What is Bee Propolis?
Bee propolis is nature’s resilient protector. It’s made up of over 300 natural compounds, consisting of approximately: 50% resins, 30% wax, 10% oils, 5% bee pollen, and 5% vitamins, minerals, and amino acids.
The beehive is one of the cleanest environments in nature because it is protected from bacteria and viruses by this extraordinary concoction called propolis – which means “defender of the city.”
This sticky brown resin-like mixture is produced by honey bees when they combine their own saliva and beeswax with conifer or poplar trees and plant resins, tree waxes, tree and flower sap, pollen, and enzymes. Just like honey, the color and composition of propolis vary widely from plant sources, collection time, collection location, and even from hive to hive.
Worker honey bees use propolis to seal small unwanted gaps and holes in the hive while larger unwanted gaps are filled with beeswax. Propolis is also used to strengthen the honeycomb and guard the hive against intruders.
If the hive is invaded by a large enemy, like a beetle snake or lizard, then killed in the hive, the honeybees use propolis to wrap the invader. This mummification protects the hive from infection due to its potent antifungal, antibacterial, and antiviral properties. Honeybees are very meticulous and fastidious and will promptly remove any waste produced inside the colony.
Benefits of Bee Propolis
Bee propolis is a superfood, rich in bioflavonoids, and amino acids, and is a good source of trace minerals, B vitamins, vitamin C, vitamin E, and beta-carotene. It’s very useful as both an ingestible and a topical, depending on what you need.
Bee propolis as an Ingestible
Bee propolis can be used as an ingestible or food supplement to help fend off and treat a variety of health conditions. Propolis stimulates the thymus gland, a small organ behind the breastbone that plays an important role in both the immune and endocrine systems. Propolis can be very effective for respiratory issues such as the sore throat or cough. Built by Bees makes an all-raw honey product called “Fit For a Queen” which includes propolis. To learn more about this healthy product, please visit here.
Bee propolis as a Topical
With a wide range of healing properties, it’s also used as a topical healing agent for burns, minor wounds, and infections. Propolis can aid rashes or infections and is also effective in reducing inflammation. This mixture of tree resins, beeswax, and pollen has lavish amounts of healing antioxidants, and is renowned for softening, healing, and restoring problem skin.
Allergies and Risks
People who are allergic to bee stings, bee pollen, honey, conifer or poplar trees should not use propolis unless first tested by an allergy specialist.
How Much Bee Propolis Should I Take Daily For Optimal Health Benefits?
The recommended daily dose of bee propolis varies depending on the specific product and individual health needs. Please consult with a healthcare professional before adding bee propolis to your daily routine.
How Is Bee Propolis Extracted And Processed For Use In Built By Bees Products?
At Built by bees, we use a gentle, sustainable extraction process to obtain high-quality bee propolis for use in our products. Our bee propolis is sourced from local hives and carefully processed to retain its natural goodness and potency.
Can Bee Propolis Be Used Topically Or Is It Only For Internal Consumption?
Bee propolis can be used both internally and topically, depending on the desired effect. For example, it can be added to skincare products for its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, or consumed as a supplement for its immune-boosting benefits.
What Sets Built By Bees Bee Propolis Products Apart From Others On The Market?
At Built by bees, we are dedicated to producing high-quality honey products that are both effective and sustainable. Our bee propolis is sourced from local hives, extracted using gentle methods, and carefully processed to ensure potency and purity. Plus, we only use natural ingredients and never any artificial additives or preservatives.