About Ambrosius

AMBROSIUS is an experienced beekeeper who is keen to bring Apitherapy News on your doorstep. His love affair with the honeybee started more than 35 years ago. He works with his bees using bare hands and has a deep respect for these most ancient of social insects. Since discovering for himself the healing power of bee products, Ambrosius has become a leading ambassador for Apitherapy, and lectures all around the UK and Europe. A constant stream of patients seeks him out for advice and help with their medical problems. He has dedicated the rest of his life to healing people with the help of his beloved bees. His blog brings Apitherapy News to you via various media (including social media). Please feel free to follow AMBROSIUS's blog and all the information he's sharing to help improve your health and well being.

Is propolis tincture the answer to hay fever?

By | 2017-09-13T09:09:14+00:00 February 12th, 2015|Propolis|

Propolis tincture is an effective treatment in natural immunotherapy. Is it just wishful thinking, or has spring begun? The last few days of warm sunshine have woken the bees up from their winter slumber. Every colony at the bottom of the garden is buzzing. I stood beside the hives and watched the activity; debris and bits of old honeycomb carried away and dropped in the grass. Spring cleaning in action. Some bees were flying to collect water. At this time of the year water is needed to liquefy granulated honey stores. Others were returning to the hive with orange balls of pollen on their legs. This is from the snowdrops and is one of the first pollens of the year. Rich in proteins, vitamins and minerals, pollen is needed to feed the young developing brood. Talking of pollen, the hay fever season will soon be on us. There are two bee products which will help reduce the symptoms of seasonal allergic rhinitis. One of them is pollen itself, but only after the bees have collected it. Start with a few granules under the tongue each day, beginning about six weeks before the main hay fever season – so you need to start now. The other bee product is propolis. This wonderful sticky resin is a miracle of nature. It has powerful anti-allergenic properties. Best taken in the form of a propolis tincture, you should start now. Begin with a few drops under the tongue and take every day throughout the hay fever season. It really works. Both pollen and propolis treatments are examples of natural immunotherapy, slowly conditioning your body to tolerate allergens. Let the bees help you to enjoy summer!   AMBROSIUS [...]

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Bees, resins and propolis

By | 2017-09-13T09:09:14+00:00 January 28th, 2015|Propolis|

Wild honeycombs above a curtain of propolis The forecast for the North of England is not good. Heavy snow, freezing temperatures and gale force winds are on the way... but in Malindi, Kenya, it is 30°C (or in old money...86°F). The photograph shows the end of a traditional log hive which the bees are busy sealing with a curtain of propolis. I took the picture in January 2009. African bees can be very aggressive so we opened up the hive after dark! It is an interesting fact that, given a choice of tree resins, bees will select those which have the most powerful antimicrobial activity. The propolis which they make from these resins will be perfectly matched to the pathogens which are found in their own environment. Nature has endowed them with the ability to determine this. How they do it, is still unknown. We should therefore take our cue from the bees and use propolis which is collected locally. So in the UK we should use propolis from the UK. This will give us the best chance to support our immune systems successfully and keep away all those viruses and bacterial infections. Also, if there are several different plants secreting nectar at the same time, the bees will choose the one with the highest sugar content. This ensures that their winter stores have the greatest energy value. There is still so much we do not know about these incredible insects. It is believed that up to 5% of the compounds in propolis, royal jelly and pollen have not yet been identified. For now they remain part of the mystery and magic of the honeybee. Nature truly is wonderful. AMBROSIUS

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Propolis – improving sports performance

By | 2017-09-13T09:09:14+00:00 January 21st, 2015|Sports|

Propolis as sports food can improve performance I have spent the last 20 years treating people with bee products for all the common diseases that afflict us. So it is refreshing to be able to tell you about other benefits of Apitherapy. When we indulge in physical sports we put our bodies under extreme stress. Bee products can help to alleviate this. Honey gives us a natural form of energy. Pollen gives us protein, vitamins and minerals. Propolis stimulates our immune system. New research from J.Chiang et al. at the Graduate Institute of Sports Science, Taipei, has shown that taking propolis before a sporting event can improve performance. A group of cyclists was studied. Some were given propolis before the race. One of the most important compounds in propolis is the anti-oxidant Caffeic Acid Phenethyl Ester (CAPE). During extreme physical exercise the body can suffer from what is known as Hyperthermal stress. This can deplete the immune system and impair endurance capacity. The cyclists who had taken propolis showed a significant reduction in the detrimental effects of prolonged exercise. This conclusive research was published in the Journal of Food Science (June 2009). It is amazing to think that propolis and other bee products are able to keep you healthy....and also ‘give you the edge’ in competitive sports. Of course this does not only apply to cycling. Tennis players, Footballers, Athletes... in fact anyone involved in aerobic sports could benefit. So if you are an elite sportsman or woman, or simply want to be the best you can be at any level, you may want to let the bees help you. It is enough to make me want to take up cycling! AMBROSIUS [...]

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Propolis – Nature’s Miracle

By | 2017-09-13T09:09:14+00:00 January 15th, 2015|Propolis|

Propolis at the front of the beehive The wind is howling outside like a banshee. Fallen tree branches litter the fields, gardens and roadsides. Snow and rain is forecast. I am at home, warm and dry.....and fortunately, so are the bees. They have been collecting sticky resins from trees throughout the summer. They will visit Poplar, Birch, Horse Chestnut and Conifers. Beeswax is added and the resulting substance is called propolis. The bees will block up gaps and cracks in the hive, preventing draughts and waterproofing their home. How clever! My mind goes back to last summer. In the late evening it is wonderful to go to the apiary and stand behind a beehive. With the roof removed my senses would be seduced by the incredible aroma. The bees keep the brood nest temperature at 35° C. This warm fragrant air contains all the volatile compounds from the ripening honey, beeswax and propolis. I would just stand quietly, close my eyes.....and breathe deeply! In the summer propolis is used to varnish each cell in the honeycomb before the Queen lays an egg. This ensures a sterile environment for the developing larva. Harmful bacteria and viruses are destroyed. Beekeepers can scrape the excess propolis from hive parts and frames. Sometimes special grids are used which the bees fill with resins. Propolis is only harvested when there is a surplus, and enough is always left for the bees. A propolis diffuser will release the same volatile healing compounds into your home or car. Try one for yourself. Close your eyes and join me in the apiary on a late summer’s evening....... For more information and to order, visit the IP-ROCO e-shop. AMBROSIUS

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Propolis diffuser…healing while you sleep

By | 2017-09-13T09:09:14+00:00 December 31st, 2014|Propolis|

Propolis diffuser active while child sleeping Wishing you all a Happy and Healthy New Year! The cold weather has arrived and the bees are finally in their winter cluster... ”Sleeping through the ash of autumn’s embers”. Like us, they await the return of spring. As the year draws to an end we find ourselves in reflective mood. It is time to take stock; to ponder the highs and lows of the last twelve months; to make resolutions for the year ahead. At the top of most people’s list would be... ‘Good Health’. But good health is not just an absence of illness. It is more than that. It is the foundation of our lives and affects everything we do. Even when we think we are healthy, we may be carrying sub-clinical levels of bacteria, viruses or other pathogens. This can manifest itself in many ways; shortness of temper, muddled thinking, clouded judgement or poor performance. And we continue with our daily lives functioning below par and never knowing why. When we sleep, essential functions such as breathing; cardiac activity and digestion are governed by the parasympathetic nervous system. This part of our autonomic nervous system is also responsible for the cascade of recovery hormones that repairs cells and stimulates the immune response to fight disease and infection, while we sleep. Our sleeping environment is therefore critical. Most bedrooms are kept too warm and without fresh circulating air. Pathogens love this! The answer is to create a healthy atmosphere to help our bodies heal while we sleep. A Propolis diffuser by the bedside will release volatile aromatic bioflavonoids which have proven antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal and anti-inflammatory effects. You can heal while you sleep. IP-ROCO Apitherapy wishes you [...]

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Propolis: The most powerful healing agent in Nature

By | 2017-09-13T09:09:15+00:00 December 11th, 2014|Propolis|

Honeybee with propolis Throughout the summer months honeybees will visit a variety of trees and shrubs to collect sticky resins and carry them back to their hive. These resins are part of the immune system that protects trees, particularly the buds, from disease and harmful radiation. Bees add enzymes, wax and pollen and transform the resins into a type of antibiotic polyfilla. They block up cracks in the hive and reduce the entrance size to make it easier to defend. Hence the Greek name for propolis..... pro (before) and polis (the city). Every cell in the honeycomb is varnished with a thin coating of propolis before the Queen lays her eggs. Cells are like tiny incubators and have to be sterile to protect the growing larvae from disease. Remember that inside the hive it is crowded, with 50,000 or more bees; it is warm and moist and a perfect environment for bacteria and other pathogens to spread. For more than 100 million years bees have been using propolis to stay healthy, and to survive. Humans too have been using propolis for many thousands of years. The ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans all used propolis for healing. In Eastern Europe there is a long tradition of propolis use and it is sometimes called “Russian penicillin”. Today we have sophisticated laboratories and can analyse and study this wonderful substance. There is a wealth of scientific evidence supporting all the old folk remedy stories. Propolis is not only antibacterial, but also one of the few genuine antiviral substances in Nature. Viruses have a protein coat around them and compounds in propolis prevent the proteins binding to our cells. Thus the viral material cannot get inside to [...]

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St. Ambrose … The Patron Saint of Bees

By | 2017-09-13T09:09:15+00:00 December 4th, 2014|History|

St Ambrose... The Patron Saint of Bees December 7th is the Saint Day of St. Ambrose, also known as Ambrosius. He lived from 340 AD to 397 AD and for some of his life was the Bishop of Milan. It is said that when he was an infant a swarm of bees settled on his face and, when they flew away, a drop of honey remained. He was thereafter said to have been endowed with a “honeyed tongue”. He is also the Patron Saint of Beekeepers and Candle makers. Other famous historical figures connected with bees were Hippocrates (460-370 BC), Galen (130-200 AD) and Dioscorides (40-90 AD). These were all great physicians of their time and used honey and propolis to treat wounds. Before the Greeks and Romans, the ancient Egyptians used honey and propolis for healing. Propolis in particular was used in the embalming process because of its incredible antibacterial and preservative properties. Propolis is the sticky resin which bees collect from trees and shrubs and use to sterilise their hive. It has powerful anti-bacterial, antifungal and antiviral activity and is the most important beehive product. More information about propolis will follow in future blogs. Galen invented the first recorded skin cream made from beeswax, almond or olive oil, rosewater, propolis and honey. Today this famous recipe is still made and can heal skin diseases like eczema and psoriasis. Galen also invented a cure for baldness consisting of crushed bees in honey which was smeared over the scalp. Hard to believe you may think, but.....venom from the bee stings is a vasodilator and would increase circulation; honey is full of nutrients to nourish the hair follicles; there would also be traces of [...]

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Honey… Nature’s perfect energy food

By | 2017-09-13T09:09:15+00:00 November 28th, 2014|Honey|

Honey comb Yesterday I went up to see the bees. It has been a very mild winter so far. A good thing you may think, but actually not for the bees. There are no flowers now, but they still fly when the sun comes out and so use up valuable honey stores for energy. They have worked hard all summer long, visiting millions of flowers and collecting the precious nectar. For every jar of honey, they will have flown the equivalent of twice around the world. This watery solution of sucrose is taken back to the hive and transformed into what we know as honey. Thousands of tiny wings create currents of warm air and evaporate off the excess water. Enzymes are added to the nectar changing it from sucrose into glucose and fructose. So honey is the perfect food for them and will sustain them through the long winter months. It is also the perfect energy food for us, containing vitamins and minerals. Refined white sugar has no nutritional value and is hard for us to metabolise. It is thought to be a major cause of conditions like obesity and type 2 diabetes. Even diabetics can enjoy a little honey. AMBROSIUS

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What, you may ask, is Apitherapy?

By | 2017-09-13T09:09:15+00:00 November 20th, 2014|What is apitherapy|

Apitherapy is the use of beehive products for treating or preventing illness and disease. Come with me on a fascinating and incredible journey and each week I will show you how to be healthy, with the help of the amazing little honeybee. For thousands of years, since before the time of the ancient Egyptians, mankind has revered the industrious little honeybee. For over 100 million years bees have been a vital part of our ecosystem, constantly adapting to the ever changing environment. They have evolved the perfect that mankind would do well to emulate. 50,000 or more social insects work tirelessly for the good of the whole community, all with a common purpose – survival of their species. To do this they must address all the factors inherent in the survival process. They will need the tools to build a home, a source of good nutrition, a means of keeping disease at bay, guards to protect them all, and a mother who will lay eggs day and night to replace those who have perished in the sacrifice that is their destiny. I invite you to join me on this journey............ AMBROSIUS

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