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Propolis benefits in cold sore care

At Herstat, we're very excited to share the benefits of propolis with the world, especially since the substance remains relatively unknown by the general population.

Produced by honeybees using exudate gathered from trees, this 100% natural substance has a rich history that extends back to ancient times – going as far back, in fact, as ancient Egypt when it was used in the embalming process, helping to prevent decomposition of corpses.

The complex composition of propolis makes it the perfect treatment for cold sores. Herstat cold sore ointment uses Propolis ACF (a purified propolis extract that utilises all of the substance's natural healing properties) as its active ingredient, allowing you to experience all of propolis's benefits yourself.

In our ointment, Propolis ACF complements the other carefully-selected ingredients; however, it may also bring you some other well-known advantages.

Clinical trials involving Propolis ACF have shown that the extract is:

  • Antiviral
  • Antibacterial
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Anaesthetic
  • Regenerative (a wound healer)

Propolis is a natural substance that is collected from beehives. The propolis used by Herstat comes from a well-defined area of Canada. Once it has been collected from beehives in the Manitoba region, the propolis goes through a carefully designed extraction and purification process initially developed by Dr Zenon Sosnowski (MSc, PhD), who led the research into how propolis could be used in skincare treatments. The extract undergoes rigorous cleaning and quality checks before it can be certified under the unique registered name of Propolis ACF®.

What benefits will you see and feel?

Herstat is a topical cold sore ointment, which means it will work when placed in direct contact with the affected skin. This will help to retain moisture and soften your cold sore, which is proven to accelerate healing. The ointment will also reduce inflammation and relieve pain – there's not much more you could ask for from an effective cold sore treatment.

Unfortunately, HSV is notoriously difficult to treat, and researchers are yet to find a cure for the virus. With a cure out of reach, many people who experience cold sores are happy to find a treatment that helps speed up the healing process, minimising the lesion's lifespan. We are proud to say that, thanks to Propolis ACF, this is exactly what Herstat achieves – just take a look at the results in the clinical trials putting Propolis ACF to the test.

You can also visit our page on cold sores and the herpes simplex virus for more information about how the infection spreads.

Oh, and did we mention that you can apply our product at any stage of your cold sore outbreak and still expect to see positive results? Thanks to the multitude of healing properties naturally present in propolis – not only is it antiviral, antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory, but it also has regenerative properties – propolis is beneficial whether you apply it at the feeling of the first tingle or once the ulcer has already appeared. This sets it apart from other antiviral treatments, which tend to be effective only when applied at the early symptom stage, before the sore has appeared.

Try Herstat to see (and feel) what you've been missing.