Coming from Pro -before- and Polis -city-. The propolis is making clear the entrance and the borders of the city. In natural hives, bees use propolis to build the door of their temple. The entire inner structure of the hive (walls, frames, cells) is coated with a thin layer of propolis. Every little crack or gap in the hive is filled with this precious resinous substance. It is also used to cover the carcass of intruders (mice, beetles) that have died in the hive and cannot be taken out, to avoid their decomposition.
Propolis defines the being of the hive. Its integrity. Its impeccability. It can help us to do the same.
Bees collect tree and plant resins, break it down with their saliva’s enzymes and mix it with wax to make it perfectly malleable. Propolis is composed of 50% plant resin, 30% beeswax, 10% essential and aromatic oils, 5% pollen and 5% other components.
Propolis has been used by humans for thousands of years. It offers numerous benefits:
- on the physical level : pure, in tincture, extract in salty water, oil macerates, balms…
- on the emotional, mental and soul level: incense, essence, Wisdom Revealer
Make your own propolis oil macerate: pdf to download here.
How to use it?
Propolis is a natural antibiotic that greatly supports the immune system.
- Alcoholic tincture and extract in salty water: two liquid mediums for internal or external use.
The salty extract has a softer impact, therefore sometimes more appropriate for certain uses (especially on irritated tissues) and suitable for children and sensitive people.
The preparations can be used pure or diluted in a small glass of water. To take before the meals.
Be careful, the alcoholic tincture might mark the glass as well as your teeth.
Follow your intuition about the right amount to use. That’s your best master. Here are average recommendations. It might be excessive for sensitive and/or lighter people, or not enough for others. We are all different…:
-Internal infections, digestive system issues: 10 drops 3 times per day
-Throat and respiratory system issues: 10 drops 3 times per day plus gargling several times per day.
-Herpes: straight on the wound 2-3 times per day if suitable, or internal intake 10 drops 3 times per day
-Tooth/gum ache: straight on the infection and/or gargling
- Oil macerates and balms: healing, moisturising and protective.
The balm contains beeswax and can be used on smaller surfaces and as lip balm.
The oil macerates can be applied on skin conditions, on dried out feet and for massages.
– Calendula/propolis: calming, soothing, protecting, strengthening.
– Hypericum/propolis: for burns, sun burns, irritated skin, calms down and supports the cell regeneration.
To burn propolis is an amazing way to clear a space and fill it with intoxicating scent. It also is a great smudge, to clean our aura from unnecessary thoughts and energies.
Propolis can be burned pure on a charcoal or mixed with other plants.
Our Artemisia-propolis incense, easy to use and transport, can be shaped in the form of a cone and burned on a stone or shell.