Do you know that there are over 400 viruses, which can cause infections, flu, common cold, hepatitis and HIV? When we are sick, we take antibiotics. However, nowadays, people are overusing antibiotics, so they develop antibiotic resistance.

In addition, bacteria can be destroyed by taking antibiotics, but viruses cannot.
Fortunately, there are a few herbs and plants, which can kill bacteria and viruses. These herbs hinder the development of viruses, too.

12 ANTIBACTERIAL AND ANTIVIRAL HERBS

1. Thyme

Thyme has been used for treating bacterial infections, such as: pneumonia and improving the function of the respiratory tract.

2. Sage

Like eucalyptus, sage has been used for treating lung issues and sinusitis.

3. Peppermint

Peppermint has menthol, a component that relieves the muscles of the respiratory tract and easies breathing. If it is combined with the antioxidant and antihistamine properties of peppermint, menthol acts as a natural decongestant.

4. Garlic

If you cannot stand the smell of garlic, you can take odorless garlic capsules. The chemical compounds in garlic are effective at destroying microorganisms, which cause common infections, like pneumonia, tuberculosis, herpes and thrush. Due to its antiviral infections, it can be used to treat ear infections, too.

Other health benefits of garlic include its ability to lower the risk of cancer, regulate hypertension, prevent hair loss and enhance cardiovascular health.

To treat skin viral infection, you should apply raw garlic on the affected place and cover it with gauze.

5. Oregano

Oregano has antioxidant and antiviral properties. Oregano contains thymol and carvacrol, compounds that have antibacterial and antiviral properties. Carvacrol treats viral infections, tumors, allergies, parasites and inflammation.

You can add 1 – 2 drops of oregano oil in a glass of juice or water, and consume it. Oregano oil is rich in vitamins and nutrients, too.

6. Licorice root

More than 300 flavonoids and 20 triterpenoids have been taken from licorice root. Due to its antibacterial, immune-stimulating, antiviral, antitumor and antimicrobial properties, it has been used for treating numerous health conditions, such as: influenza, hepatitis C and HIV.

Other health benefits of licorice include its ability to treat sore throat, relieve pain, treat adrenal fatigue, prevent leaky gut syndrome and fight cough.

7. Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus has Cineole, an active ingredient of soups. Due to its antiviral properties, it acts as a natural decongestant, reduces inflammation and fights common cold. To treat respiratory issues, you can put eucalyptus oil in a diffuser.

8. Elderberry

Elderberry has numerous medicinal properties. It fights viral and bacterial infections, herpes and influenza.

9. Echinacea

Echinacea supports the immune system and improves the overall health. Echinacea contains phytochemicals, which reduce tumors and virus infections. Moreover, Echinacea contains echinacein, a compound that hinders viruses and bacteria from entering healthy cells.

Other health benefits of Echinacea include its ability to prevent inflammation, sooth pain, improve skin issues, enhance mental health and treat respiratory problems.

10. Calendula

Calendula contains flavonoids, plant-based antioxidants which prevent free radical damage. These antioxidants also reduce inflammation and fight bacteria and viruses. Moreover, the dried petals of calendula are used in ointments, washes and tinctures to treat wounds, burns, infections and skin cuts.

11. Ginger

It is considered that ginger can warm the body and prevent the accumulation of toxins in the body, which make people susceptible to fungal, viral and bacterial infections. Moreover, ginger cleanses the lymphatic system.
Other health benefits of ginger include its ability to sooth pain, treat nausea and improve diabetes.

12. Olive leaf

Due to its antiviral properties, olive leaf can treat common cold and other viruses, such as: Candida, meningitis, hepatitis B, chronic fatigue syndrome, pneumonia, gonorrhea, malaria and tuberculosis. It is also used as a natural remedy for shingles. Moreover, it treats urinary, ear and dental infections.

Reference: Dr. Axe