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
To view our available Propolis Diffusers, click on this link.
To compare an aroma diffuser with a Propolair Propolis Diffuser, click on this link to see my post about this topic.
In this video, I first explain very well where propolis is coming from and how the bees create it. I also give a little bit about the various types of propolis that are directly related to the botanical origin of the raw material the bees collect before actually making their propolis.
Then, I explain a very important topic that is very often overlooked. It is the fact that most beekeepers are actually selecting breeds of bees that collect as little propolis as possible! Why? One simple reason... the lesser propolis there is in a beehive, the easier it is to work in the beehive. Propolis does get all the frames pretty sticky in the beehive. This means that beekeepers are actually selecting bees with the lowest immune system possible!!!
I end the video by outlining a beautiful analogy between Propolis and our aura. I let you discover the beauty of this analogy by watching the video.
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