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Propolis, What is it? And why do we need it?

Living Well

Propolis, often referred to as “nature’s defender,” is a remarkable resinous substance produced by honeybees. The word “propolis” originates from Greek, where “pro” means “in front of”, containing the meaning of protection and defense and “polis” means “city” or “community.”

What is it?

Essentially, Propolis is a substance that bees use to defend and protect their hives. They collect resin from various plants, mix it with their saliva and beeswax, and use the resulting sticky material to seal cracks, gaps, and other openings in their hives. This helps to reinforce the hive structure, regulate temperature, and protect against intruders such as bacteria, viruses, and fungi.

In human applications, Propolis is valued for its antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties, making it a popular natural remedy for various health issues.

Why Do We Need It?

1. Antimicrobial Properties:

One of the most celebrated benefits of Propolis is its potent antimicrobial properties. Bees use it to sterilize their hives, effectively protecting the colony from bacteria, viruses, and fungi. For humans, numerous studies suggest that Propolis helps to combat infections and support the immune system.

2. Anti-inflammatory Effects:

Research suggests that Propolis contains flavonoids which are compounds with anti-inflammatory properties, making it valuable in managing various inflammatory conditions such as arthritis, skin irritations, and respiratory issues.

3. Antioxidant Support:

Propolis is rich in antioxidants, which help neutralize harmful free radicals in the body. By reducing oxidative stress, Propolis may lower the risk of chronic diseases.

4. Wound Healing:

For centuries, Propolis has been used topically to promote wound healing and tissue repair. Its antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory actions help cleanse wounds, prevent infection, and accelerate the healing process, making it a valuable addition to natural first aid kits.

5. Dental Health:

Due to its antimicrobial properties, Propolis is widely used in oral care products such as toothpaste, mouthwash, and dental floss. It helps combat oral bacteria, reduces plaque formation, and supports gum health, contributing to overall oral hygiene.

At Symbeeosis we are third generation beekeepers and our approach is informed by our deep respect and care for bees. Our beehives are placed in remote areas of Greece that are rich in biodiversity, and where bees do not encounter pesticides or other polluting factors therefore contributing to a completely organic environment. As a result, the Propolis extracted from these hives is of the highest quality and is easily available to you in the delicious form of Symbeeosis Organic Functional Honey with Propolis.

Propolis is a versatile natural remedy that offers a myriad of health benefits, ranging from immune support and wound healing to oral care. Whether consumed as a supplement, applied topically, or incorporated into healthcare products, Propolis is a key player in natures pharmacy and we highly recommend using it as a tool for your wellbeing.