Psalms from the Hive
by Jeannie Saum
Learning from each other.
Trying to protect our bees
And reaping their treasures.
Clover, Bee, and Revery
Reverie (revery) –(n.) state of dreamy meditation or fanciful musing; a fantastic, visionary, or impractical idea
We attended the Ohio State Beekeepers’ Summer Conference in Oxford Ohio at Miami University last week. We were able to learn from sessions we attended and Laurie and I (Jeannie) got to share our excitement and passion for propolis and other hive products in two sessions as well. As usual, people come up with the “I wonder” questions that we can’t answer. So I always come back from these meetings with things to investigate!
We had two interesting questions about propolis and our bee products. One questions was whether or not propolis would help tinnitus (ringing in the ears). The gentleman who asked this said that he had been told to take lipoflavinoids for his tinnitus, and since we had mentioned that propolis and honey contain flavonoids, he wondered if these would help him. Here’s what I found:
Lipoflavonoid is a proprietary, over-the-counter, dietary supplement formula created in 1961, by NUMARK Laboratories. It is claimed by the manufacturer to improve circulation in the inner ear, as a means of combating tinnitus (ringing in the ears). It is made with a bioflavonoid found naturally in the peel of lemons and also has vitamin B6 and B12 (B complex), vitamin C, niacin, riboflavin, thiamine, choline, inositol, and pantothenic acid. ]There is significant anecdotal evidence that Lipoflavonoid helps relieve the symptoms of tinnitus by consumers. It has not been expressly approved by the Food and Drug Administration for this purpose.
So, as far as propolis being used in place of lipflavonoid, I would say it is not the same. However, I did find some other references to propolis for tinnitus. The following is from an Ezine Article:
Tinnitus is a symptom that can be caused by ear infections, foreign objects or wax in the ear, nose allergies that prevent fluid drain, aging, as a side effect of medications, excessive noise exposure, or injury.
Bee propolis oil or tincture can be used orally, starting with a few drops and increasing each day to 25. A mixture of garlic, alcohol, propolis and honey can be made and is said to be an effective home remedy to treat tinnitus. Put 200 grams by weight of alcohol (vodka) and ground garlic into a lidded container (mason jar works well), cover tightly, shake and put it in a cool dark place. Shake daily. After 2 weeks, add 30 grams of propolis tincture and 2 tbs. of honey, to the garlic tincture and leave it for a few more days. Now the mixture is ready to treat tinnitus; drink few drops before having meal. Increase the number of drops with number of days.
I am not sure if any of this will work! But it certainly can’t hurt. Propolis has components that are shown to kill bacteria, viruses and molds, and it is also anti-inflammatory – which means it will reduce swelling and inflammation. Besides trying it orally, I would suggest trying a few drops of propolis oil in the ears, once or twice a day. If the tinnitus is related to any germ or inflammation, this might help. It’s worth a try!
The second question we had from someone at the conference, was whether BEEpothecary’s Propolis Salve was safe for use with cloth diapers. Being well beyond the child rearing years, I was not aware that some diaper creams can ruin the absorbancy of cloth diapers and not wash out in the laundry! Who knew?! I researched this on the web and found several blogs and forums on this subject! According to what I read, from experienced cloth-diaper-using-moms – the ingredients in BEEpothecary Propolis Salve are all safe to use with cloth diapers. The main ingredients include olive oil, shea butter, and beeswax. These are all listed as safe for cloth diapers.
There was one other question asked in one of our sessions, that I can not for the life of me, remember! If you were at one of our sessions, and asked a question not answered here, comment and let us know what it was. I know a woman asked about the use of propolis for some disorder I had not researched, but I can’t remember what it was. I would love to find our the information, if someone could jog my memory!
“But if I were you, I would appeal to God; I would lay my cause before him.
9 He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed, miracles that cannot be counted.
10 He provides rain for the earth; he sends water on the countryside.