Propolis from bees
Our bees are making rich orange propolis by the bucket load. Here is a box in the 'winter scrape down processing department' and the orange dribbles are leftover propolis.
Propolis is a product the bees make from plant resin and beeswax. Its thought it keeps the bees healthy. It definitely glues the boxes together to keep them air tight and cosy. It's name comes from Greek for 'defense of the city', the bee city of course.
It contains a whole bunch of active compounds that seem to have all sorts of health benefits to humans, like antibacterial, antiviral, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory. But it is one of those things that is not well studied or understood. You can buy propolis lozenges, capsules, spray and creams.
Our bee expert Bob swears by it for health, and these old bee dudes know a few things the rest of us are just catching up on. Sounds a bit like the story of manuka honey doesn't it?
And, as a side revenue stream from our amazing bees, it's all good. Bees do way more than just make honey. More on this in future posts.