There is a Medicine in Every Bee-Hive; By Annette van der Knaap
We all know the benefits of honey, but did you know that propolis has anti-viral properties? A combination of honey and propolis gives your immune system a boost.
How to make propolis honey?
- Take propolis tincture and add it to a good quality raw (biological, cold swing) honey. Ratio 1 gram pure raw crude propolis from the hive to 99 gram honey.
With tincture concentration of 20% propolis → 5 grams tincture to 99 grams of honey. Click here for a gram / ounce conversion table.
How to make propolis tincture?
- Take raw crude propolis from a bee hive or buy it (from a beekeeper or health food store) dissolve the crude propolis in the same amount (weight) of alcohol (preferred > 80% grain alcohol). Highest proof alcohol such as Everclear or a high proof vodka.
Ethanol rubbing alcohol should NEVER be used, it is intended for topical applications only.
While in the graduated cylinder, shake every day for a minimum of 30 days. Let it settle and you yield: Propolis Tincture (top of carafe) bee wax particles (middle of carafe) pollen (bottom of carafe).
Do not try to filter, just pour the dark clear liquid carefully from the top, or siphon it out with a pipette.
If using the coffee carafe, you must have a minimum of 150 grams of crude propolis tincture.
Two (2) level teaspoons per day of the final honey propolis tincture mixture that you’ve made.
If you are seriously ill you may increase dosage by 1/2 -1 gram.
*Propolis enhances the effect of other medicines, and may have slight blood-thinning properties. Always consult your primary care provider if you intend to combine prescription medicines with propolis. Ask an apitherapist for advice on the dosage.
More information on propolis:
Propolis may look very different in appearance due to its age and variation in the amount of beeswax it contains. When the propolis is dissolved in alcohol, the same ingredients always end up in the tincture because the wax and pollen do not dissolve but settle at the bottom of your jar.
TIP: Use a tall, narrow cylinder (jar) not a wide one, to obtain a nice column of clean tincture on top.
If you have questions or comments please leave them below. We’d love to hear from you and also see your examples of propolis tincture!