PropolisPropolis Powder with 20% Carob

Propolis is made by bees to coat surfaces and keep the hive free of contagious elements. It is made from tree resins and used by people as a natural supplement for maintaining a strong immune system. Carob is added to the ground propolis to keep the powder in a free-flowing form. Carob has a flavor similar to chocolate.

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Propolis has been used for centuries by many cultures for its antiseptic, antimicrobial, and detoxifying properties. Propolis, also known as “Russian Penicillin” or “bee glue”, is a sticky substance that bees make from tree and other plant resins.

When physical damage occurs to trees, then tree resin, or sap, floods into the area and seals it off. In this way, the damaged tissues are protected from infection from bacteria or fungi. Similarly, when parasites, such as bark beetles, attack a tree, tree resin flows into the wounded area and kills the insects and their larvae. When the bees combine the sap with their own discharges and beeswax, they create a sticky, greenish-brown product known as propolis.

Bees use propolis to virtually encase the inside of the hive. It is used to caulk and seal every crack, and a very thin coat of propolis is spread over the surfaces of the honeycomb cells, inside and out. This is important for the prevention of infection in the honeycomb. In fact, the beehive is the most sterile environment found in nature. In very real terms, propolis functions as the natural defense and immune system of the beehive.

Thousands of years ago, ancient civilizations used propolis for its medicinal properties. Greeks used it to treat abscesses. Assyrians put it on wounds and tumors to fight infection and help the healing process.

Propolis supports the immune system in various ways. First, the antimicrobial properties suppress harmful bacteria and infections. Further, it actually stimulates the immune system and raises the body’s natural resistance. Propolis contains many of the same polyphenols found in bee pollen, but in much higher quantities. Polyphenols are being identified as the class of nutrients responsible for the most significant health-promoting effects. No other substance in nature provides the broad range of polyphenols that propolis provides.

Health Benefits of Propolis

“The field of influence of Propolis is extremely broad. It includes cancer, infection of the urinary tract, swelling of the throat, gout, open wounds, sinus congestion, colds, influenza, bronchitis, gastritis, diseases, of the ears, periodontal disease, intestinal infections, ulcers, eczema eruptions, pneumonia, arthritis, lung disease, stomach virus, headaches, Parkinson’s disease, bile infections, sclerosis, circulation deficiencies, warts, conjunctivitis and hoarseness.” Dr. K. Lund Aagaard

Propolis is commonly associated with the following:

  • natural antibiotic
  • fighting infections
  • boosting the immune system
  • anti-inflammatory
  • allergies
  • cancer
  • sore throats / colds / coughs / flu / respiratory / sinus
  • fatigue
  • acne and skin disorders including shingles
  • treating skin injuries: cuts, burns, rashes, infections
  • dental care, cavities and mouth ulcers
  • helping the mouth heal after dental surgery
  • healing genital herpes and cold sores

Parasites – Research shows the potential use of propolis for parasite treatment. One preliminary trial showed that those who took propolis experienced a 52 to 60 percent rate of successful elimination of the parasite giardiasis.

Since parasites are difficult to diagnose (symptoms frequently look like other health problems), parasites pose a challenging and unexpectedly widespread health issue. Propolis, due to its soothing and immune-supporting factors, can be generally to support health even if you aren’t sure of a parasite infection. Additionally, it can usually be combined with other parasite treatments.

Canker sores – Many people experience quick relief from canker sores by applying a drop of propolis tincture directly to the sore 2-3 times per day.

Endometriosis – a quickly growing number of women struggle with endometriosis, a disorder where the tissue lining the uterus grows outside of the uterus into other organs of the body. It causes pain, fatigue, bowel issues, infertility and more. In one study, women with endometriosis took propolis to increase fertility. Those taking propolis had a pregnancy success rate of 60% compared to 20% taking the placebo.

Chemical Composition of Propolis

Propolis contains approximately 50-70% resins, 30% wax, 10% etheric oils and 5% pollen; it contains all known vitamins (except vitamin K), as well as plant based organic minerals. Propolis is especially rich in amino acids, important for immune system function. It has a high vitamin content and is extremely rich in bioflavonoids (Vitamin P). Bioflavonoids are reported to have numerous immune building properties and health benefits. Bioflavonoids are the natural pigments in fruits and vegetables and are found in abundance in oranges. Propolis contains almost 500 times more bioflavonoids than is found in oranges!

Bioflavonoids are researched as having particular benefit to high blood pressure, respiratory infections and liver conditions. More recently, research has shown that propolis may prevent or retard the growth of certain types of cancerous cells in the human body.

Propolis contains flavonoid compounds known for their anti-inflammatory and antioxidant activity as well as tissue strengthening and regenerative effects. A 1994 Polish study found that mice given propolis lived longer than the mice in the control group. Antioxidants are thought to have anti-aging properties in humans as well.

Serving suggestion: 1 teaspoon 2X per day. Make your own propolis capsules from the powder or mix it with honey.

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