Herbs are loaded with many potent plant compounds that are backed by science to be effective against various illnesses, including viral infections.
In this article, in line with reports gathered from Healthline, we shall be looking at 5 common herbs you probably didn’t know can fight viruses and boost the immune system.
This is one of the common herbs that has shown strong antiviral properties against Herpes viruses and Parainfluenza type-3. Its essential oil contains a compound called trans-anethole, which fights these viruses in your body.
Further, studies also found that fennel can boost your immune system and help your body fight infections.
This is another potent herb that can fight viruses in the body.
Animal and test-tube studies have shown that garlic may have antiviral effects on Influenza A and B, HSV, viral pneumonia and warts caused by Human Papillomavirus.
The leaves and essential oils of peppermint active compounds such as rosmarinic acid and menthol are known to have a strong antiviral effect on many viruses such as the Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV).
This is a common herb used in cooking. It contains many potent compounds, such as oleanolic acid. This compound has been found to have an antiviral effect on Herpes viruses, Influenza virus and Hepatitis A in animal models.
Ginger has a high concentration of potent plant compounds such as gingerols and zingerone and has been found that it may help in fighting viruses such as Influenza in the body as well as prevent them from entering host cells.
Herbs have been used as natural remedies since ancient times and are backed by many scientific pieces of research. You can add more of these herbs to your cooking and teas.
Note: These herbs may not provide a total cure, but can prevent these viruses from entering your cells and boost your immune system to fight them off.