Zabrus bee: what is it


Zabrus bee is a relatively thin layer of cut upper honeycombs used by beekeepers to obtain wax. The medicinal properties of zabrus, how to receive and store it, have long been known, because it is a constant companion of bee honey, and its percentage of output during the honey collection is rather high. It can even be said that zabrus is somehow ahead of honey in terms of useful properties, just as there is wax in it as well as honey.

What is zabrus in beekeeping

Zabrus bee or "honey seal" is a by-product of beekeeping, which is the remainder of the cut of the top of the lid of a clogged honeycomb. The origin of its name is explained by the fact that the cell, which is located “behind the bar” of the hive frame, is cut off with a special knife.

Bees seal honey in honeycombs as it is prepared using wax-cap structures. That is, bee zabrus consists of wax. If the honeycomb is sealed, then the honey inside it is ready to eat. The presence of signets on the entire area of ​​the hive frame indicates that this frame can be used to distill honey.

Immediately before siphoning off honey, the signet is cut from the honeycombs using a special tool, the beekeeper's knife. The honeycombs are sent for distillation, and the signet is put with the lid up for free flow of honey from it. Sometimes the signet is given to the bees to choose honey from it.

Dry seal is used for wax production or for medical purposes. It is melted in special furnaces-wax tanks. It is believed that the highest quality wax is obtained from zabrus. Perhaps this is so, since the chemical compositions of wax from the walls of honeycombs and wax from zabrus differ.

The color of seals is the most diverse. It is influenced by the following parameters:

  • honey harvest time;
  • weather;
  • kind of bees.

During the absence of natural bee bribes, for example, in the fall, when the bees are artificially fed with sugar, the signet becomes brown. In the overwhelming majority of other cases, the color of the seal is white, which is due to the presence of an air "plug" between the honey in the comb and their wax cap.

Important! Signet of some species of southern bees, in particular, Caucasian bees, has a dark color, since honey adjoins close to wax caps.

This method of sealing honeycombs is called "wet signet."

The taste of honey seal is sweet, having a pronounced honey shade. When chewing it breaks up into many small lumps.

The composition of honey zabrus

At present, almost everything is known about the composition of zabrus. The basis of beeswax is a wax containing a large amount of free fatty acids.

The composition of the honey seal includes:

  • vitamin E or tocopherol;
  • B vitamins;
  • vitamin C;
  • carotene;
  • retinol.

In addition, bee zabrus contains a lot of essential oils, saturated hydrocarbons, aromatic and pigmenting substances. It includes antioxidants and lipids. Also, bee zabrus contains a small amount of protein, bee glue and other secrets of bee glands.

The mineral composition of the zabrus is also very diverse. It includes:

  • potassium;
  • calcium;
  • phosphorus;
  • manganese;
  • iron.

In general, it is difficult to find a product that has such a diverse composition of the components that go into it.

What is useful zabrus bee

Despite the fact that the use of zabrus for the body (as in general, any means and methods of apitherapy) is still not confirmed from the standpoint of evidence-based medicine, it is very widely used in popular practices.

Moreover, the use of virtually any beekeeping product (from honey to submarine), at least, does not have negative consequences. The only exceptions are cases of individual intolerance and allergies.

According to traditional medicine, the beneficial properties of zabrus are manifested in the treatment of the following diseases:

  1. In case of ARD or ORVI, beeswax strengthens the immune system, weakens inflammatory processes in the sinuses and in the throat, improves sputum discharge.
  2. In diseases of the respiratory system facilitates the course of sinusitis, tonsillitis, rhinitis. Used to eliminate the symptoms of allergic manifestations. Heals hay fever.
  3. In diseases of the gastrointestinal tract it activates the work of the glands of external and internal secretion, improves intestinal motility, speeds up metabolic processes, normalizes appetite.
  4. In diseases of the cardiovascular system helps cleanse the blood and improve its quality, reduces the concentration of cholesterol, normalizes the work of the heart muscle.
  5. Dental problems. Helps reduce inflammation of the gums and mucous membranes, cleans tooth enamel, stimulates the secretion of saliva, helps with stomatitis and gingivitis. Its use is recommended as a side therapy for periodontal disease. Also, bee zabrus and propolis are recommended as a means of preventing caries. In general, it is this application, the solution of dental problems, and is considered the most important way to use bee swag.
  6. Diseases of the musculoskeletal system. It is believed that this tool helps well with arthritis and arthrosis, helps in the treatment of osteochondrosis. It is prescribed as an additional therapy for osteomyelitis and joint pathology.

Zabrus treatment

The beneficial properties of bee zabrus mainly find application in traditional medicine. There are various ways to use honey seal in the treatment and prevention of diseases of various body systems.

Zabrus for teeth from caries

The method of use of the drug in the treatment and prevention of the dental cavity as a whole is the most simple and natural - its chewing. The standard dose is 1 tablespoon for adults or 1 tsp for children.

Chewing lasts for 10-20 minutes, while the lump of the drug must be moved around the entire volume of the oral cavity, as is done with chewing gum.

In some cases, the use of zavrusa instead of toothpaste. The teeth are cleaned with a soft or medium hard toothbrush for 10-15 minutes.

From sinusitis

Treatment of sinusitis with zabrus is as follows: it is necessary 6-8 times a day to chew 1 teaspoon of the drug for 15 minutes.

In the case of a neglected form of sinusitis, a single dose of the drug should be increased. The required amount in this case is 1 tablespoon.


In case of pancreatitis, the honey seal is used as an auxiliary preparation creating a layer enveloping the mucous membrane of the stomach and duodenum. It is used in conjunction with propolis.

Use 2 times a day before meals. It is necessary for half an hour before meals to chew thoroughly and swallow a mixture consisting of 1 tsp. zabrus bee and 1 tsp. propolis. The course of treatment is 1 month.

From allergies

Use as an allergy medicine is based on “training” the body's immune system to resist the factors causing it. Signet contains a small number of allergens in its composition: from bee honey to pollen and essential oils. Getting regularly into the body in negligibly small doses, they “teach” him to cope with their toxic effects.

Therefore, the treatment of allergies in this case lasts a long time - from six months to 8 months. Treatment consists in daily use of 6-8 t. L. drug during the day. It should be chewed as standard for 15 minutes.

In the case of allergy exacerbation, it is recommended to take a large dose of the drug - it should be chewed up to 1-1.5 tablespoons. He will not allow allergies to develop rapidly; in addition, the use of seals will relieve swelling of the mucous.

From sore throat

When quinsy use antibacterial properties of honey seal. It should be consumed every half hour, resolving small balls weighing no more than 1 g. The time of absorption of such a ball will be about 5 minutes. The use of such treatment is recommended no more than 6 hours per day.

Due to the short intervals between chewing, on the mucous membrane of the upper respiratory tract creates a permanent protective layer that prevents the spread of infection.


The drug is used not only to treat small pimple rash, but also from serious problems in the form of purulent acne or even boils. To combat these phenomena, an antibacterial compress should be prepared, in which the signet will be one of the active components.

The second component will be bee nectar. For this purpose, the use of buckwheat nectar will be optimal. The third component will be medical alcohol.

The components are mixed in equal proportions, the mixture is applied to problem areas of the skin for up to half an hour. It is allowed to use such a compress no more than 3 times a day.

For diseases of the joints

For diseases of the joints apply ointment, made with the use of zabrus. This ointment smear problem areas and leave it for a while from 30 minutes to 2 hours 1-2 times a day.

The composition of the ointment:

  • base (vegetable oil, olive, ghee, etc.) - 100 g;
  • Zabrus - 15 g;
  • bee primor - 5-10g.

The components are mixed in a water bath with a temperature of not more than + 50 ° C. After which the ointment cools, it is placed in the refrigerator, where it thickens.

Before use, the required amount of ointment should be heated.

For immunity

To raise the immunity of the course is applied, lasting from 1 to 2 months with daily use of a small amount of the drug (not more than 1 teaspoon per day). However, it is necessary to chew it extremely slowly.

If, during the prevention of various diseases, the chewing time was about 15 minutes, then in the case of using immuno-supportive therapy, this should be done for about half an hour, without showing excessive activity. That is, one should not work too hard with his jaws when chewing zagrus.

In diseases of the gastrointestinal tract

The procedure for the prevention of gastrointestinal diseases is similar to using zabrus for pancreatitis with the only difference that the ratio of propolis and zabrus will not be 1 to 1, but 1 to 2. Procedures can be performed 1 to 3 times a day.

From cough

The algorithm is similar to the treatment of angina - the constant maintenance of the lining on the mucous membranes of the upper respiratory tract. You can use not small balls, and full doses of 1 tsp. The pause between uses depends on the intensity of the cough. The recommended time is from half an hour to an hour.

During the day is not recommended the duration of such a procedure for more than 6 hours.

How to take zabrus

The use of therapeutic properties of zabrus can be carried out in various ways. A classic way to use beeswax is its use in its pure form, without any additives.

The product should not be heat treated, since its melting point is very low and any overheating is harmful to it. The grinding of the product is also not recommended, since this significantly increases the rate of evaporation of essential oils and the drying of many components.

Attention! Under "heat treatment" should not be understood only the process of boiling. Already when heated to + 55 ° C, most bee products, which include both zabrus and honey, lose up to 80% of their beneficial properties!

It is advisable to cut zabrus bee fairly large chunks and chew it for a few minutes, as chewing gum cutter. At the same time, saliva has time to dissolve almost all active and beneficial substances, and they are relatively quickly absorbed into the body through the surface of the oral mucosa.

Is it possible to swallow zabrus

Swallowing zabrus has no negative effects. In addition, it is recommended to use it inside even with the following diseases:

  • constipation;
  • bloating;
  • pain in the abdomen;
  • inflammation of the bile duct;
  • problems with the functioning of the liver and gallbladder.

Contraindications to zabrusu

The benefits and harm of bee zarus have already been well studied. In its pure form, a product devoid of honey, does not pose a threat to allergies, moreover, is an excellent means to eliminate the symptoms of allergies.

The only contraindication to the use of - individual intolerance to wax. This deviation occurs though not often, but its probability should not be discounted. In case of fear of manifestations of such intolerance, any course of zabrus treatment should be initiated with small doses.

Important! Polymer molecules of beeswax and cosmetic wax for hair removal have a similar structure.

Therefore, if there is an allergy or individual intolerance to cosmetic wax, the proportion of the probability of individual intolerance and beeswax is high. In this case, zabrus should be used with extreme caution.

Children should be given zabrus from the age of three. This is the usual age for introducing problem foods and similar types of drugs into the diet. There are no special recommendations for monitoring the status of the child.

For pregnant women, the use of zavrusa is allowed only after consultation with the physician conducting the observation.

Terms and conditions of storage

Zabrus bees are usually sold in glass jars with an airtight lid. This greatly simplifies the process of organizing its storage. An excellent conservative, preserving the properties of bee swamp, is honey. The less honey in the wilderness, the higher requirements are imposed on the conditions of its storage.

With a ratio of zabrus / honey in an airtight container 1 to 1, such a container can be stored even at room temperature (+ 20-22 ° C) for 3 years. If honey is less, then it is necessary to use a refrigerator for storage (temperature + 8-10 ° C).

During storage, the bank with zabrusom should not fall under direct sunlight or kept in a room with a high level of humidity.

The safety of all active components in the zabrus under the conditions of storage is ensured for about 2 years. During the third year of storage, about 15-20% of the components lose their properties. In the fourth year, zabrus can still be eaten, but from a medical point of view it will not be of any value.


Many are still wondering what the medicinal properties of Zabrus are, how to take Zabrus and what the consequences will be. It is safe to say that the negative effect of its use (in the form of rare cases of individual intolerance to wax) is absent. Zabrus bee has a positive effect on many systems of the body and helps keep the oral cavity in excellent condition. In addition, given the hypoallergenic wax, zabrus is one of the best antiallergic drugs.