Psalms from the Hive

by Jeannie Saum

One simple substance

Can do so much

A miracle from the hive

That bee propolis!

Clover, Bee, and Revery

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

A family member asked me about using our propolis oil on arthritic knees. I didn’t know the answer, so I jumped online to do some research.  Bee propolis is made by honeybees from tree resin.  It contains organic acids, essential oils, flavonoids, vitamins, minerals and 16 amino acids.  It has antibiotic, anti-fungal, antiviral, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. see http://nih.gov – the National Institutes of Health.

Livestrong.com reports that propolis can help with the pain and inflammation of arthritis, by using it as a topical treatment and an internal health supplement.  They referenced a  2007 article published in the “Journal of Venom and Animal Toxins” explains that propolis is an inexpensive yet effective topical treatment for both acute and chronic inflammatory processes such as arthritis. Propolis is particularly useful for treating these conditions when they occur in the joints between bones, where arthritis often appears.

Another research article I found done at a university in Seoul, Korea in 1999,  stated that the ethanolic extract of propolis had a profound anti-inflammatory effects on both chronic and acute inflammations and exhibited significant anti-inflammatory effects in animal models.  It always amazes me that this kind of information has been around for so long, yet so few know about it in the US!

To use propolis to help with arthritis, apply a topical cream or ointment, that contains propolis extract,

tto help reduce the inflammation caused by arthritis.

Take a propolis supplement in capsule or extract form to help reduce  arthritis inflammation.   According to MedlinePlus, an exact dosage of propolis currently does not exist, however, for most uses the website Puritan recommends that you take 500mg once or twice a day. Take the supplement with a full glass of water and with food because it can cause slight nausea if taken on an empty stomach.

For Propolis products, click on the  tab –  Our Products – at the top of the page.  This will take you to our online market – http://www.mkt.com/beepothecary.

Psalm 65

8 The whole earth is filled with awe at your wonders;  where morning dawns, where evening fades,  you call forth songs of joy.

You care for the land and water it;  you enrich it abundantly. The streams of God are filled with water  to provide the people with grain, for so you have ordained it
10 You drench its furrows and level its ridges;  you soften it with showers and bless its crops.
11 You crown the year with your bounty, and your carts overflow with abundance.
12 The grasslands of the wilderness overflow;  the hills are clothed with gladness.
13 The meadows are covered with flocks  and the valleys are mantled with grain;  they shout for joy and sing.

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