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Anti-Viral and Respiratory Herbs

Rhinovirus, Coronavirus, Influenza, and stomach viruses...yep these microbes are all around us. Even the mono viruses and Herpes Simplex Viruses fall into this subclass of micro-organisms. Herbs have been used medicinally for thousands of years and the beautiful thing about them is that they can offer multiple actions: being not only antiviral but perhaps even protective to our lungs and modulating our immune system. I have summarized a few of my favorites as they pertain specifically to viruses but also to the lungs.

Glycyrrhiza glabra L., Licorice Root DGL

*This is a known herb to be effective against coronaviurses. In regards to the 2019 nCOV, it hasn't been "officially" proved to be effective because this virus is so new and its to soon to say either way but this infection is a "type" of coronavirus so this is certainly an herb to strongly consider.

Licorice root is commonly found in herbal formulas because it has so many benefits that pertain to not only the immune system but also to inflammation in general. One thing I would like to emphasize here is that this form is "DGL" or deglycyrrhizinated. This means that they are removing the stimulating part of this plant which can raise blood pressure. Obviously this is good to have for those with low blood pressure or those struggling with fatigue BUT not so great for high blood pressure. So when using this herb for a viral infection, please use the DGL form.


Antiviral, anti-microbial, immune stimulating, and anti-inflam