What is Propolis?
Propolis is what bees use to seal, repair cracks and holes and cover unwanted spaces in the bee hive well as a protective coat. This protective coat also keeps the temperature and elements such as wind rain and bacteria out. It is a natural resin and it works like a Bee glue. It is used as a sealant for unwanted open spaces in the beehive. The word propolis is derived from Greek, in which pro stands for “at the entrance to” and polis for “community” or “city,” which means this natural product is used in hive defense.
Propolis has been widely used for centuries for its powerful anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant properties. The ancient Egyptians used propolis an as embalming substance. Greek and Roman doctors used it as an antiseptic and wound healing.
Where does Propolis come from?
It is a combination of substances that the bee collects from tree sap, flowering plants such as buds, beeswax, sap flows, the bee’s saliva, and other botanical sources. There are many different compounds that makeup Propolis.