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Propolis, A Powerful, Natural Antibiotic

Actually Propolis isn’t a bee product but a product produced from the bark of certain trees such as poplars, birch, beech and aspen and used by the bees. Propolis consists mainly of resins exuded by the leaf buds and bark of these trees. The worker bees, whose job it is to collect these resins, mix the resins with a little wax, honey and enzymes to make propolis. The entire colony uses propolis as putty to seal cracks and openings in the hive and to strengthen and repair their honeycombs. Propolis helps to sterilize the hive so that bacteria, viruses and fungi do not spread. Some bees even line the brood cells with propolis. Because propolis does these things with the hive it stands to reason that humans could use it to their advantage. For over 2,000 years humans have used propolis as an antiseptic, antimicrobial and a detoxifier. In Europe, the Middle East, and Asia propolis has been used to heal festering wounds. These wounds came about through battle, because of skin ulcers, or because of bed sores. There are hundreds of chemical compounds in this complex natural substance. The make up of propolis is approximately 50 percent resins, 30 percent waxes, 10 percent essential oils, 5 percent pollen and 5 percent plant debris. Researchers have found that there is a recurrent pattern of antiseptic, antibiotic, antifungal, anti-inflammatory and detoxifying properties. Bees harvest resins from their local areas making the composition of propolis vary considerably. The interesting thing here is that although the composition varies a great deal the medicinal properties do not. There are several reasons why propolis is so effective. There are more than 180 phytochemicals while flavonoids are the most abundant compounds. Propolis is rich in antioxiants and can reduce inflammation as well as pharmaceutical drugs. Propolis has been shown to be very effective against respiratory infections, healing wounds, keeping teeth and gums healthy, fungal infections, viral infections, and herpes simplex infections. As I’ve mentioned many times the best offense is a great defense…hence a strong immune system is essential. The Pharmaceutical Industry has been handing out antibiotics like candy for many many years. Consequently the overuse of the drugs has made them quite ineffective. Also, along with the inevitable mutations of bacteria into resistant strains are now, once again, turning simple infections into life threatening illnesses. Something that you can do right now is to use propolis to help combat antibiotic-resistant bacteria and to improve... read more

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