- Propolis is a natural waxy substance produced by honey bees to protect, repair, and smoothen the wall of their hive.
- The HSV1 plaque formation was reduced by 98%.
- There are scientific shreds of evidence that propolis began to inhibit HSV1 and HSV2 replication following 24 hours and 48 hours of incubation respectively.
Propolis is a natural waxy substance produced by honey bees to protect, repair, and smoothen the wall of their hive. How can you leverage the boundless antiviral properties of this resinous substance to ease out your cold sores? Are there any strong grounds behind the claim I made?
At least NCBI (a highly respected database of biotechnology information funded by the government of the United States) proclaims the use of propolis for cold sores. Scientific research has spelled the antiviral activity of propolis against both herpes strains. The study further hails its potential to suppress the viral copies of these two herpes strains.
Let’s set aside these scientific marks.
What about some empirical experience with propolis for herpes?
I have been using propolis since 2017 to heal cold sores. My firsthand experience with propolis has helped me master the techniques I used to heal herpes blisters.
Do you want to replicate the successful herpes treatment regimen that I followed. Do you want to heal cold sores faster as I did within 72 hours?
Stick around, I will show you how.
Science Behind Propolis for Herpes
Propolis also termed as “Bee Glue” is one of the best natural ointments you can use on your cold sores. In a viral suspension test, the extract of propolis exhibited high levels of virucidal activities, especially against HSV1. The HSV1 plaque formation was reduced by 98%. Various components of propolis such as caffeic acid, p-coumaric acid, benzoic acid, galangin, pinocembrin, and chrysin have tricked down the HSV1 activity in the viral cells.
Bee glue has several therapeutic values, thanks to more than 300 active compounds in it. Propolis can be brought into play to treat dozens of diseases and disorders and to name a few we have Tuberculosis, Common Cold, Swine Flu, Peptic Ulcer, and many more.
The active constituents of bee glue modulate the immune system and make your immune system more resilient to infections such as cold sores.
Strong antiseptic attributes of this waxy substance help in healing and drying out the cold sores as early as 72 hours (And yes it is documented).
There are scientific shreds of evidence that propolis began to inhibit HSV1 and HSV2 replication following 24 hours and 48 hours of incubation respectively. Even in some scientific literature reviews, propolis has bridged the length of perfection and outperformed acyclovir.
Benefits of Propolis
The first and foremost mileage I received using propolis for my cold sores is accelerated but stable healing. It helped my cold sores heal in less than two days. I assume it’s an antiseptic activity of propolis which is acting as a super healer to cold sores. Propolis helps in drying the cold sores and genital herpes lesions effectively that in the process, speeds up the healing time.
Bee Glue contains strong antiviral compounds and these compounds have been studied scientifically to inhibit the proliferation of herpes copies. When you work to treat cold sores, you need a 365° view. Only drying out the lesion may not get the job done. You need to work on the root cause itself, and that is herpes infection. Propolis helps in inhibiting replication of the herpes virus by more than 98%.
It gives your immune system a much-needed boost to battle this ferocious virus. Multiple factors contribute to a weak immune system, age, diseases, infections, psychological stress, etc. These conditions are inevitable and perturb you from time to time, therefore, keeping the immune system strengthened is the need of the hour. Propolis helps you in checking those factors down to help you attain the maximum immune potential.
Its anti-inflammatory properties work to neutralize the inflammatory responses of the body. The more inflamed the lesions are, the more pain and suffering you will be facing. The application of propolis on the site of infection helps in easing swelling and pain.
List of Benefits
- Inhibits plaque formation by 98%.
- Provides rapid relief from dry, cracked sores, cold sores symptoms.
- Stops the replication of herpes genes.
- Accelerates wound healing process.
- Speeds up the recovery process.
- Quickly absorbed into the skin.
- Helps in drying the lesions out.
- Strengthens the immune system.
- Reduces the inflammation of the infected body part.
- Works better than acyclovir in healing wounds and pain management.
When to Apply
Believe me guys, it took me 2 months to figure out the right time to apply propolis on cold sores. My initial take on using this ointment was that I only can apply this if there is an open wound on my skin. I was wrong when I experienced it.
You can apply it when early sensation runs riot. When tingling, redness, or sensation of burning starts flourishing, go for it without hesitation.
You can apply it when the blisters have started showing up or the blisters have scaled to ulcers, which is the more severe form of blisters.
This even works at the last stage of cold sores, which is the crusting process. When your skin starts drying and scabs start appearing, you can use propolis to maintain the required moisture to maintain a speedy healing process.
Safety Measures Before Using Propolis for Herpes
- Propolis is safe when taken orally. It may cause an allergic response in those who are allergic to bees or bee products.
- Topical application of propolis is also safe given that allergic people keep a safe distance from it.
- We recommend pregnant women not to use propolis as there is no reliable scientific data on this case. Be on the safer side.
- Breastfeeding moms can take it orally, however, the recommended dose should not exceed 300mg daily.
- Chemicals present in the bee glue might slow down the blood clotting, hence, people with bleeding conditions are best to avoid its use.
- It may make asthma worse, please don’t use it if you are asthmatic.
You can heal your cold sores faster with pro-bees
Additional Tips for Using Propolis
#1 Use 3% high-quality propolis product which may contain petroleum jelly and/or mineral oil.
#2 Use clinically proven cold sores inhibitive propolis.
#3 Don’t use propolis which consists of alcohol and sugar.
#4 Although it is completely safe to use on the skin, we recommend doing a patch test.
#5 We recommend using Pro-Bees, an organic extract of propolis, vegan, alcohol-free. It is free from an artificial flavor and no added sugar.
Prerequisites Before Using Topical Propolis for Herpes
- Pro-Bees Organic Propolis
- Lukewarm Water
- Soft Cotton Towel
- Cotton Ball
How to Apply Propolis for Cold Sores and Genital Herpes
- If possible, I recommend removing disrooted skin flakes. Be cautious of flakes seeded to the skin, don’t peel them off as it may aggravate sores and may cause bleeding.
- Now thoroughly wash the infection site with lukewarm water.
- Pat dry the skin with a soft towel.
- Now start applying propolis to the wound, use a cotton ball to apply ointment to prevent spreading accidental infection. Do not repeat the use of the cotton ball, take a new cotton ball every time.
- Leave it as is.
- You can apply propolis ointment every 2 hours 4 to 6 times a day to get optimum results.