Apis mellifica
[Apis mellifica]

Apis mellifica: The bee emergency remedy

The bee has been a cultural successor since the beginning of human civilization. Even the Egyptians knew and appreciated the powers of bees thousands of years ago. Today, their importance for plants has been brought back into focus. Bees are an important factor for successful harvests. However, pesticides and sprays are having a dramatic impact on bees and are causing ever greater problems for agriculture. In medicine, the bee is still valued for highly acute illnesses and as an important means of strengthening the immune system.

Facts about Apis mellifica

Did you know that...

a queen bee lays up to 500,000 eggs in her lifetime?

a bee colony produces approx. 100 kg of honey per year?

900,000 to 6 million flower visits must be made for 1 kilogram of honey?

What is Apis mellifica?

Apis mellifica is the processing of the honey bee. The whole insect is processed with its venom. The honey bee is a native insect that is primarily responsible for pollinating flowers. Apis mellifica produces two important substances that humans have learned to use culturally. It produces honey, with which it feeds itself, and propolis, a disinfectant substance with which it protects itself from pathogens and fungi and cleans and disinfects the hive.

General information and medicinal effects of Apis mellifica

The basic knowledge


Apis mellifica has an anti-inflammatory effect. The medicinal plant is mainly used for highly acute, acute and subacute inflammations with or without effusion. Apis modulates the inflammation and brings it back to a normal level, from which healing can begin.

Edema reducing

Apis mellifica has an anti-oedematous effect. Inflammations for which Apis is indicated often form edema, so that the affected tissues or mucous membranes swell and lose their function. Apis helps to reorganize and reduce the oedema. The swelling and loss of function recede and the situation relaxes again.


Apis is anti-allergic. Apis trains the Immunesystem and ensures that the undirected immune reaction is weakened. This reduces the tendency to allergies and decreases sensitivity to the actual allergen.

Apis mellifica: Ingredients

Various substances with therapeutic benefits have been discovered in Apis mellifica. These include

  • Proteins

  • Formic acid

  • Saponins

  • Tryptophans

  • Choline

  • Fatty acids

Apis mellifica: effect on body and mind

Apis is one of the most important remedies for inflammations and allergies. Apis is used as a specific remedy in particular for inflammations that are accompanied by effusions and edematous infiltrations. On a physical level, it influences the immune system and the inflammatory cascade. The target tissues are primarily serous membranes, such as those found in the respiratory tract or joints. On a psychological level, it is used to treat states of agitation associated with anxiety and irritability. But it can also be used to treat depression, i.e. a deterioration in mood, especially if this is characterized by restlessness and agitation.

Properties of Apis

  • antiallergic
  • anti-edematous
  • decongestant
  • immunomodulating
  • antipyretic
  • anti-inflammatory

Fields of application in naturopathy

[Apis mellifica]

Apis mellifica is mostly concerned with immune processes and inflammation of tissues associated with effusions. 

Apis mellifica for laryngitis

In the case of laryngitis, an edema forms under the mucous membranes, which not only makes it difficult to speak but also to breathe. Apis mellifica helps the body to reduce the edema by relieving the inflammation. This makes the voice clearer again and breathing easier.

Apis mellifica as an acute remedy for allergies

Apis mellifica is regarded as THE remedy against Allergies. On the one hand, it modulates the immune system and shows it its false, excessive reaction, on the other hand it stimulates the body to break down the edema that has formed. The swelling subsides more quickly and the allergic reaction is weakened. In this context, Apis is also often used for desensitization in allergy-free phases.

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Apis mellifica to strengthen the immune system

Some Immune systems are very sluggish and need to be stimulated in order to fight off infections effectively and at an early stage. Apis mellifica can be used to stimulate the immune system as part of a stimulation therapy. If other germs then enter the body, the body is faster, recognizes the pathogens and can immediately mount an immune response.

Apis mellifica for ovarian cysts

Ovarian cysts are usually caused by inflammatory processes in which insufficient hormone synthesis overwhelms the tissue. Apis helps the body to reduce the inflammation and dissolve the cyst. The ovaries are relieved and can resume their normal function and hormone synthesis.

Notes on the use of Apis mellifica

Apis is usually an acute remedy and in these cases is taken up to every half hour for a very limited period of a few days. Prophylactic therapies for desensitization or cyst treatments can also extend over several weeks. Apis mellifica is usually administered orally three times a day.

Apis during pregnancy & breastfeeding

Apis mellifica can also be taken without hesitation during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Apis for allergies

As Apis mellifica is one of the cardinal remedies for allergies, this area is one of its main areas of application and is not a contraindication.

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Apis mellifica

Zoological name

Apis mellifica

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native to Europe







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