Bees are so incredible! Not only do they make liquid gold (Ancient Egyptians regarded honey right up there with gold, silver and jewels etc) their honey making skills also provide us with some amazing by-products which can be super helpful for our bodies.
Aside from making Honey, bees also need to build and protect the home for the Queen Bee, so they collect resin from trees and create propolis, the sticky stuff that helps to fill in and protect gaps within the bee hive and make the hive stronger. However it’s not just structural protection Propolis offers but the ability to protect the hive and all of its bee workers from disease, fungal infection, parasite infection and bacterial growth.
It is this reason that for century’s propolis has been used for medicinal purposes, Ancient Greeks and Egyptians understood the health benefits as did Ancient Chinese. As a result even now in the new Millennium Propolis is still being dissected, researched and trialed showing many positive health benefits.
What is Propolis?
Propolis is a resinous mixture collected from various sources by honey bees to seal small gaps in the walls of the bee hive. Aside from its use in traditional medicine, modern culture assumed bee propolis was simply used to seal the hive to keep out the elements such as rain, wind, and dust.
However new research has revealed that bee propolis is far more than just a homemade sealant. In addition to increasing the structural integrity of the hive and reducing vibration, the benefits of propolis extend to acting as an antibacterial and anti-fungal agent to protect the hive.
What is Propolis used for?
Ancient cultures recognized the ability of propolis to prevent infection, kill fungus, and keep the bee hive healthy and for this reason propolis has been used for thousands of years all over the world to treat various health ailments including boosting the immune system to fight infections, increase wound healing, and improve dental hygiene.
Because of its ability to protect against disease, Propolis supplement should be considered for the immune system. It has the ability to stimulate immune function, increasing production and activation of important immune cells as well as being anti-inflammatory. So not only good for boosting immune function but may also help to balance auto-immune dysfunction.
Manuka South offers propolis in multiple forms to suit your needs. Our liquid extract can be used for various ailments internally or externally. If your feeling under the weather and suffering from a sore throat, a warm water gargle with a few drops of our propolis liquid extract is very effective providing a soothing support.
To improve dental hygiene, liquid propolis can be used daily mixed with some warm water as a mouthwash to help heal canker sores, reduce inflammation from gum disease and reduce dental carries.
Our liquid extract can also be applied externally to colds sores, shingles, warts and slow healing wounds. Propolis has been used by the Greeks and Egyptians for thousands of years to help improve wound healing. Modern research is also being conducted with promising results into the efficacy of propolis to improve wound healing when applied externally.
Propolis Oral Spray
As an easy portable choice to help combat throat infections and soothe a sore throat, we also offer a propolis oral spray that combines propolis with UMF® 15+ Manuka honey and an essential oil blend specifically designed for sore throats.
Propolis Capsules / Softgels
Manuka South also offers propolis in softgel, and capsule form, great for people on the go or for those who prefer the convenience of a quick and easy to swallow pill form of propolis. Propolis taken daily during the flu and cold season may help to boost the body’s natural defenses against contracting seasonal illness. For people who have already contracted a cold or flu, daily supplementation with propolis helps with ills and chills.
All of the propolis used in the Manuka South product line is carefully sourced and tested for purity and strength. Because the exact compounds found propolis can vary widely from region to region, only the best quality propolis is used in our products. This is to ensure consistency of quality.
Every time you purchase a Manuka South propolis product you can be confident that you are buying the best available propolis on the world market today.
Propolis has also been known to have great benefits for skin care. Because of the anti-inflammatory effects it is great for acne prone skin, excellent to promote wound healing and because of the high antioxidant effect may help to keep our skin looking clearer, younger and fresh!
Propolis may also help you with:
- Mouth ulcers (canker sores)
- Gum disease and general oral health
- Gut parasite elimination
- Cold sores and other herpes virus
- Skin infections
What to look for when buying Propolis:
When it comes to Propolis supplements – look for one which has Flavanoid Content information. This will essentially tell you how strong the antioxidant activity is. You can shop our strongest Propolis Supplement here.