Skin Care

Propolis The Facts And The Fiction

A compound produced by bees, propolis is created from the sap on needle-leaved trees or evergreens. It has a greenish-brown colour and is used by bees as a coat when building their hives. Popularly known to be used for its medicinal properties, it is known to have great healing properties. While researchers continue to study this compound and its benefits, it is surrounded by several flawed beliefs. Putting them to rest, here are some false and true statements pertaining to propolis.

False: It's found in mouth/throat/nasal sprays, sweets, syrups, dietary supplements, ointments, gels and shampoos... you're spoiled for choice! Check out your local health food shop and see what they have on offer. Also, it's worth contacting any local bee farms or honey shops to see if you can get any in pure powder or tincture form, produced by bees near you.

True: It contains nearly 300 health-boosting compounds, including flavonoids, aromatic compounds, vitamins and trace elements. It is also powerful against aggressive bacteria and a natural antibiotic.

False: Contrary to popular belief, bees don't just produce honey! Bees harvest propolis from the buds of certain trees, and then mix it with a little honey and use it to line and seal small gaps in their hive. This also helps to prevent bacterial growth.

True: If you're sunburned after lazing on the beach, the anaesthetic and healing effects of propolis will speed up your recovery. Thanks to its flavonoid content, Propolis also helps to protect the skin from UV rays.

False: Propolis works really well on nearly all skin types, not just dry. It effectively protects sensitive and delicate skins, so can even be used on babies. What's more, it can be applied to oily skins that are prone to pimples and other imperfections. Its anti-bacterial agents purify the epidermis.

True: Propolis can keep the sniffles at bay. It boosts overall immunity and strengthens mucous membranes so that they can defend themselves. It's also very effective when it comes to treating tonsillitis, pharyngitis, rhinosinusitis, rhinitis and sinusitis.

False: In addition to its protective properties, propolis also contains a number of vitamins and trace elements. It pretty much has them all - gold, zinc, magnesium, iron and copper, an immune system booster. It is often blended with other natural active ingredients: plants (eucalyptus, echinacea), essential oils (myrtle, mint) royal jelly and honey.

Now that you know more about propolis, speak with your doctor to understand if it is a suitable addition to your skin care routine. This Egyptian Magical compound could add a whole lot of value to your beauty regime.