March 24th 2011 Posted at General
Bees produce “bee glue” called propolis which they use in their hives to seal rubbish from the colony. They varnish their piles of waste with this sticky material which sterilizes it, rather than disposing of it outside the hive.
Researchers from the University of Bradford in the UK have found a way of converting propolis into a gel which can be used orally and which gets rid of painful mouth ulcers. Scientists have known that the sticky substance has medicinal benefits for a number of years, but there were two problems with putting it into use. The first was the rather strong unpleasant smell and the second was how to get it to dissolve. Now they have been able to eliminate the smell by dissolving it in water to make a mouth gel. The propolis keeps some of its sticky qualities, so it stays in place in the mouth.
Bees can help us in many ways as you will see if you read the articles about royal jelly health benefits on this site.
Source: BBC News
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