WHAT IS PROPOLIS
Propolis, “bee glue or bee penicilin” is the resinous material gathered by honeybees from flowers and leaf buds of various plants. They chew the resin, mixing it with their own beeswax and enzymes to make a glue which they use to line the entrance and interior of the hive. The Propolis acts to seal, disinfect and waterproof the bees and the hive.
Propolis through the centuries
For 5000 years people have recognised and used Propolis as natural medicinal and antiseptic aid for healing wounds.
The word PROPOLIS is reputed to have been coined by Aristotle, from the Greek words “pro” (before) and “polis” (city), meaning, “Before The City”, or “Defender Of The City”.
The Greeks are known to have used Propolis for abscesses, Assyrians for healing wounds and the ancient Egyptians as a preservative during embalming and purification prior to mummification. It is said that Queen Cleopatra of Egypt - always in search of healthy skin care ingredients – frequently used propolis.
More recently Propolis has been used in a variety of natural skin care products.. Its natural properties make it a unique ingredient for problematic or sensitive skin.
It contains over 50 different flavonoids (natural anti-oxidants). It enables skin to remain healthy, clear and beautiful.
It is also used in hair-care products to strengthen and nourish hair and scalp. Its essential oils, vitamins, flavenoids and minerals help to soften the hair and to enhance its growth and shine.
As the bees natural anti-septic, Propolis has strong preservation properties for skincare products and is widely sought after for use in natural oil extracts, salves, balms, and creams as alternative to those with harsh synthetic preservatives.
Propolis and the Bee Hive
- Propolis “bee penicillin” or “bee glue” is a precious and rare compound produced by honey bees from the resins or plants.
- The word PROPOLIS is reputed to have been coined by Aristotle, from the Greek words pro (before) and polis (city), meaning, Before The City, or Defender Of The City.
- Bees chew the resin, mixing it with their own pollen, beeswax and secretions to make a sticky glue which they use to line the entrance and interior of the hive, repairing cracks and protecting from infection.
- The beehive is one of the most sterile environments in nature. Propolis is used to sterilize the honeycomb cells that contain the larvae, as well as the cells that store the honey and bee pollen. Propolis is also placed at the entrance of the hive to form a tunnel. Bees crawl through the tight tunnel of propolis to enter and leave the hive and are disinfected as they travel
Simply Bee harvests its propolis whilst servicing the hives ensuring no bees are harmed or stressed in any way. During the winter months Simply Bees make propolis to protect and disinfect the hive against any potential virus. They produce additional propolis to “plug” ventilation holes in the hive and to close the entrance a little for added protection from winter winds and rain. They will also produce and pack propolis between the honey frames. At harvest time we remove the propolis between the honey frames, open the entrance to the hive and remove the propolis from the plugged ventilation holes. This is where we harvest our propolis. We never remove any propolis from the brood box where the larvae and queen live.