What can the health benefits of propolis do for you?
Consider bee propolis to be the “glue” that keeps everything together. Initially, propolis was thought to simply provide protection to the hive from severe elements (e.g., rain, cold winds, snow). But protection is the most simple purpose for propolis; additionally it helps: reinforce hive structure and stability; minimize disruptive vibrations; prevent disease and parasites from infecting the hives; and mummify small intruders who meet their death inside the hive. Propolis is typically a mixed resin composed of beeswax, saliva, sap, and various botanical products in the surrounding area. Like all things bee, propolis’ natural composition offers human an array of benefits when incorporated into a regular diet.
While the value of Manuka honey in the treatment of childhood eczema is yet to be proved, there’s plenty of anecdotal evidence coming to the fore. In this article we look more closely at Manuka honey and ask whether it’s worth a try as you seek ways to alleviate your child’s eczema. Application of Manuka honey to the skin is thought to help in killing harmful bacteria, reducing or removing the incidence of eczema outbreaks. By treating the eczema-affected area it’s thought to help keep the zone moist which helps to reduce flare-ups and aids the skin’s recovery. The high viscosity of honey is also thought to form a barrier for the skin which is helpful in preventing infection in the first place.
Manuka honey is produced in New Zealand where the Manuka bush grows uncultivated. The Manuka bush, is part of the Leptospermum species of shrubs. The honey is produced when bees pollinate the flowers on the Manuka bush. The reason why Manuka honey is unique is because the bush contains strong antibacterial compounds found mostly in Leptospermum plants.