Since ancient times, plants have been commonly used for various reasons. Indian Ayurveda remedies are based on all plants and herbs. The tendency to fall ill is very high, especially during weather changes. This is the time when most people fall prey to viral infections.
Here is a list of some useful herbs and plants that can help keep many viral infections away:
Indian basil or basil
It is very common for every Indian to have a basil plant. Holy Basil is effective in increasing immunity among people. Regular intake of Tulsi herbal tea, raw basil leaves dipped in honey, or steaming Tulsi water will help you fight viral infections.
Garlic is a wonderful herb that people use a lot in recipes. If you can eat one or two cloves of garlic in the morning, it will protect your body from various viral infections. It can cure pneumonia, rhinovirus and influenza.
This aromatic herb can fight the human immunodeficiency virus type-1 that causes AIDS. Antiviral properties are found in sage leaves and stems.
This plant has many medicinal values. The root extract of this plant is effective in replenishing respiratory fusion-related coronaviruses (SARS-CoV) that suffer from severe types of pneumonia. Licorice tea helps to cure sore throat.
Make a tea, raw it, or ginger lozenges – it is effective in every way. The compound present in ginger prevents the virus from entering host cells.
This plant has amazing antiviral properties. It can fight hepatitis B, influenza and even dengue.
We usually use this plant in cooking. The compound oleanolic acid helps in combating herpes, hepatitis A and influenza.
It is a type of plant that people commonly use in tea and seasonings. Research says that it helps fight bird flu, HIV-1 and herpes virus.
Usually added to tea, extracts and tinctures, peppermint helps to relieve viral infections. The leaves and essential oil contain rosemaryan acid and menthol which have antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties.
According to research, fennel helps reduce inflammation which cures viral infections. The taste is sweet and has antiviral effect against herpes virus and parainfluenza type 3.