How can we prepare propolis tincture at home !? Propolis tincture is the alcoholic extract of propolis, being obtained by cold maceration. Propolis tincture has a wide spectrum of action and can be used both internally and externally: antibiotic, antimicrobial, antifungal, antiviral, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, anesthetic, healing, immunostimulant, antioxidant, mucolytic ... Can be used as an adjunct in: pharyngitis , tonsillitis, laryngitis, tracheitis, tonsillitis, bronchitis, respiratory viruses, sinusitis, colitis, enterocolitis, skin diseases (infectious eczema, fungal infections, superficial wounds), ...
Ingredients for tincture concentration 30% propolis:
- - glass containers
- - syringe for extracting the tincture
- - containers with dark glass dropper
- Crude propolis is broken into small pieces, ideally with a ceramic knife.
Some use the coffee grinder to grind the raw propolis, ... However, I recommend avoiding the electric grinder, because there is a heating of the propolis.
Keep raw propolis in the refrigerator 24 hours in advance (before preparing the tincture), for better crushing and to avoid sticking it....
- Crushed / ground propolis is added to a glass container.
- Then fill in the container (jar) with alcohol concentration / strength above 70 degrees. It is good that the alcohol is as strong as possible to dissolve the propolis skies as well as possible.
Commercially available first-hand cereal alcohol or fermented fruit brandy (that first liter obtained with the highest purity) is recommended. So try to make sure you use a quality natural alcohol.
- Seal the jar with propolis and alcohol, mix vigorously, and then leave it to soak for at least 2 weeks in a dark place (closet, cellar).
Every day, it is good to shake the jar vigorously, for a better dissolution of the waxes that settle on the bottom of the jar.
The best maceration time would be somewhere around 40 days .
One day before the maceration is complete, we will no longer stir the mixture. It should be clear, dark in color, and the remaining skies should sit quietly on the bottom of the jar.
A useful practice is, on the last day of maceration, to store the mixture in the refrigerator, in order to solidify the waxes on the bottom of the container. This will make the filtering safer.
- After maceration, we are careful not to shake the container with the mixture formed (on the bottom of the jar we will see the undecomposed waxes, and on the surface, our tincture).
To extract the tincture without mixing it with undecomposed waxes, from the bottom of the jar, we will use a plastic syringe (without a needle).
We extract the tincture in the syringe, being careful not to disturb the mixture, then we move it, recommended, in drip bottles, dark in color. We repeat the operation, until only the decomposed skies remain on the bottom of the jar.
25 g propolis ........... 75 ml alcohol
X g propolis ........... 100 ml alcohol
X = 25 * 100 / 75 = ~33 g propolis
→ The proportions for tincture concentration 30% propolis are at 30g of propolis we will use 70ml alcohol, and to get 100ml tincture, we need (according to the simple rule of 3) ~ 43 g propolis (30 * 100 / 70 = 42.85).
30 g propolis ........... 70 ml alcohol
X g propolis ........... 100 ml alcohol
X = 30 * 100 / 70 = ~43 g propolis
→ The proportions for tincture concentration 40% propolis are at 40g of propolis we will use 60ml alcohol, and to get 100ml tincture, we need (according to the simple rule of 3) ~ 67 g propolis (40 * 100 / 60 = 66.66).
40 g propolis ........... 60 ml alcohol
X g propolis ........... 100 ml alcohol
X = 40 * 100 / 60 = ~67 g propolis
⚠ Maceration time : The maceration time is at least 14 days , but if you can wait longer, we recommend leaving it to soak for up to 40 days . Practically nothing bad happens, if it stays even longer ... It can also be kept with the decanted waxes on the bottom of the container, until the first use, but if you want to consume directly from the container, it will be harder to extract (so do not recommend). Drip containers are preferred because the tincture is better protected from external factors in the air (we have virtually no contact with air). If we were to keep it and consume it from a larger jar, imagine that every time we want to take a portion, we should open that jar, extract it from there, ... in the end, from too much contact with air or other materials, the tincture would lose its properties.
⚠ Storage after maceration : It is preferable to store in small, dark containers ( light does not penetrate ) and with a dropper .
⚠ Note: It is not recommended to consume propolis tincture in water , as the waxes quickly return to a solid state, and it will be practically impossible to extract the main nutrients from the tincture.
⚠ Shelf life : the tinctures last up to 5 years and are recommended to be kept in dark, cool and airy places.
⚠ Cleaning propolis tincture stains : as we know propolis tincture stains very strongly and the higher the quality, the stain harder, but we do not have to worry, with little alcohol is very easy to clean .
Internal : administer between 4 and 30 drops of tincture, 1-3 times a day, depending on age, mixed in honey, on bread or on a sugar cube.
- Mixed in honey : Grease a deep spoon with a thin layer of honey, add the drops of propolis tincture, then put a little honey in the deep spoon again, mix / mix well, then swallow . We can facilitate the process by preparing a larger amount in a glass jar, the proportions being: to a tablespoon of honey, 30 drops of propolis tincture.
- Swallowed on a piece of bread : On a piece of bread (without the crust), drizzle the appropriate amount of propolis tincture, then swallow.
- On a sugar cube : Drain the tincture on a cube (or half a cube) of sugar, suck until the sugar particles dissolve so that it can be easily swallowed.
→ Children over 12 : 15-20 drops of propolis tincture, 3 times a day, in honey, bread or sugar cube.
→ Children 6-12 years : 8-10 drops of propolis tincture, 3 times a day, in honey, bread or sugar cube, the doctor's advice is also recommended.
→ Children 2-5 years : 4-6 drops of propolis tincture, 3 times a day, in honey, only with the consent of the doctor.
External : apply directly to the affected areas 1-3 times a day. It can be applied in combination with various creams (depending on the condition), directly, or in the form of local badijonaj.
- strong antibiotic
- strong mineralizer
- healing in wounds and burns (heals wounds, cuts)
- good for inflammation of the kidneys or liver
- good in hypertension
- Excellent remedy for colds and flu
- fights fever
- strengthens the respiratory system
- good for stomach ailments, enterocolitis or digestive tract infections
- good in dental diseases
- antidiabetic, regulates blood sugar levels
- adjuvant in tumor diseases and chemotherapy
- hangover remedy
- internal healing
- antiherpetic (cures and relieves herpes)
- reno-urinary tract infections: cystitis, urinary tract infections, ...
- acne, boils or bruising
- infectious eczema
- relieves the symptoms of candidiasis
- for warts and warts
- intestinal parasites
- It is not recommended for children under 7 years, except on the advice of a doctor
- propolis allergy
- persons who are prohibited / restricted from alcohol (viral, toxic and metabolic hepatitis, hepatic steatosis, cirrhosis of the liver, pregnancy and lactation)
- in people with stomach sensitivity it is recommended to administer the product after a meal.
Propolis is made up of over 300 compounds and thus has many benefits for the body.
→ Propolis is practically a resin that bees collect from the buds and young branches of trees, add some of their gastric juices and with this resulting resin line the hive walls and thus protect their hive .
→ This protective shield is scraped by beekeepers when it is over 20 degrees C outside, as it softens a little. The bees do not remain defenseless, they continue to produce propolis to line their hive.
→ When we cut we can put propolis tincture and the wound heals much faster ...
→ Read more about the benefits and uses of propolis tincture .
Therefore, for a correct diagnosis and treatment, it is recommended to consult a specialist.