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The virtues of plants and natural remedies are no longer to be proven, and hundreds of years ago, our ancestors used products from nature to heal themselves. Plants are known to have all sorts of properties, from calming to stimulating digestion and from stimulating the circulatory system to boosting immunity. One of nature’s wonders; bee products, are often forgotten when they can have great benefits for our health and wellbeing.
Bees, among other things, are essential contributors to maintain the sustainability of our planet’s ecosystem. But from ancient times, their products are also contributing to human health and well-being. Apitherapy, from the Latin “apis” “bee” and from the Greek “therapia” “care”, is the treatment with great therapeutic benefits using the various products of the hive. The most common hive product consumed is honey, which highly rich in minerals, antioxidants, probiotics, and enzymes when in its most raw form. It is known as a longevity superfood. Bee pollen, containing most B Vitamins and all 21 amino acids is known as the most complete food found in nature. Other commonly known for their amazing immunity-boosting properties are propolis and royal jelly.
Used since antiquity, it is more specifically recognized for its anti-infectious, antibiotic, antiviral, fungicidal, and antioxidant properties. More particularly it is a wonderful ally to fight all sorts of affections of the ENT sphere: angina, rhinitis, allergic rhinitis, nasopharyngitis, chronic sinusitis and bronchitis, colds, etc.
Propolis has also been found to be very efficient to treat herpes and help with skin healing.
Its action in the prevention of winter ailments, such as the common cold, is even more effective if it is combined with Royal Jelly.
Royal Jelly is a substance secreted by young foster bees. It is reserved exclusively to feed the queen and its royal larvae. Like propolis, it has been used since ancient times, and it is known to ensure longevity, power, and vitality. It acts as a powerful general stimulant of the organism, more specifically of immune defenses. It also enhances mental and physical energy and is great to fight fatigue.
One of its main bioactive compounds, 10 HDA [also known as queen bee acid], is a fatty acid with strong anti-inflammatory properties.
Adaptogenic, propolis naturally increases the body’s resistance to external stress and also has a regulatory action.
Author Valérie Marin
– Health and Nutrition Coach –
Valerie is a certified health and nutrition coach. She helps and motivates her clients to make healthy lifestyle choices and engage sustainable changes that make them feel their best. Valerie is certified from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, with a speciality in hormone and gut health.
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