Propolis is one of the many notable but lesser-known products that honey bees make. In addition to nectar and pollen, honey bees also collect plant resins. While nectar and pollen are stored in the honeycombs for later consumption, the honeybees mix vegetable resins with enzymes and beeswax to create a substance called propolis. This serves as "putty" in the stick and plugs any holes and cracks.
How we humans use propolis
Ancient civilizations used propolis for a variety of uses. The Greeks used it to treat abscesses, the Assyrians to fight infections, and the Egyptians during the mummification process.
Today we use propolis as a dietary supplement and in cosmetic products.
In cosmetics, propolis has also been known as a beauty product in Egypt, Rome and Greece for over 3.000 years. As an antioxidant, it naturally helps to restore and maintain the structure of the skin. Propolis helps balance and soothe problem skin by accelerating the rate of new cell growth.
What are the benefits of propolis in natural cosmetics?
Propolis is one of nature's most powerful natural ingredients. It offers some benefits for our skin and is also good for people with sensitive skin.
- Relieves redness and pigmentation: Skin redness can be caused by a variety of different factors. Be it by external (e.g. cold) or internal factors (e.g. food or stress). A moisturizing skin care product with propolis and beeswax is recommended to alleviate and prevent redness. For inner well-being Propolis drops as a dietary supplement.
- Provides antioxidant protection against environmental aggressors. The resin is rich in antioxidants and can neutralize free radicals and oxidative stress that damages skin cells.1
- Prevents premature aging, dullness and dark spots: This is where the antioxidants come into play, which not only protect the skin, but also stimulate cell regeneration.2
- Boosts collagen production: The study have shown that propolis stimulates type I and type III collagen production in broken skin. However, there is still no research into how this affects collagen production in healthy skin.