What can propolis help you with?

By | 2018-10-09T08:29:33+00:00 October 9th, 2018|Propolis|

Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash Autumn has come again and it has brought along a weakening in our immune systems and a predisposition to the common cold. However, fear not, for we have found a natural immunity booster and we have the bees to thank for it. Apart from tasty honey, bees also make a glue-like substance called propolis. This is a mix of resin from pine and other cone-producing trees, wax flakes and pollen. Inside the hive, bees use it for building, patching up and for protection against invaders. In earlier days, people used propolis in the treatment of burns, abscesses and infections. We use it for the same reasons today, but we have added some more: It protects the body against several viruses, bacteria, fungi and microbes. For example, it prevents middle ear and respiratory tract infections and it remedies the symptoms of the common cold. It can heal minor to second-degree burns. It’s good for your teeth Propolis extract reduces bacterial plaque and prevents caries. More recent studies show it may be effective in the treatment of periodontitis and gingivitis and it may even help regenerate dental pulp, as well as bone tissue, and cartilage. It eliminates parasites and warts Studies show that it’s been quite successful in eliminating parasites such as giardiasis and it also has a success rate of 75% in curing warts. Furthermore, propolis has been proven to have anti-cancer properties. It’s components fight cancer in various ways: Preventing the growth of new blood vessels to feed cancer cells (anti-angiogenesis) Preventing the spread or metastasis of cancer from one organ to another Halting cancer cell division Inducing apoptosis or programmed cell death In addition, propolis was found to mitigate the [...]

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Propolis benefits for all this autumn

By | 2017-09-19T10:25:47+00:00 September 19th, 2017|Propolis|

Honeybee with propolis Propolis benefits everyone: its anti-inflamatory, antibacterial, anti-fungal properties make propolis an ideal food suplement in the autumn. There are many ways propolis can be used to boost your immune system. Just have a look at how bees are getting ready for the winter to come. As autumn approaches, the bees are getting in the stores for the winter. They have capped the honey and are now making preparations to ensure that their home, the hive, is spick and span for the winter. In order to achieve this, they coat most surfaces and any small cracks with propolis. After hundreds of years, we have learnt to make use of their ancient technology. We do this by using their propolis in our diffusers. Like the bees, now is the time to make sure we have sufficient stores for the winter. So we should prepare by making absolutely sure that we have sufficient supplies of propolis capsules for use in our propolis diffusers. Some of our customers are now reporting that they are particularly benefiting from their purchase of our propolis diffuser PropolAir A4, called Propol Therapy. Propol Therapy, as well as all our other propolis diffusers, works with all of our Propolis Capsules BIO and Propolis Capsules with Boswellia Serrata.   Propolis benefits: looking for other propolis based products? Propolis benefits everyone, however not everyone reading this will have or want a propolis diffuser. You can still benefit from other IP-ROCO products from the beehive. Our propolis based products can be purchased also as alcohol free and they all benefit adults and children alike. One of our customers said this: “Thank you so much for this product and my apologies for the [...]

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10 Great Uses for ‘Propolis’

By | 2017-09-13T09:09:12+00:00 October 12th, 2015|Honey, News, Propolis|

Most people are familiar with the gorgeous yellow and amber colors typical of honeycomb and beeswax. But another bee-produced substance exists and it doesn’t get discussed quite as much is propolis. Propolis is a resinous material that bees use to seal small cracks and gaps in the hive (beeswax seals the larger gaps). It’s made when bees collect resin from trees and other sources and mix it with a little bit of honey. Like its cousin, beeswax, propolis has been found to offer numerous health benefits, and many researchers are looking into its role for various therapeutic uses. The Benefits and Uses for Propolis In ancient cultures, propolis (or bee resin) was often used for abscesses and minor wounds. Bees, in an effort to close gaps in hives, use propolis as a precautionary measure to keep out dangerous microbes and fungi. Recent findings have confirmed its potent action against many harmful pathogens and more research has established its enormous healing benefits. Here are some of the researched uses and health benefits of propolis. 1: Discourage Infection Researchers have tested propolis against several dangerous microbes, and the results suggest that propolis is powerful against aggressive bacteria. Although the strength of propolis can vary based on geography, its protective benefits remain constantly present. Part of the reason for the action may be due to it containing a wide spectrum of flavonoids. 2: Natural Antibiotic Antibiotic resistance is a growing problem in medicine, often due to the overuse of antibiotic medication. People who are taking antibiotics are often advised to take probioticsto aid in the preservation of good bacteria in the intestines. Researchers have determined that propolis offers powerful antibiotic properties. The isolated acids from propolis have been shown to be an effective agent against [...]

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PROPOLIS: a new frontier for wound healing?

By | 2017-09-13T09:09:12+00:00 July 23rd, 2015|News, Propolis|

Burns & Trauma Propolis is a resin produced by honeybees by mixing wax, pollen, salivary secretions, and collected natural resins. The precise composition of propolis varies with the source, and over 300 chemical components belonging to the flavonoids, terpenes, and phenolic acids have been identified in propolis. Moreover, its chemical composition is subjected to the geographical location, botanical origin, and bee species. Propolis and its compounds have been the focus of many works due to their antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory activity; however, it is now recognized that propolis also possesses regenerative properties. There is an increasing interest in the healing potential of natural products, considering the availability and low cost of these products. Propolis contains a huge number of compounds that explicate some biological effects that speeds up the healing process and is widely used in folk remedies. This review aims to condense the results on the mechanism of activity of propolis and its compounds. Published: 22 July 2015 Apitherapy news

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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 – 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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