Honeybees gather propolis, a resin, from tree bark and leaves. They combine this resin with nectar, creating a mix of wax, pollen and bee bread. They then use this substance to seal their hives, protecting it from outside contaminants. They also use propolis at the entrance to the hive to sterilize themselves as they come and go.
While propolis is just now enjoying a rediscovery, its usefulness can be traced back to the time of Hippocrates, who used it to heal sores and ulcers, internally and externally.
Like Royal Jelly and Bee Pollen, Propolis also contains a number of unidentified compounds which work together synergistically to create a perfectly balanced, nutritive substance. Except for vitamin K, Propolis has all the known vitamins. Of the fourteen minerals required by the body, Propolis contains them all with the exception of sulfur. Sixteen amino acids have been identified in Propolis. It is antibacterial, anti viral, antibiotic, anti fungal, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant
Propolis will help relieve or cure: allergies, bruises, burns, cancer, herpes zoster, fatigue, sore throats, nasal congestion, skin disorders, sunburn, shingles, respiratory infections, stomach flu, flu, colds, coughs, ulcers, wounds.
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