We're taking a look at viruses on the blog today as well as some of the best natural antivirals and herbs to help you heal.
The common cold is one of those annoying ailments that can't really be treated. It's a case of letting it run its course. Same goes for flus, some sore throats and some coughs. They belong to the viral infection family, meaning unlike bacterial infections they can't be treated with antibiotics and medications. Instead of fighting the virus, it's more a case of building up your immune system and focusing on symptom relief (if you've a cold, your OTC painkillers will help target the likes of pain and congestion but not the virus itself).
Natural Antivirals to the Rescue
This is where natural antivirals and herbs can come in useful. There are certain herbs that can help prevent viruses, build up your immune response and possibly even speed up the recovery time. They can potentially lessen the severity of symptoms if a viral infection does strike too. We've got the lowdown on viral infections below as well as some of the best natural antivirals around to help you recover.
Bacteria vs Virus
Both bacteria and a virus have the ability to cause infection, but that is where similarity generally ends. Bacteria, although small and single celled, do not need a host to reproduce. As well as this, despite the fact that we have barely scratched the surface of identifying the different types of bacteria that exists, we know that only about 1% of the known bacteria can make humans unwell. Antibiotics will not treat a viral infection, and antivirals will not affect bacterial infections.
Viruses operate in a different way
Most viruses cause disease, and they require a host to reproduce. For example a virus will attach themselves to human cells and use these to multiply. Creating antiviral medicines is difficult. This is because they must attack the virus and not the human cells that the virus has manipulated. Fortunately, here at Evergreen we have several traditional remedies that boast antiviral benefits, as well as being a great support for your immune wellbeing!
Please note: If you are experiencing symptoms of a viral-infection, it is best to talk to your doctor before relying on natural antivirals.
The Best Natural Antivirals & Herbs
This delicious, organic Elderberry Syrup is suitable for the whole family, and is packed full of immune beneficial ingredients such as ginger, thyme, Manuka honey, trikatu and of course – elderberry juice! Research on the properties of elderberries has indicated that the antiviral benefits are due to the anthocyanidins they contain. They may also have an antioxidant effect, protecting cells from becoming damaged.
A vegan friendly powerhouse supplement! Terranova Astragalus, Elderberry & Garlic Complex harnesses the immune support of ingredients such as astragalus root, elderberry fruit, fresh freeze dried garlic, Oregon grape root, osha root and maitake mushroom mycelia. Many of these have properties of antivirals, including osha root (a perennial herb), which was also historically used by Native Americans for its respiratory benefits.
Horseradish is known for its respiratory benefits, helping to break down mucus and clear your airways, while also supporting the wellbeing of your sinuses. Garlic is the ideal companion in this complex with its antiviral properties. Each dose of Viridian Horseradish & Garlic Complex contains 50mg garlic extract which is 4.5% allicin. This complex also includes vitamin C and zinc to maintain an effective immune system.
The herb Echinacea is a well-known remedy often used to fight the common cold (which is itself caused by a virus). It is designed to provide relief of colds, flu, and other respiratory tract infections. A. Vogel Echinaforce is thought to fight against the virus replicating by affecting how it attaches to cells. It also works to support your body’s immune function. Also available in a cold and flu formula, chewable tablets or as a hot cold and flu drink
Comvita Olive Leaf Complex is a natural tonic made from fresh olive leaves (it has 66g of its active ingredient oleuropein per serving). It also boasts 11 other naturally occurring polyphenols, is 400% more powerful than Vitamin C and has 30 times more health-giving antioxidants than olive oil. It helps to support your body's natural defence system and its wealth of antioxidants may protect you from free radicals.
Please note, this blog is for informational purposes only and should not replace medical advice.
It’s always best to consult your doctor before taking any new supplements, treatments or remedies if you are pregnant, breastfeeding or on medication.
Checked and updated: 12th September 2023