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What is propolis?

Michael T. Murray, ND
Naturopathic Medicine

Propolis is the resinous substance collected by bees from the leaf buds and barks of trees, especially poplar and conifer. The bees utilize the propolis along with beeswax to construct the hive. Propolis has antibiotic activities that help the hive block out viruses, bacteria, and other organisms. Propolis is yellow to brown, waxy, and bitter in flavor, and is used as an antimicrobial.

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