Propolis- Natures Antiseptic
The benefits of Propolis have been documented by research for many years- with New Zealand Propolis been considered the most potent and powerful in the world.
WHAT IS PROPOLIS:
Propolis is the sticky resin which seeps from the buds of certain trees. Sometimes called 'bee glue'. Propolis is blended with 'flakes' secreted from special glands on the underside of the bee's abdomen. It is used by the bee to: reduce the size of the hive entrance, plaster up unwanted holes to the outside, cover over and sterilize dead organic matter (insects) that are too large for the bees to remove, line and sterilize the interior of brood cells, and lastly to keep the hive antiseptic.
WHAT CAN PROPOLIS HELP WITH:
Propolis offers antiseptic, antibiotic, antibacterial, antifungal, and even antiviral properties. Part of the antimicrobial properties against various bacteria and fungal infections is due to galangin, caffeic acid, and ferulic acid. Research shows that New Zealand Propolis has the highest readings of flavonoids (anti-oxidants) when compared to Propolis from around the world. The uses below are based on tradition or scientific theories. They often have not been thoroughly tested on humans, and safety and effectiveness have not always been proven. Some of these conditions are potentially serious, and should be evaluated by a qualified healthcare provider.
Acne, anti-spasm, anticoagulant, antioxidant, blood clots, bowel diseases, cancer, Crohn's disease, dermatitis, dilation of veins (vasorelaxant), diverticulitis, eczema, eye infections/inflammation, fungal infections, HIV, immune stimulation, immuno-modulatory, laryngitis, liver protection, nasopharyngeal carcinoma, osteoporosis, prostate carcinoma, pruritis (itching), psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, skin rejuvenator, stomach ulcer, thyroid disease, tuberculosis, ulcerative colitis, viral infections, wound healing.
HOW IS PROPOLIS COLLECTED:
Propolis collecting framework with wooden or plastic bars is often used in practice. These bars make temporary gaps 3 – 4 mm wide, which make it possible to get 250 – 400g of pure propolis in one season. They are put over hive frames while cover boards and all isolating material are removed. In 6 – 7 days bees fill the gaps between bars with Propolis, after which bars are replaced with new ones. Propolis is obtained from the bars which are completely removed or turned 45 degrees. Bars are put in a rough cloth, rolled in so that the bars are inside, and put in a deep freezer for several hours. After that, they are taken out and unrolled with bars down, so that propolis falls down on the table.
HOW TO USE PROPOLIS PRODUCTS:
HONEY & PROPOLIS Is a delicious combination of Propolis Extract and NZ Clover honey that's always a good defense at the first sign of a sore throat. Dissolve one teaspoon as required in your mouth or use it in a hot (not boiling) lemon drink.
PROPOLIS TINCTURE & EXTRACT This is a concentrated form of Propolis that can be used neat in a number of ways. A few drops can be applied to athletes' foot, mouth ulcers, cuts and grazes. This form of Propolis is also ideal for use as a steam inhalation to clear sinuses. You can also use Propolis Tincture or Extract directly on to cut stems of rose bushes to prevent infection and die back. Propolis Tincture has a food grade ethanol base so can sting when applied neat. Propolis Extract has a food grade ethanol base which is alcohol content has been 'burnt' off (although it can still sting).
PROPOLIS THROAT SPRAY This is a great way to combat sore throats while on the go, just a spray is enough to ease the tickle in the throat, clear the nose and freshen the breath. The covenient small bottle makes it easy to carry and ideal for use on plane journeys where air conditioning can dry you out and germs can spread easily.
USE WITH CAUTION
Never spill Propolis on clothing, it is almost impossible to remove except with pure alcohol but be quick.
Propolis used on the skin in its pure form may cause itchiness and swelling which can be overcome through dilution of the raw Propolis. Internal reactions to Propolis are rare. However, people with low blood pressure or low blood sugar levels should avoid taking Propolis (unless it has first been mixed with honey and/or pollen which have the opposite effect as Propolis by raising blood pressure/sugar levels). People with exceptionally high red blood corpuscle counts should abstain from taking Propolis internally.
If you have never used Propolis before and just want to be sure, place a small amount onto the end of your finger. Please do not take any Propolis products internally without performing this simple test. If no adverse reaction is noticed you should be fine to use both externally and internally. Symptoms to be aware of when trying any of our Propolis products are redness or itchy skin, swelling of tissue in applied area and or sinuses upsets. Anybody can be allergic to Propolis so we do recommend that you try our test first.