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In the quest for natural ways to support the immune system and combat viral infections, the use of antiviral herbs has gained considerable attention. These botanical powerhouses not only offer a burst of flavor to culinary creations but also harbor potent compounds that exhibit antiviral properties. They inhibit the ability to treat and prevent viral respiratory infections (VRI). These herbs have immune-stimulating and inflammation-modulating effects, which means that they can help prevent immune overreaction (“cytokine storm”) to VRI. Furthermore, they are also helping the immune system cope better with infections. 

Antiviral herbs offer a remedy straight from nature

The herbs down below have all been used since ancient times and used as natural remedy to various diseases, including viral infections! This is because all of them contain a wide range of active phytochemicals, including flavonoids, terpenoids, limonoids, lignans, and more. All of these substances have shown to have therapeutic applications against various functionally and genetically diverse viruses.

6 Antiviral Herbs to Boost Your Health

1. Echinacea (Echinacea purpurea)

– Boosts the immune system’s ability to fend off infections.
– Contains compounds that inhibit viral replication.
– Reduces the severity and duration of colds and respiratory infections.

How to Use:

– Brew echinacea tea.
– Take echinacea supplements as directed.

2. Garlic (Allium sativum)

– Exhibits broad-spectrum antiviral properties.
– Contains allicin, a potent compound with antimicrobial effects.
– Supports immune function and may reduce the risk of viral infections.

How to Use:

– Consume raw garlic in salads or dressings.
– Add crushed garlic to soups, stews, and other dishes.

3. Oregano (Origanum vulgare)

– Rich in carvacrol, a compound with antiviral and antimicrobial properties.
– Supports respiratory health and combats viral infections.
– May aid in the prevention and management of respiratory viruses.

How to Use:

– Use oregano oil (under professional guidance).
– Incorporate fresh or dried oregano into cooking.

4. Ginger (Zingiber officinale)

– Exhibits antiviral and anti-inflammatory effects.
– Supports immune function and reduces symptoms of respiratory infections.
– Contains gingerol, a bioactive compound with antimicrobial properties.

How to Use:

– Brew ginger tea.
– Add fresh or ground ginger to meals and smoothies.

5. Licorice Root (Glycyrrhiza glabra)

– Demonstrates antiviral effects against respiratory viruses.
– Supports immune function and may reduce viral replication.
– Contains glycyrrhizin, which has shown activity against certain viruses.

How to Use:

– Consume deglycyrrhizinated licorice (DGL) supplements.
– Brew licorice root tea.

6. Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis)

– Contains rosmarinic acid, exhibiting antiviral and antioxidant properties.
– May reduce the replication of certain viruses, including herpes simplex.
– Supports immune function and overall well-being.

How to Use:

– Brew lemon balm tea.
– Use fresh leaves in salads or infuse in water.


As nature’s potent defenders, these antiviral herbs offer a holistic approach to fortifying your health and supporting the immune system. Whether incorporated into culinary creations or consumed as herbal supplements, the antiviral benefits of these herbs make them valuable additions to your wellness toolkit. Before making significant changes to your diet or incorporating herbal supplements, it’s advisable to consult with healthcare professionals, especially for individuals with underlying health conditions or those taking medications.


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Dr. Disha Trivedi

Dr. Disha Trivedi is PhD in Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology. She is working as a medical writer and researcher at MVS Pharma GmbH.

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