Ingredient of the Month: Propolis

Ingredient of the Month_Propolis

Keep Skin Looking ‘Un-Bee-Lievable’ with a little help from Propolis

Bees are incredible! Not only are they the only insect in the world that can make food for us humans; they produce an amazing substance called Propolis, which has many health benefits, especially for our skin.

What is Propolis?

Propolis is a resinous mixture made by honeybees from resins collected from the bark and sticky buds of a variety of trees and balsamic plants.

What is its Origin & how is it used?

Bees have used propolis for millions of years, and humans have used it for thousands! Propolis is gathered by the oldest bees and brought back to the hive where it is mixed with wax and salivary secretions before using to sterilise the hive against infection. Also known as “bee glue”, propolis is used by the bees to varnish the hive interior, seal cracks and cement things together, reinforcing and protecting the hive.

Propolis comes from two Greek words – Pro, meaning “before” and Polis meaning “city”. Translated, it means defence before the city, as the bees use propolis to make the entrance to bee hive small and narrow, making it difficult for predators to gain entry and attack.

How do we collect Propolis?

After the summer honey harvest, a specialised screen is placed on the hive. The bees do not like draughts and quickly fill the holes with propolis. The screens are then removed to harvest the propolis. It is believed that Hippocrates, the father of medicine, prescribed the use of propolis to help heal sores and ulcers, internally and externally. Unlike penicillin and other drugs, propolis is always effective.

How can Propolis help my skin?

Propolis is the substance responsible for neutralising any bacteria, fungi or virus that enters the hive. It is one of the most powerful antibiotics found in nature and contains vitamins A, C, E, and the B complex, linoleic acid, various minerals and a rich supply of amino acids, including at least 38 valuable bioflavonoids. It’s because of these propolis has a high antioxidant value.

Bioflavonoids are powerful antioxidants with great health benefits to the immune system and help fight the free radicals that damage healthy red blood cells. The properties contained in propolis also promote better circulation.

Often called “nature’s penicillin”, propolis desensitises the skin and controls breakouts while also having a stimulating effect on tissue growth and enhances collagen and elastin formation. It contains anti-inflammatory properties and has been shown to increase the effects of other antibiotics like penicillin and can also strengthen the immune system.

It is particularly effective at treating infections and soothing pain, due to its antimicrobial, antiviral, antiseptic, antifungal and antibacterial properties.  Propolis can be used on serious cuts, bruises, and even athlete’s foot. When rubbed into the skin, propolis works well to treat skin ulcers, burns, and other skin conditions.

It has also been used to treat sore joints and rheumatism with its flavonoids, and is particularly effective during the colder months of the year. The same pain relieving properties can work to help with osteolytic bone diseases and bone loss. When used regularly, propolis can help with chronic health problems and persistent allergies.

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