How to process raw propolis into propolis extracts

Summary

Propolis or “bee glue” is a resinous mixture that honey bees collect from tree buds and plant resins. Propolis is used by the bees in the hive for its antimicrobial and anti-viral properties. Humans can also benefit from these properties of propolis. Because of its healing power, propolis becomes a very useful (and cheap) tool for the treatment and prevention of many health problems in humans and other animals like, for example, cattle, dogs, cats or birds. Propolis can be used raw or in its extracted form. This technology explains how to process raw propolis into proplis extracts (alcohol, water and oil extracts).

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Hi there,

I tried to make propolis tincture with olive oil.  After finished filtering, my propolis tincture become solidified.  I think that it may be something to do with the beeswax, but my raw propolis looks clean!  We harvested the raw propolis ourselves.  Anyone knows what has happened?

Thanks a lot in advance.

Dear Ruth,

Sometimes propolis has too much wax. This happens when the bees need propolis and don't have so much resins from trees available.

When the propolis extract is not alcoholic and the propolis has too much wax in, it solidifies more quickly. In that case it is necessary to warm the collected propolis to the wax melting point (around 60ºC) and let it cool down. When cold, it will be easy to remove the propolis from the wax.   

It is better not to use propolis with too much wax in it for oil based propolis extract.  

Hope this helps.

Greetings from Lisbon,

Antonio

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