Propolis – Natural Antibiotic

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Propolis (bee glue) is the secretion of tissue buds or tree bark that plays an important role in the life of a bee colony, because bees fill the cracks with it, disinfect and polish honeycomb cells, which are used for storing honey, and make cradles for the larvaes.

The most important thing is that it contains flavonoids, which effectively remove free radicals from our bodies formed during inflammation and alleviate clinical symptoms. It is successfully used in the treatment of diseases caused by oxidative stress (atherosclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, tumors, glaucoma, cataract …).

Natural antibiotic

Propolis is antibacterial, non-toxic, it does not disturb normal intestinal flora, and the bacteria can not adapt to it. Antibacterial substances in propolis are resistant to high temperatures, so it can be poured into hot tea. It can be used without additives in antibiotic therapy or in combination with standard antibiotics, when their action is potentioned.

It has antifungal (Candida), antiviral (Herpes simplex, genital, zoster, and influenza), antiprotozoan and anticancer effects. It also lowers cholesterol, triglyceride and blood sugar levels and increases beneficial fat (HDL). Propolis is an immunomodulator, it stimulates the immune system to produce more interferon, which participates in protecting the body against pathogens.


How to apply

Primarily it is advised that you use of 20 percent alcoholic propolis extract.

The most common way to use it is to drip about 20 drops in any healthy beverage like tea, or in plain water, and take two or three times a day.

The daily dose of propolis when used as prophylaxis is 50 mg, is 20 drops of 20 percent alcoholic solution of propolis.

On the other side if you use it for healing, the measure will be one drop of 30 percent alcohol solution on one kilo of weight. If you use mouth spray, propolis is sprayed directly on the painful area. Nasal spray based on propolis can be used several times a day. And in contrast to drugs, it does not lead to the formation of habit after a long use.

Cream with propolis is used in the case of superficial wounds, cuts, eczema, herpes virus … rub it two to three times a day. Grease based on propolis and herbs is used to regenerate damaged skin (eg. Hemorrhoid). Vaginal tablets made from propolis are recommended in case of high vaginal secretions and as vaginal antiseptic.

Risk categories

Kids – use propolis from one year of age as an aqueous solution or tablets with propolis. The length of therapy and dose should be determined by apitherapist.

Pregnant women – there is not enough reliable information on the safety of taking propolis during pregnancy and lactation.

Diabetics – when it comes to glycemic control in diabetics, it can be achieved with propolis. Propolis is not harmful, but one should be careful. As with any medicinal means, it is necessary to pay attention to the concentration used and the length of treatment.