When our immune system is weak, we become vulnerable to colds, flu and other viral infections. Viruses are small particles of nucleic acids that invade the living cells and thus they multiply.
Antiviral tea – Recipe
There are numerous natural alternatives for antibiotics and synthetic antiviral medicines. The foods and plants with antiviral properties can kill viruses, speed up the healing process and boost the immune system.
– 1 tea bag of echinacea
– 4 cups of water
– 1 sprig of rosemary
– 2 tablespoons of honey
– 3 teaspoons of elderberry syrup
– 2 – 3 drops of wild oregano oil (or 2 crushed garlic cloves)
Let the water boil and when it reaches the boiling point, add the plants. Turn off the heat, let it infuse for 2 – 3 minutes, then strain it. After it has cooled a little bit, you can add the oregano oil or the garlic, the elderberry syrup and the honey. Drink this tea throughout the day until the cold or flu symptoms disappear.
Elderberries have remarkable antiviral properties. In one study, over 90% of the 15 patients treated with elderberry extract (60 ml per day for adults and 30 ml per day for children) have shown a significant reduction in cold and flu symptoms after just 2 days. They were completely recovered after 3 days. Another independent study demonstrated that the elderberry extract had reduced the duration of a cold with 4 days. Elderberry also contains numerous antioxidants that protect the cells from the damaging free radicals. The antiviral activity of the elderberries has proven to be extremely efficient when dealing with the herpes virus and other drug-resistant viruses.
Echinacea boosts the immune system and has a direct action over the viruses. The products made of the flowers and leaves of this plant have proven to be efficient in reducing the severity and duration of the cold symptoms, respiratory infections or viral bronchitis.
About the wild oregano oil, the researchers have mentioned that it can kill any virus, bacterium or fungus. It can be more difficult to find and it’s also quite expensive. If you don’t have oregano oil, you can use garlic. In the lab studies, the garlic has demonstrated strong anti-fungal and antiviral properties.
Other plants that have antiviral properties are: St John’s Wort, ginger, Matthew claw, lemon balm, licorice root, mullein and bilberries.