Natural health: how to optimize your protection against the corona virus?
Faced with the increasingly widespread fears of the 2019 coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19), you are probably asking yourself, what concrete steps could you take right now to prevent infection?
Infections abound. How could we avoid them or shorten their duration?
Strengthening the immune system is one of the best things we can do:
- Respect confinement;
- Get plenty of rest;
- Eat balanced meals;
- Do a lot of exercises;
- Wash your hands often;
- Get some fresh air.
These are just some of the tips we should follow to keep our bodies healthy and protect our families.
Read our handy guide to foods and herbal remedies to help boost your immune system. You will thus optimize your protection against the 2019 coronavirus (COVID-19).
Finally, you can try all of the homemade antiviral oil and drink recipes below to help your immune system be healthy and strong.
What are antiviral plants?
Antiviral herbs have the ability to fight viral infections by inhibiting the development of viruses, boost your immune system, and work as natural remedies for the flu. In addition, these have many other health benefits such as cardiovascular, digestive and anti-inflammatory support.
There are a multitude of antiviral herbs available to strengthen your immune system which will allow your body to attack viral pathogens. We will present to you below the 7 most powerful antiviral plants that will help you prevent coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) infection.
The 7 best antiviral plants:
A bittersweet solution or how to explore natural remedies from the past?
The annual mugwort (artemisia annua) commonly called sweet wormwood, is a plant native to Asian lands. However, due to its healing benefits, it is now cultivated around the world.
Antiviral herbal medicines have been used in many historic epidemics, for example the two previous coronavirus outbreaks (SARS-CoV in 2013 and MERS-CoV in 2012), seasonal epidemics caused by influenza viruses and the virus of dengue. Annual mugwort (Artemisia annua) extracts have shown anti-SARS effects (1).
Chloroquine phosphate belongs to a class of drugs called an antimalarial. This antimalarial also has broad spectrum antiviral activity as well as regulatory effects on the immune system.
Clinical evaluation of chloroquine phosphate in more than ten hospitals in several provinces of China has shown that it alleviates symptoms in most patients and accelerates viral seroconversion.
However, more research is needed to confirm this theory.
Artemisinin is an extract isolated from the annual mugwort plant (artemisia annua). Recent experiments have shown that artemisinin is the most powerful antimalarial on the market (2).
The current edition of the Pharmacopoeia of the People's Republic of China documents the therapeutic use of annual mugwort (artemisia annua) for the treatment of fever and malaria. The herb is prepared with hot water according to traditional Chinese medicine.
Echinacea is one of the strongest natural antivirals against human viruses. This is why, it has become one of the best-selling medicinal plants of all time.
Many studies have shown that the phytochemicals in echinacea have the ability to reduce viral infections and tumors.
Echinacea contains a compound called echinacein which blocks bacteria and viruses from entering healthy cells. This greatly reduces the chances of getting any kind of infection while consuming Echinacea. Regular use of this herb is therefore particularly beneficial for supporting the immune system and overall health.
Some other benefits of echinacea include its ability to relieve pain, reduce inflammation, improve skin problems, treat upper respiratory issues, and improve mental health.
Astragalus root is our third favorite antiviral herb. It has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries and its main use is to strengthen the immune system. Scientists have shown that astragalus has antiviral properties and boosts the immune system, suggesting that it may help with colds or the flu.
It is one of the most effective remedies for HSV. A 2004 study evaluated the effects of astragalus on herpes simplex type 1 virus and found that astragalus root had obvious inhibitory efficacy.
Not only does astragalus root work as a natural treatment for viral infections, it also has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Additionally, it is used on the skin for wound care. Finally, it is one of the adaptogenic plants to reduce cortisol.
Another herbal compound recruited to control COVID-19 is diammonium glycyrrhizinate, an extract from licorice root.
Professor Hong Ding from Wuhan University has proposed a combination of diammonium glycyrrhizinate and vitamin C as COVID-19 therapy.
This approach has become popular thanks to social media and reporting in publications such as the Health Times (Jiankang Shibao). It has not been officially recommended, but clinical trials have recently been approved (3).
Licorice root is a major player in research into the treatment and prevention of diseases such as hepatitis C, HIV and influenza.
Indeed, its triterpenoids content has been confirmed as an antiviral, making licorice root a strong ally of the immune system.
A study published in Food Chemistry described licorice as having "antioxidant, anti-free radical, immunostimulatory" properties.
Also, licorice root is an excellent purifier of the respiratory system and is particularly recommended for treating respiratory problems.
Regular intake of licorice root can help the body to produce healthy mucus. The increased production of phlegm may seem counter to the intuition of a healthy bronchial system. However, the reverse is true. Producing clean, healthy phlegm allows the respiratory system to function without the old, sticky mucus clogging it.
Cat's claw is a medicinal plant that grows in the Amazon rainforest and other tropical regions of Central America. The use of this plant dates back to the Inca civilization.
Cat's Claw bark and root have been used for centuries in South America as a traditional medicine for many ailments, such as fever, stomach ulcers, digestive disorders, irritable bowel syndrome, colitis , leaky bowel syndrome, dysentery, cancer and infections.
Cat's claw also has strong antiviral properties. It supports your immune system which helps fight infections more effectively.
According to US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health, a small study of 27 men found that consuming 700 mg of cat's claw extract for 2 months increased their white blood cell count involved in fighting infections.
Another small study of four men who received cat's claw extract for six weeks noted the same results.
Its anti-inflammatory properties could be responsible for its immune benefits.
This powerful plant is also antibacterial and antifungal.
Black cumin oil
Traditionally used in the Middle East and Southeast Asia, black cumin dates back to ancient Egypt and was found in the tomb of King Tutankhamun.
The use of black cumin (Nigella sativa), also known as Nigella, dates back 5000 years as a medicinal mainstay. Today, more than 200 scientific studies reveal its therapeutic uses.
Its oil is a powerful antiviral and antibacterial remedy. It could be useful for viral diseases as serious as HIV.
For the anecdote, it is said that: “black cumin heals everything except death! ".
A lot of research shows that this versatile oil strengthens the immune system, promotes blood sugar levels and has anticancer activity.
Its three ingredients the most studied for their effects are:
Crystalline Nigellone - well studied to increase immune function, especially respiratory health;
Thymoquinone - sought after for the treatment of cancer, a compound which is not yet detected in any other plant;
Beta sitosterol - highly researched for gallstones, urinary / prostate health, cancer, and cholesterol lowering.
Olive leaf has antiviral properties, which allows it to treat common and dangerous cold viruses including meningitis, pneumonia, chronic fatigue syndrome, hepatitis B, malaria, gonorrhea and tuberculosis. It also treats dental, ear, urinary tract infections and shingles.
Research has shown that olive leaves effectively fight a number of pathogens, including certain viruses that cause the flu and other respiratory infections. The powerful compounds present in olive leaves destroy invading organisms and do not allow viruses to replicate and then cause infection.
In fact, olive leaf is so beneficial to our health that treatments with olive leaf extracts reversed many changes associated with HIV-1 infection in a study at New York University School. of Medicine.
How do you use antiviral herbs to boost the immune system and fight infections?
Here are some immunity boosting DIY recipes that can help boost the immune system:
Immune drink recipe turmeric and homemade ginger
This recipe contains strong immunostimulant properties that can help you fight colds, flu and boost your energy.
1 small piece of organic fresh ginger root
1/2 teaspoon of organic apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup lukewarm water
1 teaspoon of turmeric
1 small pinch of black pepper
2-3 teaspoons of manuka or other honey
Add lukewarm water to a large glass bowl, then add honey and mix until dissolved;
Grate the ginger;
Add the grated ginger and apple cider vinegar to the glass bowl;
Squeeze the lemon juice, add the turmeric and black pepper;
Taste and add more honey if necessary
Homemade ginger tonic recipe
Ginger is one of the oldest medicinal foods on the planet. Its therapeutic properties come from gingerols. It is rich in antioxidants, various nutrients that help boost the immune system.
Ginger helps your body fight free radicals, harmful viruses, fever, sore throat, and upset stomach.
1 medium piece of peeled and grated fresh organic ginger root
1 tablespoon of organic apple cider vinegar
1 cup of hot water (not boiling)
1 half a lime (vitamin C!)
1 small pinch of cayenne pepper (increases blood circulation!)
1 teaspoon of honey (optional)
Infuse the ginger in the cup of hot water for 2 minutes;
Squeeze the juice of half a lime;
Add a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar;
Add a small pinch of cayenne pepper;
Sweeten (if necessary) with honey;
Consume one cup each morning.
Homemade garlic and honey syrup recipe
Raw garlic is a powerful immune booster and is used worldwide to cure ailments from the common cold to cancer. Its active compound called allicin has antiviral, antifungal, antibacterial and anti-carcinogenic properties.
Garlic is also an important source of antioxidants. These destroy free radicals (oxygen molecules that destroy our healthy cells) and support our immune system. It is for this reason that it is recommended for people who suffer from autoimmune diseases such as type 1 diabetes.On the other hand, honey is packed with essential vitamins, enzymes, and nutrients as well as antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties - killer ingredients for fighting flu and colds.
The combination of these two drugs can provide a powerful natural remedy to prevent infections as well as boost your immune system.
1 organic garlic clove
1/2 tablespoon of organic honey
Peel and separate a clove of garlic, then cut, mince, chop, squeeze or slice into small pieces;
Let the garlic sit for 10 to 15 minutes to allow the enzymes to activate;
Sprinkle the whole garlic clove, minced on the spoon of honey;
Consume and repeat this operation every 3 hours throughout the day.
Homemade garlic oil infusion recipe
Besides allicin, garlic is rich in vitamins A, B, C and E, antioxidants, calcium, potassium, zinc and selenium. Experiments have shown that garlic or its specific chemical compounds are very effective in killing countless microorganisms responsible for many infections such as tuberculosis, pneumonia, thrush or herpes, etc ...
Besides being one of the best antiviral herbs for herpes, garlic is also beneficial in treating eye infections. It is also commonly used as a natural remedy for ear infections.
We can add that garlic also helps reduce the risk of cancer, control hypertension, improve cardiovascular health and fight against hair loss.
5-7 cloves of organic garlic
To make your garlic oil infusion at home, crush 5 to 7 garlic cloves and add them to a carrier oil (such as olive oil). Let the mixture sit for about five hours, then strain the garlic pieces and store the oil in a glass jar with a tight-fitting lid.
Consume a teaspoon of this garlic oil 2 times a day.
This infusion can also be used as an antiviral oil for cold sores when used topically.