Propolis is a natural medicine that has been in use since ancient times for all kinds of healing purposes. It was used to heal bruises, ulcers, sores, to help remove splinters and thorns, to ease tendon pain, and to treat abscesses.
Ancient Persians used it to help with rheumatism, eczema, and myalgia. The Ancient Egyptians even used it as an embalming agent. In the 1600’s, propolis was used in England as part of a healing ointment.
It is a bee-product that contains an amazing array of different substances that have all sorts of health benefits. The bees make it from collected plant material such as sap, nectar, and pollen.
This is where the healing benefits come from – tree sap contains most of the components that make it so powerful. It has long been appreciated for its healing properties and is now being proven to be beneficial by modern research.
It contains an extremely high amount of antioxidants, which can help prevent cancer by fighting free radicals in your body.
It contains a substance called galangin that acts as an antibacterial and an antiviral, helping your body to fight microbes, viruses, and infections. It helps maintain a healthy cardiovascular system, and is an antifungal and an anti-inflammatory.
It can be used on the skin to rid fungus and to ease irritation, and it also helps heal minor burns.
A recent study showed that it can help get rid of gut parasites like giardiasis. If taken orally, it can improve mouth health, keep away plaque and help prevent cavities.
It can soothe sore throats and reduce the duration of illnesses like the flu, and be used to help prevent contracting them in the first place.
It is also known to be an immune-booster, working by stimulating your body’s macrophages (large healing cells which help stop infections, remove malfunctioning cells, and more).
Propolis is thought to protect DNA due to its high levels of antioxidants and a substance it contains called CAPE (caffeic acid phenethyl ester), which has also shown to cause cancer cell death in vitro and in vivo animal studies.
I think this is very promising, as cancer remains an illness that is not yet totally curable. I look forward to the future when propolis has been tested for its effectiveness against tumours in humans.
In any case, it has so many health benefits that have been proven. I feel that it’s an essential health item that should be in everyone’s medicine cabinet as a general health booster.