Propolis has a long history in medicine use, and it is a resinous mixture that honey bees collect from tree buds, sap flows, or other botanical sources. Propolis is a natural protective substances in hive, making the hive more defensible, filling gaps, prevent putrefaction within the hive, prevent diseases and parasites from entering the hive, and to inhibit fungal and bacterial growth.
Along with the other fruits of their labor, including honey and royal jelly, bees create propolis from the resin of trees. After gathering the resin, bees transform it into a very sticky and antimicrobial mixture that they use to patch up their hive. Due to its antimicrobial properties, it also disinfects the hive and prevents outbreaks of viruses and bacteria. Bees even use propolis to immobilize intruders (source). So basically, propolis is bee duct tape!
General immune system support – Propolis supports the immune system in various ways. First, the antimicrobial properties suppress harmful bacteria and infections. Further, it actually stimulates the immune system and raises the body’s natural resistance (source).
Acne – Used internally and externally, propolis may improve skin and reduce breakouts. One study showed that propolis showed activity against the bacteria primarily responsible for breakouts.
Improved energy – Although this is a subjective statement and I am not aware of any clinical research backing it up, I’ve found this true in my own experience.
Mouth sores – Many people experience quick relief from mouth sores by applying a drop of propolis directly to the sore 2-3 times per day.
Endometriosis – A quickly growing number of women struggle with endometriosis, a disorder where the tissue lining the uterus grows outside of the uterus into other organs of the body. It causes pain, fatigue, bowel issues, infertility and more. In one study, women with endometriosis took propolis to increase fertility. Those taking propolis had a pregnancy success rate of 60% compared to 20% taking the placebo (source).
To Use: Add 2 to 5 drops of Propolis Extract or Tincture to your morning coffee, water, oatmeal or a spoonful of honey. This can be added to anything you digest for an oral treatment, and the healing properties will gradually begin to benefit your body.