In this article we will try to answer the common questions on how much Bee Propolis we should use for a specific purpose and also how to take Bee Propolis.
Why and When to use Bee Propolis
Propolis can be used to strengthen your immune system, to fight infections, ward off bacteria, viruses and funghi, to speed up the healing of cold sores and genital herpes, to cure dermatitis and eliminate acne, to soothe and disinfect a sore throat, to speed up the healing process of pharyngitis, laryngitis, ulcerations of the mouth, gums and throat, enlarged tonsils, and ulcerations on the skin. Bee propolis is mostly available in forms of tinctures, extracts, capsules and tablets, but is also very helpful in form of propolis creams and ointments, propolis toothpastes and even propolis shampoos and soaps. While we will be writing about the many health benefits of Bee Propolis in the future articles, this article will focus on boosting the immune system and fighting infections.
How to take Propolis
It is advised to talk to your doctor or pharmacist about the amount of Propolis you should be taking. The amount or dosage will depend on the strength of the specific medicine and also the reason why you are taking Propolis.
Bee Propolis capsules and tablets are mostly easy to take. All we need to do is follow the directions on the label.
It is a bit different with Propolis tincture and liquid extract of Propolis. To take those, the best and easiest way is to put a few droplets on a teaspoon of sugar. Another way is to trickle them into your favorite juice or milk, which will make a tasty health-giving drink.
How much Bee Propolis should we take?
To strengthen your immune system: Take about 20 drops of Propolis tincture in honey, juice, teaspoon of sugar, in milk or water before breakfast. Please bear in mind that number of Propolis drops will vary according to the strength of the particular tincture.
To fight infection, flu or cold: It is best to take Propolis when the first signs of infection occur. We all know them; they could be headaches, a sore throat, sensitive, teary eyes and runny nose, chills, slight fever, weariness, lethargy and so on. In this case it is advised to take about 15 drops of Propolis tincture every few hours until the symptoms abate.
Word of caution
You could be allergic to Propolis if you are an asthma patient, or if you are allergic to bee stings or any bee product such as honey, pollen or royal jelly. If you think you could be allergic to Propolis, please discuss your physician before using it.
If you have never taken Bee Propolis before, in the first days use only small amounts and, if there are no side effects, slowly increase the intake. Do not take more Propolis than advised.
In case of side effects stop taking your medicine right away and talk to your doctor if you have any of the following: itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing, or rash.
Before taking propolis, please tell your doctor if you are:
- taking any medicines or are allergic to any medicine,
- pregnant or planning to become pregnant,
- breast feeding,
- allergic to bee stings or bee products,
- an asthma patient, or suffer from eczema or nettle rash,
- experiencing health problems such as high blood pressure or heart or blood vessel disease.
Articles with further information on Propolis safety:
Bee Propolis during Pregnancy and Lactation
Propolis interaction with Anticoagulants
Possible Side effects of Bee Propolis