(Propolis; 30%, 333 mg/ml)
Used to fight upper respiratory tract (ear, nose and throat) infections such as tonsillitis, sinusitis, ear infections, and the common cold and to boost immune function so as to reduce the tendency to colds
Used for intestinal infections, giardiasis, and diarrhoea
Used for peptic and duodenal ulcers and adjunctively for ulcerative colitis
Used to treat mouth ulcers, gingivitis and periodontal disease
A popular medicine of Europe and Russia, propolis has been used for centuries for its antiseptic and wound-healing abilities. Priests of ancient Egypt embalmed corpses with propolis. Pliny and Dioscorides both wrote about propolis, as did Galen, Varro and the famous Persian physician Avicenna. Stradivarius used the resinous beehive material to varnish his violins. During the Boer War at the end of the 19th century, propolis was used extensively as a wound dressing with reportedly excellent results.
One author extols the tincture for upper respiratory tract affections, noting that propolis is accepted as an official medication in Russia: "Propolis can be efficiently applied to catarrhs of the respiratory tract, in influenza, sinusitis, laryngitis, bronchitis, asthma, chronic pneumonia, and tuberculosis… Sick children are very responsive to the treatment. It may also be used in nose, throat, and ear diseases and especially in the treatment of (middle ear infections)". A clinical trial found a decrease in the frequency of the common cold in school age and preschool children treated with propolis prophylactically.
A referenced monograph by well-known herbalist Kerry Bone confirms that, "propolis appears to be particularly effective for the treatment of upper respiratory tract infections such as tonsillitis, quinsy, sinusitis and suppurative otitis media, especially in children."
Bone goes on to document that a double-blind clinical trial of a propolis mouthwash in patients with gingivitis and periodontal disease found a significant improvement after four weeks. He also describes its benefits for mouth ulcers, peptic ulcers and ulcerative colitis, noting that "Propolis has been used in Russia and Austria for the treatment of peptic ulcers and inflammation of the upper gastrointestinal tract". Bone adds that a double-blind clinical trial of propolis for the treatment of ulcerative colitis found that although there was a tendency to improvement for patients, "patient numbers were not sufficient to show statistical significance".
Another trial found propolis exceeded the effectiveness of a standard drug therapy for intestinal giardiasis, a common tropical disease that causes chronic diarrhoea.
Administration: 15-30 drops (0.5-1 ml) three times daily in a little water on an empty stomach.
Contraindications and Cautions:
Consult a health care practitioner prior to use if you suffer from asthma, eczema, allergic skin rashes or if you intend to use this product for tonsillitis, ear infections, peptic or duodenal ulcers, ulcerative colitis, gingivitis, or periodontal disease. Do not use if pregnant or breastfeeding. Do not take this product if you are allergic to bee stings.
Available in bottle sizes of 50ml, 100ml, and 250ml.
A NOTE ON TINCTURES
Tinctures are more readily absorbed by the body and have a high degree of bio-availability. As well, they have a long shelf life.
Sometimes people ask us why tinctures are alcohol-based. There are very good reasons. Alcohol is critically important in the extraction of an herb's medicinal ingredients. It also helps to stabilize and preserve them. Alcohol is the ideal carrier substance, conveying the therapeutic goodness of the herb to the body. In itself, too, science has proven that alcohol enhances the immune system and its defences.
As for the amount of alcohol taken in an average dose of tincture, you'll be surprised to learn that it's about the same as what you'd find in an overly ripe banana!
Tinctures remain the most practical way to take advantage of the amazing, health-giving power of herbs.