Propolis, a bee-made substance that is used for sealing gaps and cracks in the beehive, has just as many, if not more, health benefits as honey. This “bee glue”, is made from a few substances, including the sap on evergreens, beeswax and bees’ own discharges. The result is a sticky, dark product with powerful medicinal properties.
Health Benefits of Propolis
Propolis has antibacterial, antiseptic, antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties, which is why it can be a very potent medicine and home remedy. But that’s not all – studies have found that propolis also:
- Has powerful anticancer properties
- Can combat Candida and treat its symptoms
- Prevents and fights cold symptoms
- Heals cold sores
- Boosts the immune system
- Fights parasites
- Improves oral health
- Speeds wound healing.
All in all, there’s no doubt that propolis is a powerful health remedy that can not only treat disease symptoms but also prevent certain diseases from developing.
Uses of Propolis
Propolis has been used for thousands of years for its unique medicinal properties and health benefits. For instance, Assyrians used it for treating wounds and burns, Ancient Greeks used it to treat abscesses, while Egyptians used it to embalm mummies.
Clearly, propolis can have many different uses, but today, it’s mostly used for its antibiotic and antiseptic properties. To really reap all the benefits it offers, it’s best to look at propolis as a preventative measure – something you take to boost your immunity and ward off disease.
Internally, you can take propolis liquid extract, tablets, capsules and powder. All have the same effects on the body and immune system so go with what works best for you. The recommended daily dose is 500 milligrams.
Topically, propolis can be used to treat sore throats or canker sores, wounds, minor burns and acne. For oral health, try propolis sprays, and for skin health, propolis creams and ointments.