WELLNESS--We have all tried various forms of honey from New Zealand Manuka to Lavender and Buckwheat and many of us know the powerful healing properties of this delicious wonder from nature.
But there is something even more amazing and nutrient rich, it is the waxy, sticky substance that holds the bee hive together, known as Propolis.
Propolis has proven antibiotic and antiseptic properties and may also have antiviral and anti-inflammatory effects. It has become popular both topically and used internally for everything from colds, herpes, burns, canker sores, various infections, acne, arthritis, and even to boost the immunity in order to fight cancer cells.
This miracle substance is a mixture of beeswax and various secretions created from the poplar and cone-bearing trees visited by the bees. Propolis has been shown to fight bacteria, fungus, and viruses and can be purchased in various forms such as supplement, spray, cream, and combined with honey.
Part of the immune-boosting properties come from the high amino acid content within Propolis along with Vitamins C, E, and B1, B2, and B6. Propolis also contains powerful polyphenols and minerals.
When it comes to lesions, genital herpes, cold sores, or anything topical, try a 3% Propolis ointment 3-4 times per day on the affected area. For immune-boosting properties, consider a Propolis supplement of 1000 mg per day.
- Be cautious if you have an allergy to bee products such as honey, pollen, or certain trees and always consult with your physician if you are pregnant or on blood-thinning medications before taking Propolis.
(Jay Bradley is a Youthful Aging, Wellness & Lifestyle Coach Living in Los Angeles. http://www.JayBradleyLifestyle.com. He is the Author of LIVE LOOK FEEL, The 12-Week Guide to Live Longer, Look Younger & Feel Better!)