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As we head into the fall season, parents are bracing themselves for waves of illness. Most families are eager to do whatever they can to bolster immune systems and avoid the most brutal bugs. Usually, we turn to the medicine cabinet or local pharmacy, but there’s somewhere else you might be surprised to find relief – the hive!

Bee ingredients can be a great addition to your home’s health. While many people use honey for sore throats and are aware of its healing properties, there are two other bee products that are less commonly known.

Propolis, or “bee glue,” is a substance collected from plant leaves and stems. In the hive, it acts as a sterilizing resin and is used to line cells for egg laying, to repair cracks, and to seal up invaders. With antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties, propolis is nature’s most potent antioxidant. Turn to propolis nasal and throat spray for cold and allergy symptoms, or incorporate extract into your family’s diet to help reduce risk of infection!

Royal jelly is another powerhouse bee ingredient. As the queen’s main source of food, royal jelly is packed with protein, vitamins, and minerals. In fact, its unique combination of royalactin protein and fatty acids aren’t found in any other food source in the world! Royal jelly may support a robust immune response, appetite regulation, physical and mental development, and improved cognitive function. One way to add this product to your family’s health arsenal is with royal jelly-infused honey. It can also be found in chewable form for children.

With all the buzz about bee ingredients, this cold and flu season can be sweet as honey.