Best way to clean the air you breathe from its microbial load while breathing in all the therapeutical benefits of propolis.
A beehive is an immortal being. This sounds odd, especially nowadays when we often hear that honeybees are dying by millions! Nevertheless, this video describes how bees deciphered this enigma of immortal life.Paragraph.
First of all, in order to understand how bees become immortal, you have to see a beehive as one being instead of considering every bee as a separate being. Of course, each individual bees aren't immortal, it is a full beehive that is immortal, renewing all its body cells (the bees in the hive) regularly. Most beekeepers consider a beehive as a whole, as an individual being. Of course advertising and a few movies are propagating the perspective that a honeybee can live alone as an individual, but it isn't the case at all.
The beehives secret is hidden in the purity of their products. Indeed, diseases appear when impurities get in our system from one way or another. By living surrounded only by extremely pure substances, a beehive can reach immortality, again, renewing all its cells (the bees including the queen bee) regularly. Let's have a look at the 4 main bee products and see how they demonstrate their high purity level.
- Royal Jelly: In the case of royal jelly, the clearest fact that shows its purity is the following. When a queen bee is feeding only on royal jelly which is the usual, it has no dejections at all!!! It does not have to reject any part of it! It is such pure food that the queen bee use it entirely!
- Honey: You must have heard that honey have been found in Egypt Pyramids. Honey that was 4000 years old and that was still good! Nothing more needs to be said.
- Pollen: Pollen which is the protein source for bees, is the freshest source of protein you could find. It is younger than a fruit, younger than a seed, younger than a leaf, it is literally at the very beginning of life. It is the substance that fertilizes a flower for it to eventually become a fruit that will contain the seeds for new plants to grow. The fact that it is a substance that is at the genesis of plant life shows that it did not grow old in any way, it did not receive any stress from free radicals, it is pure.
- Propolis: Bees harvest natural substances from plants to make their medicine called propolis. That propolis is not only 100% made from natural products, it is actually used by bee to purify the entire beehive from bacterias, viruses, molds and so on. It cleans the beehive surfaces as well as the ambiant air of the hive, thanks to its volatile components.
Of course, there are more bee products and we could go on like that for a while, but these are the main ones. They show clearly how bees live surrounded by pure products only.
One could ask: why are they in danger if they are immortal?
The answer is simple, we, us, humanity caused this. First with pesticides, which is number one among impurities, but also through the spread of diseases through bad beekeeping practices. This is a sad point, but it is important to understand it well in order to make the necessary changes that will allow us to work harmoniously with the bees.
Kontak, the Italien company that invented and designed the Propolair Propolis Diffusers did many scientific tests and studies with the Propolair devices. This is the first of a series of blogposts presenting those studies.
This study has been conducted by the Public Health Department of Collegno e Pinerolo, Italy and was published in February 1996.
The results reveal the exceptional potential of those Propolis Diffusers to reduce the Airborne Microbial Load in a room. To make the point clear, they choose a classroom filled with kids in winter time. As you can see on the graph showcasing the results of the study, the longer the Propolair Propolis Diffuser was used, the greater impact it had on the microbial load in the classroom.
Indeed, after 3 continuous days using the Propolair device in a classroom, the microbial load went down to only 28.8% of what it was initially! On the graph, we can appreciate the efficiency steadily increasing day after day. Imagine what it will do in your office, bedroom, work area, etc. In a time where COVID complicates our lives and make some of us clean everything regularly, the Propolair device can certainly play its part on the airborne microbial load where we work, sleep and live.
This video brings a very important answer to the recurrent question coming not only from vegans, but from most of us:
"Is it legitimate to harvest honey, pollen and propolis from bees?"
Most of the time, this question comes from two different perspectives:
- Aren't we simply stealing their precious resources?
- Is it a violation to the bees organization and life?
This question is around since a really long time and I wanted to give it the best answer possible with the knowledge available nowadays.
The answer is neither "no" nor "yes", because it is sometimes yes and sometimes no. There are many factors to consider if you are really interested to the ethical side of beekeeping. In this video, I give many of those factors. Of course, there are more, but I'm presenting the most important ones for the moment.
Let me write down a few of the points I cover in the video:
Honey is the most known bee product and sometimes people think only about honey when they hear about bees. For that reason, I will include some of the most generic factors under the honey category, but keep in mind that most of the factors given under this category apply also to pollen and propolis.
- A beekeeper must make sure his bees live in a place of abundance of natural, diverse and rich food.
- A beekeeper must make sure his bees are not in the presence of pesticides.
- A beekeeper must have a set of beekeeping methods that are non-violent for the bees.
- A beekeeper must make sure he preserves the quality of "his" honey in order to respect the work of "his" bees.
Regarding pollen, the most important point is that a beekeeper has to make sure that there is a constant abundance of beebread (pollen transformed by the bees inside the beehive) inside every beehive from which he does harvest bee pollen from. This is critical since it is the food for all baby bees!!!
For propolis, believe it or not, the beekeeper has to stop selecting bees that produce too little propolis!!! This one is a tricky one since beekeepers, for a long time always thought that bees producing the least propolis were the best ones. It makes it easier to work in a beehive when there is less propolis in it. There is a whole lot of education that needs to be done here!
Why is a Propolis Diffuser the most natural and effective way to purify your air at home and meanwhile get an exceptional immune booster?
Because nature invented the propolis diffuser principle a long time before men!!!
Bees actually invented this principle about 90,000,000 years ago and they keep using it. Not that many animal species made it this far! The bees propolis trick might have played a very important role into this. With the Propolis Diffuser, men simply brought the same technique available for our own homes, learning from the bees themselves.
A very important part of the bees immune system is actually made of what we call their "Propolis Envelope". In nature, bees very often nest in hollow trees. The first thing they do once they get into their hollow tree is to form an enveloppe made with propolis. They build their beeswax nest inside this envelope which they maintain and adapt as the beehive grows. At all time, this propolis is diffusing its active volatile ingredients into the ambiant air of the beehive.
This "Propolised Air" has two mechanisms of actions: Air Purifier + Immune Booster
Scientific studies led by Pr Marla Spivak from the University of Minnesota have been published proving that this propolis envelope has these two effects.
The "Air Purifier" action is proved by the fact that bees inside beehives equipped with such propolis envelope have significantly lower transcript abundances for two immune related genes, hymenoptaecin and AmEater. This means that the air purifying action of propolis is getting rid of so many airborne microbes, viruses, molds and so on that the immune system of bees can calm down since they are facing less agressions.
The "Immune Booster" action is proved by another study led by Pr Marla Spivak. In this study, healthy bees has been exposed to a fungal pathogen which cause what we call as beekeepers "chalkbrood disease" where the bees pupae get somehow mummified and die. Results indicated that bees living in a beehive with a propolis envelope had 7 times less mummified pupae than the ones without it! This proves the incredible boost effect this propolis envelope has on the bees immune system when it is needed. It also indicates the "immunomodulator" nature of propolis, since we outlined in the "Air Purifier" point that it also calms the immune system when it is not needed.
Another similar study has been conducted by the same Pr Spivak to prove this effect not only on fungal pathogen but also on bacteria induced diseased. They chose to work with one of the worst bee disease to prove their point, American Foulbrood, a disease I wish to no bees! Again, same type of results, bees living in a beehive with propolis envelope had a reduced level of American Foulbrood clinical signs as well as a greater antimicrobial activity of larval food. This last bit suggests that either the active volatile components of the propolis envelope are so present that they actually partly go inside the larval food or that the nursing bees exposed to this "propolised air" are able to add some antimicrobial components to the larval food! This is absolutely amazing!
It is interesting to know, as I outlined in this click-to-go post on Propolis, that for the past decades, beekeepers in North America have been selecting bees harvesting the least resin possible simply because it is sticky when opening the beehives!!! That means they have been creating breeds of bees with targeted weak immune system!!! Time to change things!
Now you understand what I meant by "Bees invented the Propolair Propolis Diffuser Principle". A propolis diffuser is the way to imitate the bees and use this propolis to fill up the air we live in with the volatile active components of propolis. As it has been demonstrated, it has two mechanisms of action: Air Purifier and Immune Booster. With a propolis diffuser, you will benefit from the same support as bees with their propolis envelope. You clean your air from airborne microbes, molds, viruses, bacterias... and in the meantime, you get this immunomodulator property of propolis directly through your breathing system.
To learn more about Pr Marla Spivak's studies on propolis for honeybee health, watch the following video. It is a webinar organized by BrushyMountainBeeFarm that has been given by Pr Spivak herself presenting lots about the work she has been spearheading at the University of Minnesota. Here is the University website address where you can find more information about her ongoing work: https://www.beelab.umn.edu
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