Whether you are feeling a little under the weather or not, a cup of warm calming herbal tea is always a good way to comfort yourself. Herbs have been used as medicine for centuries for good reasons. They contain powerful plant compounds with potent antiviral properties that can help your body fight off viral infections.
My antiviral tea contains herbs that are well known for their medicinal properties.
- Oregano contains an active antiviral compound called carvacrol and it has been proven to be effective against viral infections.
- Sage contains safficinolide that has also been found to be effective against human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) which can lead to AIDS.
- Peppermint also contains several antiviral and anti-inflammatory compounds including menthol and rosmarinic acid.
- Rosemary contains an oleanolic acid, also an antiviral compound that can fight against influenza.
- Ginger root has been proven effective against avian influenza because of its high amounts of gingerols and zingerone.
- Fresh thyme contains very powerful antiviral properties and best of all, it adds a subtle lemony flavor to this tea.
- And green tea is a well-known anti-inflammatory, antiviral and antibacterial powerhouse herb. Either a green tea bag or matcha green tea bag will work very well in this recipe.
- Last but not least, a slice of lime or orange adds a truly refreshing scent to my antiviral herbal tea that will instantly calm you down with your first sniff.
Did you also notice that the herbs used in this recipe are actually some of the same ones that you will actually find in your jar of Italian seasoning that you use for your pasta sauce? Now there is another way to enjoy the fragrance of these wonderful herbs while reaping their powerful virus-fighting benefits. On a cool spring day, why not try a sip of this wonderful tea and enjoy its powerful healing properties?
For more immune-boosting recipes, try this Super Immune-Boosting Horseradish Remedy.