polis” – town, city; this sums up the objective of Propolis which is to defend an environment or a given place. The Egyptians successfully borrowed from the bees’ mummification techniques in dealing with their dead. Propolis was also used by Egyptian doctors for its powerful anti-bacterial properties, while it was used by Roman doctors during war to promote the healing of injuries, reduce pain and clean wounds. In addition, Propolis was often used to treat arrow and knife wounds, speed healing and reduce pain, while preventing wounds from becoming septic. More recently, Propolis has allowed Russian doctors to carry out surgical operations with local anesthetics. It should also be noted that the famous luthier Stradivarius used Propolis to varnish his violins and restore a certain sheen to the wood.
Propolis is composed of 40-50% resin, 25-30% wax and other fatty acids, 5-15% essential oil, 5% Pollen, and finally a small amount of trace minerals (silica, zinc, iron…) However, it should be noted that the composition of Propolis is extremely variable, as it depends largely on the trees, flowers and plants frequented by the bees that produce it. As with the creation of Honey, several natural elements are used, but the trees most often used by bees to create Propolis are Willow, Birch and Poplar.
Propolis can be taken in different ways: in the form of pure alcoholic extract (from 5-50% of pure Propolis extract), often the same size as a vial of essential oil. Propolis also exists in the form of capsules, lozenges, syrups and spray for the throat (make sure to check the true Propolis content of these products!). Traces of Propolis can also be found in numerous cosmetic and hygiene products (creams, soaps, toothpastes, shampoos…). Depending on the form in which Propolis is taken, its dosage varies enormously. For pure alcoholic extract (50%), take 5 drops, either pure or diluted in a herbal infusion with other medicinal plants. Propolis can also be mixed with honey or Royal Jelly in an infusion to be taken 2-3 times per day. With high quality Propolis, large quantities are not necessary for it to be effective; a few drops per day are enough to enjoy all its benefits.
Propolis: Ultimate effects, benefits, virtues
Propolis is one of the most powerful natural shields to be found in nature: anti-infective, antibiotic, antiviral, fungicidal, powerful antioxidant, help to prevent cancer. Its effects are more powerful in combination with other medicinal plants such as Echinacea and Garlic, for stimulating the immune system and protecting the body from infection. A combination with Royal Jelly is also especially recommended for preventing winter illnesses such as flu, tonsillitis, otitis, colds and various allergies. It is also the number 1 natural response against sore throat and can be used for cleaning the mouth, fighting mouth infections, combating cavities and mouth ulcers and restoring clarity of voice (many singers use it for this effect, mixed with Honey). Used externally, Propolis is a remarkable healer (it was used by the Romans during war for this effect); it effectively repairs skin, cleans wounds, strengthens tissues and relieves inflammatory episodes (internal and external usage).
Propolis: Side-effects, contraindications
Propolis (like Royal Jelly) should not be consumed by those allergic to beehive products. If you are in doubt, apply one drop of Propolis to your forearm, and wait several hours to see if it triggers any reaction (itching, spots…). If so, do not consume Propolis. Apart from this, within the recommended dosage, Propolis does not have any notable side-effects and is very safe (paradoxically, Propolis is a good natural means of combating allergies). However, since Propolis stimulates the immune system, it is not recommended to take it for more than 3 consecutive weeks, and breaks of at least one week every 3 weeks are advised. There is no danger of addiction to Propolis.
Propolis: Opinions of experts
Propolis has survived through the centuries for one obvious reason: it is truy effective for preventing infections, healing the skin, stimulating the immune system and combating many viruses, and it has a very broad range of action on bacteria and other germs and fungi. It was used by numerous ancient civilizations (Egyptians, Romans, Greeks…), and it is interesting to note that while each of these civilizations used it in very different ways according to their culture and needs, one theme remained common to all: the natural anti-infective and disinfectant action of Propolis. Today, due to bacterial mutations and increased antibiotic resistance, there is renewed interest in Propolis, whose natural antibiotic action remains very effective, as is the case with another famous medicinal plant: Echinacea. As regards its anti-cancer properties, these have been proved by numerous scientific studies that have demonstrated antioxidant, antimutagenic and anti-tumor effects, in prevention; however, to achieve these, it would be necessary to consume Propolis regularly (even daily), which is not necessarily recommended. No studies have yet been advanced to determine the types of cancer against which the preventative effects of Propolis are strongest, but it seems that Propolis is most effective for preventing prostate, stomach and intestinal cancer. It should also be noted that antioxidant plants such as Goji berry, Turmeric, Ginger and Garlic are better adapted to a strategy for the prevention of cancer in the medium/long term.
Propolis: More information
To be effective, Propolis must be collected and handled naturally by bees, in an unpolluted environment. Propolis can easily be contaminated by pollutants and heavy metals, especially if the hive is located in close proximity to industrial areas or large cities. Thus, ideally Propolis will be of 100% natural origin and will be harvested by beekeepers far from human activity. Propolis is also very effective as a varnish, and is used by some luthiers to protect the wood of musical instruments such as the violin, while maintaining and strengthening the original color.
Propolis: Combination with other plants
Propolis combines naturally with another very powerful bee product: Royal Jelly (fatigue, asthenia, flu, convalescence, growth, powerful antioxidant, lack of energy…), Honey (sore throat, loss of voice, inflammation, healing), but also with Echinacea (stimulation of the immune system, prevention of winter illnesses, protection against infections), Goji Berry (general fatigue, asthenia, powerful antioxidant, stimulation of the immune system), Ginger and Turmeric (help to prevent cancer, protection of the lungs, intestine, digestive system and skin), Aloe vera (protects the skin, promotes healing, reinforces the immune system), Cannabis (pain, stress, anxiety, emotional detox, weakness of the immune system), Garlic (high blood pressure, prevention of disease, helps to prevent cancer), Rhodiola (fatigue, stress, lack of energy, depression, tuberculosis, flu), Ginseng (fatigue, overwork, aphrodisiac).
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