Propolis is the generic name of a wax-like
resinous substance collected by honeybees from bark and buds of certain trees
such as poplar, birch, oak, horse chestnut and other trees, especially
coniferous found around the area where the hive is located. The word propolis
comes from the Greek voice: pro- (to
or protection) and polis (city), which
means protection of the city, (in this case beehive or bee community). Bees use
this material as a construction material, to protect the beehive and as an
antimicrobial preservation tool; defending, this way, their beehive against
bacteria and virus. Bees can even embalm mouse and butterfly bodies that might
enter into the beehive preventing their putrefaction. It is their way to keep
the beehive uncontaminated.
It is a dark yellow or brown substance easy to
crumble when cold, malleability starting point 21° C and melts at 66° C. When
it’s melting gives off a pleasant scent.
Propolis formulas present many variations:
> In its natural
conditions: as a chewable paste, granulate or powder supplement (powder is
mostly encapsulated), alcoholic extracts and ointment for external use.
> Combined with other plants to rise their
> As a dietary supplement mixed with honey,
royal jelly or pollen.
respiratory, genito-urinary, digestive, otorhinolaryngological. In both, acute
and preventive stages of any of them.
> Skin disorders,
topical and internal application to promote the healing.
> Buccal disorders:
canker sores, stomatitis, gingivitis, phyorrhea, etc.
> Eye disorders:
cold, flu and recurrent infections preventive.
> Blood circulation
disorders: capillary fragility, atherosclerosis.
> Digestive disorders:
gastritis, gastroduodenal ulcer, diarrhea, intestinal diverticulosis, biliary
disorders: candida vaginitis, trichomes, prostatic disorders.