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An Informative Video On Propolis

An Informative Video On Propolis

 

We hope you enjoy this short video on what propolis is, where it comes from and the benefits it can give you. If you’d like more information, you can go directly to a dedicated propolis page and discover more for yourself. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to contact us for assistance.

Healing Powers of Propolis

Propolis is not that well-known these days, but actually has an extensive history as being used as a healing medicine. Ancient Egyptians and Greeks used it for a multitude of purposes, and as a general health tonic.

What can Propolis do for Me?

Propolis has a range of health benefits. It is a natural antibiotic (due to a substance it contains called galangin) and a powerful antioxidant, which means it can help keep colds and flus away, and reduce their severity and duration.

It is an anti-inflammatory, so it can help you calm a sore throat or ease gum pain. It is actually a great oral cleanser, and can be chewed to help keep a clean mouth, keep away cavities, reduce plaque, and lower teeth sensitivity. Its antibacterial properties help you maintain fresh breath.

It also helps with circulation, so is good for your veins and heart, not to mention the brain. It can be applied to wounds to help them heal faster, another application of propolis’ antibacterial function. It is also an antifungal so can be used to treat yeast and fungal infections like athlete’s foot, candida, and ringworm. It may also be effective against parasites.

Propolis is an immune stimulant, which is another way it can prevent you from getting sick. Apart from reducing the risk of cancer due to its high antioxidant content, some research also puts forward that it may even cause cancer cell death. This is due to propolis’ components caffeic acid and chrysin.

What Makes Propolis so Effective?

The reason propolis is such a powerful healing medicine is because it is sourced from plant materials such as tree sap, which actually protects the tree from infection and intruders. The bees collect this for us and make it into a convenient putty-like material, and pass the protective properties on to you.

If you’re interested, you can read more about propolis.

 

Olive Leaf Throat Spray

Ingredients

Natures Naturals stocks an awesome health booster called olive leaf throat spray. It contains not only olive leaf extract but also a range of beneficial herbs and probiotics. It is the perfect thing to take when you feel a cold or flu coming on. Just spray into your mouth and it will nip your illness in the bud.

Olive leaf throat spray also helps keep your mouth fresh, because it contains menthol.

Uses

You can use it as a pre-emptive measure for those times you get stuck in an office or train carriage with someone who is constantly sneezing.

If you get caught in the rain, take a little then, because when your throat gets cold you are most vulnerable to bacterial infections.

It is an anti-inflammatory, so it will help calm your body down if it’s feeling irritated. It’s an extremely powerful antioxidant – antioxidants fight free radicals that can cause a range of illnesses including cancer. For this reason it wouldn’t be a bad idea to include our throat spray as part of your daily routine.

Olive leaf is also known for its cardiovascular benefits. It can help keep your veins clear of plaque, and also lower your blood pressure. It has been used for this purpose for centuries.

When Should I Take It?

If you lead a busy work life, sometimes stress and fatigue alone can make you sick. Our throat spray is a great immune system booster, and one of the key ingredients to good health is a healthy gut. This is why we’ve included a range of probiotics in our formula.

If you’re young and you like to stay out late, and may find yourself guilty of burning the candle at both ends, our throat spray is for you too. Alcohol can leave your body’s immune system depleted, so after a big night out when you get home, a spray before you go to bed is recommended. You’ll wake up feeling good the next day.

Read on for more information on olive leaf extract.

Olive Leaf Extract for Healing

Basic Information

Olive leaf extract, from the leaves of the olive tree, contains many healing properties that can help manage a variety of ailments. It’s not just the oil and fruit that is beneficial for your health. Olive leaf extract has been used as a medicine all over the world throughout history. The leaves are green with a silvery underside and they are 4 -10 centimetres in length. They have an astringent, bitter taste.

Active Components

Unprocessed olive leaves contain the antioxidants oleuropein and hydroxytyrosol, luteolin, rutin, caffeic acid, catechin, apigenin, and a range of other polyphenols and flavonoids. This includes oleocanthal. Olive oil and extract contains elenolic acid, which is also a signpost for the maturation of olives. Oleuropein, 10-hydroxyoleuropein, ligstroside, and 10-hydroxyligstroside are tyrosol esters of elenolic acid. It has one of the highest levels of antioxidants of a study of 55 medicinal herbs, giving it its signature bitter taste. It contains double the antioxidants of green tea extract and 400% more than vitamin C.

Health Benefits

Olive leaf extract is used to fight ageing, and as an immunostimulator (induces immune system activity). It is an antioxidant (a substance that fights free radicals and carcinogens), a cardio protective (helps preserve function and viability of cardiac muscle cell tissue subjected to ischemic insult or reoxygenation), a blood sugar regulator, an anti-inflammatory, and an antibiotic. It also lowers blood pressure, helps treat colds and flu, may heal cold sores and UTIs, helps manage cholesterol, lowers hypertension, and helps with fever. It acts as an antibacterial and antifungal agent.

Other Uses

Olive leaf extract is used in skin cream and other cosmetics.

Summary

As you can see, olive leaf extract has a wide range of benefits and applications, and has been appreciated for this throughout the ages. Here at Natures Naturals, we stock an olive leaf extract throat spray, which is a convenient and perfect guard against illness with a simple spray application. Check it out here.

The Power of Olive Leaf

The Olive Tree

The olive tree produces oil that’s known for its benefits as a healthy dietary fat, amongst other uses like lamp oil and soap.
Olive leaves have been used for healing since ancient times.
The olive tree has been cultivated by man for thousands of years. It grows to about 10 metres tall and possesses a gnarled trunk and oblong leaves. It can live for thousands of years.

Olive Leaf Properties

The most prominent healing property of olive leaf is oleuropein, an antioxidant. It also contains a variety of amino acids, beta-carotene, zinc, iron, vitamin C, chromium, and selenium. These elements all work together to bring you its healing effects.

Olive Leaf Extract

Olive leaf extract concentrates the beneficial components of olive leaf and creates a powerful medicine. It is an antimicrobial agent, which helps fight bacteria, viruses, fungi, and yeast. It reduces blood pressure by clearing the arteries. It lessens insulin resistance and increases glucose uptake. It reduces cholesterol and lessens LDL cholesterol oxidisation. It assists the immune system, is an anti-inflammatory, a diuretic, reduces fevers, and helps digestion.

Olive leaf extract may help improve flu and colds, tinea, angina, gout, oedema and fluid retention, diabetes, fevers, infections, candida, mouth ulcers, pharyngitis, and tonsillitis.

Natures Naturals Olive Leaf Throat Spray

Natures Naturals olive leaf throat spray is a good alternative to antibiotics in the beginning stages of a bacterial or viral infection. It’s best not to revert to antibiotics every time you get sick or the bacteria can gain a resistance to it. Our olive leaf spray also contains peppermint oil and menthol oil. It is a probiotic formula that helps you maintain a healthy digestive system. It also contains papaya fruit enzymes, sage leaf extract (Salvia officinalis), dried marigold flower (Calenda officinalis), clove bud oil, manuka honey, and the probiotics L. acidophilus, L.casei, L plantarum, L.bulgaricus, L.fermenti, B.lactis, B.bifidum, Saccharomyces cerevisiae.

You can find our olive leaf throat spray here. If you’re interested in learning more, visit our olive leaf information page.

Goat’s Milk Tablets

For those of us who can’t drink cow’s milk, goat’s milk tablets may be a beneficial supplement to include in our diet.

Properties of Goat’s Milk

Goat’s milk is easy to digest (it contains 5 times less crud than cow’s milk), a good source of calcium, tryptophan (an amino acid), protein, phosphorous, vitamin B12 (riboflavin), B1, B2, B6, iron, potassium, selenium (which helps your immune system) and it is rich in vitamin A.

What are the benefits?

Your bones will greatly benefit from goat’s milk tablets. Calcium maintains the strength and density of bones with a process called bone mineralisation. This is when phosphorous and calcium join to create calcium phosphate. This is a major part of the mineral complex, hydroxyapatite, which affords strength and structure to your bones.

For hundreds of years, people over the world have consumed goat’s milk. It is a great part of daily nutrition. Its fat is more digestible and it has more protein than cow’s milk. This is important in convalescent and invalid diets. It has a better buffering property than cow’s milk, which can help treat ulcers. If you are vegetarian, you might consider it to help you replace important proteins, vitamins, and minerals that you would otherwise miss out on.

Some studies indicate that a major benefit of goat’s milk may be treating inflammation (for example bowel inflammation). Research conducted at the USDA and Prairie View A&M University suggests it may improve our ability to metabolise copper and iron, particularly among people with absorption and digestion problems. If you suffer from this, you may want to try digestive enzyme supplements in addition to goat’s milk tablets.

The chemical structure of goat’s milk is actually closer to human mother’s milk than cow’s milk – this is one of the reasons it is easier to digest and absorb into the body.

Cow’s milk contains around 17% fatty acids, while goat’s milk averages 35%, which makes it more nutritionally wholesome. This is one reason why people who can’t tolerate cow’s milk have no problem with goat’s milk.

If you’re interested in the many benefits of goat’s milk tablets, you can find them here.

What Are the Benefits of Bilberry?

Basic Information

Bilberries are the fruit of a small tree found in Europe and Asia, of the Vaccinium type, part of the Ericaceae family. There are several species of Bilberry, but the one most commonly referred to is Vaccinium Myrtillus. The berry is similar to a blueberry but darker in colour. It also has more of a tart taste, and contains more seeds than a blueberry, giving it a slightly grainy texture.

Health Benefits

The Bilberry has been used throughout the ages for a variety of health benefits. It has a very high antioxidant content. Antioxidants (e.g.: vitamin C or E) attack free radicals, helping your body maintain healthy cells. Bilberries also contain anthocyanosides, which helps your defence of diseases like cancer and Alzheimer. Anthocyanosides also help with circulation and blood vessel strength, and help with the oxidisation of cholesterol. This helps prevent blood clots. They also boost production of rhodopsin, which is a pigment that helps the eye adapt to light changes and boosts its ability to see in darkness. Anthocyanosides are also good for eye health.

Bilberries also contain tannins, which is an astringent (astringents cause contraction of skin cells and body tissue). Tannins are an anti-inflammatory which helps treat diarrhoea.

Bilberries help reduce the body’s glucose response after eating a meal high in sugar, which may help people with diabetes. If your diet is lacking in vitamin C, Bilberries are a good choice for an everyday supplement, not to mention the fact that they are delicious. They can also be used in jam and desserts like pies, or in smoothies or added to ice cream. If you can’t find them in your local health food store, we stock them in concentrated form.

If you feel you may benefit from the wide array of perks the bilberry offers, why not grab some of our capsules here.