Viruses cause common infectious diseases like warts, cold, and flu, but also some serious conditions such as smallpox, HIV/AIDS, and hemorrhagic fevers. They invade healthy cells and use them to multiply and produce other viruses. Therefore, it’s very important to treat viruses as soon as possible, but the worrying part is that antibiotics have no effect on them.
On the other hand, some herbs possess potent antiviral properties which can fight viruses better than medication, and here we present the four best of them.
4 Herbs with Potent Antiviral Properties
1. Lemon Balm
The strong antiviral properties of this herb are well-documented, so lemon balm is used in the preparation of creams for cold sores and herpes outbreaks. It’s an easy-to-grow plant, and if not contained it can quickly take over your garden.
Prepare a tea from this plant to fight various infections like cold and flu. You can also use it topically just like creams to fight cold sores, chickenpox, shingles, and other viral lesions.
Astragalus, or huang qi in Chinese, is a herb that provides powerful immune-boosting properties. Even though it’s not well known, this herb has antiviral effects which are excellent for treating cold and flu, as well as Coxsackie B virus which can lead to heart inflammation. To make an herbal tea from astragalus, boil slices of the root or use the commercially-available tincture.
Nevertheless, this herb shows a better effect when used as a prevention rather that treatment of full-blown illnesses. Therefore, start taking this tea as soon as you notice an onset of viral illness, or when been exposed to it.
We can’t go on without including garlic with its powerful antiviral, anti-fungal, and antibacterial properties. You can take it raw, or as a supplement, even though experts recommend using the herb unaltered to reap the maximum benefits. There are many ways you can include this inexpensive herb in your daily diet. But, to use it to prevent cold and flu, you can simmer some minced garlic in chicken broth. Just make sure you don’t consume raw garlic in excessive amounts as it can cause severe nausea.
Ginger has long been known as a “warming” plant that can prevent nausea from a “cold stomach” which occurs when you drink plenty of cold water in hot weather. Besides possessing potent anti-nausea properties, this herb is an excellent anti-viral agent as well.
To sweeten the spicy and palatable ginger tea just add some honey to taste. Consume ginger tea few times a day when noticing the first signs of cold and flu, or to prevent possible viruses from developing when being exposed to them. This herb is not recommended for pregnant women.