Propolis and social enterprise in Uganda
Propolis and social enterprise in Uganda

Propolis and social enterprise in Uganda


Propolis is a resinous mixture that honey bees collect from tree buds, sap flows, or other botanical sources. It is believed to reinforce the structural stability of the hive, prevent diseases and parasites from entering the hive, and to inhibit bacterial growth.  Because of its high amount active compounds it is thought to have a broad spectrum usage with anitbiotic, antiseptic, antiviral and antifungal properties used in treating human disorders and diseases such as open wounds, sinus congestion, colds, influenza, bronchitis, intestinal infections, ulcers, eczema eruptions, warts and conjunctivitis, to name a few.

Propolis may be used by everyone, sick or healthy, as a means of protection against micro organisms. Propolis may cure many diseases because it is a special natural substance with strong effect. It can be used as part of your daily program of supplementation. It has helped the bee society survive and thrive for over 45 million years - just think what it could do for you! 

The Happy Herb Company get our propolis from Malaika Honey, who work with local beekeepers in Uganda as part of a USAID program aiming to increase household income for up to 1,800 producers and to strengthen apiculture as a sustainable local enterprise over the next five years: 

"Malaika will provide technical training and a market for the honey at competitive prices. Karamoja honey is highly prized for the flavor produced by bees feeding on the local Acacia flowers. Building on Uganda’s rich beekeeping experience, the Program will merge both traditional and improved beekeeping practices to increase production and colonization rates of hives. “Our partnership with Malaika Honey will help us meet the shared objectives of generating new, sustainable production of honey, and income earning opportunities for marginalized households,” said Bick Riley, Chief of Party for the RWANU Program ... 

RWANU’s integrated approach will deliver a comprehensive package of nutrition, health, hygiene, and livelihood interventions to households and communities. Household resiliency will be increased through improved crop and livestock productivity, better natural resource management, more diversified income sources, increased integration into markets, strengthened health services and improved capacity. In its collaboration with Malaika Honey, RWANU aims to contribute to the further development of the honey sector while increasing access to food through the adoption of honey production and increased linkages to domestic and regional markets.






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Submitted by Diana Hanley (not verified) on

I am so impressed with this amazing herbal tincture produced by Malaika Honey. I have been using this product for the past 5 years for many bacterial infections like sore throat, bronchitis, flu skin infections. I take it orally for sore throats & flu symptoms. I can apply it directly to my skin for any rash or fungal infections. When traveling overseas I take it with me in case I pick up any infections. It is a must to have with me at all times. I know it has saved me 100's of dollars from expensive prescription drugs and Doctor's visits. I love it!

Submitted by Olga (not verified) on

How is this taken for sinus infections?

Submitted by Niall on

Hi Olga,

Thanks for your comment.

Spraying it up your nose is probably the best way to uuse propolis against a sinus infection.

We supply propolis in a spray bottle which may work for you, or you could use the following instructions:

NOTE: Please ensure you are not allergic to bee products before using propolis. The following instructions are not intended to diagnose or serve as a substitute for medical advice. We advise that you contact a health professional if you are suffering from any acute illness. 




You need one bottle of propolis and one bottle of nasal saline spray that has a removable cap. If purchasing a nasal spray, only use one without artificial preservatives such as sodium benzoate. Alternatively, make your own saline solution.
Before you start, a word of warning. Don’t make this spray if you have a propolis allergy. Also, some people may have an initial sensitivity to propolis characterized by sneezing. Below, I explain how it can be avoided.
  • Remove caps from the propolis bottle and the nasal spray.
  • Put two dropperfuls of propolis into the saline. Close the bottles.
  • Insert the tip of the propolis spray into each nostril and spray straight back. Sniff gently. Tilt your head back or lay down for a minute. It will burn a little. Make sure the solution doesn’t go to your throat. Do not attempt to blow your nose. Instead, gently wipe off everything that runs out.
  • Clean the tip of your propolis spray and store it in the refrigerator.
  • Repeat this procedure several times per day until your condition improves. You will see an improvement in a week.  If there is no significant improvement after the first week or after you’ve used up your first bottle, try making a stronger solution (adding three, four, five dropperfuls of propolis).


Additional notes:

  • Make a new solution as needed. Continue with the procedure until your infection goes away. Sometimes it may take a couple of bottles, but it is important not to stop.
  • When your condition improves, you may gradually reduce the number of applications to three times per day, two times per day, and one time per day only while observing your symptoms. When your symptoms go away, don’t stop immediately as your symptoms might reappear. It means you stopped to soon and your infection did not go away completely.
  • Stop using this solution during an active cold and flu as it will cause additional irritation. Instead, wait till the flu subsides and start using the solution again.
  • It is advisable to start with a weaker solution of this spray and gradually increase the strength until the perfect balance is found between the potent product and your tolerance to propolis. In case you are not sensitive to propolis at all, please disregard this and put four, five dropperfuls of propolis in the saline solution.
  • Store your propolis nasal spray in the refrigerator. No need to add any preservatives. If you plan to travel and you wish take your bottle with you, you might add a few drops of grapefruit seed extract.

Submitted by Wati Sugini (not verified) on

How much It cost for delivery to Jakarta Indonesia?

Submitted by Niall on

Hi Wati,

Thanks for your comment. Please send us an email through the contact form at 

and we&;ll resond with details of how to order from Indonesia. 

Bye for now and have a happy herbal day :)

Submitted by Denis (not verified) on

Do you have a telephone number?


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