How to make green propolis tincture at home

Healing is also a learning journey and discovery that you can make your own natural medical products safely and cost-effectively at home. The guide below will teach you how to make propolis tincture as well as glycerin extract from raw propolis, a strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, and let you save more than 60% compared to buying single droppers. If you plan to produce at home 1-year supply (3ml/day) of tincture, you can spend less than £250 of brazilian raw propolis and spirit, and less than £180 for poplar propolis glycerin. It is recommended to consider making propolis extract at home for at least a supply of 100ml, or 3-months.


The presence of Artepillin-C, flavonoids and phenolics compounds in brazilian propolis make it a great bee-natural alternative to antibiotics. Propolis extract comes in forms of alcoholic tincture or glycerin solution, stored in a dropper. Once drinked, the extract is distributed and absorbed in 6-8 hours. The dosage should be adapted to clinical response, ranging from 1 to 5 drops per Kg per day.


For how long do you plan to take green propolis extract?

The first step is to define how much propolis extract you plan to take daily and for how long, considering that you should consume every day from 3ml to 15ml. You might consider onboarding a nutritionist and/or your doctor to define your regular propolis intake.

Then you come up with how much raw propolis and liquid solution you need, considering that the target propolis concentration in your extract is from 10% to 30%. For example, if you plan to take 3ml of propolis extract per day for 100 days, you need 90g of raw propolis and 300ml of liquid solution for a 30% extract. 

The standard concentration of propolis that allows the extraction of all chemical compounds is 30%, but you can lower it. Increasing propolis concentration above 30% might not guarantee the complete dissolution of chemical compounds. In this guide, we will also explain to you a way to increase propolis concentration above 30% in alcoholic extract without degrading its chemical compounds. 


Alcoholic, or not alcoholic: that is the question...

The alcoholic extraction preserves the compounds better over time compared to glycerin extract, therefore it is preferred for clinical use. Grain alcohol with gradation in the range 90-96% is the standard alcoholic solution for tincture. Everclear 94% grain alcohol is highly used among beekeepers, although other spirits like vodka are also welcome. Do not use isopropyl alcohol.

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