Propolis is a resinous mixture that honey bees use to seal unwanted open hive spaces. It’s a sticky substance on room temperature, but gets very hard when exposed to lower temperatures. Besides being used as a sealant, though, the mixture has numerous health benefits as well.
Propolis’ healing properties have been used since ancient times. It was used as an antiseptic and antibacterial in ancient Egypt and Greece, and was even mentioned by the great Aristotle as a remedy for skin disorders. In ancient Roman mythology, Jupiter transformed Melisa into a bee so she could produce a healing substance which is actually propolis. Even the Incas used the mixture for its healing properties, and there’s mention of it in the Koran as well.
In the XX century, propolis was used in two big wars – the War of the Boers and the Russian revolution. It was used by field doctors to close small wounds and as an antiseptic and regenerating agent. Recent studies have confirmed propolis’ healing properties, and have even shown that it can be effective against other ailments such as high blood pressure, cardiovascular problems and atherosclerosis as well. Furthermore, due to the mixture’s antibacterial and antifungal properties, it can relieve conditions such as acne, herpes, hives, pharyngitis, otitis, urinary tract infections and periodontitis as well. Propolis can also fight free radicals in the body and prevent oxidative damage which is often the main culprit for serious health problems.
Here are some simple propolis remedies which can treat a variety of conditions:
Mix 2 propolis ampules with 4 drops of propolis tincture, then soak a gauze in the remedy and rub the affected area on your face.
Mouth ulcers remedy
Add 2-3 drops of propolis tincture in a glass of water, then gargle the mixture to soothe the ulcers.
Soak a cotton ball in some propolis and apply it on the painful tooth to get rid of the pain and inflammation.
Throat infection remedy
Gargle a mixture of propolis and water to kill the bacteria in your throat and stop the development of infections.
Nasal congestion remedy
Boil a tablespoon of mauve leaves in a glass of water, then add the propolis drops once its cooled down a bit. Drink a cup of the warm remedy in order to relieve nasal congestion.
Mix 2 drops of propolis tincture with a tablespoon of almond oil and 3 drops of cypress oil, then massage your scalp with it and rinse with water after 10-15 minutes.
H. Pylori remedy
Add 15 propolis drops in a glass of water and drink the mixture to destroy H. Pylori and other bacteria that might be causing trouble in your stomach.
Other propolis uses
Propolis can also be used to make homemade creams that can treat wrinkles, acne and be used as night creams. Thanks to its antiseptic properties, the mixture can also be used in shaving lotions.
If you’re planning on using the mixture, make sure you get pure, high-quality propolis. Ointments and tinctures often use extracts, which are usually below the recommended 20% of content percentage. Before using the mixture, make sure you’re not allergic to it. Propolis allergies may be rare, but they can do serious damage to your body.
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