Comvita Propolis is made by bees from the natural sap and resins found on the growing tips of young shoots or at the site of plant injury, of certain deciduous trees.
This sap is particularly high in natural flavonoids (also known as bioflavonoids), which are an essential part of the plant’s immune system, helping to defend it against infection.
Flavonoids also act as antioxidants, providing protection for the plant from the damaging effects of UV radiation.
Honey bees gather the flavonoid-rich sap and add special substances to it to create Propolis, which they use to protect themselves from infection by sealing and sterilizing the hive.
They also embalm any intruders with propolis to prevent them from rotting.
Traditional evidence suggests the propolis may help in the following areas:
• Antimicrobial – May help with upper respiratory tract infections and skin infections.
• Anaesthetic – Relieve sore throats and/or other mouth and throat infections.
• Wound healing – May assist healing of minor wounds and soothe minor skin disorders.
Scientific evidence suggests that intake of propolis can support:
• Immune system function.
• Powerful natural antioxidant providing protection from free radical damage.
Anecdotal evidence suggests it may also help with:
• Fungal infections of the feet.
Comvita has created the PFL standard for Propolis Flavonoids to show the concentration of flavonoids in each dose. PFL15 will provide 15mg of flavonoids per recommended dose. PFL30 will provide 30mg per recommended dose.
Propolis allergy is rare. People with allergies to propolis, black poplar (Populas nigra), poplar bud, bee products, honey and Balsam of Peru may be more likely to have allergic reactions to propolis. If someone is allergic to Propolis an anaphylactic reaction may occur resulting in swelling of the mouth or throat, difficulty in breathing and/or collapse. These people should not take Propolis again.
Propolis has an anaesthetic effect in the mouth; this is a normal reaction and one that helps to relieve throat discomfort. This should not be confused with an allergic reaction.
Occasionally topical propolis has caused dermatitis. This is seen more commonly among beekeepers who are frequently handling the raw product.
As Propolis is collected from plants and not part of the bee’s body, bee sting allergy is not a contraindication to the use of Propolis.
￼† These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.