If we had to choose a favourite bee ingredient then it probably has to be our precious, British sourced propolis. For millions of years only the bees that so expertly create it, knew the secret of this incredible ingredient.
Rich in flavonoids (a class of antioxidants that help to prevent cell damage and cell loss) it has a long history of uses as a natural treatment for a host of health problems.Records trace the awareness of this wonder ingredient back some 5,000 years, and as with honey, propolis was prolifically used by the Egyptians and Greeks for it’s many and diverse skin benefits.
But what is propolis exactly? Propolis is a resinous mixture that honeybees collect from tree buds and other botanical sources around them. Its composition includes resins and balsam compounds, beeswax, essential oils and bee pollen. It is packed with super powered ingredients including vitamins B, C, E, copper and manganese. These combined elements make propolis extremely powerful for anti-virus, anti bacterial, antiseptic and wound healing remedies.
Bees use the propolis mix prolifically to protect and defend the hive from invasion. The word propolis comes from two Greek words ‘Pro’ meaning Before and ‘Polis’ meaning City. Directly translated as ‘before the city’ it reflects the bees use of propolis to defend the entrance of the hive from non-bees. Propolis protects the internal infrastructure of the hive from external infections. On skin, it effectively has the same role in preventing external skin infections whilst enhancing internal skin renewal. Generally it keeps skin healthy, clear and beautiful.
With all of the wonder properties and intense nutritional value of propolis, it is perfect for our naturally based skincare. You've heard of super foods, well we believe our British propolis is our true 'super hero’ ingredient - and we suspect we'll all be hearing lots more about it as awareness of propolis as our super-hero grows!