Honey is not the only thing that bees make. They also produce a compound called propolis, which is a sticky, greenish-brown product used as a coating to build their hives and protect them against bacteria and other external attacks. It is produced by mixing resin from trees with beeswax.
Thousands of years ago, ancient civilizations used propolis for its medicinal properties.
Greeks used it to treat abscesses. Assyrians put it on wounds and tumors to fight infection and help the healing process. Egyptians used it to embalm mummies.
Researchers have identified more than 300 compounds in propolis. The majority of these compounds are forms of polyphenols. Polyphenols are antioxidants that fight disease and damage in the body.
Benefits for skin
- Anti-bacterial properties
Propolis is a natural antiseptic for wounds and keeps out the irritants that might cause skin irritation and blemishes.
- Healing wounds
Several antioxidants present in propolis aid in the healing process for wounds by stimulating blood flow and reducing inflammation. Not only so, Propolis consists of nutrients that encourage cell growth that helps speed up the healing process while boosting the immune system.
- Improving skin condition
The variety of vitamins, mineral and amino acids present in propolis help nourish your skin. It helps make it clear and smooth and is recommended to soothe irritated skin.