We're taking a quick break from honey recipes this week to answer a very popular question we get: How do you use propolis?
Propolis has long been used as a remedy for various types of ailments and is touted as having anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and anti-viral properties.
Bees use this resin mixture as both a sealant for their hive and as a lining for brood cells (baby bee nurseries) when the queen is ready to lay eggs. The fact that bees use propolis to line brood cells makes a lot of sense considering its anti-bacterial properties; propolis ensures the health of the larvae by creating a hospital-clean environment.
Humans have taken a cue from the bees and have started using propolis to achieve their own health-related goals. Uses of propolis are wide and varied, and include
- Treatment for burns and cuts
- Remedy for urinary infections
- Remedy for dental plaque
- Immune system strengthener (propolis attacks harmful bacteria, but not healthy)
- Treatment for cold sores, genital herpes and other viruses
- Treatment for dermatitis and acne
- Relief for sore throats or inflamed tonsils
- Preventative treatment to ward off oncoming colds
- Treatment for ulcers
- Relief for arthritis and other joint pain
While we offer basic suggestions for uses and amounts, you can consult your physician or local health-food store to learn specific quantities for your body’s unique needs. As with many other types of natural treatments or medications, the more consistently you use propolis the greater its effect will be.
Propolis Extract is made using glycol to extract the resin, making it a thinner, and less harsh tasting Propolis. The extract is alcohol free, kid friendly and the flavor is much easier to disguise. It comes with a dropper, making it easy to add to your favorite drinks and liquid treatments.
To Use: Add 10 drops of Propolis Extract to your morning coffee, water, oatmeal or a spoonful of honey. The extract can be added to anything you digest for an oral treatment, and the healing properties will gradually begin to benefit your body.
*This article is not intended to be medical advice; please consult with your doctor about diagnosis and treatment.