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  1. #41
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    Default Re: Propolis Tincture Question

    Making second batch of the grain alcohol/propolis tincture.
    20200213_074600.jpg

    I am taking it proactively now days (influenza, etc) - 1/4 teaspoon per day (mix the tincture in water and drink it).
    So far I did not get sick yet this winter (a common occurrence for me - a couple of times per winter).

    Two of the kids got sickly so far - this is what they get from me too - propolis tincture, no IFs or BUTs.
    Former "smoker boy". Classic, square 12 frame Dadants >> Long hive/Short frame/chemical-free experimentations.

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    Default Re: Propolis Tincture Question

    Quote Originally Posted by GregV View Post
    Making second batch of the grain alcohol/propolis tincture.
    20200213_074600.jpg

    I am taking it proactively now days (influenza, etc) - 1/4 teaspoon per day (mix the tincture in water and drink it).
    So far I did not get sick yet this winter (a common occurrence for me - a couple of times per winter).

    Two of the kids got sickly so far - this is what they get from me too - propolis tincture, no IFs or BUTs.
    Reminds me when I was a child my brothers and ?I lined up taking a spoonful of cod liver oil EVERYDAY before school; no ifs or buts either!
    Proverbs 16:24

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    Default Re: Propolis Tincture Question

    At least the propolis tincture has alcohol in it. Cod liver oil, yuck.
    Thankfully, the bees are smarter than I am. They are doing well, in spite of my efforts to help them.

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    Default Re: Propolis Tincture Question

    Quote Originally Posted by JWPalmer View Post
    At least the propolis tincture has alcohol in it. Cod liver oil, yuck.
    Wife was becoming concerned with me serving "alcohol" to the kids.

    I went like:
    Honey, our home-made sourdough bread and kefir all have natural booze in them too.
    And we love the stuff.
    That's what the normal fermentation does.
    LOL.
    Former "smoker boy". Classic, square 12 frame Dadants >> Long hive/Short frame/chemical-free experimentations.

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    Default Re: Propolis Tincture Question

    Made my initial batches with 95% ethanol.

    But now I think this may have been a minor error, because some of the propolis components dissolve well in water, but no so much in ethanol (per my readings).
    And so the 95% extracts are not the most potent.

    The next batch I will do in 70% ethanol.
    Here is just one reference as to "why":
    extractions with a 70% solution of alcohol as the most active
    http://www.fao.org/3/w0076e/w0076e14.htm

    How to make 70% ethanol from standard 95% ethanol (e.g. Everclear).
    to make 70% ethanol from 95% ethanol, take 70 mL of 95% ethanol and add enough water to bring the volume to 95 mL. You will then have 95 mL of 70% ethanol.
    http://stainsfile.info/prepare/prese...-ethanol70.htm
    Former "smoker boy". Classic, square 12 frame Dadants >> Long hive/Short frame/chemical-free experimentations.

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    Default Re: Propolis Tincture Question

    Quote Originally Posted by GregV View Post
    Made my initial batches with 95% ethanol.

    But now I think this may have been a minor error, because some of the propolis components dissolve well in water, but no so much in ethanol (per my readings).
    And so the 95% extracts are not the most potent.

    The next batch I will do in 70% ethanol.
    Here is just one reference as to "why":

    http://www.fao.org/3/w0076e/w0076e14.htm

    How to make 70% ethanol from standard 95% ethanol (e.g. Everclear).

    http://stainsfile.info/prepare/prese...-ethanol70.htm
    I used 151 pure grain Alcohol 75% I think, feels wild on your skin,, first the cool from the Alcohol then the tacky from the propolis. only tasted it looks like i could drink it..
    GG

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    Do you think it would be useful if we swallow propolis raw?

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    Default Re: Propolis Tincture Question

    Quote Originally Posted by ismail akyüz View Post
    Do you think it would be useful if we swallow propolis raw?
    People do it, but for better absorption reasons, it is best to have propolis in finely-pulverized structure - powder or tincture/solution products.
    Former "smoker boy". Classic, square 12 frame Dadants >> Long hive/Short frame/chemical-free experimentations.

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    Default Re: Propolis Tincture Question

    So very timely with the COVID - I got lots of propolis tincture handy.
    Have been taking it daily every morning.
    Get 1/4 teaspoon of tincture, mix with cold water, and down it.
    Not a single cold yet this year (unusual for me).
    Former "smoker boy". Classic, square 12 frame Dadants >> Long hive/Short frame/chemical-free experimentations.

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