This very short clip shows the freshly collected raw propolis we scraped off the frames and boxes after honey collection. It is not clean nor purified, just as is from the hive. Below are some definitions and uses of propolis. Let us know if you are interested in more detailed videos of propolis uses and we will create them as required. Propolis is one of the most powerful natural shields to be found in nature: anti-infective, antibiotic, antiviral, fungicidal, powerful antioxidant, help to prevent cancer. Its effects are more powerful in combination with other medicinal plants such as Echinacea and Garlic for stimulating the immune system and protecting the body from infection.
Propolis is a resinous mixture that honey bees collect from tree buds, sap flows, or other botanical sources. It is used as a sealant for unwanted open spaces in the hive. Propolis is used for small gaps (approximately 6 millimeters (0.24 in) or less), while larger spaces are usually filled with beeswax. Its color varies depending on its botanical source, the most common being dark brown. Propolis is sticky at and above room temperature, 20 °C (68 °F). At lower temperatures, it becomes hard and very brittle. For centuries, beekeepers assumed that bees sealed the beehive with propolis to protect the colony from the elements, such as rain and cold winter drafts. However, 20th century research has revealed that bees not only survive, but also thrive, with increased ventilation during the winter months throughout most temperate regions of the world.
Propolis is now believed to:
– reinforce the structural stability of the hive;
– reduce vibration;
– make the hive more defensible by sealing alternate entrances;
– prevent diseases and parasites from entering the hive, and
– to inhibit fungal and bacterial growth;
– prevent putrefaction within the hive. Bees usually carry waste out of and away from the hive. However, if a small lizard or mouse, for example, finds its way into the hive and dies there, bees may be unable to carry it out through the hive entrance. In that case, they would attempt instead to seal the carcass in propolis, essentially mummifying it and making it odorless and harmless. (Wikipedia – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Propolis)
Also a good source of information is: http://en.mr-ginseng.com/propolis/