February in Alberta has been the coldest in recent memory and March has roared in much the same way. The agricultural world has been suffering in many ways and apiaries are no different. Our beekeeper Jessie Smulders was recently interviewed by Global Television and in Hivelights of January 2018 we talked of the many complications that arise when over wintering a species not native to Canada.
Getting through a winter like this without getting a cold can be a challenge. Propolis to the rescue! It has been used for centuries because of its antibacterial, antiviral and anti fungal attributes. Current research has uncovered additional antiseptic, antioxidant, antibacterial and anticancer properties. Most commonly propolis is used to treat respiratory tract infections, gastrointestinal disorders such as giardia and ulcers, dermatological issues such as acne, eczema and wounds. It’s anticancer benefits are a very current (and timely) research topic. It sounds incredible that one item is so powerful but when you realize that it can be used topically in creams and ointments as well as internally with tinctures or powders it is more understandable.
For more information about Propolis research read Propolis: A Wonder Bees Product and Its Pharmacological Potentials and Honey, Propolis, and Royal Jelly: A Comprehensive Review of Their Biological Actions and Health Benefits.