Propolis Origins & Use
Plants are a rich bioresource of beneficial chemical compounds and in one form or another have for a very long time been used in traditional natural medicine. Plant derived compounds have been the source of many important modern medicines such as aspirin as just one example, being derived from common willow bark.
Propolis resin is an aromatic plant exudate or secretion occurring on the surfaces of certain plants, predominantly woody seed plants and deciduous trees. The resin derives from photosynthetically produced carbohydrates that are broken down to produce the hundreds of complex chemical compounds within it. Current science believes the overall significance of the resin is as the plant’s protection for new buds and other vulnerable plant surfaces. Bees collect pure propolis resin from these plant surfaces as they know they can use its anti-infective and anti-fungal properties to help preserve the health of a hive.
Propolis harvested from beehives has been used by man as a natural medicine since earliest recorded antiquity, and even prior to man learning to write. Advances in modern science have now identified the many botanically-derived compounds within propolis including flavonoids, phenolic acids and their derivatives, which are medicinally beneficial to man due to their proven anti-infective properties.
Propolis is now internationally well recognized as a unique natural therapeutic product and an effective form of complementary and alternative medicine. Authoritative scientific research and the resulting literature on this subject is extensive and ongoing in a world searching for new and simpler natural health alternatives to conventional medicine.