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Propolis : Natural disinfectant

What is propolis ?

Propolis means “the city entry” in ancient greek. This denomination refers to its protection role in the beehive. Harvested by the bees on some tree buds like the pine, the birch or the poplar, the propolis protects the beehive from microbes, acting like a true natural disinfectant for the bees.

Propolis in the beehive

Within the beehive, propolis insures several important roles. The bees use it as a natural shield to protect their beehive. Propolis is especially used to fill the cracks, insure the total impermeability during the winter period to limit the inconveniences. Indeed, propolis is a 100% natural product with numerous virtues for humans.

Propolis ruche

Propolis for humans

Cold & weather hazards of the spring periods fragilize the human body, but Nature and bees have invented the propolis. The throat-sensitive persons should do a propolis cure at the beginning of the winter to limit the annoyances. In effect, propolis is a 100% natural product with numerous virtues for human.

Propolis pure

Propolis harvest

Propolis is a natural product extracted generally after the honey harvest, when the propolis production peak is reached. Beekeepers use flexible railings called propolis railings to obtain it. Once the railing removed, propolis must be put in the cold so that it becomes breakable. Then the propolis is dissolved into alcohol to get the active parts and to eliminate the impurities as the bugs remainders. To obtain pure propolis, you just have to bring it back to its solid form by heating it, in order to boil off the alcohol.

The quantity of propolis harvested depends on the beehives, the bees number by beehive and the geographical situation (trees abundance, buds... ) but in general, a beehive produces 100 to 300 grams of propolis a year.

You can find all the products with propolis extracts in pharmacy, but also and mainly, on our website and in our stores !

Propolis composition

Propolis composition can vary in function of the plants visited by the bees. However, even if the composition differs, the propolis still have the same virtues. In general, the propolis composition is like this :

  • Resin (Flavonoids, esters, phenolics…), 50 to 55%

  • Wax, 30 to 35%

  • Volatile or essential oil, 5 to 10%

  • Pollen, 5%

  • Various substances, 5%

The propolis benefits

When the cold weather is coming, the winter ills are more and more present, to protect yourself against that, the propolis is your ally. The propolis has plenty of benefits and can be used internally as well as externally.

Propolis is also mainly used to soothe the throat, clean the mouth and free the airways. It can also ease the pain of canker sores.

Propolis use

Zoom on the green propolis

The green Propolis is a protective resin of the Baccharis buds : a brazilian tropical forest plant. As the brown propolis, the green propolis has flavonoids, but their repartition is different. The Baccharis propolis contains flavonoids but also a unique phenolic acid : Artepillin C.

The Green propolis protects thanks to its capacity in flavonoids and phenols.

Green propolis use :

  • When the body is weakened

  • When winter is coming

  • At the season change

Make a propolis cure

Rhume propolis

Why making a propolis cure ?

As you may have observed, the propolis has a lots of benefits and can be an ally to soothe your throat. Making a propolis cure is the best way to prevent certain complications during the season change.

Propolis can be a good means to prepare the temperature change and the coming cold. It has numerous positive effects for the organism : breathing facilitation. Cough, and sore throat are frequently disturbing the organism. The propolis soothes the throat and eases the pain of a sore throat.

How to make an efficient propolis cure ?

To benefit of all the advantages of the propolis, and to prepare yourself to the winter period, this substance can be used in cure. This cure is frequently advised for persons having breathing problems. For an efficient action, it’s interesting to start at the end of fall. There are many solutions to fight the winter ills : gums, throat syrup, throat spray, nasal spray etc..

Propolis use

For the pure chewy propolis, you have to take 1 to 2 pieces a day during 1 to 2 months, depending of the discomfort. This format is particularly efficient when you have breathing difficulties, sore throat or sensitive gums.

For propolis capsules, you have to take 4 to 6 capsules a day during 1 to 2 months. The propolis capsules are efficient to contribute to reduce breathing congestions.

In spray, you just have to use it 2 to 3 times a day when you have your difficulty. To take if you have breathing difficulties or bad breath.

With the propolis syrup, you can take 2 to 4 coffee spoons a day depending on the case. Propolis syrup is very useful to soothe the throat.

For propolis sweets and gums, you can take a maximum of 8 per day, also depending on the case and mainly to soothe the throat.

Finally for the propolis solution, take 10 to 20 drops, 2 to 3 times a day for throat congestion, bad breath & mouth ulcer.

PRODUCT

FREQUENCE OF USE

DURATION

Pure propolis to chew

Equivalence of coffee grain the morning

1 to 2 months

Propolis capsules

4 to 6 times a day

1 to 2 months

Propolis spray

2 to 3 times a day

Depending on the needs

Propolis syrup

2 to 4 coffee spoons

Depending on the needs

Propolis gum

6 to 8 times a day

Depending on the needs

Propolis solution

10 to 20 drops a day : pure or on a sugar

Depending on the needs

 

Propolis & medical researches

Propolis for hairs

According to a japanese experience held in the University of Hokkaido (Japan), the propolis helps stimulating hair growth. This experience could open new ways of curing baldness. This study was published in the “Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry” (link in English).

Our customers' opinions on propolis

We sell propolis under different forms (capsules, spray, pure…) on our website and in our stores, and we receive very positive opinions.

Fabienne Weber

Since I used this product daily, I pass the bad season without illness !!! Yet I teach in kindergarten and there are a lots microbes and virus…

Geoffroy Blanchot

Awesome product against sore throat, I use it as soon as I feel tinglings in my throat”