With the cold, wet weather we tend to have more colds and flu. During this time, I keep a couple of natural ingredients handy just to be on the safe side. One of my favorites is propolis.
Propolis is a resin or sap collected by the bees from trees, buds and flowers to use as a sealant for their cracks and crevices in the hives. Propolis essentially sterilizes the hive against contaminants. If a small creature such as a mouse or mole happens to work its way into the hive, the bees have no way to remove it from the hive but to sting it to death. Once the creature is dead, the bees cover the creature with propolis so the body does not decay and contaminate the hive.
Propolis can also protect our body against viruses and bacteria. The name propolis comes from the Greek meaning, keeper or defender of the city. Propolis can come in a capsule form or in a cream to treat cold sores and fever blisters. Some studies have proven propolis (GH2002) to be more effective than 5% acyclovir.
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