Sold by gram weight. Rocky Mountain Bee Supply gathers mostly red propolis from our Monument yard in Monument, Colorado. The name of Propolis originates from the Greek words “Pro” (before) + Polis (city). It is also called bee glue. Just like honey, propolis varies from hive to hive. Within the hive propolis is used for many things like patching small holes, preventing putrefaction when large intruders (like mice) crawl into the hive and die, and inhibiting bacterial and fungal growth. Bees disinfect the hive using propolis. It is composed of primarily resins and vegetable balsams, waxes, essential oils and pollen. At room temperature and warmer, the propolis is sticky, and at lower temperatures, it becomes hard.
In composition, propolis is very rich in nutrients:
- About 50 mineral components: mercury, copper, potassium, magnesium, silicon, phosphorus and others;
- Vitamins A, E, B1, B2, B6;
- Acids: pantheonic, nicotinic, glutamic;
- Phenolic acids;
- Nitrogenous substances;
A pleasant rich smell of bee glue is obtained due to the mixture consisting of the essential oils of various plants, their resins, and pollen, 30% of the composition of propolis is wax.
The most important quality of propolis is its use as an effective antibacterial agent. But it not only acts as an antiseptic. Use of propolis is able to stimulate the body’s production of defenses, which further help it resist the introduction of pathogenic flora. That is, bee glue is an effective immunomodulator.
Propolis is used for the treatment of the following diseases:
- Inflammation of the sebaceous glands;
- Fungal infections;
- Ulcerative and erosive lesions of the gastrointestinal tract;
- Stomatitis, gingivitis;
- Cervical erosion.
Propolis is used as an internal and external remedy, for treatment of systemic diseases and inflammatory processes of various kinds.
Thanks to propolis, it is possible to remove bedsores from bedridden patients. The only contraindication to the use of bee products is an individual reaction, intolerance to bee products.
Propolis is typically ingested via a tincture. There are many recipes on the internet on how to prepare a propolis tincture. Do not chew propolis...it will stick to your teeth. We make no guarantees or warranties of remedies or uses of propolis or by-products of propolis.