What is propolis?
Propolis is a complex made by bees from resinous substances with multiple therapeutic properties. It is collected mainly from conifers (birch, fir, poplar, etc.). This mixture is brought by the bees to the hive, being transported in the pollen “baskets” which are also used for the transport of propolis at their third pair of legs. Then the bees line the hive with propolis, creating an unfavorable environment for the development of bacteria. Propolis is the natural antiseptic of the hive.
When an intruder enters the hive, he is immediately immobilized and killed by the sentinel bees who scent him with propolis so that he decays in his propolis sarcophagus without contaminating the tenants of the hive. We also find Propolis in the alveoli containing the eggs, creating a sterile environment for the good development of future bees.
Depending on the species of bees and the size of the colony, a hive can produce between 0.1 and 1 kg of Propolis per year.
What is its composition?
Propolis composition is very complex. It consists mainly of resins (flavonoids, phenolic acids, esters), beeswax, fatty acid, volatile essential oils and pollen. It is very variable in its consistency from one geographical region to another because it is the buds of the foraged trees which determine the constitution of propolis. Depending on the temperature, propolis has a different consistency, it is very sticky and elastic when the outside temperature is high and hardens when the outside temperature is colder.
Propolis has always been used by humans
Propolis was already used by the Egyptians for ointments and mummification rituals. During Antiquity, it was specifically appreciated for its antiseptic and healing properties, it was entirely part of the emergency pharmacy of the time and even in the Middle Ages where it was used to heal wounds. In the past two centuries, Propolis has been replaced by medication despite all the benefits it can have.
What are the different forms of propolis?
Raw Propolis : Raw Propolis is harvested directly from the hives and then sorted to separate the impurities. It has not received any other treatment to guarantee you all of its active ingredients. Consume it by chewing small bits in the raw state, such as chewing gum, as long as possible before swallowing or throwing the piece.
Quintessence of Propolis : The Quintessence of Propolis, is a mother tincture, liquid, to consume with a little water, a spoon of honey or in your herbal teas. This Propolis is intense, very concentrated and very effective. It is the essential and 100% natural element for wintering.
Propolis gums: Propolis, honey, liquorice and violet gums to soften your throat and your voice at all times. Practical, it is sold in its small metal box to have it with you every day.
Perle Propolis : The most delicious version of our propolis products.
Users not authorized to consume propolis
Children under 6 and pregnant women.
How to use propolis?
Adults: Take after meals, as a cure for 3 weeks to 1 month, up to 3 grams per day. Take up to 1 gram every 3 hours if necessary as an active cure, for heavy treatments.
Children: 500 mg of Propolis per day for 3 to 4 weeks.
It is advised not to take too much Propolis. It is better to make cures, only if necessary.
Propolis-based preparation idea
The sanitizing and gentle shampoo
- A teaspoon of forest honey or chestnut honey (use dark honeys)
- 10 drops of propolis extract
- 125 ml of organic foaming base or as neutral as possible organic shampoo
Gently mix the ingredients in a glass bowl, until the honey and propolis are completely dissolved in the base. Fill a bottle with the preparation. Store cool at most one month.