BEE-Power – Propolis for Our Pets and Livestock


Psalms from the Hive

by Jeannie Saum

Our four legged pets and livestock, too298

Can benefit from the sticky goo

That honeybees make inside their hive.

Propolis can heal them many ways

Inside and out.

Healthy pets, happy days.

Clover, Bee, and Revery

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

PROPOLIS has been used for thousands of years to fight infection and improve health and is still used all over the world as a natural antibiotic.  Yet it remains unknown to most Americans.  Made from tree resin by honeybees,  it is used to sterilize and seal up the hive.  This propolis coating inside the hive makes it one of the most antiseptic and sanitary environments found.  Propolis kills harmful bacteria, fungi, yeasts, and  viruses  without harming beneficial bacteria.  It is also anti-inflammatory and antioxidant, helps prevent allergies, and speeds healing.  Amazing isn’t it?  God has created this little creature to make this amazing substance that can do so much for us.  AND TO MAKE IT EVEN BETTER, IT CAN BE USED TO TREAT AND HELP OUR ANIMALS, TOO!

Propolis can be given orally, in tincture or infused oil form, to our four-legged pets and livestock  for ailments like  canine flu, kennel cough, and other infectious illnesses. It can be applied to cuts, wounds, burns, bites, stings, hot spots, and lick granulomas (its bitter taste helps deter licking).   Propolis oil or ointment is best for this.  A propolis ointment or cream  can also be used to moisturize dry skin, heal sores or sooth cracked paw pads.   It can be mixed with honey to help heal gum disorders.  In veterinary medicine, propolis has been used to treat wounds and in the treatment of many conditions, such as diarrheas, abscesses, burns, dermatosis, mastitis, coccidiosis and eimeria in rabbits.  These uses are all supported by research, which can be found on the National Institutes of Health’s website, nih.gov.

Got rid of Roxie’s ear mites with propolis oil!

As always, we are dedicated to backing up information with verifiable studies that have been carried out.  Research can be found as far back as the 1970’s on the documented success of propolis for animal treatment!    A report of research by Tzakoff,  in 1978,  noted the use of propolis against foot-and-mouth disease,  for pigs against enzootic pneumonia,   and as a health supplement for the growth of underdeveloped lambs, pigs and calves.   Propolis used for the health of the respiratory and immune systems, and specific ailments where  antibacterial properties are needed were  reported in a study by Glinnik and Gapanovich in 1981 .

Application of propolis liniment  to treat mastitis in animals was reported by several researchers starting in the 1980’s. ( Mirolyubov and Barskov 1980; Meresta et al, 1989; Kegl et al ,1995; Dudko & Kurpisz , 1996 and Teterev ,1998.)  In 1998, Teterev reported  several veterinarian uses for propolis at .5% – 2% solution including  internal use against gastroenterology diseases, and as a preventative treatment.  It was shown to improve weight gain and reduce diarrhea in milk-fed calves with 20% propolis extract(Gubicza and Molnar 1987).  More recently, propolis had gained popularity  in veterinary applications such as treatment of young cattle for  dermatophytosis

Nate treats Bella's hot spots with propolis oil or wound salve.

Nate treats Bella’s hot spots with propolis oil or salve.

(Cametal, 2009).

Propolis has been studied as supportive treatment for mammals, poultry and fish. When paired with vaccines or other treatments, propolis seems to increase the treatment success and survival rate.  Propolis has high stability, slowly release in the body and long storage stage ( Chu, 2006) and (Shen et al,2002).

Propolis  has been shown to stimulate an increased immune response  and increased protection against the herpes virus , SuHV-1, which causes an infectious disease in swine.   Many studies showed that propolis and/or one of its active components reduced blood sugar level in experimental diabetic animals.

So, to summarize, propolis can be used to treat and heal your animals for many conditions, inside and out.   It has been shown to be effective for many of the same kinds of conditions it helps in us humans!

Just one thing to keep in mind – the size of the animal you are treating.  I have noticed that the propolis tincture percentages used in these studies  have been less than the 10% solution we use.  In the reading I have done, the percentages have been in the 1%-4% range, and even smaller with birds. (see my Propolis for Pet Birds and Poultry blog)  This makes sense, since  most pets, small animals and birds weigh  quite a bit less than an adult human.  While I have read it is almost impossible to overdose on propolis, since it is mostly nutrients and it does not seem to have harmful effects on “good” tissue or organisms, it still makes sense to me to give animals a dose proportionate to their weight.

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Genesis 1

24 And God said, “Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: the livestock, the creatures that move along the ground, and the wild animals, each according to its kind.” And it was so.

25 God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.

26 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”

27 So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.

28 God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”

BEE-Power – Propolis for Chickens and Other Feathered Friends


Psalms from the Hive

by Jeannie Saum

Grown Up Girl

Propolis for feathered friends?

Absolutely!  It’s amazing!

Use it on their little legs

Or down their beaks

For soothing!

Clover, Bee, and Revery

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

If you don’t yet know what propolis is, from visiting our blog – here’s the short, sweet version.  Propolis is a  sticky  substance made by the honeybees from tree resin they collect from buds and bark.  They use it to sterilize their hive by coating all surfaces with it.  Over 50 years of research has shown that it has amazing healing effects – it is antibacterial, anti-fungal, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant.   It is used all over the world for its medicinal and healing properties.

Our website is dedicated to bringing you valid information about this amazing natural substance and citing research to back it up.  Recently, we had a question about using propolis for our pets and farm animals.  So, here is our first installment on propolis for animals – a   (rather dry) compilation of research on propolis’ use to treat birds – our feathered pets and poultry.  If you don’t need all the (paraphrased) medical jargon and cited research, just skip to the last two paragraphs for the down and dirty!

ParakeetPropolis is a safe anti-viral and anti-bacterial treatment that can be used with avians.  Its beneficial and safe action on the immune system make it useful as a  prophylactic  treatment, as well.   Propolis contains amino acids, vitamins and minerals, and can be a  valuable food supplement.
The Department of Biochemistry at Oxford University and School of Biological Sciences at the University of Southampton did studies on the use of propolis to treat avian  infections  caused by three types of bacteria – gram-positive Bacillus subtillis, gram negative E-coli and Rhodobacter sphaeroides.  Propolis was shown to be effective against these bacteria.

Herpes simplex type-1 (HSV-1) or a mutant strain, is thought to be  responsible for many herpes-type symptoms in animals and birds.   Scientific tests showed that propolis was three percent more effective against HSV-1 than “synthetic” drug treatment, without the harmful side effect!  The Oxford University report concluded that propolis may  have an important anti-inflammatory effect and that the substance  can strongly effect a positive immune and inflammatory response.

One hundred and six strains of S. aureus were tested with propolis  and all of them were susceptible to 0.5-1.0 mg propolis/ml.  Strains resistant antibiotics were also successfully treated with propolis (Shub, et al, 1981).  Propolis was shown to be effective against S. epidermidis  in a study by Glinnik and Gapanovich, 1981.CAM00001

The antiviral activity of propolis was shown as effective against some avian viruses  –  infectious bursal disease virus (IBDV), reovirus (RV), infectious bronchitis virus (IBV), larngotracheitis virus (LTV) and Newcastle disease virus (NDV). This study was carried out and reported by A. G. Hegazi1, F. K. Abd El Hady and A.A. Faraghli, Departments of Zoonotic Diseases and Chemistry of Natural Products, National Research Center, Dokki, Giza, Egypt and the Animal Health Research Institute, Dokki, Giza, Egypt, 2008.

Studies on  Liver Protective in Chicken by  Giurgea et al. in 1981, 1982, 1984   and Giurgea et al ., 1982 reported that daily administration of a .02% propolis extract to chickens for 15 days increased plasma total protein and gamma -globulin content,  changed the blood concentration of cholesterol, transaminase (ALT & AST), amino acids, reduced  the glycogen level, and  increased  the myofibril, protein fraction and muscle total protein   They suggested  that propolis had an anabolic effect, which means the process of metabolism in which simple building blocks of energy are synthesized into the complex tissues of organisms. So in other words, propolis has a positive effect on the metabolism, helping to use energy to make new tissue.  Propolis also stimulates the body’s immune response.

In a study done by Teterev, in 1998, propolis was shown to protect against paratyphoid fever of ducks by feeding with a 50 % propolis water extract.  This study also showed wound healing with a 5% solution of propolis in oil.  In a study by Krell in 1996, propollis was shown effective in weight gain programs for  egg-laying hens.  Sforcin’s study in 2007 showed that propolis can stimulate higher antibody production, when used along with vaccines.

Fresh from the hen house!

Fresh from the hen house!

A study by Duran Ozkok, Kaan M. Iscan and Sibel Silici, 2013. Effects of Dietary Propolis Supplementation on Performance and Egg Quality in Laying Hens. Journal of Animal and Veterinary Advances, 2013 showed that treating chickens with propolis did not cause any negative effect on performance, egg quality or survival rate. 

The Down and Dirty Summary

Propolis is being used by veterinarians and owners to treat pet birds and poultry  for infection, viruses, inflammation, gastrointestinal upset, lung conditions, skin conditions, wounds, and burns.  It is also being used as a health supplement, to increase immunity and as a preventative.  Propolis is a botanically-based, natural substance that is safe to use without the harmful side effects of artificially made medicines.  It does not affect the healthy organisms and tissue in the body while working against bacteria, viruses, fungi, and inflammation.

BEEpothecary Propolis Tincture

Hive and Honey BEEpothecary Propolis Tincture

Propolis tincture and infused oil (which can be found through “Our Products” page can be given to your feathered friends orally to treat internal ailments like gastrointestinal problems (vomiting, diarrhea), lung problems (coughing, wheezing) colds, and viruses or for preventative supplement. Our propolis tincture and oil is a 10% solution.  Since birds are considerably smaller,  1-4% solutions are what has been used in research cited.  Our recommendation is to dilute each dose with water – 1 part propolis tincture or oil to between 2.5 and  10 parts water.


                 example:  2 drops of propolis tincture and 5 drops of water = a 4% solution; 

                                   2 drops of propolis tincture and 20 drops of water = 1%

We are considering making  an animal strength propolis in the future, but for now, you’ll have to dilute our human strength propolis oil and tincture!   Propolis wound salve can be used on your birds externally for cuts, wounds, rashes and burns. It doesn’t matter if the origin is bacterial, viral or fungal – propolis will take care of it all!Propolis & Herb Wound salve

So, the next time your pet bird or poultry is sick – try propolis!

HEALTH – POWERED BY BEES – for our feathered friends, too!

Psalm 8

Lord, our Lord,   how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory in the heavens.
Through the praise of children and infants  you have established a stronghold against your enemies,  to silence the foe and the avenger.
When I consider your heavens,  the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place,
what is mankind that you are mindful of them,  human beings that you care for them?

You have made them a little lower than the angels  and crowned them with glory and honor.
You made them rulers over the works of your hands; you put everything under their feet:
all flocks and herds, and the animals of the wild,

the birds in the sky,  and the fish in the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas.

Lord, our Lord,  how majestic is your name in all the earth!