What is Propolis?
Propolis is a sticky resinous material made by the Honey Bee by foraging sap and other substances collected from parts of plants, buds, and exudes.
Over 300 compounds have been identified in propolis, with the majority being forms of polyphenols, or antioxidants that fight damage and disease in the body.
Getting down to the sticky Propolis
Sources state, honey bees have been around about 40 million years, others claim there are fossilized remains of honey bees dating back 150 million years. A big part of this survival has depended on the detailed construction and protection of their hive. Little do many people know, bees make another very important substance called Propolis, aka “bee resin,” or “bee glue.” This sticky brown bee potion is formed from a mixture of tree buds, bark and sap from surrounding trees, bees wax, oils, pollen and other botanical sources. Propolis is nothing new to the human healing world; for centuries, humans have been using propolis for several different medicinal purposes. History suggests Greeks and Egyptians used bee propolis as an antiseptic to treat minor wounds, mouth sores, thrush, abscesses, acne, and itching. Dr.Whinnie (2019) from dogscatspets.org, further states it also “finds use in treating tumors, parasitic infections, candidiasis, dermatitis, herpes simplex, skin blemishes, treatment of burns, healing of wounds, respiratory infections, colds and other ailments.”
Bee propolis is a very important bee manufactured substance, as it is used to seal cracks and holes, which helps with waterproofing, as well as keeping out unwanted bugs, spiders, and other intruders from entering the hive. Further, it helps create an antibacterial barrier to keep the bee’s home safe, secure, and healthy. Bees use this substance as a protective barrier against those insects that may have managed to enter the hive, and have died inside; If the bees can’t remove the unwanted guest, they wrap them in propolis to help protect the hive from succumbing to dangerous microorganisms. This durable, hygienic, and waterproof bee made substance is now being recognized for its strong anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and antiseptic benefits for humans and animals. John Staughton, (2019) found in his evidence based article, 11 Wonderful Benefits Of Propolis, that bee propolis has Anticancer Potential, antioxidant power, improves cognitive abilities, stimulates circulation, promotes vision health is a great natural topical aid, and oral health aid as It has been found to reduce plaque, canker sores, herpes, and various other oral diseases that affect the lips, gums, and throat. Propolis is also a very beneficial all-natural preservative. so next time you or your pet have a tiny scrape, bite, or wound you might want to re-think applying that factory made chemical and adding some all natural bee made propolis, after all bees have survived using it for over 40 million years, they might be on to something?
John Staughton, BASc, BFA (April 23, 2019) Organic Facts. 11 Wonderful Benefits Of Propolis. Retrieved on October 20, 2019. From https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/animal-product/propolis.html
Dr. Whinnie. (2019) 9 Best Natural Antibiotics for Cats. Retrieved on October 17, 2019. From https://www.dogscatspets.org/cats/9-best-natural-antibiotics-for-cats/