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 side effects or toxicity of chemotherapy drugs used in the treatment of cancer.
For more information about propolis and it’s benefits you can check our blog.