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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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Fact or Myth: Are Natural Antibiotics More Effective Than Traditional Antibiotics?

By | 2017-09-13T09:09:13+00:00 June 29th, 2015|History, Honey, News|

This is a Fact! Before the development of penicillin in the early 20th century, honey was mainstream medicine’s choicetreatment for wound care and persistent skin infections as natural antibiotics. Fast-acting antibiotics replaced this natural antibiotics. As our antibiotic use increased, so too did the antibiotic-resistance of many strains of bacteria. With the rise of growing antibiotic resistance, scientists are returning to good ol’ honey as a “new” solution to wound care. Research thus far has shown that honey, particularly Manuka honey, is more effective at healing skin infections and treating wounds than popular antibiotics are. A recent study conducted by researchers at Cardiff Metropolitan University and published in the journal Microbiology, found that Manuka honey eradicated 85% of a fully formed, extremely resistant strain of bacteria known as Streptococcus pyogenus. The study also indicated that Manuka honey helps prevent infection from occurring in the first place. Affirming the health benefits of honey as an antibacterial ointment, Scientific American recently reported: “In lab tests, just a bit of the honey killed off the majority of bacterial cells — and cut down dramatically on the stubborn bio-films they formed.” When wounds cluster together they form bio-films, which stimulate infection and form a barrier against antibacterial drugs. Numerous research studies attest to Manuka honey’s ability to destroy infectious bio-films. A 2009 study of chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS) sufferers found that honey was considerably more effective than traditional antibiotics in eliminating both planktonic and bio-film-grown forms of pseudomonas aeruginosa (PA) and staphylococcus aureus (SA), two important bacterial strains that cause CRS. However, it wouldn’t be advisable to apply the highly processed “Grade A” honey you find in most supermarkets to your wounds. Processed honey should never be used on a [...]

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Importance of Bees

By | 2017-09-13T09:09:13+00:00 June 25th, 2015|History, News, Uncategorized|

    Honey bees are part of the Hymenoptera order which includes, Bumble bees, Solitary bees, Wasps, Sawflies and Ants. What we can learn from bees? Studying bees adds significantly to the wider education of pupils.For example:- Bees are pollinators vital to our food chain. One third of the food we eat would not be available but for bees. Bees, like other insects, are part of a food chain. The social life of the honey bee colony provides a controversial start to thinking about the structure of societies. The tools which have evolved on the limbs and mouth parts of bees are neat examples of adaptation and engineering. The harvest from honey bees of honey, pollen, wax and propolis has nutritional, craft, manufacturing, and medical applications. Pollination by bees is important for genetic sustainability. Genes that have evolved in other animals are important to our future, too. In the UK about 70 crops are dependent on, or benefit from, visits from bees. In addition, bees pollinate the flowers of many plants which become part of the feed of farm animals. The economic value of honey bees and bumble bees as pollinators of commercially grown insect pollinated crops in the UK has been estimated at over £200 million per year. Bees are in danger of disappearing from our environment. Farming practices continue to disturb the natural habitats and forage of solitary and bumblebees at a rate which gives them little chance for re-establishment. The honey bee is under attack from the varroa mite and it is only the treatment and care provided by beekeepers that is keeping colonies alive. Most wild honey bee colonies have died out as a result of this disease. These factors, coupled [...]

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Propolis May Help Treat High Blood Sugar After a Meal

By | 2017-09-13T09:09:13+00:00 March 24th, 2015|News|

Inhibitory Properties of Aqueous Ethanol Extracts of Propolis on Alpha-Glucosidase Bees in action Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2015;2015:587383. Epub 2015 Feb 12. The objective of the present study was to evaluate the inhibitory properties of various extracts of propolis on alpha-glucosidase from baker's yeast and mammalian intestine. Inhibitory activities of aqueous ethanol extracts of propolis were determined by using 4-nitrophenyl-D-glucopyranoside, sucrose and maltose as substrates, and acarbose as a positive reference. All extracts were significantly effective in inhibiting α-glucosidase from baker's yeast and rat intestinal sucrase in comparison with acarbose (P < 0.05). The 75% ethanol extracts of propolis (75% EEP) showed the highest inhibitory effect on α-glucosidase and sucrase and were a noncompetitive inhibition mode. 50% EEP, 95%, EEP and 100% EEP exhibited a mixed inhibition mode, while water extracts of propolis (WEP) and 25% EEP demonstrated a competitive inhibition mode. Furthermore, WEP presented the highest inhibitory activity against maltase. These results suggest that aqueous ethanol extracts of propolis may be used as nutraceuticals for the regulation of postprandial hyperglycemia. Source:

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Control your hay fever and allergies symptoms

By | 2017-09-13T09:09:14+00:00 March 20th, 2015|News|

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 Cough Flu virus Laryngitis Pharingitis Sinusitis Sore throat MRSA Tonsillitis 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 [...]

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New study: is propolis a hope for hair regrowth?

By | 2017-09-13T09:09:14+00:00 February 26th, 2015|News|

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.     Source:  

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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 – 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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