Can I eat pure propolis?
The products obtained from bees began to be used by humans a long time ago. These include not only honey, but also wax, as well propolis, or bee glue. Insects, collecting pollen from flowers and trees, bring on their paws various resins secreted by the plant to protect the buds and buds. Propolis retains the healing properties of both representatives of the green world and insects.
The natural origin of the sticky substance - propolis - has led to its prevalence among traditional healers. Bees need it to protect the nest, family from pests and diseases. And for humans, it is also a barrier that does not allow pathogenic bacteria to enter the body.
- Propolis - what is it?
- Composition and useful properties of a bee product
- Can I eat pure propolis?
- Methods for preparing propolis tincture
- Application in medicine
- Harm and contraindications to the use of propolis
- How to choose and store bee glue correctly
The glue that bees produce with saliva, mixing plant pollen with resins, is called propolis, black wax, ouzo. The consistency of propolis is soft and elastic. And the color palette is diverse depending on the habitats of the bees, the storage conditions of the substance.
Distinguish between yellow, brown, black, green shades. Since the product is similar to the resin of trees, it has a similar smell. It combines the aroma of buds, pine needles, honey. To taste, the glue is bitter with honey tints.
If propolis is stored for a long time, then it becomes hard and begins to break.
You can return it to its original properties by melting it in a water bath. While heating the resin, one should not be afraid that its useful properties will decrease. Uza dissolves well in alcohol, oil, and worse in water.
Propolis is necessary for the bee family to close the cracks, to insulate the walls of the dwelling. With narrow, black wax, bees disinfect honeycomb cells, mummify insects that flew into the hive, mice. For a season, beekeepers collect from fifty to one hundred grams of a useful product from one hive. Propolis is a product of bees of mixed origin, in which the beneficial properties of plants are combined with the saliva of insects.
Scientists have found hundreds of compounds in propolis, about fifty organic acids that are useful for humans:
- Half of the composition of bee glue is such components of any resin as aromatic acids, flavonoids. There is a lot of wax, essential oils in propolis, there is a little pollen. Representatives of the B, P, E group are present from vitamins, and vanadium, strontium, sodium, glycine, cobalt, iron, copper are isolated from minerals, amino acids. Hence the beneficial properties of the bee product:
- Propolis is called a natural antibiotic for a reason. It has a bactericidal effect, has a pronounced anti-inflammatory property. Therefore, the substance is included in toothpastes to prevent inflammation of the oral cavity. Black wax is also used in gynecological practice.
- Uza is used as an antioxidant in the treatment of diseases of the digestive tract. And the astringent components of the resin have a beneficial effect on cell growth and division.
- Propolis is useful for those who have been diagnosed with diseases of the genitourinary system. It belongs to choleretic and diuretic drugs.
- By regulating metabolic processes in the human body, black wax helps to improve appetite, assimilation of important microelements. Uza helps to eliminate toxins, reduce blood cholesterol.
- Since the product heals wounds well, the tissues of the skin of the face under the action of the resin quickly regenerate and renew. Hence the rejuvenating effect of propolis.
- Propolis shampoos are useful for those who have fine hair prone to shedding.
The popularity of bee glue is justified by its benefits for humans, the ability to restore an organism affected by pathogenic bacteria.
Bee glue can be chewed neat. To do this, take propolis in the form of small balls and chew it thoroughly, biting slightly. In this way, useful elements gradually enter the human body. It is impossible to swallow an uzu, they eat it in those cases if it is recommended by a specialist. The dose of the product when chewing is necessarily calculated so that there is no allergic reaction of the body to the resin.
Five grams of the product is considered the daily norm.
The dose is stretched for a day, when they are engaged in the treatment of colds, flu. But in case of gastric ulcer, intestinal ulcer, pancreatitis, a five gram dose is divided into three parts, chewing propolis and swallowing it. The inflammation in the oral cavity is relieved when the ouzu is chewed daily in an amount of two grams.
It is interesting that pure uzu can be used by pregnant women, children from the age of five. The adhesive substance, possessing a bactericidal effect, will allow not to use antibiotics that negatively affect the fetus. For treatment, propolis is chosen in the form of alcoholic tinctures, ointments, balms, but in its pure form it can be used without swallowing.
The most common propolis-based dosage form is alcohol tincture. It is sold in pharmacies and is easy to prepare at home. To do this, take:
- One hundred grams of alcohol at 70 degrees and ten grams of resin.
- Pieces of bee glue are placed in a container, heated in a water bath, and poured with slightly warmed alcohol.
- After mixing the components of the extract until smooth, you need to filter the mixture through several layers of gauze.
- Store liquid in dark glass vials
Take a tincture of twenty - forty20-40 drops, dissolving in half a glass of water, milk, tea. The solution is drunk before meals three times a day. The tincture is applied to the affected areas of the skin.
An aqueous infusion based on propolis is necessary for those who are prohibited from drinking alcohol.
Pieces of bee glue are added to hot water, taking the components in a 2: 1 ratio, and heated in a water bath until the substance dissolves. Usually the cooking procedure takes an hour. After that, the solution must be settled, which takes six hours.
Use an aqueous extract to rinse the inflamed mucous membranes. Before starting the procedure, it must be diluted with infusion of water. Propolis medicines are effective in treating many diseases.
Propolis has long won a place of honor in both traditional and folk medicine. For therapeutic purposes, an alcoholic tincture of a bee product is usually used:
- For the prevention and treatment of colds during epidemics of influenza, dissolve a teaspoon of propolis extract in a glass of green tea or milk. You can add a little ginger, cloves, honey to the drink.
- At elevated body temperature, add a spoonful of tincture and warm honey to the melted butter. The mixture is stirred and consumed. Such treatment can take place within three days, no more.
- One tablespoon of alcoholic tincture is mixed with two vegetable oils and two or three drops are instilled into the nose if it is blocked. Tampons soaked in a solution of oil and tinctures, inserted into the nostrils for ten minutes, help relieve the symptoms of chronic rhinitis. Similarly, tampons are used to treat otitis media, inserting them into each ear for two to three hours.
- Mixed tablespoon of propolis and calamus tinctures are effective in treating tooth inflammation. And rinsing with tincture diluted in boiled water will help improve the condition of the oral cavity if stomatitis is detected.
- An alcoholic infusion of bee glue is used in the treatment of nail fungus. Apply a few drops of the solution to the affected area or add them to warm water for foot baths - and the fungus recedes.
- Alcohol tincture is diluted in warm water (30 drops per half a glass of liquid), taken half an hour before meals, if stomach pains are tormented, blood pressure is increased.
Regular use of a propolis-based medicine will both strengthen the immune system and eliminate the unpleasant symptoms of various pathologies.
The activity of the adhesive can also cause harm to the human body. Propolis is especially dangerous for those who have an allergic reaction to bee products. It manifests itself as bloating, painful cramps in the stomach, intestines, nausea, vomiting. In addition, a little later, symptoms of skin inflammation develop in the form of a rash, itching, peeling.
Therefore, before starting treatment with propolis, it is necessary to check the body's response to the product.
To do this, a piece of resin or a tampon dipped in an alcohol extract is applied to the elbow bend area. If, after thirty minutes, redness, swelling appears, then it is not recommended to use the product.
It is forbidden to take propolis and preparations based on it in the case when stones are found in the kidneys, liver, gallbladder, an acute stage of pancreatitis develops. Uza, black wax, is rarely harmful to human health.
Any product is useful if it is of good quality and fresh. Although propolis can be stored for a long time without losing its medicinal qualities, the one that is harvested when the trees begin to bloom is appreciated. Usually the best period for gathering bonds is from July to August. Resin can be identified by color. Better quality yellow, brown, with a greenish tint.
The extracts of the active substance and it itself are stored in sealed containers, in dark places, so that the rays of the sun do not decompose propolis.
The temperature for the preservation of the product must be below twenty degrees Celsius. The uzu for storage is laid clean, it should not contain any impurities, residues of wax, wood. Even after ten years, propolis retains its healing properties, but it is better to use it earlier.
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