on New Zealand's rugged west coast, the pine tree (Pinus Radiata) is
the perfect source for our pure tree rosin. Containing a group of
beneficial fatty acids, tree rosin can aid in the natural breakdown of
over-production of keratin, which is present in eczema -prone and dry,
cracked skin. The rosin allows these cells to shed, promoting the
growth of new cells. Tree rosin may also break down collagen, found
present in scar tissue, and is a mild astringent, which can help dry
out acne spots and cold sores.
is also interesting to note that bees create propolis by collecting a
resinous sap from trees and then mixing it with wax back at the hive.
Chemically, propolis is exceedingly complex and contains a rich variety
of potent terpenes and benzoic, caffeic, cinnamic, and phenolic acids.
It is also high in flavonoids, which by themselves may account for many
of the benefits attributed to propolis. Some researchers refer to
propolis as a type of flavonoid.
Propolis acts against viruses, which antibiotics do not. A number of
medical journal reports have discussed the role of propolis in fighting
upper respiratory infections, such as those caused by the common cold
and influenza viruses (Focht J, Arzneimittel-Forschung, Aug.
1993;43:921-3). Other investigators have reported that the cinnamic
acid extracts of propolis prevent viruses from reproducing, but they
worked best when used during the entire infection (Serkedjieva J,
Journal of Natural Products, March 1992;55:294-302).
Underpinning many of the benefits of propolis is the fact that some of
its components, such as flavonoids and ethanols, function as
antioxidant free-radical scavengers. A study published in the Journal
of Ethnopharmacology (Jan. 1994;21:9-13) noted that some of the
antioxidant phenols in propolis functioned similarly to vitamin E. In
another article, researchers described that propolis had
anti-inflammatory properties and that it could also prevent blood clots
(Drugs Under Experimental & Clinical Research, 1993;