Using bee honey we create products that help us live an improved life. Thus, we produce with the same love and care everything that is generously offered to us: honey , pollen , royal jelly , wax and propolis . However, we have a special appreciation for propolis because the way and why it is used inside the hive is really impressive.
So learn 4 things about propolis that you might not have known:
Propolis is nature's strongest antibiotic!
Today internationally propolis keeps this wise name "propolis" reminding us of its properties which contribute: to the prevention and protection of the beehive-city and its inhabitants from all kinds of enemies. Propolis is rich in amino acids, trace elements, bioflavins, magnesium, iron, zinc, potassium, phosphorus and a host of other unknown ingredients and compounds, which work in synergy to create this miracle of nature and bees!
Hippocrates used propolis as medicine!
The healing properties of propolis were known in antiquity. Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, used it for medicinal, medical and nutritional purposes and recommended it for the healing of various diseases and wounds such as internal and external ulcers, abscesses, ulcers, etc... Today propolis is widely used as medicine either raw in its original form, or as a tincture.
Propolis is a source of immunity!
Propolis is a sophisticated substance that bees create not only to seal any openings in their hive but also to protect it from potential microbial enemies! He's got research has documented that propolis has anti-inflammatory, immune and antihistamine effects as well as many anti-fungal and anti-viral properties.
Bees use propolis for embalming!
We all know that bees are very hardworking. What most people may not know is that they are also very clean. They like to remove all trash and intruders from the hive, which is why there are cleaner bees!
However, there are also some invaders that are large, such as the Acheronid moth, which is a great enemy of bees. They neutralize her, but they can't take her away because she's just too big! In this case and wanting to prevent putrefaction so as not to create a focus of infection, they mummify it. They spread thin layers of propolis around the enemy and isolate it to keep the rest of the hive free of germs.
As researchers will study more and more the properties and actions of propolis we are sure that we will start to see more and more medical applications in our lives! Until then we do as bees do !