Psalms from the Hive

by Jeannie Saum

Is it just malarkey or old wives tales?

Filling bottles with tincture

Filling bottles with tincture

Curing from” bee glue”? Sounds like this would fail.

But, still, we tried it and now we’re sold!

Bring on the healing! This stuff is like gold!

Clover, Bee, and Revery

Reverie (revery) –(n.) state of dreamy meditation or fanciful musing; a fantastic, visionary, or impractical idea


Two weeks ago, Laurie and I mixed up batches of propolis we had harvested from our hives with olive oil and with (cheap) vodka. (See previous entry – How We make Propolis Oil and Tincture)  After letting our propolis oil infusion  and alcohol tincture sit for 2 weeks, it was ready to bottle up for use.  We strained it through a coffee filter and used a tiny funnel to put it into 1 ounce dropper bottles.

Propolis tincture after 2 weeks of infusing in alcohol (yellow liquid), strained, then poured into bottles.

Propolis tincture after 2 weeks of infusing in alcohol (yellow liquid), strained, then poured into bottles.

Now our propolis was ready to use for  its health and soothing benefits!

We’ve done lots of research about propolis and are amazed at what we  found, so we started making our own oil infusions and alcohol tinctures to try for our own health  purposes.  Let me tell you, after trying this stuff out for a year, WE ARE BELIEVERS!!

Here are some ways we and our friends and family have been using it. We have found that we like both the oil and the alcohol based propolis tincture, each for different applications.

The first thing I found successful was using  propolis oil on my mouth canker sores.  For some reason, I have a mouthful of sores in the winter that are painful and annoying.  Propolis takes the pain away instantly and helps them clear up in just a few days.  This is one of the documented, proven uses for propolis cited on the National Institute of Health’s website.  It is great for mouth sores and  gum infections. You can use the oil or tincture straight, or mix with water and use as a mouthwash/gargle.  You can even buy propolis toothpaste at Trader Joe’s!

We use the tincture in a small spray bottle and spray it in our throats for a dry, irritated throat.  It has a pain deadening effect, and soothes and moisturizes an irritated throat.  Propolis is a  good source of flavonoids which are documented to be  antifungal, antiviral, antibiotic, and antimicrobial.  For research documenting this, go to the National Institutes of Health website – – and search “propolis”.

raw propolis shavings

raw propolis shavings

Propolis oil infusion is great used topically on cuts, rashes, burns, sores,   etc . The oil is better for these, since the alcohol tincture would burn!  We also mix it in with hand lotion to use on dry chapped hands or those painful winter-split finger tips.   I use the alcohol tincture on blemishes, since I have oily skin and don’t want to add more oil!  Laurie’s 20 something daughter swears by propolis for her face breakouts.

Last summer, my doubting, adult son had an another ear infection that have plagued him since he was little.  I took him some propolis oil, warmed it up under hot water from the faucet, and put 3-5 drops in his ear.  He got instant pain relief, continued using the drops for several days, and the ear ache went away!

Peter Dotson had bronchitis that turned into pneumonia last fall,  had done 2 rounds of antibiotics and was still not better.  We gave him some propolis oil and he started taking 1/2 dropperful in a spoonful of honey 3 times a day, and symptoms abated within a few days!

Every one in our family has started using propolis orally when they feel like they are getting sick.  We mix the oil in a spoonful of honey.   Our asthmatic adult daughter and my asthmatic husband always end up with bronchitis and an asthma flare up when they get a cold and chest congestion.  For the last year, they both start taking propolis orally,  3 times a day   (about 1/2 a dropper full) when they start feeling under the weather.  Neither one have had bronchitis, an asthma flare or pneumonia in a year.

Recent research I have read, found that taking propolis orally daily, improved  breathing and lessened asthma flare-ups and the need for rescue inhalers in asthmatics.

While I was caring for my terminally ill mother last winter, I mixed propolis oil into the barrier cream they were using on her bedsores.  It cleared up her skin overnight!

Laurie likes using the tincture and puts 1/2 dropperful in her coffee in the morning, as a dietary  supplement/preventative.  I started  use the propolis oil as nose drops for the sinus congestion that keeps me coughing all night.  But I found the oil took a long time to go down and was kind of strong, so I mixed up some saline and mixed the oil with that.  Now I have propolis saline nose drops!  They work great to break up congestion and stuffiness.   I am also trying  propolis oil on my years-long nail fungus.  I have taken the dangerous, oral medication for this, twice over the years, and it keeps coming back.  So, I’m trying propolis.  I’ve read that nail fungus is difficult to eradicate and takes a while, so I’ll keep rubbing the oil on my nails and see if it eventually helps!

We have friends using propolis in all these ways as well.  Some are using the oil as a rub for sore muscles and one person took some to her massage therapist to use for the massage.  The therapist said it was the best stuff she’s used, and her hands felt great afterwards!!

All in all, the extended families of the Saums and the Dotsons and many friends have had the healthiest year in a very long time with fewer trips to the doctor; fewer colds, viruses, and infections; and quick clearing sores and blemishes.  That AMAZING PROPOLIS has saved us  a ton in medical bills!  And it’s from God’s amazing creation!

(See previous blog Amazing Propolis for information, research, and other ways to use.)

Romans 11

33 Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!

34 “For who has known the mind of the Lord,     or who has been his counselor?”
35 “Or who has given a gift to him     that he might be repaid?”

36 For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen