Uses of propolis
When to take propolis?
Propolis is the perfect ingredient for preventing winter ailments. As a general treatment, it boosts immunity; locally, it strengthens the mucous membranes’ ability to defend themselves. Alternatively, in curative care, it will be an essential element in the treatment of sore throats, pharyngitis, rhinos, rhinitis, sinusitis and even otitis. In this case, you can combine several forms, local or general.
On the other hand, propolis can be very effective in prevention, but also when flu symptoms have already set in, all the more so if it is combined with other products from the hive acting in synergy.
But it’s not just for winter ailments! When the weather’s fine, its anti-inflammatory properties can be used to soothe insect bites, sunburn and other symptoms associated with seasonal allergies, particularly ENT ailments.
The benefits of propolis for well-being and the skin are almost infinite! Propolis can be used on its own or in synergy with other natural ingredients to boost its effectiveness.
What is the recommended dosage of propolis?
The recommended amount of propolis per day may vary depending on a number of factors, such as age, weight, individual state of health and the form in which you consume propolis (dietary supplement, tincture, etc.). There is no universal standard dose of propolis.
Before starting a course of treatment, it is important to note that propolis is considered a food supplement and not a medicine. It is best to consult a healthcare professional, pharmacist or naturopath for personalised advice on the appropriate dosage of propolis for your specific needs.
In addition, if you are using other medications or have specific health conditions, it is essential to discuss the use of propolis with a healthcare professional to avoid undesirable interactions.
How is propolis used?
Propolis, the precious bee resin with its many virtues, is a natural treasure that has been used for centuries for medicinal purposes. Whether taken internally or externally, propolis comes in a variety of forms to suit different needs. Propolis is an invaluable natural ally for preserving our well-being and health on a daily basis.
If you want to take propolis on an occasional basis or as part of a course of treatment, there are different formulations to suit individual tastes and needs:
- Food supplement: propolis is often available in the form of capsules, tablets to chew or swallow, or powder to mix.
- Propolis mother tincture: the propolis is purified, then macerated in a hydro-alcoholic solution and finally filtered! This mother tincture can be added to water or a drink of your choice. Mix one or more pipettes of tincture in a glass of water and drink it. Make sure you choose a quality propolis tincture suitable for internal consumption.
- Alcohol-free propolis extract: designed for the whole family, this extract can be taken directly in the mouth.
- Pure propolis chew: this is the purest, most natural way to consume propolis. This purified propolis is warmed in the mouth before being chewed for 15-20 minutes.
- Propolis sprays: there are sprays for the throat, but also sprays for the nose.
- Propolis syrup: propolis is mixed with honey, royal jelly and active plant ingredients, often to help the throat or boost immunity.
- Propolis honey: Propolis honey is a popular product that combines the benefits of honey and propolis. Add a teaspoon of propolis honey to your herbal tea, tea or simply drink it straight away. Make sure you buy quality honey from reliable sources.
- Propolis lozenges and gums: these are designed to be absorbed slowly in the mouth. They can be used to relieve sore throats or mouth irritations. Follow the instructions on the packaging for the recommended dosage.
- Propolis infusion: to prepare a propolis infusion, add a few drops of propolis extract to hot water. Stir well and drink the infusion to benefit from the properties of propolis. You can also choose a ready-to-use propolis infusion.
It is essential to note that the dosage and duration of use of propolis may vary depending on several factors, such as the concentration of the product, individual needs and possible drug interactions. It is always advisable to consult a healthcare professional before starting to use propolis or any other dietary supplement.
Where to buy high-quality propolis?
- Local beekeepers: Local beekeepers are often an excellent source for quality propolis products. They can offer fresh, locally produced products from responsible beekeeping. You can search for beekeepers near you or visit local farmers’ markets.
- Natural food and organic shops: Specialist natural food and organic shops usually stock a variety of propolis products, such as liquid extracts, capsules, tinctures, balms and ointments. Make sure you choose products from reputable brands and check the quality and origin of the ingredients.
- Pharmacies and drugstores: Many pharmacies and parapharmacies also sell propolis-based products, including food supplements, syrups, mouth sprays and skin products. Ask your pharmacist for specific recommendations.
- Specialist online shops: There are many online shops specialising in the sale of propolis products. Make sure you choose reliable, reputable and well-established sites. Read customer reviews and check the quality certification of the products on offer.
When buying propolis products, be sure to check the labels for composition, recommended dosages and information on the product’s origin. Opt for quality products, from reliable sources and manufactured to high production standards.
Is propolis completely safe?
Given the number and potency of the active ingredients in propolis, it is natural to wonder whether there are any contraindications or side effects associated with its use. Generally speaking, propolis is not toxic, either in human or animal pathology, and while there is currently no consensus on standardising the dosage of propolis-based therapeutic products, it is important to note that propolis is highly safe, even in high doses. There are few undesirable effects, and they are not serious.
It is contraindicated to use propolis if you are affected by one of the following categories:
- Allergy to hive products: Some people may be allergic to hive products, including propolis. If you are allergic to honey, beeswax, bee pollen or other bee products, it is recommended that you avoid propolis. Allergic reactions can vary in severity and may include symptoms such as itching, skin rashes, swelling or breathing difficulties.
- Asthma: People with asthma may be more sensitive to hive products, including propolis. In some cases, using propolis can trigger asthma symptoms or aggravate existing symptoms. It is therefore preferable to consult a healthcare professional before using propolis if you suffer from asthma.
- Pregnant or breast-feeding women: There is a lack of specific research on the use of propolis in pregnant or breast-feeding women. As a precautionary measure, it is recommended that you consult a healthcare professional before using propolis during pregnancy or while breast-feeding.
- Use in young children: Caution is advised when using propolis internally in young children, particularly children under one year of age. It is preferable to consult a healthcare professional before using propolis in young children.
- Interaction with certain medicines: Propolis may interact with certain medications, in particular anticoagulants (blood thinners) and immunosuppressants. If you are taking medication, it is recommended that you consult a healthcare professional before using propolis to avoid any undesirable interactions.
It is important to note that propolis can vary in composition depending on its geographical origin and the plants from which it is derived, which can influence its safety and potential interactions. Therefore, it is always best to consult a healthcare professional before using propolis, especially if you have pre-existing medical conditions or are taking other medications.
Is propolis safe for use in children?
Propolis is generally considered safe for use in children, but it is important to take certain precautions and consult a health professional before using it, especially in young children.
Here are a few points to bear in mind when using propolis in children:
- Consult a healthcare professional: It is advisable to consult a paediatrician or healthcare professional before giving propolis to a child, especially infants and young children. They will be able to advise you on the appropriate dosage and ensure that it is safe for your child’s individual needs.
- Allergy to hive products: Some people may be allergic to hive products, including propolis. It is important to check whether your child has any known allergies to hive products before using propolis. If your child develops allergic reactions such as itching, rash, swelling or breathing difficulties, stop using propolis immediately and consult a healthcare professional.
- Choose products suitable for children: If you use propolis-based products for children, make sure you choose products specifically formulated for use in children. Dosages and concentrations may vary depending on the child’s age. Read product labels carefully and follow the manufacturer’s recommendations.
- Caution with young children: Young children’s immune systems are still developing. It is therefore preferable to avoid the internal use of propolis in children under one year of age, unless specific medical advice is given.
- Watch out for side effects: Although propolis is generally considered safe, some children may experience side effects such as skin irritation, allergic reactions or gastrointestinal problems. If you notice any such side effects, stop using propolis and consult a healthcare professional.
In short, it is important to consult a healthcare professional before using propolis in children. They will be able to provide you with appropriate advice depending on the child’s age, specific needs and any underlying health problems.
Can propolis be used during pregnancy?
he use of propolis during pregnancy requires particular attention and it is recommended that you consult a health professional before use. Although there is no solid evidence that propolis is harmful during pregnancy, it is preferable to adopt a cautious approach due to the lack of specific data on its use in pregnant women.
Here are a few points to consider regarding the use of propolis during pregnancy:
- Consult a healthcare professional: Before taking propolis products or using propolis remedies during pregnancy, it is essential to consult your healthcare professional, such as an obstetrician, midwife or naturopath, who will be able to assess your specific situation and give you appropriate advice.
- Avoid products of unknown quality: If you decide to use propolis during pregnancy, make sure you buy quality products from reliable sources. Avoid products whose exact composition and manufacturing conditions are unknown.
- Avoid known allergies: If you’re allergic to hive products such as honey, beeswax or bee pollen, it’s best to avoid propolis during pregnancy to prevent adverse allergic reactions.
- Use in moderation: Although propolis is generally considered safe, it is preferable to limit its use during pregnancy to short periods and moderate quantities, following the recommendations of your healthcare professional.
- Follow specific recommendations: If your healthcare professional specifically recommends avoiding propolis during pregnancy, it’s best to follow this advice and explore other alternatives to meet your health needs.
In short, it is best to consult a healthcare professional before using propolis during pregnancy. They will be able to assess the potential benefits and risks associated with its use in your individual situation and provide you with appropriate advice.
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