Chilliwack River Valley Natural Honey
the health benefits of Propolis . . .
The largest single ingredient of Propolis (55%) is resin collected from plants and trees, particularly the Poplar tree. The other half is made up of wax (30%) essential oils (10%) and pollen (5%). You can also find in Propolis a wide variety of additional elements including organic and amino acids, vitamins, minerals and most importantly bioflavonoid, now believed to be an active ingredient in the healing process.
All these ingredients are mixed with the bees’ own salivary secretions to produce what has been called bee glue, (Propolis). This is the sticky filler substance that the bees use to seal up the hive, protecting it from the outside environment. The bees also coat the entire inside surface of the hive with Propolis, polishing it, and creating one of the most sterile environments known to nature.
As well as providing a purely functional role in sealing and reinforcing the hive, Propolis also performs the role of the hives autoimmune system. It is a combined antibiotic, antiviral and antifungal substance. The natural antibiotic quality of Propolis has no known side effects. Recent research at the National Heart & Lung Institute in London has shown that the bioflavonoid in Propolis are even capable of destroying some bacteria that have become resistant to modern synthetic antibiotics.
Usage Instructions: Propolis Tinture
Sore throats: Take a few drops of the tincture on whole wheat bread or use it as a gargle. Respiratory problems: coughs and colds, bronchitis, blocked sinuses. Take the tincture every day. Sore lips, teeth, gums and any other dental problems: Use the tincture as a gargle, or drink it with herb tea (add honey if you wish).
Usage Instructions: Propolis Cream
Skin treatment: Apply a small amount of propolis cream to the infected area. May be helpful in treating acne, eczema, herpes, and psoriasis.
Bruises and Burns: The antiseptic and healing properties of Propolis may help wounds and burns to heal. Place a little cream on the affected area.
Skin problems: Research in America, Poland and Russia has shown that acne, allergies, herpes and other dermatological disorders have all responded to Propolis therapy.
The information presented herein is not intended to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent disease. Individual results may vary, and before using any supplements, it is always advisable to consult with your own health care provider.