How does Propolis work?
Propolis seems to have activity against bacteria, viruses, and fungi. It might also have anti-inflammatory effects and help skin heal.
Are there safety concerns?
There isn't enough information to know if propolis is safe. It can cause allergic reactions, particularly in people who are allergic to bees or bee products. Lozenges containing propolis can cause irritation and mouth ulcers.
Do not take propolis if:
- You are pregnant or breast-feeding.
- You are allergic to bees or bee products, poplar or cone-bearing trees, Peru balsam, or aspirin.
- You have asthma.
Dosing considerations for Propolis.
The following doses have been studied in scientific research:
APPLIED TO THE SKIN:
- For cold sores: A 3% propolis ointment (Herstat or ColdSore-FX) applied 5 times daily.
- For herpes outbreak: A 3% propolis ointment (Herstat or ColdSore-FX) applied to the blisters 4 times daily.
- As a mouth rinse after mouth surgery: A solution containing propolis, water, and alcohol.