Propolis, a powerful antibiotic – 100% of the time

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What is propolis? Where does it come from and why is it it such a miracle of nature? Helena van der Westhuizen of Simply Bee in Hopefield has spent years researching its properties.

Honeybees gather propolis, a resin, from tree bark and leaves. They combine this resin with nectar, creating mix of wax, pollen and bee bread. They then use this substance to seal their hives, protecting it from outside contaminants. They also use propolis at the entrance to the hive to sterilize themselves as they come and go.

Propolis contains 500 more bioflavonoids (vitamin p) than is found in oranges. Except for vitamin K. propolis has all the known Vitamins. Of the fourteen minerals required by the body, propolis contains them all with the exception of sulfur. Propolis is comprised of 50 to 70 percent resins and balsams, 30 to 50 percent wax. 5 to 10 percent bee pollen and 10 percent essential oils. Like royal jelly and bee pollen, propolis also contains a number of unidentified compounds which work together synergistically to create a perfectly balanced, nutritive substance.

Propolis, and ancient healer

While propolis is just now enjoying a rediscovery, its usefulness can be traced back to the time of Hippocrates, who used it to heal sores and ulcers, internally and externally. In Word War II, it was used by the Soviet Union to treat battle wounds. Propolis is an excellent natural antibiotic and immune system booster.

Nature’s penicillin

Synthetic antibiotics carry with them side effects – propolis, a natural antibiotic, has no such side effects. Propolis has also been shown to fight bacterial strains that have become resistant to synthetic antibiotics.

Propolis active compounds

Nineteen substances Of different Chemical Structure have been identified so far. These compounds include a number of substances which belong to the favonoid family induding betul ene and isovanillin.

Vitamin and Mineral Content :

  • Vitamin A (carotene)
  • Vitamin Bl
  • Vitamin B2
  • Vitamin 83
  • Biotin
  • An array of bioflavonoids
  • Albumin
  • Calcium
  • Magnesium
  • Silica
  • Potassium
  • Phosphorus
  • Manganese
  • Cobalt
  • Copper


  • Antibacterial
  • Antiviral
  • Antibiotic
  • Antifungal
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antioxidant

Propolis’ high levels of bioflavonoids stimulates white blood cells to produce interferon. This greatly increases the body’s resistance to disease. Propolis also curtails the growth of protozoa and is therefore an effective treatment for some intestinal parasites. Propolis has been used in the past internally to combat: Gastro-intestinal infections, bacterial and fungal infections, sore throats, colds, malaria, cancer, HIV, peptic ulcers, ulcers in the mouth, ulcerative colitis, parasitic infections, tuberculosis and candidacies

At Simply Bee we use the propolis that our bees make in our Fynbos hives to preserve our products.

Products containing propolis

Simply Bee Propolis Serum

This richly repairing micro—emulsified serum contains a high concentration is from the Fynbos of the West Coast. Combined with Neroli, propolis concentrate calms, heals, and truly enriches your skin. Antibacterial and decongesting, this formulation alleviates micro—circulation problems and strengthens your fragile skin. Propolis has been proved to be beneficial to human skin and is considered luxurious. Propolis promotes new cell growth There are 50 different in propolis. Flavonoid improves the circulation of blood and the decomposition of pigments It also prevents skin aging and age spots. Propolis is also rich in vitamins especially vitamin P found in Rutin. Propolis serum is suitable for all skin types, specially sensitive skin.

Simply Bee Propolis liquidPropolis liquid
Traditionally, propolis is used as an antibiotic and a stimulant of the immune system, therefore reducing the occurrence and severity of colds and flu and is very popular in the treatment of throat infections. Propolis from the beehive is known to increase resistance to infection and illnesses and is widely recognized as a preventative supplement. Propolis have natural antibiotic and anti-fungal properties, probably due to its natural content of flavonoids, organic acids, vitamins and numerous minerals.

Antiseptic balm
Antiseptic Balm is one of our best sellers from our Beeswax Products range, and a must for any respectable househdds first aid kit. This amazing ointment really helps and works for almost anything! We have had fantastic results in treating eczema. psoriasis, acne, sun damage, cold sores, rashes, insect bites. burns, nappy rash, bed sores and many more ailments, with antiseptic balm. The combination of propolis, beeswax, tea tree and myrrh, essential oils, make the perfect combination that is extremely healing.

Propolis balm
Simply Bee propolis can be used to repair sore and weak skin, prevent infections, heal open wounds and diminish acne. We’ve received positive feedback from customers about using the Propolis balm for leg ulcers, shingles, warts and boils. Diabetic sufferers who have problems with their legs will also benefit from rubbing this on the skin on the legs to heal sores.

Propolis acne balm
This product is a life-saver for acne skins! It’s the perfect solution and rescue for acne skin – to heal and protect.

Propolis acne balm for teen skins
Propolis, a substance collected by bees to protect the hive, has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties. The heal and diminish acne.

Propolis serum for teen skins
Propolis Serum is a rich micro-emulsified serum for your skin. This micro-emulsified serum contains a high concentration of Propolis from the Fynbos of the West Coast. We enrich this serum with Neroli essential oil. There are over 50 different flavonoids in propolis. Propolis are rich in vitamins, especially vitamin P found in Rutin. Suitable for all skin types.

Propolis serum for teen skinsSimply Bee propolis eye balm with buchu
Eye Balm supports elasticity, minimizes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and protects the delicate skin around the eyes. Skin is moisturized, firmed and fortified.

Propolis & Arnica massage oil
When used in combination with massage, the arnica extract in this product can provide a soothing layer of warmth.

You can send us an email to or call 022-7230569 for more information on our propolis products.