Benefits of propolis
What are the benefits of propolis? Bee propolis has been used for centuries to help heal wounds and infections. It’s also known to be an antibacterial agent, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and immune booster. Let’s take a deeper dive and answer some common questions about propolis.
What is propolis?
Bee propolis (also known as bee glue) is a substance that bees produce from plant resins and wax, then use as a sealant within the hive. Bees use the resin of coniferous trees to make propolis; it can’t be reproduced in a lab! The resins are collected by bees from the bark of these trees using their mouthparts. They chew up the bark into tiny pieces then spit them back out with enzymes that break down tree substances into usable chemical building blocks. The basic composition of propolis is 50% Resin, 30% wax, 10% essential oils, 5% pollen, and 5% of other organic compounds.
What are the beneficial effects of propolis?
According to the NIH/NLM, the biological activities of propolis are antioxidant, antifungal, antidiabetic, antibacterial, anti-cancer, antiprotozoal, anti-tumoral, Dental Action, and Anti-inflammatory. For the purpose of our products, we focus on using bee propolis for dermatological care properties which are antiallergy, antimicrobial, and promotion of collagen synthesis by preventing inflammation as well as encouraging new cell growth!
How do you use propolis?
The three types most commonly used are Raw Propolis, Propolis Infused Oil, and Propolis Tincture. These are then used as ingredients for salves, skincare products, foods, and drinks. We infuse our propolis with a carrier oil, typically Sweet Almond Oil, to use as an ingredient in a few of our products.
Propolis is a natural product made by honeybees to protect the hive from disease. It has many properties that make it beneficial for humans, like anti-bacterial and antioxidant properties. You can find propolis in various health supplements or use it topically on your skin with beeswax (which also contains propolis). Check out our products that contain this powerful ingredient today!
Information found in this article was sourced from PubMed Central® (PMC), U.S. National Institutes of Health’s National Library of Medicine (NIH/NLM). Link to their article below:
Honey, Propolis, and Royal Jelly: A Comprehensive Review of Their Biological Actions and Health Benefits