What is Propolis and what is it used for?

Propolis is a resinous substance made by bees from resin sourced from plants. It protects the hive from bacteria, parasites, fungus and virus.

Propolis is a resinous compound that honeybees make from resin gathered from tree buds and bark. The bees gather the resin and mix it with wax and enzymes to produce propolis. Propolis is then used to seal the hive and protect it from infection.

New Zealand Propolis is rich in flavonoids and caffeates including caffeic acid phenethyl ester or CAPE. These bioactives are responsible for the beneficial health-giving properties of propolis. New Zealand Propolis contains higher levels of bioactive compounds because the plants here need stronger UV protection from our unique climate. 

Many people take propolis for its strong anti-oxidant properties. You can read up on propolis scientific studies for more detailed information on this, visit our Propolis section, or watch our infographic below.