Propolis also known as bee glue is a ‘natural resinous mixture produced by honeybees from substances collected from parts of plants, buds and exudates.’Bees mainly use propolis to close any gaps or openings in their hives, keeping it clean and secure from intruders and weather. Propolis is made of approximately 50% resins, 30% waxes, 10% essential oils and 5% pollen and 5% various organic compounds. The exact composition of propolis can vary as bees have access to different plants and trees around the world.
The use of propolis in medicine goes back hundreds of years but only more recently are the true benefits being discovered and new studies are emerging all the time. Propolis has over 500 bioactive molecules which includes polyphenols, ter
Propolis and honey are both produced by the hard-working honey bee, but they have very different uses. Bees make and use propolis as a type of glue/crack filler to seal any openings and cracks in their hive which keeps it clean and secure from intruders or weather threats. Bees make honey to use as a food source over the winter months when there are fewer flowers around to gather nectar from.
Worker bees make propolis by collecting resin from trees and plants and then mixing it with their wax and saliva. They then return it to the hive where they pass it on to the house bees to use where needed. Propolis is made up of approximately 50% resins, 30% waxes, 10% essential oils and 5% pollen and 5% various organic compounds. Honey