Propolis is a nourishment rich in energy , precious for warding off seasonal evils and strengthening the immune system. Let’s find out the benefits, but also the side effects.
Propolis is a substance that is produced by bees and today is a widely used remedy in various fields . Its name derives from pro and polis, and basically means in front of the city : the reason is that it is used by bees to defend the hive.
Its origin is the resin that covers the trees, and which therefore protects them from viruses, bacteria, fungi and other invaders. Insects collect it directly from plants, which can be of different nature (poplar, cypress, oak, birch, eucalyptus, alder, willow and many others).
But what use can we make of it? Let’s find out together with its benefits and side effects that should not be underestimated.
The active ingredients of propolis
Let’s see immediately what are the substances and active ingredients that are contained in propolis, mostly made up of resins, balms and waxes. Inside we find aromatic acids , pollen and various essential oils, but also mineral salts such as iron, calcium, manganese and various vitamins, especially of group B. There are also flavonoids, polyphenols and organic substances of vegetable and mineral origin.
The properties of propolis and its benefits
This element can be used in different situations : its properties, in fact, are antiviral, antifungal, but it is also vasoprotective, immunostimulating and healing.
It can be taken to fight inflammation such as canker sores, abscesses, gingivitis, or even to cope with irritation and burns . Even toothache can find relief thanks to this product.
One of the most common uses, then, is to use propolis for sore throats, but it is also a remedy for other cold symptoms such as coughs , colds and more. Propolis for the skin is, then, a remedy for many problems thanks to its healing qualities: such as irritation, small burns and pimples.
Taking propolis: how to take it
Propolis can only be found pure by beekeepers, while in herbalists and dedicated shops you can buy the mother tincture of propolis, but also oils or other products.
Usually the alcoholic solution is recommended, which is taken by dissolving 8 to 10 drops in a glass of water. It is also better if taken away from meals. Alternatively, use fewer drops and take it with a teaspoon of honey .
Contraindications of propolis and side effects
There are not only positive aspects, it is good to know propolis at 360 ° to know how much and when to take it so as not to risk incurring annoying and sometimes dangerous side effects. This 100% natural product is in fact not recommended for sensitive and allergic subjects, in case of ingestion and relative allergic reaction the symptoms will be the classic allergy symptoms and will present with asthma and / or localized irritations such as dermatitis.
Another situation where doctors usually advise against taking propolis is pregnancy , finally it is absolutely not indicated in those subjects who have to take many drugs during the day as it could react, also becoming dangerous in the most sensitive subjects.
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