Did you know that honey isn't the only thing Bees make?
Bees also produce a compound called Propolis from the sap on needle-leaved trees or evergreens. When they combine this sap with their own by-products and beeswax, they create a sticky greenish-brown product used as a coating to build their hives. This is propolis.
Thousands of years ago, ancient civilisations used propolis for its believed medicinal properties. Greeks used it to treat skin conditions. Assyrians put it on wounds and tumours to fight infection and help the healing process. Egyptians even used it to embalm mummies.
Propolis is thought to haveantibacterial,antiviral,anti-fungal,andanti-inflammatoryproperties.
Propolis has a special compound called pinocembrin, a flavonoid that acts a potential anti-fungal. These anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties make propolis helpful in wound healing.
It is believed there are more than 300 compounds found in Propolis. The majority of these compounds are forms of polyphenols. Polyphenols are antioxidants that fight disease and damage in the body.
Specifically, Propolis contains the polyphenols called flavonoids. Flavonoids are produced in plants as a form of protection. They’re commonly found in foods thought to have antioxidant properties, including: Fruits, Green Teas, Vegetables and also Red Wine.