Anti viral and Antifungal herbs

The weather nowadays is displaying an erratic behaviour, somedays we have extreme hot, shower, and storms. These erratic weather conditions are hotbed for different viral and bacterial infections. For bacterial infections one can still take antibiotics, but for viral infections one can do nothing but wait.

In south of India the spread of Nipah virus too has been cause of concern for many.

In this post we will tell you about some common herbs that you can use at home and protect yourself from different infections
 

Oregano (अजवायन की पत्ती)
They are an effective antiviral herb. It has been used for hundreds of years to fight infections allover the world. It has antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, and antiparasitic properties. It contains high amounts of monoterpenoidic phenols (about 90% thymol and carvacrol)  this helps in the reduction of the biofilm formation and growth of foodborne pathogens and even spoilage microorganisms, thus making it a ideal natural choice for food preservation.  To get its benefit you can take in:

  • Herbal Tea: In a cup take few tsp (1-2) fresh or dried Oregano, fill it with boiling water. And leave it to steep. The duration of steep (5-10 min) depends on how strong you want your tea.
  • Oregano Oil: You can also use oregano oil. The oil can be added on salads, soups and stews.

The conventional way of using it  as seasoning will offer some health benefits but will not provide the concentrated amounts of antiviral essential oils needed to combat a viral illness.

Chamomile (बाबूने का फल )

There are two types of Chamomile: German and Roman chamomile. German Chamomile has many medicinal benefits. It has been used medicinally to treat sore stomach, irritable bowel syndrome, and as a gentle sleep aid. It is also used as a mild laxative and is anti-inflammatory and bactericidal.
It has antispasmodic, anxiolytic, anti-inflammatory and some antimutagenic and cholesterol-lowering effect. Chamomile can also speed up healing time of wounds. It has also shown some benefit in the animal model of diabetes. It demonstrates moderate antimicrobial and antioxidant properties and significant antiplatelet activity, as well as preliminary results against cancer.  Essential oil of chamomile was shown to be a promising antiviral agent against herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2).

You can take it as chamomile tea regularly ( up to TWO times per day) or as essential oil.

Rosemary (गुल मेंहदी)

Rosemary contains powerful antioxidants which are crucial for preventing cancer, heart disease & premature aging. It also contains essential oils such as cineol, camphene, borneol, bornyl acetate, α-pinene etc. These compounds are known to have rubefacient (counter irritant), anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic, anti-fungal and anti-septic properties.

Large quantities should not be consumed internally, as it can have a toxic effect.

Like Oregano and Chamomile, rosemary too should be taken as tera or essential oil for obtaining health benefits. 

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