Making Propolis infusions
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  1. #1
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    Cool Making Propolis infusions

    First timer.
    I decided to try making some propolis tinctures & cremes using info from

    http://www.tc.umn.edu/~reute001/htm-...20extract.html

    Looks pretty good, using grain alcohol & 10% propolis, may try some petroleum jelly mixture when this is "ripe"

    Wife mentioned some of the products she currently used stung her hands ,( possibly due to alcohol used as a solvent.), & some of the suggested recipes involved using oils , so I tried infusing some olive oil using the "heated method" from

    https://beepothecary.wordpress.com/2...omment-page-1/

    I didn't seem like there was much change in the propolis sediment afterwards. well it did break up a bit, but not nearly as much as the alcohol tinctures.
    I tasted the results, expected it to be bitter, but it just tasted like oil. Is this normal, or do I just have cloudy olive oil?
    I put 4 table spoons of propolis into 25 oz of olive oil heated in double boiler & stirred till it reache 120 degrees, continued stiring occasionally while it cooled, strained about 1/2 out for immediate use ( through coffee filter... slow!), but bottled the remainder with propolis to continue using the "unheated wait & shake" method.
    Comments & advice ? thanks CE
    Started summer of 2013, just another new guy, tinkering with bees.

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  3. #2
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    Default Re: Making Propolis infusions

    I keep a jar of propolis and olive oil soaking all the time. Don't heat it, just shake the jar when I remember. I've had the same jar going for years... I periodically strain out the old propolis and add more, and whenever I use some of the olive oil, I just top the jar off again. I use the oil for dry skin, cuts, burns, and in my soap making.

    My feeling is that heating changes the properties of the propolis.

  4. #3
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    Default Re: Making Propolis infusions

    I might have used more propolis but you should be fine. Not all olive oil is created equal. My best soap comes from the better olive oil.

    Quote Originally Posted by tech.35058 View Post
    First timer.
    I decided to try making some propolis tinctures & cremes using info from

    http://www.tc.umn.edu/~reute001/htm-...20extract.html

    Looks pretty good, using grain alcohol & 10% propolis, may try some petroleum jelly mixture when this is "ripe"

    Wife mentioned some of the products she currently used stung her hands ,( possibly due to alcohol used as a solvent.), & some of the suggested recipes involved using oils , so I tried infusing some olive oil using the "heated method" from

    https://beepothecary.wordpress.com/2...omment-page-1/

    I didn't seem like there was much change in the propolis sediment afterwards. well it did break up a bit, but not nearly as much as the alcohol tinctures.
    I tasted the results, expected it to be bitter, but it just tasted like oil. Is this normal, or do I just have cloudy olive oil?
    I put 4 table spoons of propolis into 25 oz of olive oil heated in double boiler & stirred till it reache 120 degrees, continued stiring occasionally while it cooled, strained about 1/2 out for immediate use ( through coffee filter... slow!), but bottled the remainder with propolis to continue using the "unheated wait & shake" method.
    Comments & advice ? thanks CE
    "My wife always wanted girls. Just not thousands and thousands of them......"

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