Sunday, May 25, 2014

Propolis for Longevity

Throughout history Bee Propolis has been known to be one of nature’s most unique & exciting substances.

Propolis comes from resins collected from trees and plants by bees. The resin collected is then combined with wax to make bee propolis.

The bees use the sticky propolis to fill crevices and to seal and varnish honeycombs to create a sterile environment, free from microbes and other invaders. It is said that a bee hive is one of the most sanitary and sterile environments on earth.
Propolis consists of a combination of resinous substances with a pleasant aroma. Propolis is processed by worker bees after collection of organic products from at least 20 species of trees that produce resinous secretions, including the buds of alder, ash, beech, birch, chestnut, pine, and poplar trees – and also the young stems, branches, petiole (leafstalks), leaves and bark of the willow and plum tree. The worker bees then add secretions from their salivary gland (containing enzymes), wax and other biochemical compounds. Colour, aroma, and also chemical composition of bee propolis will vary depending on the foliage from where the raw materials were collected.