Cold and flu season is upon us! It is bad enough warding off these nasties with a healthy immune system, but add chemotherapy into the mix and staying healthy becomes a major project. Check out these five anti-viral herbs that can boost your immune system naturally and help prevent bacterial, viral and fungal infections.
Echinacea contains a compound called echinacein that keeps bacteria and viruses from penetrating healthy cells. Regular use of echinacea supports a healthy immune system and overall health. Evidence suggests that the phytochemicals in echinacea have the ability to reduce viral infections and tumors. Other health benefits of echinacea include: improving mental health, treating upper respiratory issues, improving skin problems, reducing inflammation and alleviating pain.
Specific chemical compounds found in garlic are highly effective at killing microorganisms responsible for infections such as pneumonia and thrush. Garlic also has great antiviral properties and can be used as a natural ear infection remedy. Other health benefits of garlic (raw) include reducing the risk of cancer, boosting cardiovascular health and helping to control hypertension.
Cat’s claw is a powerful anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and anti fungal herb. It has been used for centuries to treat digestive conditions, fevers, ulcer symptoms and as a natural arthritis remedy. The best way to consume cat’s claw is in a prepared herbal tea or by combining 1 tbs of the herb with 8 ounces of water.
Ginger has been utilized in Ayurvedic medicine for centuries for its ability to boost the immune system. It can help cleanse the lymphatic system and prevent the accumulation of toxins in your body that can make you more open to viral, bacterial and fungal infections. Other benefits include anti-inflammatory properties, a natural remedy for nausea, anti pain properties and can help to lower blood sugar.
Oregano oil is a powerhouse of antibacterial and anti fungal properties thanks to two compounds, carvacrol and thymol. Carvacrol has proven to reverse viral infections, allergies, tumors and disease causing inflammation. Oregano oil is proving to be superior to some antibiotics. It takes over 1,000 pounds of oregano to produce just 1 pound of oregano oil.
You can reap the benefits of these anti viral herbs by having them as tea, diffusing them, cooking with them or rubbing the oils directly onto your skin.