Propolis in pregnancy and breastfeeding
We keep receiving inquiries from customers as to whether it is advisable to take propolis during pregnancy. That is why we would like to take a closer look at the topic of propolis during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Many of our long-standing regular customers have been taking propolis in various forms for years - be it as a powder, in pieces or popular as propolis drops or propolis tincture. Cosmetic products with propolis, such as creams, balms, etc., are also very popular.
This popularity of propolis is no coincidence. Many of our long-term customers report excellent results from propolis when used against various pathogens, warts, fungi, etc.
Bees have always used propolis to protect themselves against pathogens and intruders such as bacteria, germs, fungi and viruses. To protect the beehive, bees produce propolis to keep intruders out. Propolis comes from the Greek and means "in front of the city". And that's exactly where the unwanted intruders stay.
Due to its many ingredients, propolis has a very broad spectrum of activity and is therefore used in both naturopathy and human medicine. Propolis is said to have antibacterial, fungicidal, cell protecting, antiviral and wound healing properties.
Propolis is a completely natural product, the different forms of action of which have been confirmed in numerous studies.
Can I also use propolis during pregnancy?
If propolis is not advised to take, this is usually for two reasons.
Propolis has a high allergenic potential, i.e. you must check whether you are allergic to propolis before taking it. If you have taken propolis before pregnancy without any problems, nothing speaks against taking it during pregnancy. Anyone who is allergic to bee stings or bee products should refrain from using propolis - both externally and internally through ingestion or addition to food. How to test if you are allergic to propolis: Apply the product to the inside of an arm. If a reaction occurs in the next few hours, you should not use any propolis products.
Propolis is often taken in tincture / drop form. Here propolis is dissolved in an alcohol solution. It goes without saying that this is not recommended during pregnancy and one must switch to an alcohol-free, water-based propolis tincture. Alternatively, you can switch to propolis powder or other propolis products.
In addition, propolis has a number of positive properties and can also be very supportive during pregnancy - especially with problems that arise during pregnancy.
Pregnant women usually have decreased immunity and are therefore more likely to catch colds. Propolis can not only have a soothing effect in the course of the disease, but also generally preventive when taken in autumn and winter. This is because propolis is considered a natural antibiotic due to its composition and valuable ingredients. It can therefore reduce the need for antibiotic therapy for a severe cold.
It is quite normal that women are plagued by hormonal fluctuations, especially at the beginning of a pregnancy. Many customers report a positive and balancing effect of propolis in this regard.
In addition, there are over 250 identified, valuable ingredients in propolis. Even if you now know the ingredients very well, propolis is a mystery, because only natural propolis has a balance that no industrially manufactured product can have. The busy bees produce this “miracle cure” all by themselves in a natural process. Propolis consists of approx. 50% resin and approx. 25% essential oils, pollen, minerals and trace elements, as well as flavones and acids.
The main ingredients are:
- Wax components
- Vitamins A, B, C, E, H or B7 (better known as biotin, the active ingredient for skin and hair)
- Iron, chromium, copper, zinc, manganese, selenium, magnesium, silicon
- amino acids
- Organic flavonoids
Propolis can therefore contribute to a more balanced diet, especially during pregnancy, and supply the body with important vital substances.
The decision whether propolis should also be used during pregnancy depends on each woman personally. In general, we recommend that you always discuss the topic openly with a doctor and seek advice.
Can propolis be used while breastfeeding?
Here, too, it is not advisable to take propolis during breastfeeding if you are allergic to propolis. Particular caution is required with a pollen or bee sting allergy. So test beforehand whether you can tolerate propolis well.
Be careful when buying propolis
In general, if you want to achieve the best effect, you should only buy high-quality propolis with the highest possible propolis content. In the case of inferior goods, the effect often leaves a lot to be desired. Do not save in the wrong place under any circumstances - a high-quality product cannot be found in the supermarket for a few euros. In addition, one should make sure that propolis is not contaminated.
Our propolis products
In our shop we offer you high quality propolis products in various forms:
Propolis powder, our most popular propolis product, is obtained from gently cleaned and dried raw propolis. Due to its many positive properties, it is ideal as a dietary supplement. Our long-term customers are enthusiastic about the quality of this high-quality propolis.
Propolis tinctures 20%, 30%, 40%:
For the production of our propolis solution, raw propolis is dissolved in pure, non-denatured alcohol in pharmacist quality in a process lasting several weeks. Our propolis solution corresponds to the highest quality and is professionally manufactured. For external use, our propolis solution has been dermatologically tested in an independent institute.
Warning: These propolis tinctures are not suitable for use during pregnancy, while breastfeeding and also not for use by children.
Alcohol-free propolis tincture:
These propolis drops or propolis tincture are made on the basis of vegetable glycerine. It is used to keep the propolis liquid. The vegetable glycerine is obtained from the fatty acids in soy, coconuts and various types of grain. This alcohol-free propolis tincture does not contain any allergenic substances.
Alcohol-free propolis drops can contain a maximum of 10% to 15% propolis due to the poor solubility of pure propolis. This propolis solution contains 10% pure propolis.
We wish you good health!