During this serious time, it is important that we protect ourselves and our families. So far, the report shows that at least 800 people have been in contact with the coronavirus in the United States. There are many people are in a frenzy purchasing toxic products such as bleach, Lysol, Pinesol, and other harmful products to disinfect their homes that will lower their immune system which will help the virus to attack their bodies. Did you know that some plants have antiviral properties? Using plants as medicine is the holistic approach to healing the body. Not only will you be able to save more money but, you will also be able to use some of the plants as food and some of the plants to make your own disinfectants. Below is a list of herbs that will help you attack this virus if needed and protect you from the coronavirus.
Best American Herbs to Use for Immune Support:
Rosemary is great to use for protection against herpes viruses, HIV, influenza, and hepatitis in animal and test-tube studies. It is also part of the mint family and most relatives of the mint family has powerful antiviral properties. Use in food or drinks for best results.
Garlic water is sipped on by many elders in the South. As a food it makes very flavorful dishes. This plant is great at fighting bacteria, virus, and parasites. People also use garlic to keep the common cold away and to help prevent the flu. It is antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal.
Pennyroyal is part of the mint family and smells like it. It has antiviral, anti-fungal, antimicrobial, antibiotic, and anti-inflammatory properties. The traditional uses of pennyroyal include regulating menstrual periods, inducing abortion, controlling muscle spasms, inducing sweating, and increasing urine production.
Eucalyptus is a widely known antiviral plant. It has a very medicinal smell. It opens nasal passages almost immediately when used as an infused oil or face steam. This herb has been used for centuries to aid in relaxation and reduce pain.
Calendula, according to pharmacological studies do, in fact, has antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor and antioxidant properties. Use this edible, blooming herb for a number of ailments. You can also add it into your bath water to receive it’s benefits. If you find fresh calendula try making a salad with it, yum!
Use clove to strengthen the immune system. This is especially in people with diabetes, fight infection, remove toxins from the blood, and kill the common cold and its symptoms. This is an awesome plant to have. You can create your own oil from dried cloves or consume twice as much as the powder.
Sandalwood is antiseptic and has anti-inflammatory properties. Use it to help with urinary tract infection, the common cold, mental disorders, hemorrhoids, liver and gallbladder issues, fever, bronchitis, and a number of other ailments. Sandalwood herb and oil are edible. To make sandalwood oil put sandalwood into a jar halfway and then fill the rest of the jar with olive oil. Let set for about 1 week. You’ll be able to ingest the oil, use it on the skin/hair, clean with it, or cook with it.
Dandelion Root is fantastic as a daily tonic. A tonic is a liquid natural Herbalists today believe that it can aid in the treatment of many ailments, including acne, eczema, high cholesterol, heartburn, gastrointestinal disorders, diabetes, and even cancer.
Oregano is one of the most used herb known for its medicinal qualities. Its plant compounds, which include carvacrol, offer antiviral properties. During some studies, it has shown to help respiratory infections. It is most effective as an oil.
Ginseng is an energizing plant traditionally used to keep cold and flu symptoms away. Drinking this powerful plant can work wonders for your body.
Lemongrass has been used for a very long time and is one of the oldest herbs available for all sorts of ailments. Drinking lemongrass tea and eating it in a salad or smoothie can help with bloating. It works wonders relieving gases and colic caused due to gastric disturbances and helps in the detoxification of the liver, kidney, urinary bladder and digestive system. It increase milk production which is a must at a time like this. People sometimes us it to help with malaria, pain in muscles and joints, and food poisoning.
Red Thyme is great to use to boost your immunity and to disinfect your home. It is great at lowering your blood pressure. Often times stress causes blood pressure to increase which is not good. One study found that thyme oil was effective in treating bacterial infections, especially staphylococcus strains and treatment-resistant strains like methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA).
Ginger fights and prevent infection. When used fresh, ginger has shown to help prevent viral infections by increasing the body’s temperature. It also works for you by flushing out toxins from your body. It is antiviral and antibacterial and can be chewed on or ingested.
Sage is antiviral. You can also mixed sage with apple cider vinegar, lemon, and water to clean your home. This will make a great natural cleaning spray that you can actually inhale. Chew or ingest.
Lavender is analgesic, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, anxiolytic, antispasmodic, carminative, antifungal, antiseptic, circulatory, expectorant, cicatrisant, diuretic, emmenagogue, nervine, sedative, and uplifting. It is not necessarily antiviral, however. it is an all around good herb to have areound and it helps the respiratory system.
Cinnamon leaf and sticks are antibacterial and antiviral. Legend has it that during the 1918 influenza outbreak, workers at cinnamon factories seemed immune to the Spanish flu which decimated the population. Studies have found that cinnamon was effective in deactivating viruses in select organisms.
Ingredients: lavender, safflower, lemongrass, and pennyroyal
1. Combine all herbs along with a small amount of coconut oil
2. Place poultice mix on problem area
3. Place cotton clothe onto mix and wrap to hold into place
1. In a glass jar, fill dried dandelion root half-way
2. Pour vodka inside jar
3. Close jar tightly