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Psalms from the Hive, by Jeannie Saum

Propolis to help our skin! Another great use, we find.

From eczema and psoriasis, Herpes 1 and 2,

To wounds and burns, Even wrinkles, too.

Pass this on, If you’d be so kind!

Clover, Bee, and Revery

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

 

Whether your skin is unblemished and beautiful and you just want to keep it that way – or you have a bothersome skin condition, PROPOLIS could be the answer for you!  We’ve studied the research, tried it ourselves and want others to reap the benefits from this amazing substance made by the honeybees!

In  our first years as beekeepers, we found that honey was becoming more widely known for its antimicrobial properties and its benefit for a healing dressing on wounds and burns.  It was also being used more readily in treatment of skin conditions like pityriasis, tinea, seborrhea, dandruff, diaper dermatitis, psoriasis, and  hemorrhoids.  In cosmetics  it was known for moisturizing, softening, soothing, and hair conditioning effects,  helping keep the skin young-looking and slowing wrinkle formation, regulating pH and preventing infections.  All this had been known for decades, but honey had not been used widely in the US until recently.

We were excited to learn about these benefits of the honey our bees make.   But, we have found that honey is hard to keep in-solution in all natural cosmetic products without adding a chemical emulsifier to keep it mixed with the oils (honey is water based).  It tends to separate out of balms and ointments, and we just didn’t want to add artificial chemicals to our products.

Fortunately, we quickly found a solution!  We discovered something just as effective, or maybe even better that the bee’s honey – PROPOLIS, the sticky tree resin-based goo the bees make to seal and sterilize their hive.  It can be used to help with many conditions and health ailments, both inside and out, in ourselves and our animals.  And we find it  easier to keep it mixed in our skin care products.  We’ve used it ourselves for three years, and are truly amazed at what it can do!

As we have noted many times in our blog, over 50 years of research has proven that propolis contains flavonoids and plant esters that have  antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. (see previous blogs about propolis for additional research we have reported on.)   One study from 2011  found that poplar bud extract significantly regulated genes involved in antioxidant defenses, inflammatory response and cell renewal, processes involved in skin aging. Poplar bud resin is the main component of bee propolis. The  antioxidant properties  suggest potential anti-aging properties in propolis which could be utilized in cosmetic and nutraceutical formulations. (Stéphanie Dudonné, Pascal Poupard, Philippe Coutière, Marion Woillez, Tristan Richard, Jean-Michel Mérillon, Xavier Vitrac)

Beyond just the daily use of propolis in normal skin care routine, research has shown that propolis can be effective in treating many bothersome skin conditions.  In a 2013 study, propolis was used as a topical treatment for psoriasis.  While testing was done on mice, the conclusion was that propolis extract could possibly  treat psoriatic lesions by reducing the inflammatory cells without any

toxic effect.  (Fitoterapia)

From livestrong.com, in a 2013 article by Carol Sarao,  it was reported that propolis is being used by naturopathic healers and herbalists to treat eczema.  Eczema, or atopic dermatitis, is a chronic skin condition which causes inflammation and itching. Symptoms include red or grayish patches, thickened, scaly skin and small raised bumps which may ooze and then crust over.   Eczema is usually treated with steroids, antihistamines and antibiotics, which often have undesirable side effects.  Propolis treats the infection and inflammation without these bothersome side effects. Our daughter, Sarah, who has had eczema all her life, has found skin balm, with propolis, helps her eczema outbreaks.

A clinical study published in 1993, in an issue of the journal “Drugs Under Experimental and Clinical Research,”  propolis was reported to be a potent anti-inflammatory agent.  It suppressed production of histamines and prostaglandins in animal tissue. Drugs.com states that both oral and topical applications of propolis can improve wound healing.   The University of Maryland Medical Center says that propolis is rich in antioxidant flavonoids, which help enhance the immune system, and notes that it may heal lesions from the HSV-1 virus more effectively than Zovirax, an antiviral ointment.

Propolis has shown to be an effective antimicrobial agent against many microorganisms including Staphylococcus aureus strains and Candida tropicalis, even those resistant to antibiotics!  (A Ugur, M Barlas, N Ceyhan, V Turkmen, 2000) This study can be found at greenmedinfo.com (see Blog Roll for link)  In a study on humans, propolis was found to be an effective treatment for cutaneous warts. In patients with plane and common warts treated

with Propolis, cure was achieved in 75% and 73% of patients, respectively.  (Hatem Zedan, Eman R M Hofny, Sahar A Ismail, 2009, Department of Dermatology, Venereology and Andrology, Faculty of Medicine, Assiut University, Assiut, Egypt.) Found at greenmedinfo.com

A study reported in 2009 showed that Propolis extracts might be suitable for topical application against herpes infection.  (Paul Schnitzler, Annett Neuner, Silke Nolkemper, Christine Zundel, Hans Nowack, Karl Heinz Sensch, Jürgen Reichling) greenmedinfo.com  Another study reported in 2009 showed its effectiveness against HSV-2, the genital herpes virus that causes recurring outbreaks. It stated that propolis extracts might be suitable for topical therapy in recurrent herpetic infection.  (Silke Nolkemper, Jürgen Reichling, Karl Heinz Sensch, Paul Schnitzler)

A study reported in 1988 reported that propolis was an effective treatment for Herpes Zoster, the virus that causes Shingles.  (Silke Nolkemper, Jürgen Reichling, Karl Heinz Sench, Paul Schnitzler)  In a more recent study, Propolis  Ointment was applied topically to the Shingles blisters  of study patients, 4 times a day.  Those in the propolis test group showed faster healing than the other medication tested, and the placebo group. (Vynograd et al., 2000).

Propolis continues to amaze us, as a nature-made, God-Inspired substance that borders on the miraculous.  Nowhere have we ever seen one substance that can do so many things.  For healthy skin and bothersome skin conditions, it can have positive and safe results!  We encourage you to see for yourself.

We include  propolis for these possible benefits, in all our skin care products.  We use skin benefitting oils and butters that soften and moisturize and infuse them with herbs known for beneficial skin effects.

For Propolis Products go to :     mkt.com/beepothecary

PROPOLIS FOR HEALTHY SKIN – POWERED BY BEES

Song of Songs 4

9 You have stolen my heart, my sister, my bride; you have stolen my heart with one glance of your eyes,   with one jewel of your necklace.
10 How delightful is your love, my sister, my bride!  How much more pleasing is your love than wine, and the fragrance of your perfume     more than any spice!
11 Your lips drop sweetness as the honeycomb, my bride;  milk and honey are under your tongue. The fragrance of your garments  is like the fragrance of Lebanon.
12 You are a garden locked up, my sister, my bride; you are a spring enclosed, a sealed fountain.
13 Your plants are an orchard of pomegranates  with choice fruits, with henna and nard,
14 nard and saffron,  calamus and cinnamon,   with every kind of incense tree,  with myrrh and aloes  and all the finest spices.
15 You are[b] a garden fountain,   a well of flowing water     streaming down from Lebanon.

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Propolis for Yeast Infections and Thrush

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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 – http://www.nih.gov/

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.

Taken from a report on   http://www.bastyrcenter.org/content/view/979/

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.https://beepothecary.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=798&action=edit 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: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11766101

For Propolis Products, go to:      mkt.com/beepothecary

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.’