Warning: Not suitable for children under 3 years old.
Caution needed if you have a history of allergy.
Propolis is a bee product and comes from a variety of tree resins. Bees make propolis to protect the hive from any infections, and it is a powerful natural ‘antibiotic’ with a large spectrum of action against a wide range of bacteria, viruses and fungi. Propolis can be used for a variety of respiratory system problems: sore throat, tonsillitis, flu, chest infections, bad coughs, nasty colds or bronchitis. Propolis has been shown to enhance the action of many antibiotics when taken at the same time.
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Propolis combines well with elderflower and echinacea in any form
How to take
You can use propolis spray (made from propolis tincture 1:10) or propolis lozenges for sore throats, irrespective of whether the infection is viral or bacterial. By spraying the liquid directly to the back of the throat you will be delivering a powerful local treatment, although the taste of propolis tincture is quite strong and you may experience some stinging. You should use the spray as soon as you develop a sore throat. Otherwise you can take propolis internally, either as tincture or capsules. Buy only from reputable suppliers as quality can be an issue.
Adults: 1-2ml diluted with some water, 1-3 times a day, tincture strength 1:10; or 1g of powdered propolis in capsule or tablet form, 1-3 times a day; or 1-2 puffs from a spray bottle to the back of the throat, 2-4 times a day; or propolis lozenges – take according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Children (3-16years old): adjust the adult dose downwards, depending on the age of the child – see post 6.
Thyme is a powerful antiseptic for the lungs and therefore useful for chesty colds with a bad cough, especially a dry one.
Thyme combines well in tincture form with liquorice, elecampane and ground ivy for the treatment of chest infections, especially if the cough lingers on for weeks.
How to take
Thyme is best taken as tincture or as a thyme and liquorice syrup (for precautions see post 101).
Refer to post 26 if you want to make your own thyme and liquorice syrup, otherwise you can purchase it directly from practising herbalists who run their own apothecaries.
Adults: 0.7-1.5ml diluted with some water, 1-3 times a day, tincture strength 1:2; or thyme and liquorice syrup, 1 teaspoonful 2-5 times a day.
Children (2-16’years old): adjust the adult dose downwards, depending on the age of the child – see post 6.