Propolis - A Natural Antibiotic
Many had heard about the wondrous cure of honey but so few had heard about the equally wondrous propolis. Propolis is a natural antibiotic and the wonderful thing is that it does not bring with it the side effects that we often get from chemical antibiotics. The most harmful side effects of chemical antibiotics is that it kills off all bacteria both the good and harmful ones. As for the harmful bacteria, it can only kill off about 99%. The remaining 1% of harmful bacteria continues to develop and become resistant to the very same antibiotic which was meant to kill it off initially. These stronger bacteria starts multiplying and attacking our body again and then requires an even stronger chemical antibiotic to kill it. That is when the vicious cycle starts until we end up with no more available antibiotics left to heal.
On the other hand, propolis has no toxic side effects as it kills only harmful bacteria and do not destroy the friendly bacteria which is so essential to our body. Propolis is also effective for those mutated strains of bacteria which has already grown resistant to chemical antibiotics. Propolis contains a multitude of wonderful properties – antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal and antiseptic. The beauty is that it does not cause our body system to develop a tolerance unlike chemical antibiotics.
In fact those who regularly consume propolis has develop strong immunity against the common cold, flu and sore throats. Many of us are also ignorant of the fact that the use of propolis is actually an age-old home remedy. Home remedies from the past are:-
- Sore throat – Simply place one lump of propolis into your mouth and let it slowly melt. When the saliva flows through your throat, the propolis provides an antibiotic disinfecting bath for the entire throat which helps to reduce the swelling and clears up the infection by next morning. The juice will taste a bit bitter but it is worth it as you will experience remarkable results.
- Corns – Soften the propolis and then apply a thick layer of it over the corns before covering it up. In the past, a clean cloth is use to wrap around the whole foot but nowadays you can easily just use an adhesive bandage to wrap it up. Keep applying propolis each night until the hard corns starts to soften after a few days which can then be easily remove.
- Scraps and cuts – Even though we the cuts and scrapes are minor, we still need to protect it against infection and to speed up healing. Propolis tea is perfect for this To prepare propolis tea, just crush a lump of propolis, place it int a cup and then pour boiling water into the cup. Let it steep for a few minutes. Store in a clean covered bottle and use it when necessary.
- Acne, pimples, skin rashes or skin irritations – Propolis tea is also effective in helping to speed up healing for all these skin problems.
- As a preventive medicine – Consuming propolis tincture daily is an age-old preventive medicine. Propolis tincture can also be a substitute for propolis tea. Take a lump of propolis and crush it before steeping it in a pure, food-grade alcohol. One excellent recommendation would be vodka. You will end up getting a golden brown liquid which you can ingest by the teaspoonful. You can also opt to take it by putting it on a piece of bread or on a sugar cube. If taken regularly, propolis can help to boost up your immune system and prevent us from getting flu, colds, coughs, respiratory problems and many more.
In addition, further studies has shown that propolis can cure many other ailments due to the fact that it is a very special natural substance that can produce strong effect. Ailments that it is able to help includes:-
- Cancer – Propolis is able to help to slow down the growth of malignant cells while concurrently stimulate the normal cells’ activities. This gives some breathing allowance for the body to have sufficient time to recover and become healthy again. There have been cases where tumors of many cancer patients as well as leukemia patients went into remission after undertaking propolis treatment.
- Urinary tract infection
- Sinusitis congestion
- Periodontal disease
What is Propolis
Propolis is the sticky resin that trickles out from bark of some types of trees or from the buds of other species of trees. The bees gather these propolis (or bee glue) and used it to cover the openings of the hives which they do not need anymore as a protection against intruders or to make the structure of the beehives stronger. Since propolis contains antiseptic properties, it also provides an extremely clean environment for the queen and the rearing of it brood.
When freshly harvested from the beehives, propolis will harden in cold weather whilst during warm weather, it will be soft and sticky. Propolis is available in many forms. It can be bought in its original form which is in waxy chunks or in powder, capsules, extracts, tablets, granules or liquid tinctures which may also contain some alcoholic content.