propolis2Propolis is an amazing substance made by honeybees, that has many health benefits for us.   Also called bee glue, propolis is made by the bees from tree resin, which they get from tree buds and bark. They mix it with enzymes in their bodies to make a a stiff, sticky substance that they use in the hive to seal up cracks, cover all surfaces, line their entrance  and also to disinfect.  Propolis sterilizes the hive and kills fungus and bacteria.  They also use it to coat intruders like mice.  They can sting tthe moice intruders to kill them, but then can not remove them.  If the intruder would decay, it would infect the hive. So the bees encase the body in propolis, in effect, mummifiying it! Most bee keepers hate propolis, because it is a sticky, messy goo that makes everything in the hive hard to pry apart.  But we have learned how valuable propolis is, not just for protecting the beehive from disease, but as a natural health substance for us!

Propolis has been used for centuries by man, for its health benefits.  While not well know in this country, it is used widely throughout the world as a dietary supplement and in skin creams.  In Europe it is referred to as “Russian Penicillin.”

propolis on top of frames

According to the National Institute of Health, and documented by over 70 years of research all over the world,  propolis contains flavonoids which are known to have antibiotic, antimicrobial, antiviral and anti-fungal properties.  It  also has antioxidant and has anti-inflammatory effects.  Research posted on the National Institutes of Health website – nih.gov – documents that propolis is effective in use against many kinds of bacteria like staph, strep and others.  It is effective against rhinovirus, the cause of the common cold.  It is incredibly effective on skin disorders like acne, psoriasis, excema, and shingles.  It is an amazing on wounds like burns, bedsore, diabetic ulcers, surgical wounds, etc.  It can be used daily, internally, as a preventative dietary supplement during winter months.

Propolis can be used raw, powdered, or in tinctures and infusions and is a valuable product to support healthy living.  People around the world are using propolis as a natural treatment to help with many health issues such as:

  • colds, viruses, bronchitis, pneumonia ,IBS, sore throats,a preventative supplement

  • sinus congestion and infection ,canker and mouth sores, sore throats, gum irritations and infections, toothache/infection, ear infections

  • cuts, burns, bites, rashes, pain and inflammation, sore muscles, itching, nail fungus, yeast infections, bed sores,

In my four years of research  on Propolis, I have compiled a list of conditions and diseases for which propolis has been identified as a successful (clinical trials on people) or potentially promising treatment ( on lab animals or in vitro – cells in a petri dish).  There are over 75 different conditions and diseases propolis has been researched on.  But don’t take my word for it!  Check it out by searching “propolis” at these trusted research sites –  nih.gov or greenmedinfo.com.  Here is a list of studies I have compiled from these sites.

Research-Based Effective Propolis Treatment

* = clinical studies on people (other studies done on research animals or on cells)propolis research chart

*Job 5:8-10

“But if I were you, I would appeal to God;  I would lay my cause before him.
He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed, miracles that cannot be counted.
10 He provides rain for the earth; he sends water on the countryside.

7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Tiffany
    Aug 19, 2014 @ 20:54:42

    I have severe warts on my hands and severe plantars warts on my feet. I have had them for years and tried so many things that NEVER work. Any thoughts or testimonies using Propolis for this? I use the nose drops and love them! Thanks!


    • laurie dotson design
      Aug 20, 2014 @ 15:23:07

      Hi Tiffany, I have flat warts on my hands and I have been using the Rejuvenating Skin Balm with almost complete clearing. I wanted to see if -1% of propolis would work and it has. So if you use the Propolis Oil 10%, you should see faster reduction and clearing right away. Everyones experience is different. Propolis is Anti fungal, Antibacterial, AntiViral, Anti Microbial, which could be one of the reason you are getting warts. My wart out breaks seem to be hormonal. It might help if you take a half dropper full everyday.

      Laurie BEEpothecary


  2. Tiffany
    Aug 20, 2014 @ 19:09:51

    Thanks Laurie! Look forward to seeing more of your products at the Honeyfest! : )


  3. carolyn
    Feb 17, 2015 @ 20:46:16

    do you take this internally and if so what dosage


    • BEEpothecary
      Mar 09, 2015 @ 14:13:41

      Yes, propolis and propolis extracts, tinctures, and oils can be taken internally. Typical use is 1/3 to 1/2 dropperful 1-3 times a day, depending on if you are just taking it as a preventative, or if you are trying to clear up some condition. It’s made from natural tree sap, so no overdose has been reported. Great for skin, too!


  4. Daniel Vedå
    Feb 06, 2017 @ 05:25:14

    Hi, I was wondering if I can eat raw propolis? Also, do you have any advise for how to use raw propolis in food?


    • laurie dotson design
      Feb 06, 2017 @ 15:57:07

      You can eat raw propolis, but it will turn your teeth a orange color. I have heard of many people putting a piece of raw propolis in their mouth where they had pain and that seem to work best for them. You can’t cook with propolis. If you heat it to over 110 degrees it destroys all the healing properties. We use BEEpothecary Propolis oil in our salad dressings, with peanut butter, over oatmeal or in energybits. BEEpothecary Tincture can be added to any drink, smoothie or taken straight up!

      I hope that helps
      Thank you


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