Veterinarian Reviewed on June 8, 2012 by Paulina Nelega, RH
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Propolis Resin (lead free)
Propolis Resin is a naturally created resin made by bees and it is primarily used in the construction of hives. Propolis Resin is extracted or produced from the buds of poplar and conifer trees and is found in combination with beeswax as well as other bee secretions. Simply speaking, Propolis Resin is a mixture that is collected from the tree buds by the honey bees, also from sap flows, as well as other naturally occurring sources. The bees use it as a sealant protecting their hives from unwanted objects entering their hive. Propolis Resin fills up the small gaps and beeswax fills up the larger gaps.
History of Propolis Resin
The history of Propolis Resin dates back to a time when it was used by the ancient Greeks to treat abscesses, as well as when the Assyrians used to find it beneficial for curing tumors and healing wounds. Very interestingly it was used by Egyptians for mummification. It is primarily considered to be a very effective natural medicine as it has shown many good effects on humans. It is useful for curing many ailments such as viral diseases, various problems related to inflammation, ulcers, skin burns and even scalds.
Ancient Uses of Propolis Resin
Propolis Resin has been considered to be a traditional medicine from a long time and has been of medicinal use by many tribes and cultures. Its use was considered to improve heart conditions, strengthen the immune system as well as reduce the possibilities of cataracts. It has also found its place in the world of dentistry for dental caries, for hardening the enamel and as a natural sealant. In the olden days beekeepers used to recommend a piece of the Propolis Resin kept in the mouth for getting relief from sour throat and gingivitis.
Modern Uses of Propolis Resin
Propolis Resin has shown many medicinal values and is being used for treating many ailments. However, its place in dentistry is quite well known and it is commonly found in the making of chewing gums, creams, cosmetics, lozenges and it is even found in many types of ointments. Primary studies have shown its antiviral properties and usefulness against herpes simplex virus types 1 and 2 as well as some parasitic infections. It has shown tremendous antibiotic and antifungal properties, and is an effective emollient for treating partial thickness burn wounds and it also has immuno-modulatory effects. Propolis Resin has also been shown to have antimicrobial properties due to which it is extremely useful for oral diseases and problems such as canker sores. Propolis Resin is an antitumor agent as well and its use inhibits tumorigenesis. Another cure with Propolis Resin includes cervicitis. Apart from chewing gums it is also used in the form of car waxes and polishes.
Side effects of Propolis Resin
The chemical composition of Propolis Resin varies as per season and the species of bees. It also depends on the geographical location of the bees; hence it is advisable to avoid attempting to extract the Propolis Resin for medical purposes on your own, and instead purchase products that have already been created to include the Propolis Resin. The safety and effectiveness of herbal medicines is not always proven, so it is better to consult a health care provider before starting to use them.
Paulina Nelega, RH, has been in private practice as a Clinical Herbalist for over 15 years. She has developed and taught courses in herbal medicine, and her articles on health have appeared in numerous publications. She is very passionate about the healing power of nature. Ask Dr. Jan