Since ancient times, plants have been commonly used for various reasons. Indian Ayurveda remedies are all based on plants and herbs. The propensity of falling sick especially during the season change is very high. 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 Tulsi
It is very common for every Indian home to have a Tulsi plant. Holy basil is effective in increasing immunity among people. The regular intake of Tulsi herbal tea, having raw Tulsi leaves dipped in honey, or inhaling the vapour of Tulsi water will help you fight against viral infections.
Garlic is a wonder herb people use profusely in dishes. If you can eat a couple of garlic cloves right in the morning, it will safeguard your body against various viral infections. It can cure pneumonia, rhinovirus, and influenza.
This aromatic herb may fight human immunodeficiency virus type-1 that causes AIDS. The antiviral property is found in the leaves and stems of sage.
This plant has a lot of medicinal values. The root extract of this plant is effective in healing respiratory syndrome-related coronavirus (SARS-CoV) that triggers a serious type of pneumonia. The licorice tea helps in healing a sore throat.
Make a tea, have it raw, or have the ginger lozenges- it is effective in every way. The compounds present in ginger prevents viruses from entering the host cells.
This plant has wonderful antiviral properties. It may fight hepatitis B, influenza, and even dengue.
We commonly use this plant in cooking. The compound Oleanolic acid helps in combating herpes, hepatitis A, and influenza.
It is a lemony plant people commonly use in teas and seasonings. Research says it helps to fight bird flu, HIV-1, and herpes viruses.
Commonly added to teas, extracts, and tinctures, peppermint helps in relieving viral infections. The leaves and essential oil carry rosemarinic acid and menthol that have antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties.
As per research, fennel helps in reducing inflammation that in turn cures viral infections. The taste is sweet and it has antiviral effects against herpes virus and parainfluenza type 3.