Propolis Tincture is highly bioavailable, enabling fast absorbtion by the body. Some people may not like the powerful taste of propolis and users may wish to follow its consumption with a more pleasant tasting liquid – e.g. tea or fruit juice or even take the tincture in warm juice, tea or on a small piece of bread. For internal use only. Propolis Tincture is also available in 30ml, 100ml and 500ml quantities. View the rest of our BeeVital propolis products here.
Contains the equivalent of 50% of raw propolis in pure 100% ethyl alcohol.
Propolis Tincture Directions
Put 2-3 drops into warm liquid (water, tea, fruit juice) or if preferred directly into the mouth or on a small piece of bread. Repeat up to 3 times per day as required. May be used as a gargle when diluted. Follow practitioner instructions.
Handle with care. Propolis can stain both clothes and skin. Alcohol can sting. Store in a cool place. Discontinue if allergic reaction occurs. Keep Propolis Tincture out of reach of small children.
What Is Propolis?
Propolis is a natural substance produced by bees. They make it from trees and buds. Propolis contains tree resin along with essential oils. The bees combine these with waxes and bioflavonoids to create propolis.
Bees coat the inside surface of their hives with propolis. They also use it to reduce the size of the entrances to their hives and blocking up holes. The bees polish the propolis, creating a sterile environment. Propolis plays a vital role in protecting the colony from invasive predators. It stops the spread of infection within the hive.
Bee propolis is one of nature’s richest sources of bioflavonoids for natural defense.
Raw propolis contains 50-70% resins and balsams, 30-50% wax, 5-10% pollen, and 10% essential oils. Propolis also includes a wide variety of additional elements. These include organic and amino acids, vitamins, minerals, and most importantly bioflavonoids.
A healthy immune system in humans may be supported by the antioxidant effects of bioflavonoids in propolis.
The Science of Propolis
Scientific research shows that propolis contains over 150 components. These include a significant percentage of flavonoids. Flavanoids are regarded as being responsible for many aspects of propolis’s therapeutic activity.
Research shows that bioflavonoids in propolis keep viral infections inactive. This aids the immune system in protecting the individual. In reality, this is the same as being immune to the virus. Scientists have also shown that propolis is a prime source of histamine and serotonin. These two substances help the body cope with allergies.
Lots of research is being done which demonstrates that propolis is very effective for dental problems. This is especially true when inflammation and infectious bleeding weaken bone structure. Ultimately this can lead to tooth loss. Propolis is said to stop the bleeding while bioflavonoids stimulate the body to produce enzymes. These fortify the walls of blood vessels in the gums. Propolis offers antioxidant effects through the bioflavonoids it contains.
The History of Propolis
The benefits of propolis have been recognised for over 7,000 years. The ancient Egyptians used it for its healing properties. The ancient Egyptians are also said to have used it for embalming.
The name ‘propolis’ comes from the Greek ‘pro’ (before) and ‘polis’ (City). It is said to have been named as such by Aristotle. Propolis means ‘defender of the City’ because it protects the beehive from bacteria and infection. It also provides healing qualities.
The Romans furthered the development of beekeeping and knowledge of propolis. Roman soldiers carried it to war to heal their wounds or to use it as a morale-building tonic as they set out to conquer the world. Roman women used a propolis cream to soothe their face, hands, and bodies – they called it ‘the woman’s friend’.
In the 1990s serious interest in propolis began to develop. A lot of publicity started to appear regarding its benefits, with lots of anecdotal evidence of its benefits. People began talking about their experiences of using it to help treat a variety of health problems. As the scientific research into propolis has continued to support its use, GPs have reported how they prescribed propolis successfully for patients where modern medicines failed to work.
Research into propolis continues. Many universities around the world are actively researching its properties. The International Propolis Research Group is working to coordinate and publicise this valuable research.
Propolis is often called nature’s antibiotic. Propolis offers health benefits for many common ailments and is a support to general good health.