When it comes to keeping healthy during the Corona outbreak, why not go the distance by combining that social distance with some immune-boosting support from these anti-viral plants. Research indicates that one of the first steps to fighting infections is to proactively introduce supplements that could ultimately help prevent it. Easier to access than you’d think, these anti-viral properties can be found in your favorite ingredients, packed into regulated supplements and even present in essential oils that boast rich aromas to fight the ‘rona.’ So, sit back and take a look at our top list because when it comes to keeping healthy, these natural plants are here to lend you a hand (after thoroughly washing it for 20 seconds of course).


Hyssop

Busy WebMD’ing that tickle in your throat all week thinking it may have something to do with Rona? Well, if so then look no further than to this essential oil steam distilled from the ancient herb, Hyssop. Widely recognized for its antiviral properties, it boasts a mint integrity that’s highly effective in treating sore throat, cough, runny nose, and other low-grade respiratory infections.



Medical Properties:

  • Antimicrobial
  • Antioxidant
  • Antiseptic
  • Febrifuge (can help to lower fever)
  • Stimulant
  • Cicatrisant (can help treat skin conditions such as rash, insect bites and scars)


Composition:

The composition varies based on its growth stage. Typically, it will be made up of:

  • Monoterpenes
  • Sesquiterpenes

 
Research Supported Health Benefits:

  • Anti-aging
  • Helps to fight against respiratory conditions stemming from cold and flu
  • Helps to treat low blood pressure
  • Aids indigestion, nausea and flatulence
  • Natural pain reliever

Dosage: Add one drop to skincare or coconut oil and apply to area you’re looking to treat.

Buy Hyssop Oil here for $17.00/10mL


Cloves


For over 1500 years, cloves have been used throughout Chinese medicinal practices to combat bacteria and boost the immune system. Packed with antioxidants, they’re often called upon to help rid all of that mucus you can’t seem to ditch. And if it’s well-rounded health benefits weren’t enough to convince you to give it a try, its distinct spicy yet sweet blend pairs well with a variety of steak rubs that you’ll wish you knew about sooner.


Medical Properties:

  • Stimulant
  • Anti-nauseant
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antimicrobial
  • Diuretic

Research Supported Health Benefits:

  • Relieves pain from toothaches
  • Reduces spread of bacteria in mouth and gums 
  • Combats acne
  • Can help treat altitude sickness
  • Supports healthy digestion
  • Fights against colds
  • Combats infection


Composition:

  • Eugenol is the main component found in cloves


Dosage:

  • Cloe Powder 1-2 grams per day
  • Clove Oil 1-2 Drops per day


Buy Clove Powder here
 for $7.99/3.5 oz

Buy Clove Oil here for $8.99/10ml




Thyme

Isn’t it about time… you try thyme?  (Yeah, yeah, we know totally corny. But how else do you expect us to pass the time when involuntarily isolated.) But in all seriousness, you’ve probably heard of this super herb’s effectiveness in fighting against respiratory infections. For anyone with preexisting conditions that make them susceptible to Corona, we highly recommend you give this natural remedy a try either using an essential oil, supplement or soothing tea.  


Medical Properties:

  • Anti-viral
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antiseptic
  • Anti-infective

Composition:

  • Vitamin K
  • Iron
  • Calcium
  • Zinc
  • Manganese
  • Vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6, B9, Vitamin C and Vitamin E

Research Supported Health Benefits:

  • Helps to stop coughing
  • Reduces high blood pressure
  • Lowers cholesterol
  • Fights acne
  • Helps to treat respiratory infections
  • Rich in Vitamin A and C


Dosage: 
Administer one drop of thyme oil to your tea, in up to three cups of tea per day


Buy Thyme Essential Oil here
 for $12.99/10ml



Cinnamon

Pumpkin spice latte season came early, boys. Most commonly recognized for its distinct flavor, this immune-boosting spice is packed with antioxidants that you can depend on to keep you healthy this season. And it doesn’t stop there…from reducing cholesterol to warding off fungal infections, Cinnamon is the super spice that is certainly no flavor of the week when it comes to boosting your immunity. Even better, its suggested that this alternative solution can even help fight against bad breath (looking at you ‘guy who hasn’t brushed his teeth since yesterday’)



Medical Properties:

  • Rich in antioxidants
  • Anti-fungal
  • Anti-bacterial

Dosage: 1 to 3 grams per day


Composition:

  • Ground cinnamon rich in Vitamin K, iron and calcium
  • Active compound is cinnamaldehyde


Research Supported Health Benefits:

  • Serves as an anti-inflammatory
  • Reduce High Blood Pressure
  • Combats against cognitive decline
  • Can be used as an antiseptic
  • Fights off parasitic infections
  • Helps to combat allergies

Buy Cinnamon powder here for $5.99/2.45oz



Elderberry


When it comes to ancient herbal remedies, this one will surely have you respecting your ‘elders.’ Packed with antioxidants known as anthocyanins, elderberry has remained a go-to for people looking to fight their yearly cold and flu symptoms. Its rich with antiviral properties thanks to its generous makeup of immune-boosting vitamins like B6, vitamin E and vitamin C. The best part about this superfood is how good it tastes, especially when taken in these easy to digest gummy supplements. 


Medical Properties:

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antioxidant
  • Antimicrobial
  • Anti-depressant properties

Composition:

  • Fiber
  • Vitamin C
  • Phenolic Acids
  • Anthocyanins

Research Supported Health Benefits:

  • Helps to increase white blood cell count
  • Fights against dangerous bacteria
  • Lower blood sugar
  • Reduce blood pressure
  • Lower cholesterol
  • Supports healthy heart function

Dosage: Take one supplement each day

Buy Elderberry Vitamins here for $21.95/90 count



Garlic

Speaking of cooking, how could we not include garlic on the list? As tasty as it is, this superfood was actually used primarily for medicinal purposes dating back thousands of years.  Famous for its role in helping to reduce blood pressure, combatting the common cold and warding against vampires, this plant hailing from the onion familiar will boost your immune system as much as it boosts the flavor in that broth you’re cooking tonight.



Medical Properties:

  • Anti-microbial
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Natural Anti-biotic
  • Diuretic


Composition:

  • Powerful compound allicin is present only once it’s been cut or crushed
  • Diallyl disulfide
  • Fiber
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin B6
  • Manganese
  • Iron
  • Calcium


Dosage: 
With proper food and water, ingest one tablet by mouth 1-3 times per day


Research Supported Health Benefits:

  • Helps fight against the common cold
  • Supports healthy heart function
  • Natural anti-biotic properties combat infection
  • Promotes clear skin
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Lowers cholesterol


Buy the Garlic Supplement here for $14.99/ 90 count



Turmeric

And when it comes to incorporating natural remedies into your diet, it’s impossible to dismiss the power of Turmeric. Its main ingredient, curcumin, hosts anti-viral properties that were actually linked as an antidote to help slow growth of the Zika virus. There are numerous recipes that you can make at home using curcumin concentrate, but if you're looking to get the compound’s full effects, then we suggest taking one of the curcumin supplements found here.


 
Medical Properties:

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Rich in antioxidants
  • Aids indigestion


Composition:

  • Main compound is curcumin
  • Curcuminoids
  • Essential oils


Research Supported Health Benefits:

  • Boosts memory
  • Reduce the risk of heart disease
  • Helps fight against cognitive decline
  • Manages pain from arthritis
  • Shown to help fight depression
  • Supports liver function

Dosage: 1000mg/day in between regular meals


Buy Turmeric Powder here
 for $14.99/2.12oz



Be Smart

 

While each of these natural remedies is highly effective in helping to boost your immune system and fight off infection, it’s important to note that serious illness does require treatment from a medical professional. While we wish we could offer firsthand support, we’re in the business of suits, not scrubs. (although perhaps that could be our next collection.) That being said; be smart, stay healthy and continue to do your part by practicing social distance so that we can get over this hump to flatten the curve. (Because just think, the sooner we get this under control, the sooner you can get back out there to show off that suit.)

Maximilien Perez
Maximilien Perez
Max is the Chief Executive Officer at xSuit. He thrives on helping men worldwide optimize their lives, starting with the clothes they wear. Connect with him on Instagram and LinkedIn.

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