What is Propolis

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What is the miracle cure Propolis?

Are you already familiar with the benefits of royal jelly, honey, pollen and beeswax for your well-being? Then you will find out that the hive contains another treasure; unknown a few years ago, but now a total solution for natural well-being, all year round: propolis .

But first a little more about this “miracle cure” Propolis:

Propolis stings
There are many products available that mention propolis as an active ingredient (especially products for the care of the throat) and these products may have a light taste. If so, don’t confuse this softness with propolis! The very first thing you should know is that a good, working propolis stings the mouth: this is proof that it works!

Propolis smells good
You often hear critics say that propolis smells bad: this is not true. This is the scent of the beehive, of nature, a scent of balm with delicious accents, reminiscents of coniferous forests and the scent of vanilla and hyacinth. A real natural product!

Propolis is colorful
Propolis, a resinous substance, is naturally very colorful: brown, red, green… natural colors that betray their vegetable origin. And propolis extract retains its color, despite the purification process! It is therefore quite normal that a propolis product is tinted and not white or transparent. The propolis used in Propolia® products is brown: a color that indicates an origin of great plant diversity.

Quality propolis products
At Lekkerhoning.nl we value great quality products. That is why we are so fanatic of everything that the French brand Propolia has to offer. Beautiful, beneficial products that have been developed under laboratory conditions and are constantly being improved. All the healthy power from the hive is bundled in a wide variety of pure, natural care and beauty products. This natural product helps bees to keep the beehive free from viruses and it also has a versatile effect on mankind. This wonder drug has been used by humans for centuries because of its powerful antibacterial effect. Propolis is used for internal and external use in, for example tincture , capsules , ointment , toothpaste and powder .

The effect of propolis

Propolis works well against bacteria, viruses and fungi. Propolis stimulates the human body’s immune system and stops inflammatory reactions.

  • It supports the immune system and increases the resistance against diseases and viruses
  • Has a soothing effect on the respiratory tract
  • Improves condition of the gums and overall oral cavity and can help against bad breath
  • Supports the regenerative capacity of the red and sensitive skin
  • Care of warts, fungal nails
  • Hay fever
  • Lungs, breathe freely
  • Promotes the wound healing
  • Stimulates the (fat) metabolism and ensures a good bowel movement
  • Keeps muscles and joints flexible
  • Promotes a natural healthy sleep

What is Propolis?

Propolis is a combination of resinous, gummy and balsamic substances that bees extract from the buds of certain trees, including poplars (especially French propolis).
Propolis comes from the Greek and means ‘for the city’. The bees place it in front of the beehive entrance as a ‘natural barrier’ to protect the colony from microbiological attacks and predators. The richness of propolis lies in the many active substances it contains. It contains, among other things: flavonoids, phenolic acids, aromatic acids and many ligo elements.
It is a substance that cannot be found anywhere else in nature. In recent years, science has also turned to propolis and has demonstrated an important, natural and unique capacity for human well-being.

The resin collected by the bees has a beautiful amber color (maroon that tends to red) and is sticky to the touch. The bees change the composition of the resin by adding certain secretions and wax to it. In addition, certain impurities are added by the work in the hives by the beekeeper and by the activity of the bees themselves (pieces of wood, dead bees, pollen, grains of sand…). So propolis must be purified before it can be used.

A certain number of specialized fly bees collect the resin from the buds. They use their tongues and their jaws for this, and then their hind legs. The bees bring it to the hive in the form of large drops. There it is used in various ways: to cover the walls of the hive, to seal and germinate the combs and cells, to pack and embalm intruders. All these actions disinfect the beehive!

The beekeeper can remove the propolis from the hive without harming the colony:
– By annually scraping the propolis from the honey chambers of the hive.
– By using perforated plastic grids: the bees seal the holes with propolis.

The grids are frozen so that the resin becomes brittle and can be easily removed. The amount collected depends on the vegetation in the area and the bee breed. Caucasian bees collect the most. The average amount varies between 100 and 300 g per hive per year. That of course means that propolis is a rare, precious substance!

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