By Cheyenne Buckingham, Photo by Carole Topalian
“Harvesting health from the hive.”
This is the slogan for Ohio's own BEEpothecary. Eating a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables, ancient grains and lean protein will maintain sustainable health. When an infection or virus hits, however, it’s vital to respond with a more potent method. The owners of BEEpothecary in Groveport, Jeannie and Steve Saum and Peter and Laurie Dotson, extract a distinctive remedy known as bee propolis and put it into their wellness products.
“Propolis is something that every beekeeper knows because it’s something that beekeepers absolutely hate. It’s this sticky goo that the bees make from tree resin,” says Jeannie.
Resin is essentially the sap of a tree that bees collect, run through their bodies, mixing it with their enzymes, and then proceed to coat this manipulated resin all over the inside of the hive. This orange-brown, sticky, taffy-like substance terminates any traces of bacteria, virus and fungus in the hives. Surprisingly, this is not a new phenomenon.
“They can trace the use of propolis back to ancient Egypt—it was used in embalming,” says Jeannie.
It was even used as a tonic for Roman soldiers for wound healing. Today, its medicinal properties are utilized heavily in Europe and Mexico.
“If you go to the National Institutes of Health website, you can find over 70 years of research on propolis that’s been done all over the world,” says Jeannie.
What the research shows is the following: propolis is antibacterial, it kills staph, strep and MRSA, it is anti-viral, it treats shingles virus, wart virus, reduces the effects of common colds by two and a half times, it’s anti-fungal, it kills candida yeast infection and it’s anti-inflammatory, just to name a few, Jeannie says.
The BEEpothecary produces propolis oils, tinctures, nose drops, throat spray, skin creams, lip balm, soap and shaving cream. Intrigued? Check out where their products can be purchased by clicking here.