WHAT IS PROPOLIS
Propolis is a bee product that is used by bees as a medicine and as a building material. It is a resinous, sticky substance with a pleasant scent that mostly contains a variety of herbal resins. These plant resins come from buds or damaged parts of plants (up to 70%), while the rest of the process is added to the bees. One of the resins adds wax (about 30%) which makes the mass sticky, pollen, and enrich propolis secretions of their glands.
The color of propolis ranges from yellow-brown to brown and dark red and varies depending on geographical and botanical origin. So far it has been determined that bees collect propolis with over 60 different plant species. The age of propolis can also be affected by color.
Bees disinfect and protect their hive against unwanted external influences: from fungi, bacteria, smaller animals (mice, thistles), moisture, and flow.
EFFECTS / PROPERTIES
Propolis has been found to have the following properties:
– anti-bacterial (anti-bacterial) – anti-fungal (acting anti-fungal to over 60 types of fungi) – antiviral (it acts antivirus to herpes viruses, Type II influenza virus) – anti-inflammatory – antioxidant – anesthetic (very strong local anesthetic) – antitumor properties ) – immunostimulatory properties (stimulates the work and strengthens the immune system) – stimulates tissue regeneration (restores damaged tissues) – protects the body from the effects of radiation
The advantage of propolis is that as a natural antibiotic it is not harmful to the human organism, and microorganisms can not create resistance to it.
For the positive effect of propolis on human health, the Egyptians knew about it three thousand years ago.
The therapeutic effect of propolis consists in the fact that propolis activates the protective functions of the organism and enhances phagocytosis, increases the content of protective protein in the blood (properdin), and stimulates the development of specific antibodies (interferons) against many microorganisms and their toxins and viruses. Additionally, propolis flavonoids directly bind to viruses.
For humans, the most important active components in propolis are flavonoids, different phenols, and aromatic compounds. Flavonoids are considered to be the basis of the biological activity of propolis (they work against bacteria, viruses, fungi, and inflammation).
The antioxidant effect of propolis, for which flavonoids are also responsible, is reflected in the successful removal of various free radicals and oxidants found in the body, causing damage to the membranes and receptors and accelerating the aging process.
The pronounced antiviral activity of propolis was observed in the appearance of herpes around the lips. Excellent results are achieved if already in the case of hypothetical symptoms (as soon as it is closed), this area is coated with propolis solution. If we are late and the disease occurs, this area is coated with alternating propolis and royal jelly.
As propolis has pronounced anti-inflammatory activity, it especially helps to reduce asthma attacks and allergies. A clinical study in mild to moderate asthma patients showed that propolis decreased the number of nocturnal seizures a week from 2.5 to 1 attacks in relation to the control group and the ventilatory functions of the lungs improved significantly.
Excellent results are achieved with severe headaches and migraines. In the first symptoms of headache, you need to drink a cup of tea in which dissolve 30 drops of propolis and mix one tablespoon of meadow honey. We repeat this every hour until we sleep. The next day, we repeat the same, but with twice smaller doses.
As propolis contains a large proportion of flavonoids, regular intake of propolis can alleviate many chronic diseases, primarily the heart and blood vessels. Propolis increases the elasticity of the blood vessels, improves circulation, and affects the reduction of blood pressure, improves the function of blood capillaries in the muscles, hinders the creation of clogged blood vessels.
Positive effects of propolis in interfering with the development of cancer have been proven. In addition to its pronounced antioxidant properties, propolis prevents the growth of tumor cells, i.e. blocking them in certain stages of cellular reproduction. It is known that the tumor for growth requires a lot of food, and it is supplemented by the creation of new blood vessels. Propolis stops the process of creating new blood vessels and thereby slows down tumor growth.
The recommendation for all bee products, and so for propolis, is to take about an hour before meals or about two hours after meals, preferably with the mouth closing as long as possible. The reason for this is that the portion below the tongue is clearly bled and through this substance, it quickly enters the bloodstream. When high-grade products end up in the stomach, a part of the beneficial substance is still affected by the action of gastric acid.
Propolis can be used in natural form, dissolved in alcohol (less common in water), and in combination with honey and other bee products. One way is to directly apply it to a diseased place – in the form of sprays (eg, inflammation of the throat and mouth cavity), by swallowing, using a cotton wand (herpes, after), through the gauze (infected wound) …
Another way is when propolis is taken orally; whether preventive or for the treatment of certain diseases. 10 to 15 drops of 20-30% propolis per honey spoon (preferably crystallized in order to be forced to keep it longer in the mouth where the blood vessels are the highest and absorption in the blood is best) or 10-15 drops in 1 DCL of warm tea, milk or water and is taken three times a day, an hour to an hour and a half before a meal or two hours after a meal.
Also, the emulsion mixed with lukewarm water can throat in the mouth or inhale with the inhaler. Propolis can also be found in preparations with other bee products. Very often this is 1 – 2% of propolis in honey. It is recommended to take one teaspoon three times a day as long as I hold my mouth.