The Bee collects Propolis from tree sap and various other plants. Like most bee products it contains a wide range of vitamins and minerals and is believed to be an effective antioxidant as well. Studies have shown it to be useful as an antibiotic and antifungal supplement with several potential benefits.
Here is a video for you on bee propolis by James Fearnley….
Many people use it to ingest as a propolis tincture, a mixture of propolis extract and food-grade alcohol,
Because it is believed to ward off a number of illnesses from the common cold to cancer. This form of bee product is best applied topically, and to be used as a means to treat wounds, acne, and even scars.
Usually it can be taken safely, as a daily supplement by those without allergies (see below). It contains vitamins, proteins, and flavanoids. Flavanoids are a form of metabolite produced by plants that often have strong antioxidant properties.
Antioxidants have the ability to decrease the number of free radicals in the body that could potentially turn into disease or cancer. Daily intake of antioxidants like propolis tincture may therefore lower the risk for cancer and cardiovascular disease.
This article from the Beekeeping website explains how to make the Tincture….
Propolis is used most often in the form of 20% tincture with 96 degrees alcohol, which is prepared as follows:
take 20 g of propolis, purified from solids, crush and place in a dark glass bowl, pour 80 ml of 96 degrees alcohol, close tightly and carefully stir 20-30 minutes. Keep 7-10 days (depending on the disease) with daily shaking. After that propolis tincture is placed in a dark cool place (like the refrigerator) for 2-3 days (do not stir), then it is filtered through a thin layer of cotton wool, embedded into the funnel.
You get a yellowish-brown liquid that can be stored from one month to a year, depending on the concentration, the infusion time and other factors. In some diseases, you use different concentrations of propolis tincture. Remaining after filtration on cotton substance is not used, it should be discarded.
Most often, you should drink long (month or more) propolis tincture, so you can cook it at once in bulk, for example: 100 g of propolis and 400 ml of alcohol. If you need to make 5% propolis tincture, then take 5 grams of propolis and 95 ml of alcohol.
You can prepare a tincture of propolis with 30 C or 40 C alcohol, but the most effective propolis tincture is prepared with 70-96 C alcohol. Use them externally. Propolis tincture is applied to the affected area with a cotton swab. With the drying up a thin film that appears, that protects the affected area.
In addition it should be noted also the antiseptic, analgesic and antipruritic benefits of bee propolis and its property to eliminate vascular spasms. All this promotes rapid healing of the affected area. In diseases and injuries of the mucous membranes of the mouth you make 3-4 lubrications with 4.2% propolis tincture. This has a positive effect on gingivitis and stomatitis. [Read Full Article…]
Here is an article I found based on research-based information on propolis allergies….
Diagnosing Bee Propolis Allergy
Propolis allergy can be diagnosed by performing patch test. In case a person suffers to propolis allergy, a flare as positive patch test allergic reactions will certainly happen. Bee propolis has become a part of European Standard patch test sequence, since 1988. It’s availably store-bought in 10% petrolatum concentration[9,10].Nevertheless, in certain nations (just like Italy), patch-testing is performed with 20% concentration[11-16]. Numerous experiments noticed that a 20% concentration is not enough to trigger propolis allergy reaction. Based on particular research conducted by Hausen, it has been observed that the tolerance for bee propolis allergy seemed to be more than 20%, while the tolerance for LB-1 is basically in a range of 3% to 10%. In spite of these experiments outcome, the suggested standard patch-testing concentration for is still at 10% petrolatum concentration. [Read Full Article….]