Thinking Spring as it starts to get colder. I am excited to start seeing these lovely guys out and about!
Did you know that honey isn’t the only thing that bees make? They also produce a compound called Propolis that comes from the sap on needle-leaved trees or evergreens. When the sap is combined with their own discharges and beeswax, it creates a sticky, greenish-brown product that is used as a coating to build their hives. This is Propolis. Ancient civilizations have used Propolis for treating abscesses, fighting infections, helping the healing processes, and Egyptians even used to it embalm mummies. The composition of Propolis varies depending on the location of the bees and what types of trees and flowers they have access to, making it hard for researchers to come to general conclusions of the health benefits. But researchers have identified more than 300 compounds in Propolis, with the majority of them being polyphenols, which are antioxidants that fight disease and damage in the body. Propolis is thought to have antibacterial, antiviral, anti fungal, and anti-inflammatory properties. Possible uses include;
-Putting it on wounds can help them heal faster by speeding up new healthy cell growth
-Applied to cold sores 3x/day helps them heal faster and also helps protect against future outbreaks
-Keeping cancerous cells from multiplying, and blocking pathways that keep cancer cells from signaling to each other.
So BEE thankful for our bees and the wonderful things they do for our health and our earth!