Natural Remedies for Fighting a Virus

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After an illness that landed me in the ER where they told me I had a virus and sent me home with a prescription for ibuprofen, I turned to natural remedies to help expedite the exit of the virus from my body.  

During this illness I realized that when it comes to stubborn or serious health concerns, I tend to seek out Chinese herbal formulas. Chinese herbal formulas have been used for thousands of years to address health concerns.  The Materia Medica of Chinese medicine has many scientifically confirmed antivirals, some of the most powerful of which are found in popular patent formulas such as Golden Flower’s Viola Clear Fire Formula. This is the formula that I used. Timely, proper administration of this anti-viral formula can successfully shorten the course of colds or flu and significantly reduce the symptoms caused by many viruses. This formula is available through Acupuncturist offices and Doctors of Oriental Medicine (DOM).

Another anti-viral remedy that I use is oregano essential oil.  I add a few drops to a carrier oil to dilute it (it should not be applied to the skin full strength) and rub it onto the soles of my feet at bedtime.  Oregano oil is capable of destroying both RNA and DNA of many viruses. The oil destroys the virus’s outer coating without harming your cells.

There are many natural remedies, foods and other techniques that can enhance immune function, but in the case of battling common viruses specifically, elderberry has been shown to be highly effective. Elderberries have been used for centuries to treat colds and flu.  It just so happens that a member of the HerbalWise team, Anne Dort, makes elderberry syrup.  I took a teaspoon of Herbal Annie’s Elderberry Syrup a few times a day (it tastes yummy too).

This is just a sampling of anti-viral herbs and remedies that I used when I was seriously ill with a virus, but there are many others that can be used depending on your symptoms.  I hope this information is helpful.  Feel free to share any comments or questions you have below.

Warm regards,




7 comments on “Natural Remedies for Fighting a Virus

  1. Veronica Sutherland on said:

    Deserie I have found this article very interesting. I have been down with the chikungunya virus for a little over four weeks. I am on medication for my nerves which it has affected. I am feeling much better but is not sure what will happen when the medication is finished. I also suffer from hypertension. I note you have indicated that oil of oregano is good for fighting viruses but I have also read somewhere that people with high blood pressure should avoid using it. What is your advice?

    • admin on said:

      Hi Veronica, Thank you for your inquiry. What I found is that because oregano is a blood-thinner, it can cause blood pressure to go down. Due to this, it warrants caution if you are taking medication for blood pressure.

  2. Hi!

    I know very little about the different herbs and essential oils but I do know that many are used as natural remedies. I have a salve that a friend of mine made for muscle aches and it’s made with arnica and dandelion. i swear by it!!

  3. I LOVE my essential oils and use them faithfully for wellness and illness. Thanks for the anii-viral advice!

  4. I live and stay healthy by using Oregano Essential Oil and others as well. Too, there is always a gargle with warm salt water to get the day going :)
    Will have to ask my acupuncturist about your other adivce!!!! Here’s to staying healthy-healthier this winter!

  5. I love oregano oil… and had forgotten its’ anti-viral properties. Thanks!

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