Propolis is a sticky substance made by honeybees from the resins they collect from plants and trees. It is used by the bees to inhibit the growth of harmful bacteria and fungi in the hive. Also called “bee glue”, the honeybees use propolis to varnish the hive interior, seal cracks, and bind things together inside of the hive. Propolis reinforces and protects the hive.
The word “propolis” is derived from the Greek words “pro” (before/in front of), and ‘Polis” (city), translating to “defender of the city”. Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, prescribed propolis to help heal wounds and sores, to treat ulcers, and promote health and vitality. The Egyptians have used it for mummification. Unlike antibiotics and other drugs, propolis is always effective because bacteria cannot build a tolerance to it.
Propolis is believed to have a stimulating effect on tissue growth, to have anti-histamine and anti-inflammatory properties, and to have a positive influence on the immune system.