Propolis for Prevention

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Psalms from the Hive, by Jeannie Saum

Chill in the air

Trees and birds prepare

For winter’s freeze.

Germs abound, 

Inside and out.

Wise ones use

An ounce of prevention!

Clover, Bee, and Revery

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

Fall is upon us with its cool, crisp and refreshing weather, beautiful changing leaves, and many chance for outdoor fun.  But it also means colder air, dampness, and shutting ourselves indoors at times, with dry, heated and stale air.  It’s a time when germs and viruses seem to populate and insert themselves into our previously healthy bodies.  Kids get exposed to all kinds of germs at school.  We bring home germs from work. No matter what precautions we take, inevitably, someone in the family gets sick.  And once one person is sick, it seems to make its rounds to everyone!  What’s a parent to do?

The good news is, the honeybees make something wonderful that can be used as a preventative dietary supplement to keep your family healthy!  Propolis is a sticky substance the bees make from tree resin.  In the trees, this resin keeps the bud from getting viruses,

propolis on top of frames

propolis on top of frames

fungus, and bacteria.  Once mixed in the bees’ bodies and used to coat every surface inside the hive, bee propolis keeps bacteria, viruses and fungus molds and yeasts from growing in and infecting the hive.  In the fall, the bees continue to add layers of propolis to keep the hive germ-free, seal cracks and insulate for winter.  An experiment done by researchers at The University of Minnesota found that bees housed in a nest box coated with propolis had lower bacterial loads in their body and also ‘quieter’ immune systems compared to the colonies with no propolis coating. Seventy years of research on bee propolis indicates that this substance can also do the same for us!  Propolis can boost our immune system and overall wellness, as well as kill many bacteria and viruses.

Propolis provides general immune system support.   Propolis actually stimulates the immune system and raises the body’s natural resistance. Its antimicrobial properties suppress harmful bacteria and infections.  This powerhouse substance contains 500 times more bioflavonoids than is found in oranges. Flavonoids have strong antioxidant properties and help to protect cells from free radicals and cell mutations.  Propolis contains all the known vitamins, except vitamin K.   Propolis contains 13 of the 14 minerals our bodies reauire, with the exception of sulfur.  You don’t have to swallow a whole handful of vitamins and minerals.  Instead, you can use about 10 drops( about a half-dropperful) of 10% propolis oil or tincture, daily,  to strengthen your immune system and supply your body with ample antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.  And kill those nasty germs before they get established in your body!


 Our four  generations of family members and close friends (ages 5-84)  have diligently taken daily propolis during the cold months,  for over four years now.  We can honestly tell you that there have been only 2 visits to the doctor, in these four years, for common ailments among over twenty friends and family.  We triple our dose to three times a day, if we feel like an illness is coming on, and typically symptoms are gone in 1-2 days.  We have staved off upper respiratory infections, sinus infections, migranes, ear infections, colds, cough, and sore throats.
But don’t just take our word for it.  There is much research about propolis as an immune system booster and on its effectiveness against staff, strep, rhinovirus (common cold), upper respiratory infections, chronic ear infections, and many other illnesses.
Here are some links to this research.  To get the general gyst of the articles, read the abstract at the beginning and the summary at the end!

Psalm 132

13 For the Lord has chosen Zion;  he has desired it for his dwelling place:
14 “This is my resting place forever;  here I will dwell, for I have desired it.
15 I will abundantly bless her provisions;  I will satisfy her poor with bread.
16 Her priests I will clothe with salvation,  and her saints will shout for joy.
17 There I will make a horn to sprout for David; I have prepared a lamp for my anointed.
18 His enemies I will clothe with shame, but on him his crown will shine.”

BEE Powered Help for the Common Cold

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Psalms from the Hive

by Jeannie Saum

 Sneezing, wiping runny noses

Head congested, having a cold is

Not much fun. But here’s great news.

There is now something you can do!

About those symptoms  getting us down.

Use PROPOLIS, and they won’t be around!


I just saw on Facebook that my niece is sick with what she thinks is a bad cold or flu.  She was complaining about how there was nothing she could do about it.  Well, I’m here to tell you, that THERE IS!.  It’s called PROPOLIS and it’s made by the honeybees.

If you are new to this blog, you need to know that propolis is made when the bees go out and collect resin from tree buds and bark.  They take this sticky resin back to their hive, mix it with things in their bodies, and make an even stickier goo with it.  The bees use this substance to seal up cracks in their hive and  coat all the surfaces to sterilize it.   The bees also encase intruders to the hive that they have stung to death, “embalming” the corpse with propolis, so it doesn’t rot and infect the hive.   The beehive is one of the most sanitary environments found.

Propolis use for human medicinal purposes is verified back to the times of early Greeks and Romans.  Modern-day research has been done on it since the early 1900’s, with much done in the last 50 years.  Most of the research had been done in Europe and Asia, and propolis is used all over the world for its medicinal properties.  Though it is not widely known in the US, studies are being done here, and world-wide research is referenced and documented on the government’s National Institute of Health website. (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov)

I am always looking for research to back up what I have read, heard and experienced regarding propolis.  Recently I read a report of a study done in 1998 with human subjects who had rhinovirus – the cause of the common cold.  This study gave half the subjects a propolis extract and half a placebo.  In the group who took the propolis,  their  colds were  2.5 times shorter vs. the contol group!  Their  symptoms improved in 1 day,  and were completely gone in 1-3 days.  In the control group the mean (average) length of the colds was 4.8 days.

On the NIH website, I also found a study on the action of propolis on the infuenza virus that was done in 2008 using mice.  (Anti-influenza virus activity of propolis in vitro and its efficacy against influenza infection in mice. Shimizu T, Hino A, Tsutsumi A, Park YK, Watanabe W, Kurokawa M).  Brazilian propolis extracts were given 3 times a day for 7 days after infection. In the propolis group there was a significant reduction of the virus in the lungs of the infected mice.  Their conclusion was that propolis extract (tincture) may be a possible candidate for an anti-influenza dietary supplement for humans.

Although we have not had true influenza at our house, these studies mirror the success we, our friends and family members have had using propolis for viruses that cause cold and viral symptoms.  We start taking propolis oil or tincture the minute we start feeling sick.  We take 1/2 to 1/3 dropperful, three times a day, until symptoms  are gone.  This usually happens within 2 days.

This is quite amazing in our family, as husband/Dad, Steve, and three of our grown children  have asthma.  Usually, if they get a cold, it triggers their asthma and ends up turning into 3 weeks of bronchitis or pneumonia and a round or two of antibiotics.  With propolis, cold symptoms are gone in two days!  Husband Steve has not seen a doctor for lung issues for three years, where in the past, he would be on round after round of antibiotics all winter.   He now uses propolis as a preventative, taking it once  daily to fend off any germs that might be lurking around.

So , as I wrote  my niece, NO MORE COMPLAINING about there being nothing one can do for colds or viruses –  BECAUSE, THERE IS!   God’s little, tiny creatures, the honeybees, make this  incredible natural substance, called propolis, that is out there waiting for us to start reaping its benefits!


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Jeremiah 17

12 A glorious throne, exalted from the beginning, is the place of our sanctuary.
13 Lord, you are the hope of Israel; all who forsake you will be put to shame. Those who turn away from you will be written in the dust because they have forsaken the Lord,  the spring of living water.

14 Heal me, Lord, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved, for you are the one I praise.