Characteristics, properties and advantages for the beekeeper
Propolis or propolis is essential for a healthy and balanced hive, as bees use it to seal and repair various parts of the hive, and also to mix it with wax and cover the breeding cells. In addition, propolis has a very important antiseptic capacity for the hive, because it helps destroy viruses, fungi and bacteria.
Propolis is produced by bees from the sap and resin of various trees (fir, pine, ash, birch ...). Bees mix these resins with substances that bees emit with their glands. The result is a propolis with more than 170 active components such as vitamins, flavonoid minerals, essential oils, pollen, wax, resin, etc. It is very interesting to note that the color of the propolis will depend directly on the set of plants and trees from which it has been extracted (the color can be from very light yellow to a darker brown).
The great acceptance and popularity of the propolis is thanks to its antibiotic properties. For a long time, propolis has been used by several branches of medicine to help treat some conditions such as colds, mouth problems such as gingivitis, help heal wounds and burns, help eliminate warts, help fight herpes, help to digestion, etc. (Always consult a healthcare professional before following any type of diet or treatment). As contraindications, we can say that there are people who may be allergic or have allergic asthma, so always consult an accredited medical professional before taking propolis. In addition, it is recommended to use propolis for short periods of time and not continuously. In the case of pregnant or nursing women, they always have to check with their doctor or healthcare professional beforehand.
Currently we can find propolis for sale in several formats, due to the great acceptance it has for consumers, which relate propolis to beneficial properties for health. We can find raw propolis (in powder, in pieces or in capsules), in liquid form, in candies, in cosmetic products, etc.
The beekeeper can have a very interesting opportunity to complement his beekeeping activity with the extraction and commercialization of propolis. The propolis can be extracted by scraping pictures of the hive and the plates. Meshes or fabrics designed to collect propolis can also be placed in honeycombs (bees seal the holes of these meshes with propolis). It is estimated that each hive can produce between 50 grams and 500 grams of propolis per year.
From here, we encourage all beekeepers who want to complement their beekeeping activity with the extraction and marketing of propolis as it can be a complementary source of income and a very healthy option for consumers.
In the next blog post we will see how propolis is collected (tools used), the method of extraction, sieving and prepared for sale to both the distributor and the final customer.
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