Chances are you’re familiar with honey and pollen, but likely never heard of propolis. It’s a natural resinous substance produced by honeybees, and typically used in the construction and repair of their hives. Now you may be wondering: okay, why should I care?
Something that isn’t widely known about propolis (at least not in the United States) is the fact that this product has antimicrobial, antiviral, and antioxidant properties among other benefits. While it can be used as an ingredient for cosmetics, it has been used for centuries and across cultures primarily as a means to help alleviate cold symptoms and aid in wound closures.
Propolis + Ginger + Raw Honey Throat Spray with Menthol$15.99
The Propolis + Ginger + Raw Honey throat spray is a fast acting supplement for oral health. It works well to soothe sore throats, and doubles as a breath freshener.
Not only that, it has been shown to help boost immunity, treat allergies and even lower blood pressure. This is all because propolis, or bee glue as it’s alternatively known, functions as a means to maintain the beehive healthy and sterile. In turn, those same properties that help the colony thrive can be very beneficial for humans.
How to use it
When consumed orally, propolis can help treat a number of respiratory diseases such as asthma and bronchitis, help soothe sore throats and aphthae, reduce pain and fever, and even aid in lowering cholesterol and maintaining blood sugar.
15% Pure Propolis Water Soluble Extract$18.99
Their 15% Pure Propolis Water Soluble Extract is a daily, natural supplement that can be used by children and adults alike. It serves to reduce inflammation, fight infections, and overall improve immune support.
Topically, it can speed up the healing of wounds and alleviate sunburns. Because of its antioxidant properties, it has also been shown to help mitigate the effects of aging caused by sun exposure, and helps increase collagen production.
When applying to skin, however, it is important to patch test first, as some people may have a mild adverse reaction resulting in hypersensitivity, swelling, and/or dermatitis. No severe reactions have been reported, but as with any supplements, we recommend checking with your healthcare provider if you’re unsure whether or not it may be a good fit for you.
Where to get it
The benefits of propolis have been well researched beyond centuries of anecdotal evidence, and it has remained a trusted ingredient across many cultures all around the globe. If you’re interested in including it in your daily routine, try mixing some drops on your drink of choice (as it does have a strong flavor if you’re not used to it), taking it in tablet format, or using it as a throat spray.
Royal Jelly + Propolis + Bee Pollen Tablets$18.99
The Royal Jelly + Propolis + Bee Pollen tablets can be chewed or swallowed, and contain 70mg of antioxidants for natural collagen production, anti-aging properties, high energy levels, and cardiovascular health.
We love Bee and You for all our honey-related options. If you’re looking to stock up on your health remedies, consider getting something with propolis in it!