Benefits Of Propolis And How To Use It
In order to be healthy and beautiful, it is absolutely not necessary to spend an extravagant amount of money. t’s enough to be attentive to the basic elements that should be in your medicine cabinet. Today we are talking about propolis, which is a natural product that is used in many beauty products.
What Is Propolis?
Propolis is a natural resinous substance that bees produce. It contains many lipophilic materials that are collected from the leaves and buds of different plants, as well as wax and bee salivary enzymes β-glucosidase. Bees use it in the construction and repair of hives, to seal cracks and align walls. Propolis allows bees to protect themselves from the invasion of predators, as well as extreme climate and even microbes.
Propolis was used even in ancient civilizations. The Egyptians, Incas, and Romans used it as a preservative, antiseptic and antipyretic. The composition of propolis depends on plants from which bees collected it. It usually includes 50% resin, 30% wax, 10% essential oils, 5% pollen and 5% minerals and organic compounds. It all depends on geography and climate, so it’s almost impossible to find exactly the same propolis in two different places.
How to Use Propolis?
Propolis can be used topically, although some prefer to use tablets or capsules to stimulate immunity. Experimental studies indicate that a safe concentration for an adult is about 70 mg per day. Since this product obtained from plants and insects, it can cause an allergic reaction in some people, so if you have previously noticed a negative reaction to honey or pollen, it is highly likely that propolis is contraindicated for you.
Treats Oral Diseases
Due to its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, propolis can help in the prevention of cavities, early gingivitis, and gum disease. Some bacteria such as streptococcus settle on the surface of the teeth, forming plaques, and polyphenols in propolis can block them. You can use propolis to rinse your mouth- just mix it with water.
Fights Viruses and Bacteria
Bee glue fights against viral diseases, for example, type I herpes. It is especially effective against bacteria affecting the upper respiratory tract due to flavonoids. The active compounds in propolis can delay microbial cell division, destroy the cell wall and membrane, inhibit protein synthesis, and ultimately kill the pathogen. If you feel that you are close to getting sick, add some propolis directly to your tea.
Healing Wound, Burns and Acne Treatment
Wound healing is a complex cascade of phases that include hemostasis, inflammation, cell proliferation, and tissue remodeling. Flavanoids contained in propolis lead to accelerated healing of wounds from the inside. Propolis allows you to regulate certain components of internal cells in accordance with the healing phase.
Studies have shown the antibacterial effect of propolis so that it can be used to treat acne. Most often, it is combined with tea tree oil or aloe vera to speed up the process and get rid of scars. You can also add some propolis to your moisturizer or apply it as a mask.
For Hair Growth
Hair wax made of propolis and arugula promotes hair growth in animals, most likely due to its high polyphenol content. These substances can improve blood circulation and hence the nutrition of hair follicles. In addition, some phytochemical elements act as an antifungal agent that prevents hair loss. In order to take advantage of propolis, you can make masks for the hair roots. After a few procedures, you will notice hair growth speed up.
It has been proven that propolis effective against cancer of the breast, liver, pancreas, brain, skin, kidneys, bladder, prostate, colon, and blood. This effect is due to the antioxidant effect of the resin. In addition, the active ingredients of bee glue cause programmed cell death, stop their division, and help antiangiogenesis, that prevents tumors from developing in their own blood cells, and also prevent metastasis and side effects from chemotherapy.
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