Bee Propolis, also called “bee glue,” is a resinous, gummy substance that bees combine with wax to construct and maintain their hives. In laboratory tests, bee propolis has exhibited a variety of interesting antimicrobial and anti-tumor properties.
What’s in this superfood?
Propolis is a mixture of resin, essential oils and waxes mixed with bee glue. It it contains amino acid, minerals, ethanol, vitamin A, B complex, E, pollen and highly active ingredients known as flavonoids or bioflavonoids.
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Propolis has been traditionally used for its natural disinfecting properties. Valued for centuries, these products are used for energy enhancement and support of general health. bee products are stringently tested for purity and potency and gently processed to retain delicate nutrients.
it is effective for use in treating
- bacterial infections
- fungal infections
- Antioxidant…can protect against cancer
- Aphthous stomatitis
- Ear infection
- Genital herpes.
- Giardia infection
- Hepatitis and liver diseases
- Immune enhancement
- Multiple sclerosis
- Stomach ulcer
- Warts in the skin
Harvesting of Propolis
- Propolis is collected from the beehive.
- Pure propolis is deposited above the top hive box, on the hive floor, or near the entrance.
- Bees can be induced to deposit propolis through the use of a slotted sheet that covers the top or sides of the hive box.
- The sheets can be nylon, net, gauze or plastic
There are many methods of propolis extraction depending on the desired end product.
- Add 50gms of raw propolis to 1 litre 70% ethanol (cover to prevent evaporation).
- Shake the content intermittently, and allow it to stay for 4-5 days.
- The solution will turn brown or dark colour.
- Filter to remove residue and evaporate to reduce the ethanol content.
- Place hive scrapings containing propolis on a heat-proof container, add enough water to cover propolis and heat this in a 200°F oven.
- The wax will melt and float on the water, while the propolis will stick to the bottom of the container.
- Stir often to help release the wax and maintain the heat for at least two hours.
- Remove the container from the oven and let it cool.
- Remove the waxy layer that forms on the surface of water. Pour off the water and save the coloured mass beneath it.
- Place the container of propolis in a freezer, when the propolis is brittle, chip the granules from the container.
- Spread the granules on paper to dry. Store them in a sealed container.
According to Farmbiz Africa
Locally, companies like Tego Foods, Dotino Pharmaceuticals and Lightshade Cosmetics are now sourcing propolis from local farmers in newly lucrative business. According to Euro Monitor, the price of propolis has risen by up to 70 per cent since the 1990’s, when its uses were limited to food technology, now selling for as much as Sh4,750 per kilo in the international market
This is stimulating new beekeeping enterprises across the country. In Mwingi, 20 bee keepers have come together as a group to supply propolis to a Canadian cosmetic firm which has been scouting for suppliers in Kenya. Due to “the high quality of honey and bee products we have had from Kenya, we felt that propolis must be of high quality,” said Lindsay Bitt the Marketing Manager at Hererra Cosmetics Inc in Canada.
The 20 beekeepers, who hastily registered their group to be able to export, have since been approached by other international companies and now manage to export about 50 kgs of propolis every week. “But even this doesn’t come close to the huge demand these companies have for this commodity.
“We are trying to mobilise every household now to have at least three bee hives to at least make sure that by coming together, we can manage to reach the export target of 1,000 kgs that the exporters are demanding,” said Lameck Mutua, the leader of the bee keeping initiative in Mwingi.
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