The natural antibiotic

The propolis is an excellent natural antibiotic that simulates the immune system against infections and has many therapeutic properties to the health, particularly in case of respiratory infections. We will explain you what propolis is, how it works and what it’s for.

Propolis has become fashionable and it’s not surprising as it has multiple therapeutic properties with different applications in health, particularly in case of respiratory infections. 

For that very reason, more and more health professionals, mostly naturopaths, recommend its use at Winter for preventing and curing colds. But before you take it, you have to consider some information in this article.

Propolis, the natural antibiotic

Propolis is a resinous mixture that honey bees produce by mixing saliva and beeswax with exudate gathered from tree buds, sap flows, or other botanical sources.

It is used as a sealant for unwanted open spaces in the hive and to defend them against virus and bacteria. An interesting fact is that animals which have been embalmed with propolis inside the hives, do no go rot.

The propolis has a very complex chemical composition, which includes active ingredients, among which bioflavonoids (responsible for its antibiotic action) are the most remarkable.

Before the discovery of the penicillin, ancient civilizations used propolis as a powerful antibiotic for healing wounds and for preventing its infection. 

Propolis’ medicinal properties

The propolis has many therapeutic properties:

  • Antioxidant
  • Antibacterial
  • Antivirus
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Analgesic
  • Immunostimulant
  • Detoxifying
  • Antiallergenic
  • Anaesthetic
  • Antitumour