Propolis, a product of exceptional therapeutic value, is regarded as one of the most effective drugs found in nature. Processed by bees, propolis contains sour, sticky, greenish-brown or brown-colored substances with a pleasant aroma of resins and balsam.
Named “beeswax” or “Russian penicillin”, propolis is an extremely precious apiculture product, consisting of a mixture of sour, sticky, greenish-brown or brownish, pleasantly flavored resins and conditioners. It is processed by work bees after collecting biological products from at least 20 tree species producing trees, such as poplar, birch, alder, chestnut, beech, ash, pine, fir, stems and branches young, leaf petiole and bark (willow, plum). In this resinous substance, the bee adds salivary gland secretions containing enzymes, wax and other biochemical compounds.
The healing effects of propolis have been known since ancient times. Gradually, the preparation came into the use of folk medicine, although the concrete explanations of the therapeutic effects have become poorly known by the general public, being kept secret.
Noteworthy that propolis retains unaltered its antimicrobial capacity, unlike synthetic antibiotics against which bacteria develop a gradual resistance, which makes it necessary to periodically introduce new products.
Actions of propolis in respiratory diseases
Propolis, given as tincture (30% propolis tincture), is beneficial in treating acute bronchitis, bronchitis, infectious asthma, and lung abscess. From propolis tincture take 15-30 drops three times a day before meals, in a glass of milk or lukewarm water in a cure that lasts until healing. In asthma, aerosols with propolis tincture (15%), diluted with water in a ratio of 1: 1, are particularly beneficial; every day, two sessions lasting five minutes, followed by 20 minutes rest, in a 15-30 day cure.
In flu, cold, vomiting, tracheitis and chronic laryngitis, 20% propolis tincture with antiviral activity (20-30 drops diluted in a glass of water or milk twice or three times a day before meals with a hour). With this tincture, gargle is made, then swallowed or inhaled in the morning and evening.
In cardiovascular disease
There have been remarkable effects of propolis on capillary systems, by reducing fragility and restoring elasticity of peripheral blood vessels.
In ischemic cardiac and angina pectoris with arrhythmias and heart failure, propolis tincture (30%) is recommended twice a day, 10 drops per meal, for 15 days a month. In the treatment of hypertension and atherosclerosis, with blood cholesterol lowering, propolis tincture (20% in alcohol 700) is effective, from which 30 drops are taken in a little water, every morning on an empty stomach, until complete amelioration of the disease.
In diseases of the digestive system
In hyperacid gastritis and ulcers (gastric and duodenal) place 30 drops of propolis tincture (20%) on a slice of white and dry bread that chews well in the mouth and swallows the empty stomach four times a day with healing effects and regulating the secretion of acid juices (therefore it is not consumed without bread). Favorable effects have been reported in enteritis, acute and chronic colitis, hepatic steatosis, chronic cholecystitis, hepatitis, cirrhosis, viral stomach diseases and gallbladder disease. Use tincture of propolis (20%), morning on empty stomach, 30-40 drops. In stomach aches, take 30 drops of tincture in 100 ml of warm milk in the morning on the empty stomach. You can also take the raw, finely chopped propolis powder, taking 10-20 g per day, one hour before meals, until full healing.
In diseases of the oral cavity and ENT (nose, throat, ears)
Propolis is effective in purulent and bloody gingivitis, stomatitis, paradontal abscesses, early paradontosis, toothache or after extractions, pharyngeal tonsillitis, laryngitis, sinusitis, hypoacusive sclerosing otitis, rhinitis and the ozone. Recommended raw propolis (5-20 g per day, chewed or sucked), ointment in the nose, sprays, aerosols and gargarisms. For otitis, apply tincture (10 drops three times a day) in the diseased ear.
Propolis has proven to be a good stimulant for repairing tissues affected by old wounds, eczema, abscesses, cuts, burns, acne, baskets, crushing, frostbite, insect bites, fire damage, and scar removal. These effects are due to content rich in flavonoids. Local buffers or compresses with 20% propolis tinctures (even if it produces frostbite) and propolis ointment (20% in grease) are applied. In herpes, furuncles and varicose ulcers located on the buttocks, daily compresses with 20% propolis tincture are used, using a cotton swab or fine spraying in the ulcer area. Apply the propolis ointment (20% in Vaseline) to the wound periphery for 4-12 weeks until scarring and complete healing. In the wounds and warts, a piece of low melt propolis is applied in the form of dressing, so that after a few days both the bark of the wound and the root fall. Tuberculosis of the skin is treated with salicylate, containing 50% propolis, gradually replaced with pure propolis, applied under leucoplast or under waxed paper, so that after two months it will bring healing.
Propolis tincture: 20-30 g of raw propolis is taken in 100 ml of alcohol at 80 degrees, allowed to soak in the dark with daily shaking for 7 days, squeezed in dark bottles and consumed 30-50 of drops placed on a slice of bread or honey, two to four times a day, one hour before meals. Diluting with water is not recommended because certain substances in the propolis composition precipitate in contact with water, becoming insoluble and pass through the body without effect.
Propolis Alcoholic Extract: Take 150 g of finely pulverized raw propolis and sprinkle it in the dark with a liter of alcohol of 80 degrees, stirring daily. After seven days, they sneak through gauze and pass into brown bottles for long-term storage. Eat 20-40 drops in 100 ml of milk or hot water one hour before meals. It has effects in regulating blood pressure. Put on the painful gum or carious lesion, relieve pain and prevent infection.
Propolis water: Prepare five teaspoons of propolis tincture to 200 ml of cold water; has excellent effects in fighting stomatitis and dental caries (by mouth rinsing).
Propolis Spray: Spray from a distance of 10-15 cm in the treatment of external conditions (varicose vein of the throat, wounds, eczema, burns, skin lesions, keratoderms, lesions).
Proposed honey: combine a teaspoon of propolis tincture with three teaspoons of honey. It is recommended that half a teaspoon of three times a day be used to strengthen the immune system and to combat respiratory and intestinal infections. Anemic adults will take a spoon three times a day as a biostimulator, increasing physical strength and removing fatigue.
Propolis syrup: Prepare a spoonful of raw propolis in 250 ml of water, boil until the liquid drops to half; squeeze it, sweeten it with two tablespoons of honey and eat it with great efficiency in fighting the cough (3 teaspoons a day).
Ointment of propolis: over 50 grams of low heat lard are put 3 teaspoons of propolis tincture and one piece of walnut-sized wax; mix thoroughly for 10 minutes, remove from heat and continue stirring until hardened. The preparation is stored in a refrigerator and used in external treatment to cure light wounds, eczema, burns and contusions.
Raw Propolis: A piece of a peanut-like propolis sucks in the mouth like a candy or chewing gum so that the active principles have local effect. It is recommended for infections in the mouth, pharyngitis and tonsillitis.