The health-maintaining properties of Propolis have been known for thousands of years. It was used by Hippocrates, the famous Greek physician of the 5th century BC after whom our doctors’ Hippocratic Oath is named, and then by the Romans. In England, it was mentioned by John Gerard in his Historie of Plants in 1597.
So what is Propolis? It’s a biological substance made by bees and harvested from their hives – and to put your mind at rest, the harvesting is done without harm to the bees and the substance is acceptable to the Vegetarian Society. It’s based on resins and gums collected by the bees from various trees, alder, birch, chestnut and poplar being the main ones in Europe. The bees turn these into a substance which they use to protect their hives against infection. All the vulnerable areas of their hives are protected by propolis, hence its name which translates from Greek as Defender of the City.
Propolis is also listed by the Arabs, Greeks and Roman medical treatises during the late 19th century. Equivalent to today’s medical journals, these treatises talk about the use of propolis in treating infections, skin diseases, respiratory* and joint problems. The Greeks were known to use it for abscesses whilst the Assyrians used it to heal wounds. In Europe and Africa, Propolis has been used for the treatment of wounds, caries and all forms of mouth or throat infections. This substance has a long and effective history.
Propolis is a unique natural remedy because of it’s breadth of action. It has antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, anti-inflammatory properties and immunomodulatory effects. Due to its ability to inhibit the liberation of histamines, many hay fever sufferers use propolis.
Propolis is rich in nutrients such as Vitamin A (carotene), B1, B2, B3, Biotin, Bioflavonoid (more than in oranges), Calcium, Magnesium, Iron, Zinc, Silica, Potassium, Phosphorus and Manganese and the perfect balance of these substances cannot be replicated in the laboratory.
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