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Benefits of Propolis

Bobbie Hershey

Propolis has long been used as a remedy for various types of ailments, and is touted as having anti-inflammatory anti-bacteria, and anti-viral properties.
Humans have taken a cue from the bees and have started using propolis to achieve their own health-related goals. Uses of propolis are wide and varied, and include:
  • Remedy for urinary infections
  • Immune system strengthener (propolis attacks harmful bacteria, but not healthy)
  • Treatment for burns and cuts
  • Remedy for dental plaque
  • Treatment for cold sores, genital herpes and other viruses
  • Treatment for dermatitis and acne
  • Relief for sore throats or inflamed tonsils
  • Preventative treatment to ward off oncoming colds
  • Treatment for ulcers
  • Relief of arthritis and other joint pane
Bees use this resin mixture as both a sealant for their hive and as a lining for brood cells (baby bee nurseries) when the queen is ready to lay eggs. The fact that bees use propolis to line brood cells makes a lot of sense considering its anti-bacterial properties; propolis ensures the health of the larvae by creating a hospital-clean environment. :)

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