On the market from beekeepers (or they have the same home)You can buy such a wonderful substance, propolis. Some of it is called "bee glue", "resin". This material represents a resinous adhesive material that lends itself to cutting knife rolled into lumps. It has a pleasant specific smell the first spring kidney poplar.
Eventually dark propolis becomes thicker due to the evaporation of liquids. Where did it come in the hive?
His collected by bees from various plants,mainly from the trees. This is especially noticeable when the spring these little winged toilers thousands of buzzing when swollen poplar and birch buds. This natural material bees add their secrets.
Propolis bee polish cells. It is their germicide. With its help eliminates all pathogenic germs. If the hive will make the way the mouse, the bees instantly zazhalivayut her to death. But they are unable to get rid of her corpse, so in order to avoid corruption in the hive, and the spread of disease necessarily zapropolisuyut mouse, covering it with a thick layer.
Honey and Propolis has been used in ancient timesas a substance for embalming greats. Bees propolis performs another function. With the help of bees obscure all formed in the hive and reduces notch slit for the winter period, to reduce the inflow of cold air.
Usually beekeepers rolled propolis in lumps the size of the ball on the table tennis to chicken eggs. The lumps of a hen's egg contains about 50 g of material.
Time propolis collection
Do beekeepers there is such a thing as a springrevision of the apiary. At this time, bees are transplanted into new, clean hives. Older cleaned by Podmore. Most brushes propolis from all the tap hole. Such material is considered to be the cleanest, because it is always in the taphole in large quantities and at its assembly not covered with wax and wood scrapes the hive, and if the fall, the minimum amount.
Many beekeepers for any inspection clean off allpropolis from the hive frames and walls. It is in terms of quality is not inferior to letkovomu simply there will be more additions in the form of wax. This can be seen with the naked eye. The wax will usually be in the form of inclusions of a lighter color. Propolis is harvested and potolochin, and lap, where, naturally, there will be the inclusion of the villi of the canvas.
That is, propolis can collect all of the activeseason work bees themselves until such time until the last end in bribes. The most useful properties has freshly picked. In appearance it is a dark green, brown or gray with a greenish tint.
Aroma - a mixture of honey, herbs, pine needles, poplar kidneys.
Taste - sharp, burning.
Must be able to be stored correctly or propolistinctures, ointments thereof. Like all products of beekeeping, he can not stand the light of storage. Storage Temperature - not exceeding 25 degrees. The storage place should be dry. propolis himself wrapped in polyethylene food or baking parchment paper, so there was no air. You can optionally be placed in any glass container with a tight lid. Personally, I keep it in the refrigerator. There he keeps all the beneficial properties of at least 5 years.
The healing properties of propolis
The healing properties of propolis known for thousands of years. In folk medicine, it was used and is used in the treatment of wounds, burns. In recent years, interest in this matter has increased significantly. Doctors have recognized its natural (!), A naturally occurring antibiotic.
This is true. Propolis has bright antiseptic properties. It slows the growth of bacteria, some bacteria destroys detrimental effect on many pathogenic fungi. It is used as anesthetic, anti-inflammatory, antipruritic agent. It is used in the form of ointments, aerosols, water and alcohol solutions of various extracts.
It is used in inflammation of the colon, conjunctivitis, urinary tract infection, sore throat, gout, treatment of joints, wounds, colds, flu, bronchitis, gastritis, and even cancer.
It greatly assists in the treatment of ear, headaches, Intestinal diseases, all kinds of fungal infections, pneumonia, eczema, burns, frostbite, and many, many other diseases.
The most widely used medicine as the propolisantimicrobial and wound-healing agent. It speeds up the healing of wounds, eliminates the inflammation of the mucous membrane. Everyone knows the advertising toothpaste with propolis.
Under the influence of propolis ointment wounds quickly cleared of pus and heal quickly. In combination with other substances herbs gives a stunning effect.
The main advantage of propolis - it, in contrast to all antibioticsIt is not addictive and the body is not an allergen.
How to make propolis tincture
At home, the easiest way to prepare an alcohol tincture of propolis. I usually do so.
Take 50 g of fresh propolis and half a literquality vodka (moonshine). Propolis to grind. Knife plane down thin shavings every couple of minutes, these chips are poured into a bottle with alcohol. Each time it is necessary to shake. After the grinding, poured every single crumb, it is necessary to tighten the cap and begin the process of churning. The process - which you prefer. I do this is simple: put the bottle on the floor, he watch TV, and foot and rolling capacity to and fro. The longer the process will take place, the better it will dissolve.
In some sources it is recommended to heat the vodka. I would not recommend that readers make our site, because many nutrients propolis ethereal and can be ruined by heat.
If you do not stir in a few days all the propolis will settle at the bottom of a single monolith, almost without enriching the solvent.
The dissolution process is a few days. The most basic - the first. In the second and subsequent days of shaking the container may be carried out three or four times a day.
No matter how you tried, at the bottom will be a lot ofundissolved residue. This is normal. Insoluble wax contaminants. Let them calmly lie at the bottom until the second coming. The whole process takes two to three weeks.
Apply it is possible for the prevention of: one teaspoon in a glass of lukewarm or cold water, milk, juice. The taste is very nice. Such a solution can rinse your mouth in inflammatory processes of the mucous membrane, taken orally at constant stomach disorders and many other diseases.