There has been a lot of buzz lately about propolis, but what is it exactly, where does it come from and why should you be using it? Both Propolis and raw honey may be the key to fighting off colds and flus this season.
Photo Credit: ShutterstockHoney is produced when honeybees pollinate flowers collecting the sweet nectar to pass on to the worker bees; whereas, propolis is a combination of sap and beeswax used to coat their hive. Both honey and propolis are incredibly healing and health promoting!
The Sweet Stuff
Not all honey is created equal. That liquid honey you find in most conventional grocery stores has been pasteurized to high temperatures removing all of the vital nutrients such amino acids and B vitamins, leaving behind pure sugars.
Manuka honey is unpasteurized, raw and active honey produced in New Zealand by bee’s that pollinate the Manuka Bush. This grade has strong anti-bacterial, anti-viral effects thanks to a component called methylglyoxal (MG). The active ingredient stimulates the production of cells that repair tissue damaged from infection and inflammation. It’s so effective, many hospitals worldwide turn to Active Manuka Honey in cases of antibiotic resistance for stomach ulcers, E-coli, and Staph infections that cause sore throats.
Ancient civilizations used bee propolis to kill viruses, fungus, bacteria and reduce inflammation. Greeks used it to treat abscesses and Romans applied to wounds. In fact, Bee propolis is still the go-to treatment in many European regions and often referred as “Russian Penicillin.”
Where can I find Propolis?
Propolis is gaining popularity as many people discover it’s natural health benefits. Beekeeper’s Naturals Throat Spay is comprised of bee propolis in a convenient spray bottle that not only helps to soothe sore throats, but can also be used daily as a source of antioxidants for the maintenance of good health.
It’s a fantastic product to have on hand during the colder months when we often wake up with a scratchy throat!
For acute sore throats, we turn to Wedderspoon Manuka Honey lozenges with lemon and bee propolis. Many conventional sore throat formulas contain high amounts of sweeteners, artificial colours and flavours that just mask pain for a short period of time. Because Wedderspoon lozenges contain Manuka honey and propolis, they fight against infection and have a naturally sweet taste.
As frequent consumers of propolis, we have tried, tested and felt the positive effects of using Beekeeper’s Naturals Throat Spray on a daily basis. Not to mention, it’s a sustainable and local product to the GTA! You can find Bee Keeper’s Naturals Throat spray as part of our new cold and flu prevention box.
You can also purchase this spray individually on our online boutique.