As the coronavirus continues to spread while affecting hundreds of thousands of people across the world, I believe it would be beneficial to review some helpful herbs. The world is waiting on a vaccine, and many are still unsure of the effectiveness and possible side effects of the vaccine. Here are just a few herbs for COVID-19 that may be helpful in combating or preventing the virus.


Antimicrobial, decongestant, immunostimulant, anti-inflammatory.

Echinecea is used to support the immune system. The more depleted the immune system, the more notable of effect it has.  It is effective with assisting the immune system during upper respiratory infections. It is often used to prevent catching a cold or shorten the duration of illness.

One to two teaspoon per cup of water, to be simmered for at least 20 minutes and taken up to 3x daily.

Caution: Do not use if sensitive to echinacea. May interfere with immunosuppressant therapy.


Antimicrobial, immunostimulant, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic

Fantastic respiratory herb to fight infections, clear mucus. It supports the liver by helping the elimination process. Stimulates the production of white blood cells to help ward off infection. It is useful for fever management.

One teaspoon per cup of water simmer for at least 20 minutes and taken up to 3x daily.

Caution: contraindicated in pregnancy and hypertension


Antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, decongestant, expectorant

Yarrow is an important fever herb and anti-inflammatory. It helps speed up the removal of toxins from the body through the skin and urine, which often helps people feel much better during an illness. ­­­­­ Use at the first sign of a cold or flu for help manage the fever, and to ease aches and pains.   It is also used as a wound herb and can slow bleeding very effectively.

One to two teaspoon per cup of boiled water to make an infusion which can be taken up to 3x daily.

Caution: contraindicated alongside anticoagulants and salicylates.


Antiviral, expectorant, anti-inflammatory

Used for soothing dry, irritable coughs. It is an important remedy because it is usually accepted by children. Licorice is extremely sweet and has a comforting flavor.

One teaspoon per cup of water to be simmered for at least 20 minutes, and  taken up to 3x daily.

Caution: Not intended for long term use. Contraindicated alongside diuretic, laxatives, cardiac glycosides, corticoids, prednisolone, hypotensives, MAOI inhibitors.  Do not use during pregnancy without seeking the advice of a doctor.

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