Propolis – A natural antibiotic
Propolis is a resinous mixture that honey bees collect from tree buds, sap flows, or other botanical sources. Propolis is a resinous substance collected by honeybees from buds and exudates of certain trees and plants, and stored inside their hives. It has been used in folk medicine from ancient times to treat various ailments. It has been revealed that Propolis possesses various biological activities such as antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, anti-inflammatory and anticancer properties.
The name “Propolis” comes from two Greek words: “pro” meaning “before” or “for” and “polis” meaning “city”-as bees are using Propolis in order to protect their city. In the hive Propolis is used as a kind of cement or clay in order to cover small holes in the walls, protecting both from intruders and from temperature variability and, most important, as Propolis is a very efficient antiseptic, it is used for protection against infections.
Historically, Propolis has been used since ancient times: Egyptians were using it for mumification, ancient Chinese for alleviating toothache and killing bacteria, ancient Romans for wound healing and for infectious diseases. Legends say that the Roman god Jupiter transformed beautiful Melissa into a bee so that she could produce the miraculous Healing Propolis. In ancient Greece propolis was used-as Hippocrates recommended-for healing sores and ulcers, both internally and externally. Later on, Propolis was mentioned in Arabian and Greek medical books during the 19 th century, being used for treating infections, skin diseases, respiratory and joint problems.
Today Propolis is used in many medicinal formulas (especially in Eastern Europe) and food supplements for improving health, preventing and treating infections, inflammatory diseases, heart diseases, liver diseases, diabetes and even some types of cancer.
I always keep some Propolis Extract in my medicine cabinet. It’s been working great when I was experiencing the worst urinary tract infection of my life in Brazil and no other medicine was available. It did not relieve the pain right away, but it started working by the evening of the second day – I took 20 drops 3 times a day for 7 days, my symptoms were completely cleared by the end of the 4th day. I used it (internally) to treat an inflamed tooth shortly after a root canal. It was helpful in treating upper respiratory problems.
I’ve found an article describing the beneficial properties of Propolis for cancer patients.
Note: Propolis can not be used in case someone is allergic to bees and their products. Do not use it if you have Asthma, or if you are allergic to Bee Pollen. Always test it on your skin before taking internally. If you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, you should take propolis only under the close supervision of a health-care professional.