Propolis or bee glue is a resinous mixture that honey bees produce by mixing saliva and beeswax with exudate gathered from tree buds, sap flows, or other botanical sources. It is used as a sealant for unwanted open spaces in the hive. Propolis is used for small gaps (approximately 6 millimeters (0.24 in) or less), while larger spaces are usually filled with beeswax. Its color varies depending on its botanical source, the most common being dark brown. Propolis is sticky at and above room temperature, 20 °C (68 °F). At lower temperatures, it becomes hard and very brittle.
My honeybees gather the propolis from trees and other plants and use it to patch up holes in the hive. It acts as an antiseptic barrier that will cover invaders and prevent hive contamination. You are receiving 0.50oz of propolis ethically and sustainably harvested from my own hives. It is was not subjected to any methods of purification, it comes to you straight out of the hives as is.
The main constituents are phenolic acids, flavonoids, terpenes, lipid-wax substances, beeswax, bioelements, and many other constituents like vitamins, proteins, amino acids, and sugars. In terms of quantity and type, phenolic compounds (polyphenols) make up the most numerous group of compounds found in propolis.
People use propolis for a variety of reasons, most commonly to create tinctures or salves that can be applied to the body. It is often used as a mouth rinse, a treatment of minor burns or scrapes, and internally as a nutritional supplement. It is believed to have activity against bacteria, viruses, and fungi, as well as anti-inflammatory effects.
Propolis has a long history of medicinal use, dating back to 350 B.C., the time of Aristotle. Greeks have used propolis for abscesses; Assyrians have used it for healing wounds and tumors; and Egyptians have used it for mummification. It still has many medicinal uses today, although its effectiveness has only been shown for a couple of them. How does it work? Propolis seems to have activity against bacteria, viruses, and fungi. It might also have anti-inflammatory effects and help skin heal.More great information can be found here. http://www.beepollenhub.com/propolis/
The composition and color of propolis will vary from season to season and hive to hive. It is normally dark brown, but some variation will occur.
General: I recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.Please use this product carefully, as propolis can cause allergic reactions in those that are sensitive to bee products.
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