Color and Odor of Bee Propolis

by Donna
(Philadelphia PA)

Hello, I've been taking Bee Propolis in powdered capsule form for thirty years, mostly as a "cure" when suffering from colds or the flu. In all these years I've purchased from a particular company, and the clear capsules always showed a light tan or beige colored powder, and the fragrance is what I'd describe as flowery. Recently I purchased again from the same company, and the powder is more green with an herbal-like or grass-like fragrance. I was concerned that a mistake was made, and this was not Propolis at all. I contacted the company, and they said that the product can vary in color based on the time of year it was harvested. I find this hard to believe as it always looked and smelled the same in all these years. Is this true, or do I need to get these capsules tested in a lab to see what I'm consuming? (Incidentally, I did take them when I had a cold and it seemed as effective as the older pills.). Thank you!

Yes, that is true. Other factors can effect the color and smell as well, like geography.

Angela

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