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WHAT IS PROPOLIS?


Propolis is a wax-like substance collected by honey bees from bark and tree leaves. Propolis is formed when nectar, pollen and wax are combined. It is used as a cement to seal cracks in the hive. Its color varies from white, green, brown, red and even black, depending on its source. Honeybees use propolis to seal any gap inside the hive that is smaller than 5mm or 6mm.

Bees use the propolis to reinforce the structural stability of the hive, reduce vibration, and defend the hive as well as to prevent diseases and parasites. Bees normally carry waste such as dead larva out of and away from the hive, however they have been known to seal large, unmovable, intruding carcasses in propolis, which mummifies them and protects the hive from disease.

Propolis is widely used for its antibiotic and antifungal properties. It is used to stimulate the immune system and to promote health, energy and longevity.

HISTORY OF PROPOLIS

Propolis has been used since 350 BC. The Egyptian priest doctors used it as medicine after first utilizing it successfully for mummification. Propolis has been mentioned in Arab, Greek and Roman medical writings. The Greeks used it for abscesses while the Assyrians used it to heal wounds and tumors.

PROPOLIS IS AVAILABLE IN:

•   Liquid

•   Tablets

•   Creams

•   Capsules

INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT PROPOLIS

•   Propolis is used as preservatives for food, living and dead things.

•   The African natives use propolis to water proof their containers and as adhesives as well as medicine.

•   Bee keepers recommend a piece of propolis kept in the mouth as a remedy for a sore throat.

•   Propolis is used by music instrument makers to better show the wood grain. It is a component of Italian varnish and was reportedly used by Stradivari.

INTERNAL BENEFITS

Propolis when taken internally, can be beneficial for:

•   Energy

•   Cold and Flu

•   Fungal Problems

•   Bacterial Problems

•   Respiratory Ailments

EXTERNAL BENEFITS

Propolis when applied topically, can be beneficial for:

•   Acne

•   Burns

•   Sunburn

•   Allergies

•   Canker Sores

•   Sore Throats

•   Skin Conditions

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Research

•   http://www.propolisbenefits.com/

•   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bee_propolis

•   http://thenaturalshopper.com/propolis.htm

•   http://www.beepropolis.info/propolis-info/propolis-history.html

•   http://www.beehivebotanicals.com/propolis-benefit.html

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