Anti-Viral Herbs: 7 Traditional Classics

By overwhelming requests, I present seven classic and common herbs traditionally used to fortify and assist our immune system to deal with viral and microbic infections. Please Note: There is no evidence currently these herbs are effective against CoVid-19.

Adaptogens: 6 Classics

Adaptogens are a class of plants that help the body adapt to stressors and support normal function.

Lavender Benefits: Snapshot

For centuries, lavender has been used as a general tonic, sedative, antispasmodic, diuretic, digestive aid, and gas remedy. Lavender tea and essential oil are prescribed to treat common minor ailments such as insomnia, nervousness, fatigue, headaches, nausea, and gas. Its aroma helps to stimulate mental processes to help patients with dementia and alleviate mild to moderate depression.

Peppermint Benefits: Snapshot

Mint relaxes the peripheral blood vessels, calms smooth muscle spasms, dries dampness, expels phlegm, and clears the head. It is regarded as an excellent remedy for stomach cramps due to its ability to reduce hypercontractability of the intestinal muscles. It is often added to formulas using laxative herbs, such as cascara sagrada, to prevent intestinal gripe. Peppermint is considered the strongest mint medicinally, though the other mints have medicinal benefit as well. Peppermint has activity against a wide range of pathogens including streptococcus, staphylococcus, and candida.

Goat’s Rue Benefits: Snapshot

Goat's rue is chiefly used as an antidiabetic herb, having the ability to reduce blood sugar levels. The herb has the effect of increasing breast-milk production. It is also a useful diuretic.