Health Benefits of Propolis

Other names: Bee Glue, Bee Propolis, Beeswax Acid, Synthetic Beeswax

Origins & Properties

Propolis is a resin-like material made by bees from the buds of poplar and cone-bearing trees. Propolis is rarely available in its pure form. It is usually obtained from beehives and contains bee products. Bees use propolis to build their hives.

Common Uses

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.

Propolis is commonly used for diabetes, cold sores, and swelling (inflammation) and sores inside the mouth (oral mucositis). It is also used for burns, genital herpes, and other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.


  • Antifungal: Aids in wound healing
  • Cold sores: Helps accelerate healing and reduces symptoms
  • Genital herpes: Heals lesions faster
  • Mouth surgery: Reduces pain and swelling after mouth surgery

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