Health from the beehive

Propolis – 50 million years' research from nature


Propolis is the protective resin of honey bees. It protects the beehive naturally against viruses, bacteria and fungal attack. Because there are often more than  60,000 bees in a hive, living together in a confined space in a temperature of approx. 35 °C, conditions are ideal for the propagation of germs. To prevent this, the whole interior of the hive is covered with a fine propolis layer. In addition, at the entrance hole there is a kind of propolis carpet, which, like a "disinfection sluice", prevents agents causing disease from entering the beehive.

Researchers have found that, thanks to propolis, a beehive is almost as sterile as an operating theatre.
The term propolis is derived from the Greek words pro = for and polis = town, essentially meaning "the defensive system of the town".


The secret of propolis


The broad active spectrum of propolis is attributed to the interaction of more than 150 different natural substances, which, by their unique composition, protect the beehive against various germs – and already have been doing so for more than 50 million years, as was proven by amber finds.
For this reason, scientists also speak in this connection of "50 million years' research from nature".
Just as propolis protects the beehive, it also contributes to the preservation of human health.


Propolis – nature's valuable protection


Bees gather the resinous raw material for propolis production from buds and bark. With the addition of enzymes, pollens and wax, it is processed into the final propolis. The beekeeper can only "harvest" approx. 60 to 100 g per year from one beehive. The extraction of propolis occurs, as with the honey, without impairing life in the beehive.

 

Karl Lund Aagaard

Who are you Mr. Karl Lund Aagaard?

Biologist, beekeeper and internationally-renowned humanist, this man was the one who rediscovered the intense biological activity of propolis. After thousands of experiments in Denmark in the 60s and 70s, he managed to formulate the base for use of propolis and perfected a very active product that is totally harmless. Mr. Karl Lund Aagaard became known in the countries of Northern Europe as Mr. Propolis. What a marvellous present he gave to mankind!

Propolis as modern medication ...

Only in the course of recent decades has pharmaceutical research again paid attention to the active ingredient of propolis. So propolis is used above all for the strengthening and invigoration of general wellbeing, in particular of the body's defence mechanisms. The anti-inflammatory properties of propolis are valued, among others, for supportive treatment and the alleviation of sore throat.

… or as oral and dental care

Propolis has also proved to be ideal for oral and dental care through its anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It is used in toothpaste and mouthwash and is also as an ingredient in an oral gel for the care of mucosal irritations and pressure points on the palate. Aagaard Propolis - An extensive propolis range with the proven quality of Aagaard.