It is one of the most useful products of mixed origin. There are a lot of heated debates about the exact origin of bees' honey and propolis − animal or vegetable?!
On the one hand, the honey and its by-products are allowed to the Abstinence, which indicates its plant nature, on the other − without the participation of bees, the honey and propolis would not be exactly. However, that may be, in this article, we will look at the useful properties of propolis, which in their way are unique and unrepeatable.
The most popular product is a propolis tincture − this is it the most often is used by people for the treatment of various diseases and ailments. Therefore, in our material, we will focus mainly on the beneficial properties of the propolis tincture, and only secondarily − other offal.
Secret of Propolis Recipe
One of the most interesting facts is − the propolis recipe has not yet been solved by scientists. The bees store this secret too well, so today there are different opinions raised among researchers. Someone thinks that the propolis is a product made from the saliva of bees; someone says that propolis consists of processed resinous substances, plants, pollen, kidneys and barks of trees.
However, the miraculous medicinal properties of propolis are indeed confirmed by all. Perhaps, this is one of the most useful substances of natural origin, and also thanks to its useful composition.
Useful Composition of Propolis
To the extent that a person is realized the useful properties of propolis, the scientists undertook to actively explore its composition, and that is what turned out. It turned out that the product we are considering contains about 50 unique organic acids, and approximately 200 biological compounds.
About 50 percents of the total propolis content are found in the resinous components, aromatic acids, esters and flavonoids. About 30 percents of the propolis composition consists of wax, and about 10 percents of it falls on the essential and aromatic oils. Since it is a product of bee's processing, the propolis contains 5 percents of pollen and the remaining 5 percents remain for the other useful substances − vitamins and minerals, sugar, lacton and ketone, etc.
Among the vitamins, the propolis contains:
- vitamins of group B − B6, B3 and riboflavin (alias, vitamin B2);
- vitamins PP and E;
- ascorbic acid (alias, vitamin C);
- retinol (or, vitamin A).
Also, the minerals and the amino acids are present in the form of:
- vanadium and cysteine;
- strontium and alanine;
- sodium and antimony;
- cobalt and titanium;
- glycine and leucine;
- tyrosine and valine;
- ferrum, fluorine, chromium, selenium, copper, etc.
Taking into account already those substances that have been mentioned above, it is worth noting that the use of propolis for the organism in the case of the proper application will be invaluable. Further, consider the pharmacology of this product and the useful properties of it.
Medicinal Properties of Propolis
This bees' glue is now very valuable for the human body, and has a range of useful effects on it. First, the propolis has the antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effect. It is for this (and other reasons, described below) that the propolis is a part of toothpastes and the oral cavity prevention products.
The propolis has a regenerating and anesthetic effect on the organism. It is able to anesthetize a sore spot and contribute to the early regeneration of body cells.
The product is very effective for treating the gastrointestinal problems and diseases, providing an antioxidant and cleansing effect. This propolis has the astringent properties and also significantly strengthens the body tissues at the cellular level.
The propolis therapeutic properties are manifested in the choleretic and diuretic action, due to which this product becomes useful in diseases of the genitourinary system. Among other things, the product has a beneficial effect on the purification of blood from the cholesterol, promotes the acceleration of metabolic processes, is widely used in the cosmetology as a rejuvenating agent, and has a beneficial effect on the structure of cell membranes.
Probably, in nature there is not even another product similar to the propolis, which is characterized by such a useful composition and properties. This is one of the reasons why propolis in today's market is not cheap − for $1 you can buy only 0.2oz of propolis.
Opinion of Nutritionists About Propolis
Naturally, in dietology, the propolis will also be very useful. In order to acheive its curative effect, it is necessary to take it as tinctures in the event of gastrointestinal disorders and the development of diabetes mellitus. Also, the propolis is useful in the obesity.
Nutritionists believe that propolis helps regulate the metabolism in the organism, improve appetite and ensure the assimilation of micro-elements. The medical preparations prepared on the propolis basis help effectively remove the slags and the toxins, reduce the level of cholesterol. However, the drugs based on the propolis are not recommended for the people with liver disease.
Application of Propolis in Cosmetology
As a cosmetic agent the propolis began to be used still even in ancient Egypt. At those times the Egyptians used it as a means for healing the wounds. Today, on the basis of propolis the cosmetology products with a moisturizing and rejuvenating effect are made.
In addition, this product is also used as an anti-cellulite agent. Also, the propolis is used to strengthen hair, entering the compositions of the expensive shampoos.
Contra-indications and Harm of Propolis
With regard to the negative effect of it on the organism, there are several points to note here. First, the ban on the using of this product can affect those who have an allergic reaction to bees' products. The allergy can manifest itself in the form of itching, swelling, weakness and headache, burning and irritation.
And, as mentioned earlier again, the product is not recommended for the people with advanced diseases of the liver and the bile ducts. And as mentioned above the product is not recommended for the people with advanced diseases of the liver and the bile ducts.
Recipes based on propolis
Various useful recipes and products are prepared from the propolis. First of all, a tincture of propolis with the alcohol is known very well. With its help, a numerous diseases and ailments are treated. However, in addition there are known recipes for the ointments, pastes and oils, which are no less effective. We consider now several effective recipes based on the propolis, as well as some cases of their use. Before using, it is advisable to consult a doctor.
Tincture of Propolis on Alcohol
3.5oz finely grated propolis put in a vial and gradually add to it 17oz of the 96-degrees alcohol, shaking for 30 minutes. It is stored in a dark place. From time to time, shake this mixture. After a week the solution is filtered.
For ingestion of water-alcohol or milk-alcohol solution must be warm. For a half cup of milk or water use twenty-fourty drops. Take three times a day for an hour and a half before meals.
In a vessel (porcelain cup or glass can) put 3.5oz of oil's base (olive or sunflower oil or lanolin with petroleum jelly), add 0.7oz of propolis, cover, put into a water bath and boil for 60 minutes, often mixing with a wooden spatula. Filter the hot mass through two layers of gauze and pack it in a glass dish. It is stored in a cool place.
The ointment has a semi-liquid consistency with a weak odor. There are only a wax and a part of the essential oil in the preparated propolis. Intaking of the oil propolis inside (on a tablespoon three times a day, half an hour before meals for an adult) can be combined with a massage of breast by the propolis with warm oil or alcohol.
Contraindications: intolerance of the body, an allergy to beekeeping products, limiting the intaking of oil.
Tincture of Propolis in Water Bath
To 3.5oz of propolis add 3.4oz of distilled water and place in a water bath for several hours, then, filter to remove the sediment. The extract is taken with the tuberculosis, the tonsillitis, with the inflammation of the middle ear (dig in three drops three times a day). With peptic ulcer of the stomach and the duodenum − take twenty drops in the warm water or milk after an hour and a half after eating two-three times a day.