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BEESWAX

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In nature the need to create symmetry can be seen almost everywhere. A swarm will gather, cluster, choose a place suitable to surrounding food needs. Building will begin the bees will create a free standing, hanging structure instinctively; combs in 8 or 9 rows that in turn will be attached to a tree limb, a corner on a wall, or from overhanging roofs etc.

The comb is made of wax, which the bees produce from their abdomens (much as humans do ear wax). Next the bee chews the wax to soften it and then, totally by feel, creates the perfect cell structure to raise their brood and to store their food/honey. This comb cluster was found attached to the underside of the lid of an empty hive box in the avacado groves.

Beeswax is a natural wax produced by the honey bee. Beeswax is used commercially to make fine candles, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. The varied uses of beeswax ranges from sewing, soap making, candy making, copper sinks, bullet casting, polishes, painting restoration, glass etching, ear plugs, ear candling, encaustic painting, bronze preservation, lubricant, surf board and ski waxing, violin strings, bow strings...

Beeswax was used by the Egyptians in painting
and to protect the surface of painting in their tombs. The Greeks used it in making dolls.  The Persians embalmed the dead with wax and the Romans used beeswax to model death masks and life-sized figures. Beeswax candles have always played a part in furnishing light. From early times, beeswax has played an important role in religious liturgy. The Catholic Church, at one time, required all religious candles to be 100% virgin beeswax; it regarded the wax as typifying, in a most appropriate way, the flesh of Jesus Christ born of a virgin mother. It was also observed that beeswax candles burn producing no smoke; paraffin candles emit a black soot, which covered paintings and religious artifacts in the church. During World War II, beeswax was so much in demand for coating planes and weapons that some beekeepers were differed from service. You have probably heard the saying:  "It's none of your beeswax." This expression means, "It's none of your business." Its origin probably stems from the time when only the wealthy could read and write. To secure written correspondence, the writer sealed the message with a dot of melted beeswax often with the family seal. Envelopes were not used at that time, so the wax seal kept letters private. (Beeswax – Its History & Uses by Roger and Mary Sutherland)

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PROPOLIS

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THIS IS SOME INFORMATION about PROPOLIS – we encourage each user needs to do his/her own study -  

Klausesbees PROPOLIS - $15.00. This is ‘as it comes’ from the hive
– suggested: marinate in a larger bottle for several months – in an alcohol (whiskey, vodka, plum brandy, tequilla....) as this will break down the properties in the Propolis thus enabling the user to take that medicinal sip when needed.

- The term "propolis" comes from two Greek words: "pro," which means "before," and "polis," which means "city."  This ancient term came into being centuries ago when some early Greek student of Nature established the fact that honeybees use propolis to narrow the opening into their "cities," or hives, to keep out unwelcome intruders.  Many sources attribute the word to Aristotle (384-322 B.C.) (Draper’s Super Bee Apiaries, inc.)

What is Propolis? Propolis is a sticky resin that seeps from the buds of some trees and oozes from the bark and leaves of other trees. Honeybees gather propolis, a resin, and  combine this resin with nectar, creating a mix of wax, pollen and bee bread. She then use this substance to seal her hives, protecting it from outside contaminants. The honeybees also uses propolis at the entrance to the hive to sterilize themselves as they come and go.

Bees create propolis, a natural resin, to seal their hives.  Historically, propolis was used in Greece to treat abscesses. The Assyrians also used propolis to heal wounds and tumors, while the Egyptians used it for mummification. Today, propolis is commonly found in chewing gum, cosmetics, creams, lozenges, and skin creams. It is frequently used in foods and beverages with the claim that it can maintain or improve health. (Medline Plus)

The Constituents of Propolis: Chemically speaking, propolis is a very complex mixture. Its chemical elements vary according to its source. Colors range from golden brown to brownish green to reddish brown to blackish brown. Propolis contains 500 more bioflavonoids (vitamin P) than is found in oranges. Except for vitamin K, propolis has all the known vitamins. Of the fourteen minerals required by the body, propolis contains them all with the exception of sulfur.

Propolis is comprised of 50 percent to 70 percent resins and balsams, 30 percent to 50 percent wax, 5 percent to 10 percent bee pollen and 10 percent essential oils. (researchers at the Second Leningrad Scientific Conference/ Rita Elkins, M.A.). Many flavonols contribute to propolis. Other components include cinnamic acid, cinnamyl alcohol, vanillin, caffeic acid, tetochrysin, isalpinin, pinocembrin, chrysin, galangin, and ferulic acid.

The Properties of Propolis: Propolis is another medicinal marvel from the beehive. Research shows it offers antiseptic, antibiotic, antibacterial, antifungal, and even antiviral properties. Propolis is Nature's premiere preventive. It is so powerful in action, it is often called Russian penicillin in acknowledgement of the extensive research the Russians have mounted on this wonder worker from the bees. Propolis demonstrates strong antimicrobial properties against various bacterial and fungal infestations. Even streptococcus bacteria have been shown sensitive to propolis.

Nature's Preventive Medicine: Propolis has been justly called Nature's premier preventive. The immune system is supported and strengthened by the ingestion of propolis . Modern scientific studies indicate that those who take propolis regularly escape winter colds and sore throats and seem to develop a natural immunity to common viruses, including the various strains of flu.

Traditional/Ethnobotanical Uses

Propolis displays strong antimicrobial activity and has been used as a chemotherapeutic agent since ancient times. It was used in folk medicine as early as 300 BC for medical and cosmetic purposes, and as an anti-inflammatory drug and wound-healing agent. More recently, it has been reported to possess antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties.

Propolis has shown local anesthetic, anti-ulcer, anti-inflammatory, immunostimulant, and hypotensive properties. It also shows tumor-inhibiting properties in laboratory tests. Proponents of the use of propolis suggest that it stimulates the immune system, thereby raising the body's <http://www.drugs.com/npc/propolis.html#> natural resistance to infection. It has been advocated for both internal and external use.

Side Effects

Allergic reactions with skin <http://www.drugs.com/npc/propolis.html#> and mucous membrane irritations have been reported. Sensitization to propolis also has been reported.

There is no clinical evidence to support specific dosage recommendations for propolis.

Propolis, the natural antibiotic, works against harmful bacteria without destroying the friendly bacteria the body needs. Propolis has also been proven effective against strains of bacteria that resist chemical antibiotics.

The field of influence of propolis is extremely broad. For centuries people have found recuperative powers in treatments with propolis. These are said to includes cancer, infection of the urinary tract, swelling of the throat, gout, open wounds, sinus congestion, colds, influenza, bronchitis, gastritis, diseases of the ears, periodontal disease, intestinal infections, ulcers, eczema eruptions, pneumonia, arthritis, lung disease, stomach virus, headaches, Parkinson's disease, bile infections, sclerosis, circulation deficiencies, warts, conjunctivitis, and hoarseness.

Propolis helps regulate hormones and is an antibiotic substance that stimulates the natural resistance of the body. Propolis may be used by everyone, sick or healthy, as a means of protection against microorganisms. Propolis is also efficient against conditions caused by bacteria, viruses, or different fungi. Propolis cures many diseases because it is a special natural substance with strong effect. (Draper’s Super Bee Apiaries, inc.)

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