A study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry suggests that propolis could promote the growth of cells that contribute to hair growth.
The study, conducted by Ken Kobayaski and his team showed that the number of cells involved in hair growth increased after propolis has been applied to the skin.
The propolis has been only tested on mice capable of growing fur, rather than balding mice – therefore the research team points out that hair loss is often the result of inflammation. The result of the tests was that the mice that received the propolis application grew their fur back faster than those that didn’t.
Propolis is a substance produced by bees, where the 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.
Because propolis contains anti-inflammatory elements, the researchers say they expect propolis to reverse hair loss due to balding. Nevertheless, the researchers acknowledge that further testing is necessary.
Propolis has proven antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal and anti-inflammatory effects due to its bioflavonoids and it has been used from ancient times for various affections, including wounds and tumors.