Bee Propolis: Natural Solution for Gum Recession Treatment

| Modified on Apr 03, 2024
Bee Propolis

Gum recession, a common dental issue, occurs when the gum tissue around the teeth wears away, exposing more of the tooth or the tooth's root. If left untreated, this condition can lead to sensitivity, discomfort, and even tooth loss. While traditional dental treatments are available, many turn to natural remedies like bee propolis for gum recession relief. This article delves into the benefits of bee propolis and how it can promote oral health.

Understanding Bee Propolis

What is Bee Propolis? Propolis is a resin-like substance bees produce from the sap of various plants and trees. Bees use it to seal and protect their hives. Rich in flavonoids, vitamins, minerals, and amino acids, bee propolis has potent antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory properties.

Historical Use: Propolis has been used for centuries in traditional medicine for its healing properties. Its use in dental care is not new, as it has long been recognized for promoting oral health and healing mouth and gum problems.

Bee Propolis for Gum Recession

1. Anti-Inflammatory Properties: Bee propolis's anti-inflammatory compounds can help reduce inflammation in the gums, a key factor in gum recession.

2. Antibacterial Action: The antibacterial properties of propolis can combat oral bacteria, preventing infections that may exacerbate gum recession.

3. Healing and Regeneration: Bee propolis promotes the healing of damaged gum tissue and may assist in the regeneration of new, healthy tissue.

4. Pain Relief: The natural analgesic properties of propolis can provide relief from the discomfort associated with gum recession.

Using Bee Propolis for Oral Health

1. Propolis Mouthwash: Diluted propolis tincture can be used as a mouthwash to rinse the mouth, targeting the affected gums.

2. Propolis Toothpaste: Toothpaste containing propolis can be used for daily brushing to harness its benefits.

3. Direct Application: Applying propolis extract directly to the receding gums can provide localized treatment.

4. Supplements: Propolis supplements are available for those who prefer an ingestible form, contributing to overall oral health.

Precautions and Recommendations

While bee propolis is generally considered safe, it's important to note:

  • Allergic Reactions: Individuals allergic to bees or bee products should avoid using propolis.
  • Consultation with a Dentist: It's crucial to consult with a dental professional before using propolis for gum recession, especially if you have underlying oral health issues or are undergoing dental treatments.
  • Quality of Propolis: Ensure you use high-quality, pure bee propolis products from reputable sources.


Bee propolis offers a natural, effective solution for managing gum recession. Its healing properties can complement traditional dental treatments, providing relief and promoting oral health. As with any natural remedy, it's essential to use it under the guidance of a healthcare professional. Embracing bee propolis can promote a healthier smile and improved oral well-being.

Continue reading below to learn how Earth Clinic readers used bee propolis for gum recession, and please let us know if this remedy helped you!

4 User Reviews

Posted by Tony (Manchester) on 09/04/2016

Having burned my mouth I then managed to get an infection all across the top right and bottom left of my gums to the point I couldn't eat and had radiating neck and shoulder pain. I tried iodine, salt, garlic, charcoal, cider vinegar and colloidal silver with no effect other than intense pain. Then I tried bee propolis tincture swished around so that it covered the teeth and gums and instantly that pain ebbed. Within a few hours I was able to use garlic infused water and salt washes without the off the scale pain.

Some hours more & it looked like I had healing burns along the gum line for want of a better description, as if the poisons had been drawn to the surface. I took high doses of lyposomal vitamin C (5grams per day) at the same time and continued the bee propolis and salt/garlic every few hours. Two days later and it was all but gone and oddly had off the scale energy.

Replied by Rob
(Nsw, Australia)

Have commenced taking Bee propolis for receding gums but have only been able to purchase it in capsule form, but would rather apply tincture topically. Could someone advise where to purchase in tincture form. Thanks, Rob

Replied by Liz
(Victoria, Australia)

Propolis Tincture can be found at Chemist Warehouse stores and at their on line site. I have bought it in store and on the bottle it states : Propolis Liquid Extract 25ml contains Propolis 300mg/ml. I have used it for receeding gums but found Oregano oil much better for me with noticable results compared to the Propolis.

A word of warning about the Propolis, it is very sticky and brown and leaves a brown stain on you teeth if used overnight, but can be cleaned off with a good toothpaste, I use equal parts of Coconut oil and Bi Carbonate soda made into a paste, and last week the dentist wanted to know why I had no tartar build up on my teeth, as I drink black coffee and black tea all day I told him it was home made toothpaste and he said keep using it as it works.

I personally have found the Oregano oil much better to use and have seen my gums repair much quicker with the Oregano oil than the Propolis in my opinion.


How did you use the oregano oil? Just applied on the gums. If so how many times.


Apply a few drops of the oregano oil added to a wet tooth brush. Dry brush it all around your teeth and gums, let it work for up to two minutes or tolerance.

(Dublin, OH)
24 posts

IMPORTANT info for everyone: Oregano Oil (or Oil of Oregano), especially the liquid concentrate, is VERY strong-tasting, and when too much is used in the mouth, it will create a burning sensation especially if put directly in your mouth/under your tongue/on your gums, which I would never recommend. I personally use the liquid concentrate from WF and put NO MORE THAN 2 TINY DROPS on my toothbrush using the included dropper. Then I squeeze my toothpaste on the brush & run a bit of water over it immediately prior to brushing my teeth. I do this @2-3 times per week. But again, the application frequency is up to you. And, if you're a first-time user of oregano oil, start with just the tiniest amount, and build up to what you can tolerate.


Thank you so much for your prompt reply. Replies like this help so many people and you get their blessings. Be blessed

Replied by Serena
(Az, Usa)

Hi, thanks for your story....were your gums bad before and did the oregano oil fix them visibly? How did you use it? Thanks!!

Replied by Kristin

How did you take the oil of oregano and how much?

Replied by Liz
(Victoria, Australia)

The product I use is called Fortified Defence and is a mix of Olive Leaf Extract and Wild Oregano it contains Olea Eveopea 389.8mg/g ( Olive Leaf ) and Origanum Vulgare 12mg/g ( Oregano ) and I put 4 drops on my front gum line and a small sip of water and swill it around for a few minutes and spit it out, I dont swallow the mix, and then go to bed so its on all night. I do this at night after brushing my teeth and it has really helped and it took about 2 weeks to see a difference, its a slow process but you can see it working as my gums were pretty bad on the bottom and they are now a lot better.


Thanks. I bought oil of wild oregano and olive leaf extract. It does not contain peppermint oil. Can I add the oil and use it?

Replied by Serena
(Az, Usa)

Hi Liz! Thanks for responding! I'm actually from Victoria myself (Monbulk) but now live in the US with my American husband!! Small world. Thank you so much for the details. I found something online that looks like what you described....was it by "Solutions 4 Health"? with peppermint? Hopefully I can buy it from Australia! Thanks for the timeline that worked for you...are your gums still getting better? Did they recede to below the enamel or tooth 'bump'? I've had mild receding gums for years but they seem to be getting slowly worse not better. Hence my attempts at trying everything that has worked for someone! I'm looking forward to trying it!

Replied by Liz
(Victoria, Australia)

Hi Serena, The product I use is the Solutions 4 Health with peppermint, it is the one you found online, I bought mine in a health food shop on recommendations from the owner of the shop and its also good for viruses and was told to put 4 drops under tongue for a few minutes then swallow the drops to help with cold, flu and other viruses. My gums were below the enamel line but not down to the bottom of the tooth where it is joined the bottom jaw, and yes they are getting better but it is a slow process. I started using this product after trying propolis liquid as the propolis reacted with me and my lips started to swell though I am not allergic to bees, hope this helps you.


Can you please tell the name of the product. I googled, it says, the name of the company is Solution for Health.

Replied by Serena
(Az, Us)

Thanks Liz. I found it at Zen Organic Health online (just in case anyone else is interested in searching for it). They ship worldwide. I just have to find out how much it is to the US. Are your gums still improving? I am so grateful for all your help!


Thank you so much for the info. I tried ordering from Zen organics but shipping was coming to $193/- which was exhobitant. Where has Solution4health is costing $25/- to USA

Replied by Liz
(Victoria, Australia)

Hi Serena. I am glad I could help you, and yes my gums on the bottom front are still improving, it takes a while to see an improvement, but now that I can see they have improved I will keep going till hopefully they are back to normal.

Replied by Serena
(Az, Us)

Hi Liz! I had a bit of a break in emails with the place I'm going to buy it from. Seeing as shipping is $30 to the US (which if it works it's still worth it for sure) I'm wondering if you have gone through a whole bottle yet or whether I'd likely require 2 bottles (which would save shipping money over buying it again) to see effects. Thoughts?

Replied by Liz
(Victoria, Australia)

Hi Serena,

I would only buy 1 bottle as I only use a drop or two most nights and the bottle seems to last a long time and I am not even half way through it yet and have been using it for 6 months or more, you can also use it for coughs and colds by putting about 4 drops under your tongue every few hours and it really does help with the virus as I used it last winter and am still using the same bottle, so it does go a long way, also my gums now seem to be at a stand still and not improving as much, so I will take a break for a month, as I think with natural products your body just gets used to them and a break from them will help the body re adjust and when you go back to using these things they work better than before, hopefully my gums will start regrowing again when I start on the drops again, I will keep in touch.

Bee Propolis
Posted by Faith (Forest Park, Ohio) on 11/11/2012

For receeding gums: Use bee propolis and bee pollen... chew the bee pollen with something else because it is bitter... chewing it helps it to get to the teeth, gums, and bone... you can buy bee propolis tincture or powder...

obviously the gum grafts are not working, you've had it twice, and bee pollen and propolis is much less expensive and gets to the root of the problem... no good bacteria in your mouth.

also load up on yogurt, kekir, kombucha, etc. because the colon, uterus, and other organs need good bacteria too.

Bee Propolis
Posted by Tammie (Prairieville, Louisiana) on 03/31/2007

My gums had started receding so bad that I could see a space between my two front teeth at the gum line, then I read that bee propolis can actually help the gum tissue to grow back, and it really works. No more space between my teeth.

Bee propolis also reduces fever, helps sore throat, canker sores, fever blisters and heals stomach ulcers and just about anything else you use it on.

Replied by Lin
(New York, New York)


I'm writing about gum recession and subsequent bone loss. I am 37 and I have stage 5 gum recession on some of my teeth. My gums began receeding when I was 18 years old. I believe after seeing numerous periodontists and undergoing one painful gum grafting already that I have combined their theories and come up with my own. My gum recession is due to weak and thin first layer of defensive gum tissue which is hereditary, a misaligned bite and T3 jawline structure and lastly clenching during sleep which several dentists say is a result of a misaligned bite. I have always had good dental hygiene and probably too vigorous also as a child. For the last 10-15 years I have brushed correctly, flossed nightly and gargled with conventional bacteria solutions. The professionals agree that I do not have gum disease from bacteria but that it is a combination of the hereditary problems that went uncorrected when I was a child. I am very interested in any and all remedies for gum building. I would like to know more about the bee propolis and how I should administer it. Also, if there is a link possible to my weakened gum tissue and acidosis?

Thank you very much!!

Replied by Andrea
(Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates)

Hi! I'm 37 years old and have receding gums. I am planning to try out bee propolis. I asked Tammie (who posted her success story about bee propolis) about how she used bee propolis and here is her reply: "I put a dropper full of the liquid bee propolis tincture in my bottled water so that my gums are bathed in the propolis all day as I sip my water.

Before going to bed, I put a couple droppers full of the propolis undiluted in my mouth and swish it around real good to make sure all the gum tissue is saturated, then swallow."

Good luck to all!

Replied by Jasonmchicago
(Chicago, Il Usa)

Lin from New York. -- I believe the key cause of gum recession is nocturnal clenching on an un-balanced bit. I think you hit the nail on the head and if you find a VERY good occlusional therapist... He/she will be able to "balance your bite" and then the clenching won't have such a horrible impact on your gums. Do an internet search for "the clenching syndrome" and read the pdf. There is a lot of great information there about the negative results of clenching while sleeping.

Replied by Serena

Hi, thanks for your testimony! What type of propolis did you use and how long did it take to grow back? Thank you so much!!!

Replied by msmaia
(usa east coast)

Can you just use the raw honey that comes with bee propolis? Will that work? I've been trying it really raw honey, tastes great, watching to see if it helps receding gums.


Has the raw honey done any good?

Replied by sandy

In what form did you take? tincture or powder. and how did you apply on your gums