Airborne particles are a major cause of respiratory ailments for us, causing allergies, asthma, and pathogenic infections of the respiratory tract.
What is Propolis?
Propolis is a resinous substance collected by honeybees from the buds and bark of trees and shrubs. The resins are produced by trees as part of their immune system, healing wounds and protecting against the damaging effects of radiation.
These resins are taken back to the hive where the bees add salivary enzymes, wax and pollen. This mixture is used to protect the colony from disease and infection due to its high antimicrobial action.
Kontak has developed and patented an innovative system that diffuses into the air the volatile components of propolis: the only system of its kind that is able to fully exploit the properties of propolis by sanitising the air using its probiotic action.
Kontak combines a passion for propolis with a scientific approach, investing in research and development and collaborating with doctors and allied specialists.
PROPOLAIR uses Italian Organic propolis, gathered from unpolluted areas, far from urban, industrial and nuclear pollution. It therefore does not contain any heavy metals, pesticides or antibiotics.
Recommended by doctors and therapists for various ailments including:
- Allergic rhinitis
- Flu virus
- Sore throat
- Respiratory conditions such as asthma, bronchitis, mould and pollen allergies, bed mites etc.
- Old or young people vulnerable to contagions and weakened immune systems.
PROPOLAIR is particularly useful in largely populated rooms such as waiting areas, classrooms, play and social areas where flu, cold and others viruses can easily be spread.
An all-natural, chemical-free way to sanitize a room. It eliminates bacteria, mould, viruses and air pollutants.
PROPOLAIR Diffusers spread the volatile fraction of propolis completely and selectively. The diffusers warm up to the melting point of the wax fraction then bringing it to the optimum temperature for the release of the volatile substances.
The vaporised propolis causes a multitude of microscopic bioﬂavonoids to be released into the air, going into action, doing what they do best: killing bacteria and mould.
It can treat rooms up to 376 sq. ft. (35 m2) or 645sq.ft (60m2) if using the model with fan.
The demonstration of the validity of the system PropolAir is confirmed by at least three different studies
STUDY FROM ASL of COLLEGNO (ITALY) ABOUT MICROBIAL REDUCTION IN A SCHOOL CLASSROOM
(Biologi Italiani Feb 1996)
The first study, carried out by the ASL of Collegno, confirmed that, using the Kontak propolis diffusers in a classroom for three consecutive days resulted in a dramatic reduction of airborne microbes by up to 71.8%
Completely natural environment sanitation.
*ASL (Azienda Sanitaria Locale) – local health districts.
STUDY CONDUCTED AT A NURSERY
This second scientific study was carried out at the Association House Nursery Kindergartens. Throughout the period in which they used the PROPOLAIR diffusers, the number of children’s absences due to illness significantly decreased. There was also no manifestation of allergies or intolerance to propolis.
REDUCTION IN BENZENE AND IPA
The third study, carried out by the Chemical Laboratory of the Chamber of Commerce (Turin), showed that with the use of PROPOLAIR diffusers they obtained a reduction of up to 82% of Pyrene and Fluoranthene, (waste substances from the combustion of fuel for cars, defined by OMS as carcinogens).
The removal of benzene was 15%. In total 10 air pollutants were tested.
SCIENCE FACTS ON PROPOLIS AND DIFFUSERS:
- In the beehive
• Propolis is a resinous substance collected by honeybees from the buds and bark of trees and shrubs. The resins are produced by trees as part of their immune system, healing wounds and protecting against the damaging effects of radiation.
• These resins and balsams are taken back to the hive where the bees add salivary enzymes, wax and pollen. This substance is used to protect the colony from disease and infection due to its high antimicrobial activity.
• Propolis is used to varnish cells in the honeycomb before the Queen lays her eggs, thus ensuring a sterile environment for the development of the young larvae as they grow.
• Large pests and invaders, such as mice, slugs and lizards, are often killed by the colony but cannot be removed due to their size. In this case the bees will cover them with a coating of propolis to prevent disease resulting from putrefaction.
• Propolis is also used by the colony to reduce the size of the entrance for easier defense and to seal up cracks and holes. Propolis is sometimes referred to as “defender of the city” from the Greek origin of its name, pro (before) and polis (the city).
- Composition of Propolis
• A complex compound of biologically active substances including flavonoids, polyphenols, terpenes, phenolic esters and aromatic acids, each having distinct functional effects. However the synergistic effect of these compounds together is greater than the effect of any one substance.
- Biological effects
• The following effects have been observed and recorded: antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anesthetic, anti-allergenic, hepatic protective, anti-tumor, radio protective, antiulcer, cardio protective, and immune modulation.
• Propolis is also a chelator and able to remove heavy metals from the body.
- Health enhancing effects
• Many diseases are due to a poor or weak immune system. Propolis is able to stimulate the body’s immune response and thereby reduces the effects of an illness, or even prevent it, if taken as a prophylactic.
• Propolis has a high Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity index (ORAC) and as such can reduce damage caused by oxidative stress and free radicals.
• The multi drug resistant bacteria’s such asmethicillin-resistant staphlylococcus aureus (MRSA) can become resistant to often prescribed antibiotics. The complex structure of propolis prevents MRSA from becoming resistant.
• Whilst propolis is lethal to harmful bacteria, it does not affect the hundreds of beneficial bacteria that are important for our bodies.
- Common conditions known to respond to propolis diffusers:
- Allergic rhinitis
- Flu virus
- Sore throat
- Other acute and chronic respiratory diseases