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Bees Take the Sting out of Mouth Ulcers

Propolis is a mixture of resin and wax which is made by honey bees to seal and sterilize their hives. It has healing properties that have been known for years, but has had limited applications because the substance is not water soluble and has a strong, off-putting smell.

Now researchers have developed a way of purifying propolis that retains its medicinal properties, but eliminates the solubility and odor problems. The technique has already led to the development of a new mouth ulcer gel.

According to Science Daily:

“... [The] new propolis-based mouth ulcer gel ... has better anaesthetic, anti-microbial and anti-fungal properties than gels already on the market and is safe for use in children.”

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