Psalms from the Hive

by Jeannie Saum

The mantra at our house

Whenever you’re sick

Is go take some propolis

It’ll fix you up quick!

Clover, Bee, and Revery

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

Propolis is an organic composite product made by bees from resin  taken from conifer, pine and poplar trees.  Research is showing it can  treat both oral and vaginal Candida infections.  Killing excess fungus, soothing itchiness and avoiding the side effects of prescription yeast medication are among the benefits of using propolis for yeast infections   Another benefit of using propolis is that this natural substance promotes improved health overall.    The  phenolic acids and flavonoids in propolis help strengthen the body’s immune system and protect the body against bacteria, inflammation and cell oxidation.  For supportive research see the National Institutes of Health website –

Yeast infections can thrive when the body is low on probiotics. The yeast loses potency in the sustained presence of pinocembrin and acacetin, two flavonoids abundant in bee propolis.   Studies show pinocembrin act as a fungicide and bactericide. It also has the power to sooth swelling and anesthetize the body so that itching from the yeast infection is minimal.  Acacetin has also been shown to reduce inflammation caused by Candida.  The phytochemicals in propolis typically can clear up a yeast infection  in roughly one week. This is nearly equivalent to the duration of prescription drug treatments, which often take one to two weeks to prove effective.

Many users of propolis for Candida prefer the natural treatment to prescription drugs. Drugs typically used to treat yeast infections contain fluconazole, miconazole, clotrimazole or tioconazole. These ingredients have been linked to side effects ranging from burning sensations to bad odors and increased itchiness. Propolis for Candida often has no negative side effects, but may trigger allergic reaction in people allergic to bees or certain types of pollen.

To treat yeast infection,  use an extract form of propolis topically rather than orally.   Ingestion of propolis can often work, but studies mainly support targeted topical application.   Apply the propolis extract or salve  to the area infected by Candida, three to six times a day over a period of about a week.

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A propolis extract cleared thrush, an oral yeast infection caused by Candida albicans, as effectively as the standard antifungal medication, according to Phytotherapy Research (2005;19:652–4).  When a yeast infection occurs in the mouth, a condition commonly known as thrush, it is usually caused by the organism Candida albicans.

Thrush is most common in infants who have immature immune defenses; it can also occur in people who have diabetes, those with poorly fitting dentures, and people with a weak immune system due to cancer, Crohn’s disease, AIDS, or other serious illnesses.  Some people experience thrush after taking antibiotics, since these drugs disrupt the normal mouth flora and make it easier for candida organisms to multiply. Certain medications such as steroids and chemotherapy drugs also weaken the immune system and may increase the risk of developing thrush. In addition, Characterized by white patches on the tongue and insides of the cheeks that can be easily scraped off, the infection can spread to the palate, gums, throat, and eventually the respiratory and digestive tracts.

Eighteen adults with thrush due to poorly fitting dentures participated in the current study. Six were treated with nystatin, and the remaining 12 were treated with an extract of propolis. Both groups were instructed to dry the infected area of the mouth with a swab and apply either the nystatin or the propolis directly to it four times a day. After 15 days, the infection had disappeared in all people in both treatment groups.

Swishing propolis extract in the mouth 3-5 times a day, or adding it to a saline mouth rinse, will clear the oral thrush infection.  It also helps clear up canker sores, by applying directly to the sore several times a day.

Preliminary studies show that propolis might be an effective treatment for thrush and, moreover, it appears to be as effective as the antifungal medicine nystatin. Controlled trials are needed to confirm these findings. It is noteworthy that many reports exist of allergic reactions to propolis. People should apply propolis to a small area of skin before using it in their mouth and discontinue use if a rash appears within 24 hours.

Another study, entitled, “Antifungal activity of propolis on different species of Candida”,  was carried out to test propolis on over 100 different strains of Candida, which causes yeast infections.  Patients who used a propolis tincture showed a decrease in the number of Candida.

This study can be found at the National Institute of Health website:

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Jeremiah 33

6 “‘Nevertheless, I will bring health and healing to it; I will heal my people and will let them enjoy abundant peace and security.

I will bring Judah and Israel back from captivity and will rebuild them as they were before.

I will cleanse them from all the sin they have committed against me and will forgive all their sins of rebellion against me.

Then this city will bring me renown, joy, praise and honor before all nations on earth that hear of all the good things I do for it; and they will be in awe and will tremble at the abundant prosperity and peace I provide for it.’