Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Bees Make More than Honey: The Health Benefits of Propolis

By Donna Baxter, Living Green, 4/10/2013
Beekeepers know propolis as the resin that bees use to seal their hives.  But propolis is gathered from beehives by wildcrafters to use as a natural supplement.  In fact, old-school beekeepers are aware of one of its medicinal benefits; they chew on a piece to relieve a sore throat.
Whether taken as capsules, in its raw form, or as an active ingredient in gum, regular use of propolis can have a significant impact on your general health.
Fighting Infection
It is particularly effective at treating infections and soothing pain, and has antimicrobial and antibacterial properties.  Propolis is used on serious cuts, bruises, sore throats, stomach complaints, and athlete’s foot. When used regularly, propolis can help with chronic health problems and persistent allergies.
When rubbed onto the skin, or swallowed, propolis soothes inflammations, and reduces pain in affected areas. It can be chewed to combat gum infections and plaque, and persistent pain from dentures or cavities. Propolis is particularly effective in gum form for treating oral yeast…

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