Astragalus Root (Astragalus membranaceus): Astragalus is one of the antiviral herbs that works by boosting the immune system. Taken internally, either as a capsule, tincture, or by adding it to soup. It is known to increase your body's defense against viruses. It is best used as prevention, so taking it during flu season or before going places with large crowds of people. Avoid if you already have a fever.
Cat's Claw (Uncaria tomentosa): In addition to being an antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral herb, Cat's Claw is also known for boosting the immune system and increasing your body's protection against illness. It can be taken as a tea, tincture, or capsule. Do not use during pregnancy.
Cranberry (Vaccinium macrocarpon): Cranberry is a potent defense against urinary tract infections due to its ability to make the bladder lining too "slippery" to adhere to. Full of antioxidants, cranberry also has antiviral properties and prevents plaque formation on teeth. It can be taken in a capsule or as a juice (make sure it is unsweetened).
Elderberry (Sambucus nigra): Elderberry is used as a remedy for viral infections like the flu and common cold. It stimulates circulation, causing sweating, effectively cleansing the body. Elderberry syrup is the common delivery method and 1 - 3 tablespoons can be taken per day during infection. Leaves, roots, seeds, and berries of the raw plant contain cyanide-producing compounds and should not be consumed without cooking properly.
Ginger (Zingiber officinale): Ginger is another herb known for its antiviral and antibacterial properties. It is used to prevent and decrease the duration of the common cold. It can be taken as a tea, in capsule form, or added to meals.
Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis): An important volatile oil found in Lemon Balm contains antiviral properties. Lemon Balm leaf makes a tasty tea that can also relieve an upset stomach and promote calm. May be unsafe to consume during pregnancy.
Licorice Root (Glycyrrhiza glabra): Licorice is antiviral and antibacterial. It is commonly used for gastric ulcers as it kills H. pylori (causes ulcers) without upsetting the stomach. Steep these antiviral herbs as a tea and drink by itself or blended with other herbal teas. Avoid during pregnancy.
Mullein (Verbascum Thapsus): Mullein-infused oil is a great remedy for ear problems, including ear infections, especially when combined with garlic. Use the Mullein flowers to create an infused oil.
Olive Leaf (Olea europaea): As an antiviral herb; Olive Leaf is used to treat the flu, common cold, and herpes. It can be taken as a tincture, capsule, or tea mixed with mint. Avoid during pregnancy.
Oregano (Origanum vulgare): In addition to adding great flavor to food, Oregano also fights viruses and bacteria. It is one of the best antiviral herbs available. During an infection, Oregano essential oil can be taken in a capsule to speed healing. If using Oregano essential oil topically, use a carrier oil to prevent irritation.