Hey y’all! I posted on Instagram and Facebook a few weeks ago about how I got my very first sponsored blog post and here it is! I was talking with my parents several months ago about opportunities I could pursue with my blog, and reaching out to businesses was one of those ideas. I didn’t want to work with big companies like many blogs do, but I wanted to hand pick the companies I work with and only work with small businesses that have the same values that I do with products I’d actually use. (I’m picky!)
Around this same time my family and I went to Ashville, NC for a mini vacation and we attended the Mother Earth News Fair. Mother Earth News is a magazine I love! It encompasses basically all the themes of my blog into a magazine…Natural living, natural remedies, homesteading, DIY, gardening, recipes, and the like. The fair had lots of vendors that fit within this niche, so I was in heaven! I came home with a big list of small businesses I was interested in potentially reaching out to, and the very first one listed was BEEpothecary! I met these folks at their booth at the fair and they told us all about their products and I was very intrigued! Their products use “bee propolis” which is something I had never heard of before but was very interested to learn about. I knew the readers of my blog would be fascinated to read about it too! I reached out to them a few weeks later and was so pleased that they said yes! Read on to discover what bee propolis is, the amazing health benefits of it, and some of my favorite products from BEEpothecary!
Disclaimer: I received free products in exchange for this post.
All opinions are my own!
What IS Propolis?
As you know, bees make beeswax and honey. They also produce a lesser known about substance called “bee glue”, or propolis! Bees make propolis from the sap and resin found in trees. They use the sticky brownish green propolis to coat their hives which seals them. This keeps the bees protected from diseases, mold, harmful bacteria, and fungus.
Bee Propolis Benefits- Propolis has been used by people all over the world for centuries for its healing and medicinal properties. The number of conditions that propolis is used to treat is astounding to me! Check out this impressive list of benefits from propolis!
- Propolis is antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal.
- It contains 16 essential amino acids.
- Contains vitamins and minerals.
- It is anti-inflammatory.
- Can be used as a supplement to prevent illness by boosting your immune system.
- Its a natural antibiotic and won’t harm your intestinal flora.
- It has been helpful in treating: Infections, cuts, burns, sunburn, acne, warts, insect bites, stings, rashes, mouth sores, gingivitis, toothaches, sore throats, ulcers, yeast infections, inflammation, and muscle pain when used topically; And colds, viruses, pneumonia, bronchitis, inflammation, and IBS when taken orally. Crazy!
- They’re even doing research on how propolis can be beneficial with more serious illnesses and diseases like cancer, radiation treatment burns, gastrointestinal issues, tuberculosis, and more.
As you know I never tell you about a natural remedy without showing you the scientific studies that back me up! I don’t want you to just take my word for something. I’m no scientist or doctor! Luckily the awesome folks at BEEpothecary have already done all the research for us. They have an entire section of their website dedicated to the scientific studies and research that is being done on propolis which I LOVE. I read most of the studies on their website and was so incredibly impressed with all the time and effort that went into making these pages. There are so many companies that make claims about their products or ingredients, but there aren’t too many that will take you right to the published scientific studies to show you the proof. Click here, here, and here to be taken to the research on bee propolis if you’re curious enough to read about it yourself!
BEEpothecary Products & My Experience
Beepothecary carries many products used to prevent and treat illnesses like propolis oil and tincture. The oil and tincture are beneficial for preventing illnesses by boosting your immune system, but they are also your first line of defense if you start experiencing symptoms. They both contain a 1:9 ratio of propolis which will kill bacteria, viruses, and fungus. The throat and nose sprays also contain propolis and will kill germs but also soothe your symptoms. Beepothecary also carries skin care products like soap, face and body cream, shaving soap, and lip balm, and edibles like honey, and “bee bread!” Click HERE to be taken right to their online store where you can take a look and try out some of the products for yourself. 🙂
The propolis tincture and oil are great as a dietary supplement to help prevent and shorten sicknesses but there are other uses for them as well. One way I’ve used the tincture is as a mouth rinse when I had some mouth soreness. I rarely get mouth sores, but shortly after receiving my box of Beepothecary products I accidentally smacked my head/face on Ryan’s shoulder.. (I was goofing off and have no idea how it happened…Haha!) It resulted in a huge sore/bruise on the inside of my lip that was very painful and even made it hard to eat! To add to my discomfort, I burned the roof of my mouth on some really hot pizza because I was too impatient to wait for it to cool off properly when I took it out of the oven.. (Has anyone ever done this?! I can’t be the only one.) It was unfortunate that these two things happened at the same time, but it gave me the perfect opportunity to try out some of the Beepothecary products I had just gotten.
I swished my mouth a few times with the propolis tincture to help speed up healing, and then I used the throat spray to spray on the sore areas in my mouth which helped a great deal! The throat spray contains peppermint oil which is very soothing and it almost had a numbing effect on the sores. To top it off, it even tasted good and is a great breath freshener! It also contains propolis to speed up healing, and luckily the sores were totally gone in a couple days.
Ryan came down with a sore throat recently so I gave him the throat spray as well and he said, “That stuff helped!” which I was happy to hear. My husband Ryan is usually very open to trying any of my natural remedies, but somewhat of a skeptic at the same time, so hearing positive feedback from him voluntarily is always great. 😉
Some other products I tried were the Bee Rescue Cream and the Rejuvenae Facial Cream. The Bee Rescue Cream has the highest percentage of propolis of any of the body products and I used it as a lotion as well as a natural alternative to Neosporin. I usually use my homemade creams for things like this, which works, but my scars healed faster when I used this along with it! I had a few bug bite scars on my legs and they are almost totally gone now. When I’d put the Bee Rescue Cream on an over-scratched bug bite, scrape, blemish, etc. it would usually be scabbed over the next day and heal very quickly. I still use and love my homemade cream for everyday moisturizing, but I’ll be keeping the Bee Rescue Cream on hand for cuts, scrapes, and those types of things because I noticed a difference in healing speed and this is all natural and WAY healthier than store bought salves or Neosporin!
The facial cream is geared towards anti aging and preventing wrinkles, sun damage, etc. It is recommended to use as a night cream which is how I’ve been using it. I put on my usual homemade face cream in the mornings and this face cream at night which works out really great since it isn’t oily at all and absorbs into my skin much faster. I used to use my homemade cream at night but the only downfall was the fact that my face still felt oily and I didn’t want to get coconut oil on my pillow. My favorite things about the face cream is how fast it absorbs, and how soft my skin feels after putting it on!
The last product I was able to try has been cinnamon “bee bread!” Bee bread is a mixture of raw honey and pollen. Pollen is considered a superfood, but the hard coating on it makes it very difficult to digest. By putting the pollen with the honey, the hard coating is broken down, making the pollen easy to digest and much easier to get all those helpful amino acids, vitamins, and minerals! Bee bread is energizing and full of health benefits. Many people use it pre-workout for a boost of natural energy, or even as a pick-me-up instead of coffee! I tried the cinnamon flavor which was absolutely delicious just by itself on a spoon. My favorite way to eat it was in some plain yogurt, or in a cup of tea! If you put it in tea, be sure to keep stirring as you drink, or you’ll end up with lots of cinnamon particles in the bottom of your cup! I made this mistake the first time and had a yucky last sip of cinnamon, but if you stir every few minutes, the cinnamon stays incorporated into the tea. I notice a boost of energy after I drink a cup of decaffeinated tea with bee bread in it, but not as big of a boost as a cup of coffee. I’m trying to cut down on caffeine (and coffee) and only consume it occasionally, so finding a natural way to get a little boost of energy is amazing! I also used some cinnamon bee bread in my sugar free banana muffins and it was delicious!
I was so thrilled to find a small mom-n-pop company to partner with for my first sponsored post and I think I picked a really great one! They make all their products in small artisan batches so you can be sure that a lot of care went into each product they have. They are a Christian company who’s catch phrase is “It is our desire to share the amazement of God’s design in the honeybee.” Part of my desire to live an all-natural lifestyle is to honor God and make use of all the amazing things He gave us here to use. I really believe that God gave us everything we truly need to take great care of ourselves, and I’m always amazed to find new things like this!
If you are a regular reader here, you’ll know that I try to make all of my own health and beauty products from raw natural ingredients. Propolis is obviously something I’m not able to harvest myself so I’m very happy to find a great company that can make this stuff for me. 🙂
I hope you enjoyed learning about bee propolis! Please let me know in the comments if you try it for yourself or if you have any questions, and be sure to “like” Beepothecary on Facebook!