Most of us have heard of the amazing medicinal properties of bee products such as raw honey, bee pollen and royal jelly. A lesser known by-product from beehives is propolis. This is basically the ‘glue’ that holds the hive together and protects the hive from foreign pathogens. Propolis has been used in folk medicine since as early as 5500 BC in ancient Egypt!1 This ancient substance has been revered throughout the ages as a powerhouse when it comes to fighting off pathogens.
Propolis has many proven beneficial impacts on the health of both animals and humans. There have been over 300 studies remarking on the impact of propolis and the reduction of tumor growth! Scientists believe propolis helps to encourage apoptosis of tumor cells, meaning that the propolis helps the tumor cells to die off leading to a reduction in tumor size.
It has also been shown that propolis is packed full of antioxidants that help to fight off free radicals. Free radicals are often the cause of inflammation, heightened cholesterol levels, heart diseases, cancers, and many more systemic issues. This amazing bee product is fantastic at helping to fight stubborn fungal infections such as candida. Along with the anti-oxidant and anti-fungal properties, propolis has anti-viral properties and has been shown to be highly effective at helping to manage herpes infection and speeding up the healing time with colds and the flu. It can help to increase the body’s immune response, help to fight off some parasite infections, and has even shown to help increase fertility rates in women dealing with endometriosis!3
Propolis is fantastic by itself to help the body fight off pathogens and infections. However, some issues are stubborn and need an extra little boost along with the propolis. For the current respiratory issues that many people are struggling with, propolis is great along with 2 cups of hot tea and a little local raw honey on a daily basis. If this isn’t quite enough to boost the immune system, consider supplementing with Elderberry syrup or #5 Kali Mur cell salt several times daily for additional support.
Topically propolis can be used for a wide variety of issues as well. It can be applied around areas of discomfort to ease the pain of rheumatoid arthritis. Many people have also applied it to cold sores topically several times daily during an outbreak. It has also been shown to be effective at treating topical fungal disorders such as athletes foot. 2,3
Although propolis is an amazing substance that can be used to help with a wide variety of issues, there are some contraindications to be aware of. Individuals who have allergies or sensitivities to bee products such as bee pollen or honey, should avoid the use of propolis. People who are on blood-thinners should also avoid using propolis as it is known to slow blood clotting and can lead to a slower recovery time from surgeries. The general recommendation is to take approximately 500 mg, once or twice daily when working toward relieving internal discomforts.2 Of course, it is always wise to check with a qualified health care professional before trying any suggested supplement to be sure it is the proper match for your body.