Beneficial Antiseptics, bactericides, antivirals, anti-infectives, stimulate the body's defenses, strengthen the natural defenses, resist attacks in general, resist microbial attacks, respiratory tract (throat and nose)
Description of propolis
Where does propolis come from, it comes directly to us from our friends the bees, indeed they recover this resin from many plants, conifers with the bark of fir trees, pines, as well as the buds of many tree species such as alder, willow, birch and plum, ash and oak, elm, poplar and horse chestnut. This resin, having a more or less viscous appearance, is used to coat the inside of the hive or to reduce the entrance to protect the colony. Of course, due to the diversity of its many components harvested, propolis comes in different varieties.
The cultivation of propolis
The worker bee brings back the propolis which can have a yellow, or green or brown tint (depending on the harvest) in the same baskets as the pollen located on its hind legs to the hive, there they give it to the bees masons who will transform or modify it with wax and their own secretions (saliva) in order to make it more malleable to use it.
It is from this moment that the beekeeper can recover this mixture, but it must be sanitized and dissociated from the wax and for that, it will be heated in water at 70 degrees, which will have the effect of bring this wax to the surface and leave the raw propolis in the bottom, then after extraction, all that remains is to macerate it in ethyl alcohol for several months and we obtain a first quality propolis .
Propolis exists in many types of packaging, such as tablets, toothpaste, liquid or dry extracts, chewing gums, in ointments or lotions, in syrup or tincture.
The composition of propolis
It is necessary to specify that propolis is quite variable in composition, since it depends on the outside climate and the different sources of plants, nearly three hundred different varieties of propolis have been detected, but having identical compounds that can go to 150 active therapeutic principles for the body.
Propolis contains flavonoids in very large quantities with pinocembrin, galangine and chrysin, pinobanksin and pectolinarigenin, they are natural antiseptics and powerful antioxidants, which have the property of being effective antibiotics.
Trace elements in the form of minerals combine in the active ingredients of propolis, such as cobalt and copper, silver and manganese, as well as molybdenum and iron, magnesium and chromium, zinc and finally selenium. Propolis includes phenol acids, such as caffeic acid, cinnamic acid, and ferulic acid. And to complement its compounds, there are also vitamins present in propolis with vitamin A and several vitamins of the B group, vitamin C and vitamin E as in maca.
Propolis and its medicinal properties
The therapeutic properties recognized for propolis, make it an essential natural element in all seasonal changes and all winter ailments, for the well-being of the body, including antiseptic and bactericidal, antifungal, as well as 'antivirals and anti-infectives.
Through its various contributions in active ingredients, propolis stimulates the body's defenses while strengthening the immune defenses, which gives it powerful advantages in the prevention and treatment of infectious diseases and disorders of the ENT type (oto -rhino-laryngology). Therefore propolis is ideally used in the case of colds and coughs, voice extinctions (hoarseness), tonsillitis and sore throat, bronchitis and pharyngitis, as well as laryngitis and tracheitis and a good number of respiratory inflammation, as well as ear infections and sinusitis.
Propolis is medically used to treat stomatitis and gingivitis problems and all kinds of dental infections, applied propolis on all wounds and fungal infections of the skin.
Propolis can be used in many other areas, as a varnish for the treatment of wood and it is even said that the famous Stradivarius used it to varnish some of these violins. But we find propolis as a component of a hygiene product with soaps, shampoos, and toothpastes, but also in cosmetology such as lipsticks, skin lotions and sun creams.
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Antiseptics, bactericides, antivirals, anti-infectives, stimulate the body's defenses, strengthen the natural defenses, resist attacks in general, resist microbial attacks, respiratory tract (throat and nose), common tonsillitis, pharyngitis, laryngitis, tracheitis, common cold, respiratory inflammation, cough, voice extinctions, sore throat, bronchitis, ear infections, sinusitis, stomatitis, gingivitis, dental infections, sores and yeast infections of the skin.