Just what is bee propolis? Honey bees collect resins from specific trees, selected specifically for its health properties. The bees mix the resins with a little wax, honey, and enzymes to make a sticky substance called propolis. The bees use propolis to plug holes in the hive, enclose intruders, but most importantly in/around the brood chamber. All of this serves to protect the hive from bacteria and viruses.
The science is just now emerging about the health benefits of propolis. If you'd like to read more about this surprising product, you can check out the National Institutes of Health website at https://www.nih.gov/ and enter "bee propolis" in the search engine. You can also read about most of the products we get from the bee hive in the "Users's guide to Propolis, Royal Jelly, Honey, and Bee Pollen", written by C. Leigh Broadhurst. This is a quick read and available on Amazon.
Please contact me if you'd like to know more, share your thoughts, or are interested in buying honey, wax products, or propolis.