Propolis is a resinous mixture that honey bees collect from tree buds, sap flows or other botanical sources. It is used as a sealant, antiseptic, antivirus and antifungal by the bees to protect their hive. As an emollient, studies also indicate that it may be effective in treating skin burns.
Unlike chemical antibiotics which end up trying to destroy all the bacteria in the body (even the bacteria that is necessary for a healthy body), propolis only focuses on the bad bacteria that is causing illness. Propolis has proven antibiotic and antiseptic properties and may also have antiviral and anti-inflammatory effects.
It should be considered safe and useful as a home remedy. You can find it in various forms in health food stores or get the raw product from beekeeper friends at Rainforest Spice. It is recommended as a good topical treatment for uncomplicated wounds. It can be used as a gargle or in spray form. It is a remedy for sores and irritations in the mouth. I use propolis in tincture form to treat canker sores and sore throats.
Caution should be followed. If you have had an allergic or hypersensitivity reaction to bee stings or bee products (including honey), you could react to propolis in the same way.
We at Rainforest Spice use only the purest locally produced propolis available. To reorder contact: email@example.com.
For educational purposes only. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
This information is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure.