Propolis can be used to support a healthy immune system, help the body’s natural immune defences and support the maintenance of good health.
Made by bees from plant resin and sometimes called bee glue, propolis is used to seal bee hives and protect the hive and honey stores from microbes. Propolis enables maintenance of a consistent state of ideal humidity inside the hive by blocking holes and cracks in the walls.
Ancient Greek and Egyptian civilisations were the first to discover the benefits of propolis, originally being used as an embalming agent. Propolis was also used during the 1st and 2nd world wars for its ability to support wound healing and for its antibacterial properties.
Benefits & Uses
Propolis can be used both internally and externally.
Propolis is best known for its immune support. It comes in many different forms, liquid tinctures, capsules and as lozenges. It contains a range of bioflavonoids which may support maintenance of a healthy immune system.
Often an ingredient in toothpastes and mouth washes, propolis has an antibacterial action to protect gums and the delicate mouth mucosa.
Anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant:
Propolis is known for its antioxidant properties which provide support for seasonal ills and chills. Antioxidants combat free radicals that we are exposed to daily in our environment. Propolis has also been shown to have a protective effect on vitamin C, ensuring it is not damaged by free radicals, adding to its antioxidant benefits.
Through its antibacterial action, propolis has potent wound protective properties and can support healthy skin growth and repair.