Everyone knows bees are responsible for honey production, but did you know that’s not the only thing bees make? Bees also produce propolis. Propolis is a special compound produced by bees. Propolis is a sticky resin-like substance that honeybees create by mixing sap and pollen from tree buds with their saliva. The result is a thick binding substance that bees use to fill cracks in their hive, protect against outside invaders and bacteria, and support the hive’s all-around structure.
What Does Propolis Do?
While propolis is vital to the survival of the hive, it’s also very beneficial for humans. Propolis has been used for medicinal purposes for decades. The compounds found in propolis contain antioxidants that fight disease and damage within our bodies. Propolis is known to have antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory properties.
Propolis has the ability to help heal wounds and burns faster than other topical treatments, as it speeds up healthy cell growth. Other uses include treating cold sores and herpes outbreaks, preventing oncoming colds, ulcer treatment, arthritis relief, and sore throat remedies.
How Do You Use Propolis?
Propolis can be mixed into any liquid or gargled on its own. Use 4-5 drops in half a glass of warm liquid once or twice a day. If using propolis to treat a wound, apply it to the skin where necessary using a cotton bud or piece of linen moistened with liquid. Want to try it for yourself? Grab yours here. The Native Guy’s propolis is sold as a tincture in a 1oz bottle.