10 herbs that have antiviral properties

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1. Peppermint

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Mint works well against infections – including respiratory syncytial virus. It also helps with nasal congestion. All this is thanks to the essential oils of the plant, which contain components with antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties – menthol and rosmarinic acid.

How to use: Brew a teaspoon of fresh or dried leaves with boiling water. Drink hot infusion 1-2 times a week. It is better for pregnant women to refrain from such a drink.

2. Garlic

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Garlic is traditionally recommended during the height of flu epidemics. It contains many phenolic compounds and therefore strengthens the immune system. In addition, garlic extract treats warts caused by the human papillomavirus. He also fights against influenza A and B viruses, HIV, herpes simplex virus, viral pneumonia and rhinovirus that causes the common cold.

How to use: Add fresh garlic whole or chopped to your meals, or simply eat 2-3 cloves a day before lunch. However, it should not be eaten by people with stomach ulcers.

3. Ginger

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Studies show that ginger extract is effective against avian influenza virus, respiratory syncytial virus and norovirus, the causative agent of stomach flu. All this is due to specific compounds (gingerol and zingerone) that stop the multiplication of viruses and prevent them from entering the host cells.

How to use: Boil pieces of ginger root in boiling water, cool and drink. Add lemon and honey if desired. You can eat ginger daily, but not more than 10 g per day.

4. Dandelion

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Dandelion has many medicinal properties, including antiviral effects. It has been experimentally confirmed that its extract fights hepatitis B, HIV and influenza. In addition, phytocompounds in dandelion leaves, roots and flowers stop the multiplication of the mosquito-borne dengue virus that causes fever.

How to use: Pour a glass of boiling water over a teaspoon of ground plant roots, cool and drink once a day. You can add flowers and petals, but the latter are slightly bitter. Not recommended for those suffering from gastritis.

5. Echinacea

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Echinacea purpurea has traditionally been used by the indigenous people of North America to treat wounds and infectious diseases. The plant is effective in combating herpes and influenza, and it also has an immunostimulating effect.

How to use: Pour a teaspoon of dried echinacea (roots, leaves, stems and flowers) with a glass of boiling water and leave for 20 minutes on a steam bath. Drink before meals, but not more than two glasses a day.

6. Lemon balm (Melissa)

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Melissa is mainly drink to calm the nerves, as it improves mood. However, its extract is also a source of essential oils and plant compounds that counteract avian influenza, herpes, enterovirus and even HIV.

How to use: Pour boiling water over one teaspoon of chopped fresh leaves, leave for half an hour. Drink no more than three times a day. Avoid for people with duodenal or stomach ulcers.

7. Oregano

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Oregano contains carvacrol, a substance with antiviral properties. One study found that oil from this plant reduced the activity of norovirus. Oregano has also been found to be effective against herpes simplex virus, rotavirus that causes diarrhea, and respiratory syncytial virus. It also helps with stomach ulcers.

How to use: Pour a tablespoon of chopped herbs with a glass of boiled water and heat in a steam bath for 15 minutes, then leave for half an hour. Strain the broth and take a third of a glass before meals three times a day. Not recommended for pregnant women.

8. Sage

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Sage leaves and stems contain a substance called safficinolide. It has been experimentally proven to be effective against herpes simplex virus type 1 and even human immunodeficiency virus, as well as vesiculovirus. Sage helps with disorders of digestion and blood circulation, bronchitis, cough, asthma and angina pectoris, inflammation of the mouth and throat.

How to use: Pour a teaspoon of ground sage leaves with a glass of boiling water, leave for 15 minutes and drink once a day. Not recommended for pregnant and lactating women.

9. Ginseng

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Ginseng is popular in Chinese medicine, where it is treated for diseases of the circulatory system and brain. It is also successfully used in the fight against viruses. In studies, the extract of Korean red ginseng effectively affected the human respiratory syncytial virus, herpes viruses and hepatitis A. And the ginsenoside compounds contained in the plant fight against hepatitis B, norovirus and Coxsackie virus, which causes meningoencephalitis.

How to use: Ginseng itself tastes specific, so it is better to drink it with black tea in a ratio of 1: 10. Pour the ground root and tea leaves with hot water, but not boiling water, leave for half an hour. Take one tablespoon before meals three times a day, but not more than 30 days in a row. Then take a month break.

10. Rosemary

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Rosemary owes its medicinal properties to the ursolic and oleanolic acids contained in it. They help against herpes, HIV and influenza viruses. Rosemary extract has also been shown to be effective against the hepatitis A virus that damages the liver.

How to use: Take a teaspoon each of chopped rosemary and black tea leaves, mix, pour a liter of hot water and leave for half an hour. Take no more than 1-2 glasses a day.

* This is an informational website. We encourage you to consult your doctor before taking any action. Only a doctor can know what is indicated and contraindicated for your body.