Propolis is a resinous substance produced by honeybees as a defense against intruders.

Herbalists use Propolis topically as an oral rinse, genital herpes/cold sore remedy, minor burn treatment, and to support the mucous membranes of the upper respiratory system. It is also used to support healthy immune system function and soothe mucosal tissues.

Thousands of years ago, greeks used Propolis to treat abscesses. Assyrians put it on wounds and tumors to fight infection and help the healing process. Egyptians used it for embalming their mummies.

Depending on the location of the bees and what trees and flowers they have access to, the composition of Propolis can vary. This can result in varying potency and properties.

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