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Propolis

A honey bee and propolis on the hive.

Bee propolis is one of nature's most potent natural health products. Propolis is the sticky, resinous substance collected by bees from buds and sap/resin. They use it to protect and seal up their hive, protecting the colony from microbes that could destroy them all, and from other elements, including weather, that could damage them. It has extensive antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, cytotoxic, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects, making it an amazing tool in man's medicine chest. The bees cover the inside of their hive with propolis. As beekeepers, we can scrape some of this away, or we can trap excess to collect and use for human consumption.

Propolis in a hive, collected on the honey frames.

Propolis has been used extensively throughout history as a remedy and/or treatment for many health conditions. Over the course of the last decade, thousands of studies have been completed, all of them showing the benefits and effectiveness of propolis in medicine. 



You can take propolis for: 

Strengthening the immune system

Stimulating white blood cells

Promoting healing of sores, wounds, acne, blemishes, and exzema

Acting as a natural anti-inflammatory agent

Protecting against side effects of radiation 

protecting against damage to liver cells

Helping the body to better absorb iron, calcium, phosphorus, and magnesium. 

May prevent the development of certain types of cancer

May provide protection against virus infections, colds, and gum disease

Protecting the body from oxygen free radical damage. Diseases associated to this include cardiovascular diseases leading to heart attacks and strokes, as well as neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer and some cancers, and poor liver function. 

A honey bee creating propolis.

Bee propolis contains over 200 individual compounds, half of which are 'polyphenols'. It also contains resins, balsams, waxes, fatty acids, essential oils, amino acids, vitamins, and minerals. These are all natural. 


Polyphenols are the most studied component of propolis. They include phenolic acids (vanillic, salicylic, cinnamic, caffeic, p-coumaric, ferulic), their esters, coumarins and bio-flavonoids (flavones, flavonols, flavanones, dihydroflavonols and isoflavones). 

The Laprell's propolis information label.

OUR PROPOLIS


We are thrilled to be working with Laprell's Beehive Products of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, in order to provide propolis to our customers. Their strict quality control means that only the most pure propolis is used to make their tinctures, throat spray, and capsules. Using the highest standards in compliance with with Health Canada's GMP protocol gives us full confidence in the company and their products. 


Laprell's Bee Propolis is available in: 


- throat spray (for coughs, colds, and sore throats)

- water soluble tincture in glycerine (Kosher)

- water soluble tincture in alcohol

- vegetarian capsules


Tincture -- $25.95 each

Throat spray -- $12.95 each

Capsules -- $25.95 each