Published : 08/01/2018
Propolis – already the name sounds like magic. Commonly known as “bee glue”, propolis is used by honey bees as a building material inside their hives. By now it is also being collected by us humans. Because science shows: propolis is a natural antibiotic, helps against colds and soothes skin burns. Being rich in flavonoids, secondary metabolites, propolis unfolds valuable anti-inflammatory properties, strengthens vascular walls and has even been shown to be effective against the herpes virus.
Propolis is made by the foraging bees and consists of resin, beeswax, pollen, essential oils, the saliva of the bee as well as of important vitamins, minerals and amino acids. Its main substance, resin, works to protect the tree from predators and fungus, contains potent germicidal properties and protects the bark from infections. Inside the beehive, propolis works as a steriliser and provides protection against diseases and infections. What works as a healing substance out in nature, may unfold similar healing properties when consumed by us humans.
The bee glue is particularly rich in amino acids, contains a wealth of vitamins (including vitamin A, B1, B2, B3 and Biotin) and furthermore provides us with valuable bioflavonoids that are known for their immune system enhancing effect. A regular consumption of bioflavonoids may help prevent from catching a flu as well as lead to a more sustainable energy level. Bioflavonoids are potent antioxidants and help protect the body from dangerous oxidative stress caused by free radicals. The minerals harboured inside propolis such as magnesium, calcium, phosphorus and potassium make it a potent antibacterial, antiviral and antimicrobial substance. A constant consumption or application of propolis may help against a multitude of chronic diseases and has shown effective improvements with seasonal allergies.
The secrets of mother nature are not hiding in the dark, but are waiting for us to be discovered. Propolis is a wondrous substance, not mixed in a laboratory, but collected and engineered by some of our nature’s most diligent workers.