Propolis

It’s encouraging to see that some countries aside from the USA are conducting their own medical research into bee products. I’ve been putting together a report for an independent research company on Propolis and its possible benefits in the field of treating burns and skin infections, and ran into a useful resource at this link.

The article suggests several overseas research efforts which have yielded positive results, when examining the benefits of propolis. One of the reasons the substance isn’t promoted in wider circles as a medicinal aid is that it’s difficult to label accurately. There are seasonal and regional variations which affect the precise chemical composition of propolis, hence making standard labeling practices difficult to implement. Mostly,  propolis is roughly 50% resin and vegetable substance, 30% wax, 10% oils, 5% bee pollen and 5% other minerals and compounds, but it can vary greatly based on region, climate etc. Here’s an image showing how the benefits of propolis change somewhat based on the region/climate in which it is harvested –

Regional variations affecting propolis composition

Here’s another look into propolis and its benefits.

Let me know if you have any other articles, references or information on bee propolis or any other medical research on products from the beehive.