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Antiviral Plants that are Easy to Find at Home

According to healthline - For some people, herbal plants are effective for treating various diseases, including diseases caused by viruses. This is because some herbal plants have antiviral effects. Herbal plants are generally processed into herbal medicine or even traditional medicine with recipes from generations. Curious what types of antiviral herbal plants are? Find out the answer below.

What are antiviral plants?

Virus-killing herbal plants may have been used since ancient times before the development of modern medicine as it is today. This is because these plants are believed to contain antiviral compounds that can ward off disease-causing viruses.

However, you need to understand that the virus-killing herbs below still require further research to confirm their efficacy.

1. Garlic

This kitchen spice is well known for its various health benefits. One of them is being a virus-killing herbal plant. Garlic can eradicate viruses that cause colds, influenza, and Human Papilloma Virus (HPV).

Garlic can also boost the immune system by stimulating the body's protective cells. However, studies are still needed to confirm garlic's virus-killing potential.

2. Ginger

Besides garlic, ginger is another spice that is often used in Indonesia. Not only is it believed to treat colds, ginger can also have antiviral effects that have the potential to treat several diseases, such as flu and so on.

3. Turmeric

Make no mistake, turmeric not only provides colour and serves as a spice in cooking, but can also be a virus-killing herbal plant. This is because turmeric has high antiviral and antioxidant compounds.

4. Ginseng

Ginseng is commonly used as a traditional Chinese medicine and has great potential to eradicate viruses. Korean red ginseng extract is believed to be able to treat hepatitis A and herpes.

5. Peppermint

The cold sensations of peppermint are not only refreshing, but can help the body in fighting the virus. A study published in the journal Food Science and Biotechnology that peppermint plants have antiviral and anti-inflammatory effects of menthol and rosmarinic acid.


Grapefruit or fenugreek can add a spicy taste to a dish and have antiviral compounds that potentially overcome herpes disease, relieve inflammation, and increase the body’s resistance.

7. Randa Task

The dandelion flower is often considered a wild plant, while the randa site contains antiviral compounds that have the potential to treat influenza, HIV, hepatitis B, and bloody fever.

8. The Olive Tree

Not only are the fruits nutritious, the leaves of the olive tree have antiviral compounds that can destroy the virus and inhibit the development of the virus in the body.

9. Basil

Another rare known virus killer herb is basil. Basil is often used as a spice for Asian food, such as in Thailand.

The antiviral compounds ursolic acid and apigenin in it potentially overcome enterovirus, hepatitis B, and herpes.

10. Oregano

For lovers of Italian cuisine, you’re definitely familiar with the oregano sowed in the pizza. According to research in the Journal of Applied Microbiology, oregano is one of the virus-killing herbs because it contains antiviral compounds carvacrol.

11. Rosemary

You may often see rosemary in fried chicken dishes. In fact, rosemary contains oleanolic acid that potentially overcomes hepatitis, flu, herpes, and HIV in animals.

12. Licorice

Licorice is often found in traditional Chinese cough medicine and has the content of antiviral compounds liquiritigenin, glabridin, and glycyrrhizin. The roots of the licorice medicinal plant potentially overcome viral infections in the respiratory tract, HIV, and herpes.

13. Astragalus

Astragalus is one of the virus killer herbs from China that has antiviral compounds as well as a role in boosting the immune system and protecting astrocyte cells in the body.

14. Elderberry

Elderberry or sambucus is one of the medicinal plants that are often made in the form of supplements. These virus killer herbs are often used to deal with colds and flu.

15. Echinacea

In addition to elderberry, another virus killer herb that is often used as a health supplement raw material is echinacea. This medicinal plant has antiviral compounds that are effective in dealing with influenza and herpes.

16. Sage

You may rarely hear of the sage plant which is a typical Western spice. Nevertheless, this herbal plant has long been used for traditional medicine for viral infections.

The antiviral content in this virus killer herbal plant is located on the leaves and stems.

17. Lemon Balm

Lemon balm is an anti-viral plant that is often used as tea or spice.

According to one study, lemon balm extract contains essential oils and plant compounds that have antiviral properties.

The tubal research also showed that lemon balm extract has antiviral effects against avian influenza, herpes virus, HIV-1, up to enterovirus 71.

You can mix the above virus killer herbs into your daily meals or drink them in the form of decoctions. You can also get it in supplement form at the pharmacy.

Keep in mind that viral infections can be cured due to increased body defenses, so immune cells can fight the virus that attacks. Therefore, supply your body with nutritious food and rest enough when sick.

In addition, do not consume the above herbal plants excessively and always find out the side effects of the virus-killing herbs that will be consumed. Do not take it if you are allergic to the medicinal plant.

Although the above herbs have antiviral content that can destroy the virus, more research is needed to prove its effectiveness.

The herb killer virus can not replace the medication of the doctor. Keep taking the medication according to the instructions of your doctor and consult him if you have certain health problems.

If you want to use the above virus killer herb as an additional treatment, discuss it with your doctor before using it.

Content created and supplied by: Sportyblitz (via Opera News )


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