Propolis is a substance that is resinous and wax-like, collected from the buds and bark of trees by bees. Its color and physical properties vary according to its source and are used by bees in the hive for various purposes.
Propolis is stone hard when removed from the hive. In this case, it contains 40 percent wax, 15-20 percent dust and other residual materials. There can be two ways of preparing for use following the exit from the hive:
1-Resinous Powder Form: It is crystallized by holding in deep freezer and then pulled into a crusher machine and turned into powder.
Propolis Extract 2:
The first propolis is treated and distilled to remove wax and other materials. In addition, purification process is continued based on the active ingredients.
Propolis extract is thus produced. Extracts of various purities ranging from 70 percent purity to 96 percent purity can be obtained.
The quality category is determined by taking into account the purity and active ingredient ratios in the propolis extract. It can be 3 to 7 times more effective with its purity and content (compared to propolis taken).
Conditions of use and storage conditions:
Store at room temperature.
Propolis retains its nutritional value and properties for 18 months at room temperature.
Dosages for use !
For general use, 2 grams of propolis extracts can be taken as a daily dose.
For children, a daily dose of 250 mg (1-3 of teaspoon in 1 to 8 years of age ), a quarter of teaspoon (500 mg) in 3 to 6 years of age, 1 gram per day up to 12 years of age and adults older than 12 years doses available.
Uses of Prpolis:
Consumption and usage in water:
For oral health, it can be gargled with this liquid by placing a teaspoon of the extract in half a liter of water and shaking. One sip of the same liquid in the morning and evening can be taken again. This liquid can be consumed by joining drinks such as coffee or juice.
Use of extract in powder form:
According to taste, the dose of propolis can be taken directly by adding honey or yogurt.
Propolis can be used by mixing 75 grams of honey, 5 grams of propolis extract and 20 grams of warm water.
Honey-bee milk-pollen-propolis mixture: 1 kg honey 200 grams of royal jelly, 200 grams of pounded pollen, 50 grams of propolis extract can be consumed by adding summer-winter, can be prepared.
The taste of the pure form of propolis in powder form or in extract form is not appreciated by children. We can give our children by mixing in honey as given above, or there may be other mixtures that they will enjoy.
For example molasses-yogurt-propolis or jam-propolis-bread.