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One of the most effective traditional medicines is sunflower propolis oil. It is sold in a pharmacy or beekeepers, but you can do it yourself. The cooking technology is quite simple and within the power of any housewife.
The healing properties of propolis oil
Bee glue, as propolis is also popularly called, for some reason always remains in the shadow of another beekeeping product - honey. It has unique properties that enable it to cope with disease where traditional medicines are often powerless. Propolis does not have a negative effect on the body, which is characteristic of pharmacological drugs.
The biochemical composition of propolis is complex and not fully understood. A scientific center has been established in Japan to carry out research in this area. A lot of experience and knowledge has been accumulated in traditional medicine. Scientists have determined that propolis contains:
- resinous components;
- phenolic compounds;
- cinnamic alcohol and acid;
- aroma oils;
- about ten vital vitamins (groups B - B1, B2, B6, A, E, pantothenic, niacin and others);
- seventeen amino acids;
- more than 50 names of various microelements (most of all zinc and manganese).
Propolis in vegetable oil contains flavonoids that impart analgesic, antiseptic, antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, wound healing and anti-inflammatory properties. These substances have a positive effect on the immune system, interfere with the vital activity of most pathogenic microorganisms. Propolis is active against:
- typhoid pathogens;
- all types of fungus;
- the simplest;
Propolis is a prophylaxis against smallpox, influenza, herpes and hepatitis viruses.
You can often get rid of the disease using only propolis preparations. But in complicated, advanced cases, it is necessary to use antibiotics, and the beekeeping product should be used as an additional means that enhances the effect of the main treatment, and also allows you to preserve the integrity of the intestinal microflora.
Along with the antibiotic effect, propolis oil has strong anti-inflammatory properties that prevent destructive processes in the body. It is widely used to heal skin lesions (wounds, burns, etc.). Propolis oil stimulates blood circulation in organs both externally and internally, and has an analgesic effect.
Some scientists argue that at certain concentrations, propolis acts ten times stronger than novocaine. This allows propolis oil to be used in dental, eye and burn medical practice. The greatest result is obtained when applied topically:
- on damage to the gastric mucosa;
- in gynecology (impregnation for tampons);
- in the treatment of the oral cavity (gum plates);
- for the healing of the skin.
The analgesic effect occurs almost immediately from the moment propolis oil comes into contact with the skin or mucous membranes. Its duration of action is not less than an hour, sometimes the effect can last up to two hours or more.
Propolis accelerates tissue healing, initiates self-healing processes. It promotes the regeneration of the mucous membranes of organs, prevents the appearance of scars, postoperative sutures. Propolis oil has a calming effect on the skin, relieves itching. This property has found application in psoriasis, insect bites, foot fungus, burns and other injuries.
Taken in small amounts, propolis oil enhances bowel activity and helps relieve constipation. Increases the secretory activity of the stomach, which makes it possible to improve the situation with the hypoacid form of gastritis. Large doses of propolis, on the contrary, suspend intestinal activity, which is good for diarrhea.
From what it is applied
The pharmacological effects of propolis oil are quite varied. Therefore, the drug is used both in medicine and home treatment, sometimes replacing an entire pharmacy. It helps from:
- gastrointestinal problems (gastritis, ulcers, dysbiosis, defecation disorders, hemorrhoids, cracks, prevention of pancreatitis);
- respiratory tract diseases (tonsillitis, flu, bronchitis, tuberculosis, runny nose, pneumonia, nasal polyps);
- gynecological problems (erosion, thrush, colpitis, endocervicitis);
- damage to the skin;
- diseases of the cornea of the eye;
- low or high pressure;
- sciatica, sciatica;
- cosmetic problems.
Resins, wax and other beneficial compounds can irritate the skin and mucous membranes. But in oil extracts of propolis, they show only their positive properties, providing a comprehensive therapeutic effect on the lesions.
How to make propolis oil at home
Traditional medicine uses propolis ointments prepared with vegetable and animal fats, butter, petroleum jelly. Such drugs are widely used. The preparation of propolis oil takes place in a cold or hot way, when the components of the solution are subjected to heat treatment.
How to cook propolis in olive oil
Take a propolis ball, slightly freeze it until it hardens. Then grate on the finest grater or grind with a coffee grinder. Pour the resulting powder with cold water. After an hour, drain the liquid together with the floating particles of the propolis lump. Chips, wax, bee particles and other debris often fall into it. The specific gravity of propolis is greater than that of water, so it sinks down and only the sediment remaining at the bottom should be used to prepare the medicine.
Mix the powder with olive oil heated to +60 degrees (20 g per 100 ml), put in a water bath and stir frequently. The quality of the product will depend on the duration of the heat treatment. The longer you cook propolis, the more nutrients it will give into the resulting solution. The time should vary from one hour to eight or more. Then the solution should be infused for some more time, after which it can be filtered through a multilayer gauze filter.
Important! The effectiveness of the medicine will be low if the solution is kept on fire for only one hour. According to scientists, in this case, only 25% of nutrients pass into the oil. To achieve a result of 80 percent or more, heat treatment is required for 50 hours.
Cooking propolis with butter
For various diseases, a propolis recipe with butter is used. For this, 100 g of fat is placed in a refractory glass dish, brought to a boil and removed. At a temperature of +80 degrees, put 10-20 g of propolis in oil and stir well.
Then they again put on the smallest fire, periodically turning it on and off as it warms up, and cook for 15 minutes, without ceasing to stir the mixture. Then immediately filter through a single-layer gauze cloth. There may be some sediment at the bottom. It is harmless, it can also be used for treatment. If a medicine is prepared from low quality oil, then water will form at the bottom of the can, which must be drained.
Attention! Propolis, honey and butter are often mixed to enhance the healing effect. This composition is very good for colds and for strengthening the immune system.
How to make sunflower-based propolis oil
Divide the propolis ball into smaller parts with a hammer or any other means at hand. Take refined vegetable oil. Mix them together in a blender bowl and beat. It is not recommended to do this for a long time, as the pieces of propolis will stick to the knife and it will be very difficult to wash it. Then take a glass container, pour the mixture there and heat in a water bath for at least an hour, stirring with a wooden spoon or stick. When the solution has cooled, filter it and store it in the refrigerator.
Sea buckthorn oil recipe with propolis
There are several ways to make a medicine from these two components. The first is prepared in the same way as in the case of olive oil. Propolis is crushed, mixed with vegetable fat, infused for an hour in a water bath at a temperature not exceeding +80 degrees, filtered.
The second method is simpler, but no less effective. In this case, sea buckthorn oil is not heated, and therefore it retains all its original properties. It is necessary to mix the oil base and 10% propolis tincture in one bottle in a ratio of 1:10. Drink 20-30 drops with milk or water an hour before meals for gastritis, gastrointestinal ulcers.
Propolis with burdock oil
At the pharmacy, you can buy burdock oil with propolis extract. But for those who want to make a medicine with their own hands, there is the following recipe. Mix part of propolis tincture and two parts of burdock oil. Warm up slightly and rub into the scalp, leave for fifteen minutes. In this way, you can get rid of dandruff, strengthen the hair roots, and make them healthy.
Attention! If you need a 10% solution, take 10 g of propolis per 100 ml of oil, to get 20% - 20 g of powder.
Rules for the use of propolis oil
Despite the fact that propolis preparations are harmless, they must be used with great care. Accumulating in the body, they at one point can cause an unexpected and rather strong allergic reaction. To avoid this, you need to adhere to the indicated dosages of propolis and instructions for use, as well as take on board a few useful tips:
- do not use propolis oil for more than a month, with prolonged use it can depress the immune system, as well as provoke a cumulative allergic reaction;
- be careful when the drug comes into contact with mucous membranes, since it is in this place that the substances are most quickly absorbed into the blood and can cause individual intolerance;
- before use, you need to conduct a small test - apply 1-2 drops to the lower lip or on the wrist;
- start taking the drug with low doses;
- avoid overdose;
- do not apply if you have previously had a reaction to propolis or the bites of these insects.
Important! You need to be especially careful about the use of propolis in butter for those who suffer from a tendency to allergic reactions or bronchial asthma.
Propolis oil is a highly allergenic product and can cause hypersensitive reactions in the body. At the initial stages, it can be weakly expressed and invisible even for the person himself. But if an allergic reaction is not recognized in time, it can eventually take on threatening forms in the form of anaphylactic shock, Quincke's edema and other manifestations. Therefore, you need to study well the main symptoms of a dangerous condition:
- the digestive system is the first to be hit (upset, nausea, vomiting, fever, aching and muscle pain, increased salivation, etc.);
- the appearance of skin rashes (rash, redness, urticaria);
- respiratory failure (choking, shortness of breath, swelling of the nasopharynx or profuse discharge from it, sneezing, asthma attacks).
Important! When a similar clinical picture appears, it is necessary to immediately stop taking propolis oil and replace it with another drug.
Although propolis oil is completely non-toxic, large doses should be avoided. It is necessary to take into account all contraindications for admission in order to avoid the development of allergic reactions. In some cases, propolis oil cannot be taken due to diseases of the internal organs, for example, with pancreatitis, diseases of the kidneys, liver and biliary tract. Also, propolis preparations are contraindicated in:
- allergic rhinitis;
- hay fever;
- bronchial asthma.
Important! Only a doctor can give an opinion on the advisability of using propolis oil in certain cases.
Terms and conditions of storage
Propolis oil, unlike alcohol extract, has a short shelf life. It does not lose its properties within six months, provided that it is placed in a glass container. If the oil bottle is made of plastic, the shelf life is automatically halved. You need to keep the drug in the refrigerator, below or on the side door.
Sunflower propolis oil can be a good helper in getting rid of many serious diseases. In this case, it is necessary to strictly observe the dosage and treatment time.