27. 12. 2014
Propolis has been used already by the ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans. It was considered a versatile medicine with which the people have healed wounds on the skin and in the mouth. How do we use propolis today?
P means propolis
The word propolis is generally known, but only few people know what propolis actually is. It is a solid resinous material that the bees collect and process to disinfect their cells. Propolis is produced mainly thanks to the trees – the bees gather their resin, add substances from their glands and process the mixture further with their mandibles.
There are substances in propolis which resin does not contain and which can not be produced in a laboratory. It is a truly unique cocktail of elements, aromatic acids, alcohol, aldehydes, etc., through which the bees can really work wonders.
A clean hive
The bees use propolis not only to seal cracks in the hive. They also use it as a building material and even for mummification.
Imagine that a mouse enters a beehive. If it does not flee in time and does not survive the attack of bees, its body begins to rot in the hive. The entire bee colony could be infected. That is why the bees cover the dead mouse with propolis that prevents access of oxygen. By mummification, decay and contamination can be prevented. Because propolis itself is very resistant and antiseptic, the body of the mouse does not rot from the inside either.
Effective resin without toxic substances
Propolis is a disinfectant and eliminates easily viruses, bacteria and fungi. The people use it because of its many beneficial effects in the treatment of fungal infections, eczema and acne. Moreover, it is not toxic and does not burden the body unnecessarily. You can also relieve local pain and strengthen immunity with propolis. It was used as an antibiotics even in ancient cultures. It is interesting that even after several thousands of years there is no resistance to this natural antibiotics!
Ointments and tinctures for rapid healing of the skin
The excellent effects of the propolis products have been tested by us. We have had very good experiences with propolis in ointments and tinctures. The products with propolis are recommended for the prevention and cure of bedsores, cold sores and skin wounds, eczema and unpleasant burns from the sun. Because of its calming effect we mix propolis in lotions for skin problems, as well as tonics, aftershaves and toothpastes.