Pro+polis in ancient Greek means “in front of/before the city”
What is propolis?
Propolis is a substance made by the bees and it is used for sealing and protecting the beehive.
The use of propolis for medicinal and nutritional purposes is known from ancient times. It has anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and antibacterial effects. It also contains a broad range of anti-viral properties, it is antifungal and antioxidant, and has anesthetic, antiparasitic and healing properties. All the above, quite rightly, give propolis the title of nature’s powerful antibiotic.
Propolis contains over three hundred different elements and its composition varies depending on the plant life of the area, from which it is collected. Generally it contains:
- 45-55% resins
- 25-35% wax and fatty acids
- 10% essential oils
- 5% pollen (protein, free amino acids)
- 5% organics and minerals