How to get the most from Herstat

If you have bought a tube of our cold sore treatment ointment and have started using it during outbreaks, the chances are that you are already giving yourself one of the best possible opportunities to substantially reduce the duration and discomfort of symptoms.

However, if you want to make sure you are using our ointment in a way that optimises the treatment of your cold sores, please read the information we have provided below.

When should I start using Herstat?

Unlike many other products, you can apply Herstat at any stage of an outbreak and it will still be effective. Nevertheless, our research has shown that if you want to rid yourself of a cold sore as quickly as possible, you should use our ointment from the onset of symptoms (during the tingling stage).

How often should I apply Herstat?

You can apply Herstat to an outbreak as often as you like, but we have found that applying the ointment to your cold sore every two hours, or at least five times a day, yields the best results.

How much ointment should I apply?


At each application of Herstat, you only need to cover your cold sore with a thin layer of ointment. A little Herstat goes a long way, so your 2g tube should last you through several outbreaks.

How should I store Herstat?

Below 25 degrees Centigrade is ideal for our ointment.

When should I throw away the tube?

We print an expiry date on the end of the tube, but because our ointment contains propolis it remains sterile and can be used throughout many outbreaks without the risk of the HSV-1 cold sore virus contaminating the product.

There is no need to throw a tube away before all the ointment has been used, unless it is past its expiry date.

What is propolis?

Propolis is a 100% natural substance made by bees using plant resins. If you would like to read more about how bees make propolis, please click here.

This substance has been used for medicinal purposes for centuries by human beings due to its antimicrobial, antiviral, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, anaesthetic, and regenerative (wound healing) properties.

We use propolis as a preservative in our ointment, and as a way of keeping the product sterile after the tube has been opened.

How can I reduce the frequency of my outbreaks?

As well as our ointment we have also developed a highly effective LipCare Stick for use in between outbreaks. By using this balm you can substantially reduce the frequency of your outbreaks.

To purchase more of our ointment, or a LipCare Stick, please click here.