The word propolis is a compound word derived from the synthetic "pro" and "polis", which in greek means city. Bees produce propolis from plant resins. Propolis is a sticky substance and along with wax, is used by bees in order to shield honeycombs and prevents the development of bacteria and unpleasant odors.
Propolis is believed that activates phagocytic cells, which kill bacteria. It is considered as a very good natural antibacterial supplement. Vitamin B complex and vitamin C increase the bioavailability and adjuvant actions of propolis.
For many centuries propolis has been used as a traditional medicine instead of antibiotics. In the form of spray, it can be used into the mouth and reduce mucosal inflammation as afthes, herpes, gingivitis. As a tincture, it can be administered with little water every 8 hours, and may prove excellent deterrent for many inflammations. As ointment is used locally for the healing of skin wounds, acne, sores and insect bites.
- Propolis tincture, is a soluble alcohol 1 to 3, one part of propolis and 3 parts of ethyl alcohol.
- As a nutritional supplement take 30 drops 3 times a day, diluted in a little water. It is preferable to be taken 20 minutes before meals. Hor well being, every day take 20 drops, 2-3 times a week. Children should take 8-10 drops, 3 times a day or 8 drops 2-3 times a week as precaution.
- Exteriorly, propolis tincture or ointment can be used as instillation in the skin. Otherwise can be used as a spray mouth, because propolis creates a natural barrier for bacterias.
- Propolis and acne. Propolis can be used as a lotion for acne prone skin. It can be mixxed with Gallium, echinacea and figwort.
- Propolis and salves. Propolis along with Calendula can be added to a standard recipe of salves (1 table spoon of beeswax and 5 tablespoons of olive oil). Propolis can be used a healing ointment for wounds and pressure ulcers.