Bee propolis comes from beehives and bees use it to glue the materials of their hives together. It has been used for centuries as a natural remedy for wound healing and relieving a host of ailments ranging from acne and itching to osteoporosis, tuberculosis, and even cancer. Recent findings have confirmed its powerful abilities against many dangerous pathogens as well as numerous healing benefits, thanks to its antibiotic and antiseptic effects, along with potent antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties.
It can be purchased from the beekeepers themselves or at health food stores. But pay attention if you’ve ever had hypersensitivity or allergic reaction to a bee sting or any bee products.
- A natural antibiotic:
Propolis offers the same fast action as antibiotics produced in laboratory, but without toxic or other side effects. Due to its antibiotic properties which are highly potent, it can be effective against many types of bacteria, including staph.
With these properties, propolis raises the body’s natural resistance to disease by rejuvenating and stimulating the body’s own immune system.
- Boosts the immune system and fights Candida:
The researchers analyzed propolis and found that it not only may inhibit Candida from multiplying, but it stimulates a healthy immune response to the infestation.
Egyptians and other ancient cultures that used propolis found that it was able to speed up the healing of bruises, cuts, and other minor wounds. Those effects have been proven by science as well.
Propolis is even more effective than a common genital herpes drug treatment.
- Supports oral health:
Due to its anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal and analgesic properties, it’s been found to be effective for reducing cavities, treating periodontitis and gingivitis, and limiting bacterial plaque. And, it is even a good natural alternative to fluoride.
Also, studies have shown that propolis may be able to regenerate bone tissue, dental pulp, and cartilage.
- Treats allergies:
While people allergic or sensitive to bee products and/or bee stings could develop a reaction to bee propolis, in others it can be used to actually treat allergies, especially to calm the symptoms of the seasonal allergies.
Researchers discovered that it is able to significantly inhibit release of histamine from the mast cells. Histamine gives you a running nose and watery eyes and it is responsible for causing you to sneeze. It seems that propolis may be just as effective as the antihistamines sold over the counter, without all of those annoying side effects.
- Lowers blood pressure:
Different studies have found that propolis has the ability to help control blood pressure.
- Fights ear infections:
A study found that the use of a zinc and propolis solution was able to significantly reduce the risk of ear infections as well as the need to turn to antibiotic treatment.
- Treats Herpes and cold sores:
Propolis may be effective for battling the Herpes Simplex 1 and 2 or common cold sore.
When used in a topical solution, propolis reduces some of the pain and causes cold sores to heal quickly.
- Prevents respiratory infections:
Propolis combined with echinacea and vitamin C may help prevent respiratory tract infections in children.
- Improves skin health:
For skin care use, the antimicrobial and antiviral action that propolis provides offers incredible benefits. It’s particularly beneficial for those who suffer from acne as well as to people who are living in polluted environments. Propolis contains a lot of important nutrients to nourish the skin. Maybe you’ve noticed it listed as an ingredient in many skin care products that are sold in stores.
In addition to offering antiseptic, restorative and healing abilities, it can help to soothe and balance problem skin, while decongesting pores and accelerating cell growth.