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Mixing raw propolis with honey

 
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agapetos
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 02, 2014 4:05 pm    Post subject: Mixing raw propolis with honey Reply with quote

Hi,
I've found many websites giving recipe on how to make some kinds of mixes with propolis, but none that I've found said anything about mixing raw propolis with honey. Is it possible to mix it and make a relatively homogeneous mass?
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 02, 2014 6:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have never heard of it but when I crush'n'strain my honey combs there is always slight propolis taste in the honey becaususe the bees coat cell edges with propolis and when you crush it the honey rubs against it and wax too so the taste in my opinion is much better than the extracted honey.
You can see in this photo the edges of the cells coated in propolis;
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 09, 2014 1:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, but if I scraped some excess propolis from the walls, how can I mix it with already crushed&drained honey?

Also - if I understood correctly, bees can't recycle wax, right? Can they recycle propolis?
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 06, 2015 5:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

agapetos wrote:
if I understood correctly, bees can't recycle wax, right? Can they recycle propolis?


Thought I'd revive this thread rather than starting a new one ...

They can recycle wax, though usually don't.

They certainly can recycle propolis, and can often be seen doing so:



The sound these girls were making was 'snap. crackle and pop' as they chewed away a nice tasty mouthful from the polythene. They've been doing this for the last 2 or 3 days - much easier than flying some distance to find it.

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 20, 2015 1:32 am    Post subject: propolis Reply with quote

I guess you could do an alcohol extract and then use that to blend with your honey (Im assuming for medicinal purposes?) It takes quite a high ETOH percentage to extract the propolis though.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 20, 2015 10:41 am    Post subject: Re: Mixing raw propolis with honey Reply with quote

agapetos wrote:
Hi,
I've found many websites giving recipe on how to make some kinds of mixes with propolis, but none that I've found said anything about mixing raw propolis with honey. Is it possible to mix it and make a relatively homogeneous mass?
Thanks


Probably a newbie question, but why would we want to mix honey with propolis?

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Wintering
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PostPosted: Tue May 10, 2016 7:48 am    Post subject: Re: propolis Reply with quote

GirlFriday wrote:
I guess you could do an alcohol extract and then use that to blend with your honey (Im assuming for medicinal purposes?) It takes quite a high ETOH percentage to extract the propolis though.


Indeed. Mixing a propolis tincture (propolis extracted via alcohol) with honey is a viable option.
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