What is propolis
WHAT IS PROPOLIS
Propolis is a resinous substance collected by working bees from tree buds and secreted by their glands. The colour of propolis varies from dark green to coffee green – turning darker over time. It has a distinctive aroma and a somewhat bitter flavour. Propolis is composed of resin, wax, essential oils, pollen and is rich in minerals, especially iron and zinc.
The therapeutic qualities of propolis
Propolis has long been used in folk medicine but is now also used in orthodox medicine as its invaluable therapeutic qualities have been widely recognised. It is used in the treatment of vascular disease, asthma, gastric and duodenal ulcers, gastritis and various mouth and throat inflammations. Propolis is successfully used as a medical agent in the treatment of various skin diseases such as burns, different types of eczema, warts and haemorrhoids and it also stimulates tissue regeneration.
Propolis is commonly dissolved in ethyl-alcohol or in an oil-solution. It may be used in its original state as well.
How to store propolis?
Either dissolved or in its original state, propolis should be stored in a cool, dry and dark place in a hermetically sealed pot, if possible.