One of the most well-documented products from the honey bee, propolis is known worldwide as a powerful, all-natural anti-biotic. The former Soviet Union performed many scientific studies into the effects of propolis. Even in Cuba, a country with limited means, opened a multi-million dollar facility dedicated to the scientific study of propolis and the other products from the beehive.
Today, research continues to confirm and rediscover that propolis has immune-boosting flavonoids with numerous properties, such as:
All these properties are found in the numerous flavonoids which are found in the sticky, brown resinous substance collected by honeybees from various plants and later mixed with wax. Used to sterilize their home against infection, bees also use propolis as a multi-purpose cement and varnish. Propolis contains approximately 55% resins & balms, 30% wax, 10% etheric oils and 5% pollen. Rich in amino acids and trace elements, it also has a high vitamin content, including the valuable flavanoids, Vitamin K. Its these basic ingredients that give propolis its dynamic bacteria-destroying power, some of the best originating from North America and Europe. (For more detailed information on recent medical and clinical studies, visit our blog at http://beehealthyfarms.blogspot.com).
It is believed that Hippocrates, the father of medicine, prescribed the use of propolis to help heal sores and ulcers, internally and externally. Unlike penicillin or other drugs, propolis is always effective, because bacteria and viruses cannot build tolerances against it. This has been clinically verified after its use in more than 16,000 situations. Danish scientist, Dr. K. Lund Aagaard, considered an expert on propolis states ,"The whole research program had a single purpose, namely, to obtain a substance with the greatest efficiency against the greatest number of diseases. The numerous healings are relevant by themselves and the number of people who use propolis is ever increasing."
A bee looking for nectar
Propolis is harvested from the beehive and is available in various forms to be ingested internally or applied externally. As a tincture, it is an excellent choice for disinfecting and protecting cuts and abrasions. Since wax is part of its makeup, it even seals the wound like a bandage! Propolis is also available in capsule form, where it can be taken as a supplement aiding against bacterial infections. As an ingredient in salves, it's ideal because of its anti-bacterial and anti-fungal qualities. It's even found in lozenges, chewing gum and toothpastes, due to its healing effects for sore throats and swollen gums.
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