Notes on Propolis

Okay, we know what honey and beeswax are used for. It is mostly common knowledge. However, propolis remains a mystery to many laypersons. Propolis (also known as bee glue or bee putty) is a natural resin that bees collect and fashion from tree buds, sap flows, conifer and poplar trees and other botanicals. It can be extremely sticky or brittle depending on temperature. Until the 20th century, it was believed that honeybees used the propolis as a means of sealing up their hive. That is only partly true. It is also used to prevent pests and intruders from entering the hive, reduce vibration and reinforce the hive’s structure.
Actually, humans have their own uses for propolis. Egyptians applied it for the mummification process. The Greeks and Assyrians used it to treat wounds. It is a valuable sealant in dentistry. Some studies show that it can fight against herpes simplex 1 and 2. And, you will find that propolis is an ingredient in many of our common products such as skin creams, lozenges and chewing gum.

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