The mother tincture of propolis is a hydroalcoholic solution, obtained precisely from propolis, which has excellent antiseptic, antibacterial and disinfectant properties, both external and internal. Let’s find out more.
Properties of mother tincture of propolis
Propolis, a product closely linked to bees, consists mainly of resinous substances that animals collect on trees and then mix with saliva and wax.
The mother tincture of propolis, hydroalcoholic solution, is known for its healing, antioxidant, immunostimulating, anesthetic, anti-inflammatory properties and is considered a real natural antibiotic.
The tincture is, specifically, made up of valuable substances such as flavonoids, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamins of group B and PP and a kind of natural antibiotic, called galangin,which has a high antibacterial function. Propolis itself is composed of 50% resins and balms, wax, essential oils, pollen and organic and mineral material.
Propolis is a product derived from bees, with a viscous appearance, dark color and a marked, bitter and sour taste. The product is born thanks to the resins that the bees collect from the trees (pines, birches, poplars, firs, horse chestnuts, willows, oaks, elms) that grow around them and that mix with saliva and wax.
The bees collect it precisely for the construction of their hive-house,that is, to seal and isolate from bad weather and predators, and for the antiseptic action, in the sense that propolis is useful for sterilizing the cells for spawning.
For the extraction of the propoli, alcohol inserted inside the walls of the hives is used, or it is made so that the bees leave it on sheets that can then be taken more easily. Propolis has been used for millennia, Egyptian priests used it for mummification.
How to prepare the mother tincture of propolis
The mother tincture of propolis is a hydroalcoholic preparation obtained by cold maceration in hydroalcoholic solvent, obtained in this case from the fresh product.
Mother tincture of propolis is used for the natural treatment of those disorders related to the oral cavity, such as sore throat, cough, inflammatory states of the tongue or gums, cooling diseases accompanied by disorders of the respiratory system.
Thanks to the mother tincture of propolis, fungi and viruses are also combated, especially of the skin and mucous membranes, such as herpes simplex, dermatitis, psoriasis, eczema, burns, insect bites or wounds.
It also treats symptoms of the mouth such as gingivitis, toothache, abscesses, canker sores, pyorrhea, stomatitis and other inflammations. Propolis also counteracts seasonal disorders such as flu and colds. It is also used in cases of capillary fragility and difficult digestion.
5 to 30 drops are used two or three times a day, depending on the case, after shaking the product well. You can also gargle, especially useful in case of sore throat, inhalations or localized rinses.
For topical use it is used for tamponades or brushstrokes or it is possible to extract the soft extract of propolis, obtained from the evaporation of alcohol from the tincture. It can also be used dissolved in hot tea or milk or hot water, perhaps with a little honey, to counteract the bitter taste.
Remember that it is always good to seek the advice of a doctor or expert before use.