Need some mucus cleaner? Try this 7 herbs that kill viruses

Bacterial and viral infections of the respiratory tract, as a rule, occur in the winter season when cold, wet and humid weather influence on the functioning of the lungs and other respiratory organs.

In many cases, we always grab some antibiotics to treat the sickness and sometimes we are harshly overusing these drugs causing antibiotic resistance making the problem even worse.

The thing is that antibiotics can’t kill viruses, only bacteria. They can’t destroy viruses because they can only target the structures found in bacteria.

But you are lucky!

There are some extremely powerful herbs that provide remarkable effects due to their antibacterial and antiviral properties:


It contains the active complex, Cineole, which is an effective decongestant and antiviral. It is used in treating colds, inflammation, and congestion. How to use: Put eucalyptus essential oil in a diffuser to make it become in the air and thus release respiratory issues.


Sage (Salvia officinalis) remains evergreen in milder climates and grows each spring.

Sage gives off a heady aroma, which arises from sage’s essential oils, which with the sage tea are the source of the many benefits of lung problems and common respiratory ailments.
You can treat lung illnesses and sinusitis with Sage vapors.


It can be eaten raw, in the form of candy or capsules, or applied it topically to treat viral skin infections. It belongs to the group of the most powerful natural antibiotics.


Thyme (Thymus vulgaris) is a strong antiviral, antibacterial and anti-fungal herb that is used to treat various conditions of our respiratory tract, such as flu, bronchitis, colds, sinus infections, whooping cough and even asthma.

It is also fighting bacterial infections such as pneumonia.

Licorice Root

It contains more than 300 flavonoids and 20 triterpenoids, which provide strong anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antimicrobial and antitumor properties.


Thanks to the vitamins and other nutrients, oregano is a powerful natural antiviral and antioxidant. How to use: Drink a few drops of oregano oil with a glass of water or juice.


Peppermint contains menthol that relaxes the muscles of the respiratory tract, and thanks to its strong antihistamine and antioxidant qualities it offers effective decongestant properties.

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Rachell S. Anderson, Senior Writer

Written by Rachell S. Anderson, Senior Writer

Rachael has been with Live Science since 2010. She has a masters degree in journalism from New York University's Science, Health and Environmental Reporting Program. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in molecular biology and a Master of Science in biology from the University of California, San Diego.

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