Raw Propolis straight from beehives in Ohio.4 oz. = $25.00
8 oz. = $40.00
1 lb. = $75.00
This is raw propolis that has been scrapped from the frames of Ohio beehives. Be aware this is raw and unprocessed and may contain a small amount of wood chips, etc. from the frames. We have gone through it removing grass, etc. that we see, but double check it when you get it.
How do we get propolis ready for folks?
1) In the Fall after the honey has been extracted and the wooden frames are available to look through - Glenn checks all the frames that have been removed and starts to scrap propolis off the frames. Very tedious and time consuming process as this is all done by hand.
2) He then takes the Propolis that he has scrapped off the hives and places the propolis into 5 gallons buckets which contain water.
3) He continually stirs this for a number of days. As he is doing so stuff will start to float - small pieces of grass, twigs, beeswax etc. Propolis will not float and will sink so that is why Glenn continually stirs the buckets.
4) After he lets the Propolis soak for a number of days he removes the propolis and places the propolis onto strainers to let it start to air dry.
5) While the propolis in on the strainers, Glenn will mix it around a number of times during the day to help in the drying process. Once the propolis is dry, he then has to go through it again looking for anything that is not Propolis (i.e. twigs, grass, beeswax etc.)
Bee Propolis is gathered by bees from the leaf buds or bark of trees. So far 17 chemical substances in propolis have been described, some of which are: cinnamic acid, vanillin and an aromatic unsaturated acid characterized by antibacterial effects on certain gram-positive and gram-negative micro organisms.
6) After Glenn has gone through it and removed anything that he can see that is not propolis, we are then ready to sell it.
So the good news is we have lots of propolis - sometimes we have to put out of stock while Glenn is getting more ready to sell.
For honey bees, propolis is used as a kind of glue. Honey bees gather propolis from trees and other vegetation. They use it to seal cracks and crevices in the hive to make it less drafty when it is cold. Propolis is sticky when it is warm and it is difficult to deal with when it is hard.
Read More about the different types of propolis.