Put some bee stuff on your canker sores
Is there anything bees can’t do?
According to some studies, a substance bees produce called Propolis is a very effective canker sore remedy.
According to people out there on the web who supposedly know stuff like this, propolis is a waxy, resinous substance bees produce from flower buds and sap flows, and they use it in the hive to fill in small gaps much like beeswax. In its natural state, propolis is brown in color, sticky, and quite smelly, so while it has many medicinal uses, it hasn’t been widely accepted for those reasons.
According to an article from the Health and Med Blog, and quoting a Professor Anant Paradkar who has researched propolis for years, “Propolis has been shown to be anti-microbial, anti-fungal, a strong anti-oxidant, non-allergenic and can boost the immune system. It also promotes wound healing and has anesthetic properties.”
Those all sound like good things.
Wikipedia says that propolis can do everything from help sore throats with propolis lozenges, treat skin burns, prevent plaque buildup on teeth, and even works as an immunomodulator, which as RAS is an autoimmune disease, sounds very promising.
It supposedly even fights the growth of tumors.
Not bad for something that comes out of a bee’s ass.
Sound gross? Then don’t fear, because scientists have been able to purify the propolis to remove the scent while maintaining the healthy properties. And while all bee products found in nature can vary from location to location due to the flora of the region, lab bees can be maintained and controlled, keeping the qualities of the propolis even.
And one more thing, the stickiness in propolis supposedly helps it stay secure to the ulcer itself, keeping it from wiping off like many ulcer medications.
Durham’s Bee Farm Inc produces a propolis-based product specifically for mouth ulcers.
Not recommended for people with severe bee allergies. Just in case anybody was wondering.
Anybody used propolis based products? Good reviews? Bad reviews? Share with the class!
A friendly beekeeper set the record straight in the comments – it turns out that my “bee’s ass” joke was not accurate, that propolis is created by trees and flowers and brought to the hive by the bees, who stick it to their legs. So there’s even less to fear about propolis. Good feedback!