In a hive, we could easily see that the bees use a special substance in the form of a coating. As a general form of protection. This substance is called propolis.
Our ancient ancestors created various constructions, in order to fortify the cities, from the possible invasion of the enemy. The moat and the high, impregnable walls were some of the most famous defensive structures.
One of the sources of inspiration for our ancestors was the bee, whose 'architectural styles' were a point of reference. Let us observe the amazing in structure and consistency of a cell. Nature has endowed the bee with impressive gifts.
Bees use a special substance in the form of a coating.
As a general form of protection. This substance is called propolis ('before the city' of bees). It serves the purpose of covering the gaps of the hive and at the same time reduces the size of its entrance when they try it. Thus limiting the access of the cold or the intense heat and of course the 'potential' enemies of the hive.
THE propolis however, it is also a safeguard for bees against the action of viruses and bacteria. They can easily infect a community of tens of thousands of bees living in one beehive and even in extremely high temperatures.
Bees produce this valuable substance from natural resins. They collect from various plants but also from the bark of some large trees (eg poplars, chestnuts, oaks) and which they mix with their own secretions. It is estimated that a bee can produce 100 to 300 gr. propolis per year.
THE propolis used in traditional medicine since 3000 BC in Egypt. While the famous medical philosopher Avicenna, in the 11th century had observed that propolis works effectively in injuries from arrows! THE propolis contains 50 to 55% resins. 20 to 35% wax (a mixture of green wax of vegetable origin, and the added beeswax). 5 with 10% essential oils, pollen, over 40 flavonoids, aliphatic acids, aromatic aldehydes, enzymes, amino acids, sugars and vitamins.
Some of its ingredients, such as chrysin and totarol, have a similar effect to known antimicrobial drugs. Its action is characteristic propolis in the bacteria of the oral cavity, as well as against Listeria monocytogenes, a animal pathogenic bacterium responsible for foodborne infections. This very property could lead to the use of propolis as a natural food preservative.
At the same time, the propolis exhibits strong antioxidant activity, while one of the most important elements that emerge from clinical studies is that components of propolis show cytotoxicity against cancer cells, at the same time being inactive against normal.
In addition, this natural substance proves to be effective against the attacks that our skin receives from various pathogenic fungi, reducing the populations of Candida and Microsporum.
In Greece it exists excellent propolis in composition and values, equal to many researchers of Brazilian propolis, which due to its special flora, is a point of reference. In our online store (here) you can find the propolis in tincture, as well as many other plant products.
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