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9Topical applications

To treat wounds, damaged skin, a fungal infection in the feet and nails, and herpes, apply undiluted tincture of propolis as an ointment or lotion directly, or you can apply it to a bandage. To treat conditions like otitis, soak a piece of cotton wool with the tincture and place it into your ear. But, if you are carrying out this procedure for a child, you will first have to dilute the tincture with hot water in a ratio of 1:1. In the case of adults, you can apply 2 drops of a 5% tincture to each year until they recover.

Topical applications

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10For gargling or rinsing

Dilute a tincture of propolis with sodium chloride in a ratio of 1:10 to treat tonsillitis and pharyngitis. For dental diseases, rinse your mouth with the same concentration. You can even use this solution to irrigate your nose if you are suffering with sinusitis or other sinus infections.

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For gargling or rinsing

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11Inhalation

To treat respiratory illnesses, you can inhale the propolis tincture. To prepare the tincture for inhalation, add a single drop of it to 5 ml sodium chloride, and then transfer this solution to an inhaler.

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Inhalation

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12The safety concerns surrounding propolis

While propolis and its products are still under research to determine if there aren’t any downsides or risks, one thing is for sure that it isn’t considered a high-risk substance. When people normally eat honey they tend to take in some propolis as well. But, for people who are allergic to honey or bees, they can have a reaction to products containing propolis. The continuous use of propolis over long periods of time can also cause an allergic reaction.

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In this regards, beekeepers are more prone to developing a propolis allergy. An eczema-like breakout is the typical allergic reaction caused by propolis. Propolis-based products can trigger allergic reactions in drivers, children (especially under 3 years of age), and pregnant women. Hence, they should avoid oral use of alcohol-based propolis tinctures, although it is safe for them to use it for external applications. Before using propolis for treating any kind of ailment, always consult your doctor first, especially if you have asthma or allergies.

The safety concerns surrounding propolis

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