What is propolis and why use it in skincare?

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Propolis is a tough, dark brown, glue like substances bees use to build panels and to line the crevices and openings in their hives.  They create it by collecting a myriad of resins, saps and botanical fluids.  It contains over 300 compounds and is one of the most complex matters found in nature.

Its architectural function in the hive is secondary to its primary purpose which is to serve as an antiseptic, antimicrobial, antiviral barrier defending the hive from microbial contamination.

 

Propolis has been used by man for thousands of years in natural healing.  Modern science is only now uncovering what a miracle substance it truly is. A search of PubMed shows over 2,000 studies on bee propolis.    These studies confirm the long list of health benefits of propolis.  Among these, propolis demonstrates efficacy against many cancers, including skin cancer.

In skin care it facilitates rapid healing, tissue repair and collagen renewal. It scavenges free radicals which damage skin at the cellular level and works as a potent antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal.

At Meadowlake Farm we’ve developed a proprietary method of breaking propolis down into a suitable raw material which serves as the basis for many of our formulas so that your skin can reap the benefits of this amazing substance.

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