A virus is a small infectious agent that can only replicate inside the living cells of other organisms. The scary thing about contracting a virus is that not all antibiotics do not work, and those who work will develop resistance soon. Vaccines are also unpredictable, and viruses, including those that cause AIDS and viral hepatitis, evade these vaccine-induced immune responses and result in chronic infections. The interesting (and good) thing is that certain herbs do have antiviral herbs action, and many of these are widely available. Here are some of them.


Garlic is found to be effective against a number of viral infections including the common and the rarest ones! Garlic is best used in oil form to treat infections. To make garlic oil at home, crush garlic using mortar pestle and add them to carrier oil (like olive oil). Let the mixture sit for about five hours, and then strain the bits of garlic and keep the oil in a jar with a lid. You can also swallow a raw clove of garlic; you might need to cut it in half if it’s too large. Bite down once to release the allicin; then swallow with water like a pill.


Reishi mushroom is used in remedies for viral infections, with its botanical name being ganoderma lucidum. This herb may be recommended for a number of health issues apart from viral infections, but its action as an anti-viral herb is well known. It is particularly recommended to help to heal viral hepatitis and asthma.


This in one of those herbs which work to inhibit viral reproduction and thus prevent the spread of the virus. Lemon balm has proved to be very effective for the treatment of herpes simplex, a virus responsible for oral (cold sores) and genital herpes.


Because ginger is so effective at warming the body, it can help break down the accumulation of toxins in your organs. It’s also known to cleanse the lymphatic system, our body’s sewage system. Ginger prevents the accumulation of toxins that make you susceptible to viral, fungal and bacterial infections.


This herb has an amazing number of powerful properties and its antiviral action is very helpful to assist you to get over colds and flu. It is a powerful anti-oxidant and has anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antiviral, antibacterial and antimicrobial properties.


Oregano oil benefits are proving to be superior to some antibiotics, without the harmful side effects. That’s because oregano contains two powerful compounds, carvacrol and thymol, that have powerful antibacterial and antifungal properties. It’s the carvacrol that reverses viral infections, as well as allergies, tumors, parasites and disease-causing inflammation.


Elderberry extract is made from one of the excellent antioxidant herbs that will also help to stimulate the function of the immune system. This is one of the antiviral herbs that is of benefit to aid the symptoms of colds and flu such as bronchitis and sinusitis, and may help to relieve sinus headache symptoms.