Propolis is a unique product made from mixing digestive enzymes of bees with resinous substances of plants. Bees need propolis to protect and disinfect the beehives and combs.
Used internally, propolis strengthens immunity, relieves inflammation and acts as an antioxidant. Externally, propolis can be used for many purposes: treating wounds, skin, relieving pain, killing fungi.
The doctors prescribe this product for the treatment of many diseases: tonsillitis, pharyngitis, sinusitis, otitis, tracheitis, bronchitis, pneumonia and viral infections.
The most used propolis tincture is the one with 10% concentration (you can find it in pharmacies or you can prepare it at home).
When to use propolis tincture:
1. Pharyngitis and tonsillitis
Rinse your throat with a mixture of propolis tincture and saline in the ratio of 1:10.
2. The same proportion is used to rinse the mouth in case of dental diseases.
Rinse your nose with the solution mentioned in pt. 1
Put a swab soaked in propolis solution in the ear. If you’re treating a child, dilute the tincture in hot water in a ratio of 1: 1.
5. Propolis tincture inhalation
1 drop of tincture for 5 ml of saline is used for respiratory diseases. This solution is poured into the inhaling device.
6. Remedy for health strengthening
Dilute 15 to 29 drops of tincture in a tablespoon of milk and consume it 30 minutes before a meal.
7. Treating the stomach
Dilute 15-20 drops of tincture in 100 ml of hot water and drink it 30 minutes before meals.
8. Skin conditions, wounds, herpes, foot and nail fungus, dandruff
– are treated with undiluted tincture. Apply pads or compresses soaked in propolis tincture on the affected area.
Although propolis is a unique and highly effective medicine, talk to your doctor before starting any treatment.
Propolis is contraindicated if you are allergic to bee products. The internal use of the alcohol-based tincture is prohibited (can only be used externally). Due to possible allergic reactions, preparations based on propolis tincture are not recommended to children up to 3 years old.
The content of the article is informational only and can not be a substitute for medical advice. For a proper diagnosis, you should see a specialist.
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