Written for, and sometimes published in,
the local media, by Luzia Barclay
DBTh MIRCH (registered medical herbalist)
will always be grateful to my sister for introducing
me to propolis.
Since then I use it regularly, as do my family and
my patients, with great success.
It helps to prevent infections and speed up the
healing process in case of infectious agents invading
In my experience, it always works.
As a practising medical herbalist I confidently
incorporate propolis into the range of natural remedies
that I provide.
Every few weeks I make a large batch of propolis,
bottle it and prescribe it to my patients.
It is also sold as an immune boosting remedy to
customers via my website.
My experience is that propolis works perfectly in
conjunction with herbs.
The herbal remedies I make act constructively on
single organs or the function of the body.
The strength of propolis is that it fortifies the
immune system, which is the basis of health.
The antibiotic and antiviral properties of propolis
seem to stem from the flavonoids it contains.
The Echinacea herb, which is famous for boosting
the immune system, contains flavonoids too.
Flavonoids are essential for the absorption of vitamin
C, both of which strengthen the body's defences
against bacterial, viral and fungal infections.
Both Propolis and Echinacea stimulate the production
of cellular interferon.
This is the body's natural weapon for fighting viral
The result is that the immune system becomes stronger
and better able to fight future infections.
It is well known that conventional antibiotics have
been overused and abused and are leading to the
development of such superbugs as MRSA.
Childhood allergies are highest in countries where
young children are frequently prescribed antibiotics.
Antibiotics interfere with the gut bacteria, which
plays a key part in the function of the immune system.
As a result the immune system appears to be unable
to distinguish between harmful and harmless micro-organisms.
The immune system then begins to overreact to the
most common substances like house dust mites, dog
hair, etc, resulting in rashes, sneezing and extreme
discomfort in the body.
Propolis can really help by strengthening the immune
system. It is our immune system, which fights the
I have had some very encouraging feedback from people
Here are some examples of how they have been helped:
- Propolis mixed into an aqueous cream helped one
patient get rid of their athlete's foot.
- For years one particular lady was unable to eat
strawberries, tomatoes and apples without getting
mouth ulcers. Since gargling with propolis tincture
she hasn't had a single mouth ulcer.
- Chronic sinusitis disappeared in days after another
patient began taking propolis.
- A few drops of propolis mixed with green clay
blended with a horses' feed helped to remove sarcoids.
- Several patients found that the regular use of
propolis helped to clear urinary infections.
- Propolis liquid in aqueous cream has reduced inflammation
and itching of psoriatic patches on elbows for one
Nature provides us with many effective remedies,
let's learn about them and use them!
To find out more please contact Luzia Barclay DBTh
MIRCH, on 01258 456223, or sign up for half-day
about natural remedies.