5. Reverse Otitis
You can use safely propolis for babies and children against otitis media (an inflammatory condition of the ear) and other infections. However, some children may be sensitive to topical application of the remedy. (11)
Ear infections afflict many children, making them and their families miserable. It seems that once a child experiences one infection, s/he becomes more prone to them. Otitis media is an infection that affects the middle ear. Chronic infections can damage the eardrum, causing permanent hearing loss.
A 2010 study of 122 young children with frequent recurrent ear infections found that: “The administration of a propolis and zinc suspension to children with a history of rAOM [recurrent acute otitis media] can significantly reduce the risk of new AOM episodes and AOM-related antibiotic courses, with no problem of safety or tolerability, and with a very good degree of parental satisfaction.” (12)
Propolis Ear Drops
- Propolis Tincture (recipe above under Tonsillitis)
- Extra Virgin olive oil
- Use a ratio of 5 drops of tincture to 1 teaspoon of olive oil.
- Warm them gently over a low heat then drip a few drops into the ear with the head on one side. Test the oil on your hand first to make sure you don’t burn your ears.
- Let it sit for a few minutes then turn the head over on a towel and allow to run back out.
6. Treat Respiratory Illnesses
When mixed with healing herbs, propolis promotes a synergistic effect. In fact, propolis mixed with echinacea and vitamin C can prevent the onset of respiratory infections—even in children. (13) The ingredients below can be purchased at a natural food store or you can make your own.
Propolis Echinacea Elixir
- 50 ml (2 ounces) echinacea extract (recipe here)
- 50 ml (2 ounces) propolis tincture (recipe above under Tonsillitis)
- 10 ml (1 tablespoon) vitamin C (recipe here)
- Combine and store in an amber glass bottle away from light and heat.
- Administer 1 teaspoon for children 1-3 years or 1 ½ teaspoons for children 4-5 years, twice a day.
You can also inhale propolis with steam to pull the soothing, germ-fighting potion into your nose, mouth, throat, and lungs, where it’s needed most.
7. Fungus Remedy
In addition to its antibacterial and antiviral properties, bee propolis kills fungi. This ability is attributable to its resident flavonoids and phenols. Even in different parts of the world and the resulting variances in propolis, its antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal effects are pronounced. (14) More specifically, propolis inhibits fungus and yeast strains. (15, 16)
DIY Propolis Ointment
- 5 tablespoons melted beeswax
- 5 tablespoons macerated calendula oil
- 1⁄2 teaspoon lavender oil
- 15 ml bee propolis extract (NOT homeopathic tincture)
- Melt the beeswax in a small ramekin inside a small pot filled with boiling water or in a double-boiler that’s easy to clean.
- Add the calendula oil and continue stirring with an old wooden spoon, until blended and melted.
- Carefully from heat and add lavender and propolis. Let cool a bit but keep stirring so it doesn’t harden unevenly.
- Once it starts to harden a bit, return to heat and melt the mixture again, stirring continuously.
- Remove from heat again and keep mixing until slightly cooled and paste-like and then add to the jar(s).
- Wipe out ramekin while still warm with a paper towel to remove leftover balm before washing.
8. Gastric Tonic
Due to its general support of the immune system, bee propolis aids in the treatment of gastrointestinal illness. In fact, it has been shown to be extremely effective in inhibiting the proliferation of colorectal cancer. (18) Propolis’ many phytochemicals are responsible for promoting cell health. Soothing anesthetics and anti-inflammatories coat the stomach and intestinal linings to ease and heal the discomfort of gastric ulcers and colitis. Additionally, propolis decreases the secretion of stomach acids for long-term relief. (19)
- 30% spirit solution of propolis
- 5-30 ml of water
- Dilute propolis in oil and mix well.
- Pour into and amber glass bottle with an eyedropper top.
- Take 5 drops of the mixture 30 minutes before meals, up to 3 times a day.
- Gradually increase to from 40 drops at a time before each meal.
- Use alongside 2 spoonfuls of flaxseeds boiled 15-20 minutes in 0.5 liters of water. Take 100-120 ml of the flax mixture before taking the propolis.