Bee products: Healing from the hive

Bee products: Healing from the hive

There are several natural supplements derived from bees, including propolis, bee pollen and royal jelly, which have been used by traditional healers around the globe.  Even honey itself has well-documented healing powers. 

Propolis is a resinous mixture used by bees to seal the hive.  It has topical antibiotic and antifungal properties, and is often used in oral hygiene products to protect against dental caries.  Its emollient properties make propolis effective for mild burns and sore throat.  It’s also an immune system stimulant, offering protection against upper respiratory infections.

Bee pollen is noted for several health benefits. It can help reduce hay fever and seasonal allergy symptoms by desensitizing the body to pollen, similar to the action of an allergy shot, and has been shown to reduce symptoms of chronic prostate gland conditions.

Royal jelly, a creamy substance used in hives to feed the queen bee, shows marked cholesterol-lowering abilities, and animal research shows its ability to increase lifespan and increase energy levels.

A recent clinical study showed that a variety of bee products, including propolis, royal jelly and honey, were effective in inhibiting cancerous tumor growth in mice.  Honey also has documented antibacterial and antimicrobial properties, and is used topically to aid the healing of burns and wounds.

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