Propolis has been used as a medicinal agent since ancient times. It was used in folk medicine as early as 300 BC for cosmetic purposes, inflammation, and wound healing. It has been used internally and externally and is believed to kill bacteria, viruses, and fungi, to possess local anesthetic, antiulcer, and anti-inflammatory properties, and to lower blood pressure and stimulate the immune system.
Propolis exhibits antimicrobial action against gram-positive bacteria, yeasts, and some viruses. Commonly used in oral and dental preparations, Propolis may have a role in reducing tooth decay and oral ulcers and in promoting the health of injured teeth.
To serve its many usages, Propolis is incorporated as an ingredient in medicinal products for apply directly to the skin, such as ointments and creams; in nasal sprays and throat sprays, as well as in mouthwash and toothpaste; in syrups for oral consumption.
1) Cold Sores and Genital Herpes
Topically applying Propolis may help heal cold sores. Extracts of propolis possess virus-fighting effects that may help knock out against herpes simplex virus type 1 (the virus that causes cold sores).
2) Burns and Cuts
Propolis may promote the healing of minor burns and cuts. It also offers greater anti-inflammatory benefits.
3) Teeth Cavities and Dental Plagues
Propolis may help fight cavities by inhibitjng the growth of streptococci (an oral bacteria known to contribute to the development of cavities). Propolis also helps stop streptococci from sticking to the teeth and thus dental plague formation.
Propolis may aid in the treatment of diabetes, it helps lower blood sugar levels and reduce cholesterol.
-Dermatitis and Acne
-Sore throats or inflamed tonsils
-Arthritis and other joint pain
Propolis should not be applied to the eye area. Prolong usage of Propolis may prone to developing allergies. Propolis should not be use for pregnant women, nursing mothers, children, and those who are sensitive to Propolis unless advised by medical professionals.