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How we use propolis in the manufacture of Herstat

Why should you choose Herstat over other cold sore remedies? Well, not only does it contain white soft paraffin as its main ingredient, to promote a moist environment which is perfect for healing, but every tube also contains an interesting antimicrobial substance called propolis.

This substance is one of the many components of our cold sore treatment – but what actually is it?

What is propolis?

Propolis is a substance made from the resins secreted by various plants, which are collected by honeybees. The bees mix the resins with their saliva and wax in order to use the resulting propolis as a barrier against microbes and as a sealant for the beehive.

Although we humans have been using this material for millennia, bees have been utilising the substance for much longer. When these insects create a hive, they use propolis to seal small holes, cracks, or spaces in/or around it.

This serves to keep the hive as sterile as possible, and this is why we use it as a preservative. However, it is also believed that propolis possesses a number of other beneficial properties, such as blocking pain and regenerating damaged tissue.

How do we use it in Herstat?

It would be a bad idea – as well as unhygienic – to use propolis straight from a beehive. Instead, experienced beekeepers working within a large area in Canada, first harvest this substance which is then thoroughly checked for any impurities before it's even considered for use in the production of Herstat.

Next the material goes through a rigorous cleaning process, ensuring any foreign elements or impurities are removed. Eventually this is refined even further into a purer form, which is sent over to production for Herstat – three per cent of this substance is used in every tube.

Is it safe?

This propolis is subjected to a series of stringent quality controls, from the harvesting, through the rigorous cleaning, and to the production of the final extract, in order to guarantee consistency of the composition (standardisation) and absence of microbiological and environmental contaminants (purity) for every batch.

Thanks to this process, Herstat's propolis contains virtually no substances other than plant-derived ingredients that the bees so carefully select. This not only results in a highly concentrated product, but also minimises the risk of possible allergies.

However, if you are allergic to bees, balsam of Peru, propolis or other bee by-products – or have any specific queries about the safety of this product – you should either contact us for more information or seek advice from a qualified medical practitioner.

As stated on the packaging it is recommended that, the first time you use Herstat, you test the product before use by applying a small quantity on the skin of your forearm.