With the quick development of recent, surprising events we all find ourselves in “awe” at how quickly life can take unexpected turns and this is making us all a bit more anxious than usual.

These pantry items have each antiviral, antibacterial, and immune-boosting properties that can definitely benefit our overall state of being in these days.

Disclaimer: With this article, we’re not suggesting that items cure Coronavirus; however, they definitely can be a strong ally in keeping it away and help us prevent it.

Oils

These oils have antiviral, antibacterial, and immune-boosting properties.

Black Seed Oil 

Black Seed Oil has not only been used for medicinal purposes for more than 5000 years, but it also has been said that Black Seed Oil can “cure everything except for death!” and recent research and studies are backing this up. 

Today 200 medical studies show that Black Seed Oil also called Black Cumin Oil is very versatile, thus it has strong antiviral and antibacterial properties, and it can also regulate the immune system, benefit blood sugar levels, and has anti-cancer activities. (Butt et al, 2010)

How it works

Health officials claim Black Seed Oil increases immune reactions and antibodies – which boosts the immune system functions.

Several studies show that Black Seed Oil is also a very powerful antiviral and antibacterial remedy to the point that it can significantly reduce harmful strains of Salmonella and many other antibiotic-resistant bacteria. This potent oil owes the privilege for its strong antibacterial effects to Thymoquinone – an ingredient found only in Black Cumin Seeds.

Dosage 

If you buy a product with separate packaging the daily dosage is usually mentioned; which is usually 1 to 2 teaspoons first thing in the morning. For boosted benefits, you can mix Black Seed Oil with Raw Honey.

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Pro-Tip: when you buy Black Seed Honey, the dosage of active ingredients is usually highly diluted, hence it is always best to directly mix Raw Honey with Black Seed Oil by hand.

Basil Essential Oil

Basil Essential Oil is a natural anti-inflammatory with antiviral and antibiotic properties, thus it has long been used for treating physical maladies such as chest infections, digestive problems, and jaundice. It also is an ideal choice for the treatment of wounds and infections. 

It is also a mentally stimulating and energizing oil that is thought to reduce stress, anxiety, and depression while clarifying calming and uplifting the mind.

To achieve these results, the oil can be applied to the back of the neck or the temples, or it can be diffused.

How it works

When used in a diffuser just put 10 – 15 drops.

When used topically dilute the essential oil with a carrier oil of choice; here is where you can find Basil Oil and a selection of the finest, locally produced oils.

Caution: Do not use it during pregnancy.

Note: This information is not meant to substitute medical advice or treatment. Please contact your family doctor before ingesting this oil for medicinal purposes.

Coconut Oil

Coconut Oil is yet another extremely powerful ingredient that has been used medicinally for thousands of years due to its highly antibacterial and antiviral properties, and also for its power to prevent and alleviate a wide range of disease.

How it works

One of the components of Coconuts is called Chin Triglycerides; which is why Coconut Oil is a powerful antiviral, antifungal, and antibacterial.

Lipid-coated bacteria and viruses contain a lipid coat that encloses their DNA among other cellular materials; once we consume coconut oil it disrupts the lipid membrane and kills the pathogens without damaging the health-promoting intestinal bacteria. 

Coconut Oil and COVID-19

Very recent studies found Coconut and its derivatives to have safe antiviral ingredients to be used against COVID-19.

Coconuts contain Lauric Acid and Monolaurin which are the main ingredients behind the excellent antiviral properties of coconut.

You can know more about these studies here, here, and here.

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Virgin Olive Oil

For some of the healthiest populations around the globe – where there are lowest rates of heart disease, cancer, and people are living longer and healthier active lives – Olive Oil has been a dietary essential for centuries.

There are countless well-known benefits to Virgin Olive Oil, as it is very rich in antioxidants that fight off free radicals and contribute to lowering cholesterol levels, improving heart and cardiovascular health, and boosting overall immune system functions.

How it works

Compounds such as monounsaturated fats, which are abundantly present in Virgin Olive Oil (75%) protect the brain, inhibit cognitive decline and improve overall memory.

Dosage 

Other than traditionally using Virgin Olive Oil in salads and regular food, you can also add a teaspoon of it in your green smoothie.

Alternatively, it can be used in the Mediterranean “mini cleanse”; which is simply combining a teaspoon of Virgin Olive Oil, Lemon or Lime juice and warm water together and drinking it first thing in the morning to help detoxify the liver and give an energetic immune-boosting start to the day.

 

Spices and Teas

The “lost” knowledge of Traditional Herbal Medicine is slowly but surely finding its way back to being more taken into consideration in modern days. 

Herbal Medicine provides several remedies to strengthen the resistance of the body to all kinds of illness by directly addressing the immune system functions and soothe the overall state of being amongst numerous other benefits. 

Echinacea Tea

Echinacea has always been a pillar in herbal medicine since it was always used to make herbal supplements, essential oils, and herbal remedies. One of the main traits this herb has been and still is used for is its immense capacity to boost the immune system and help induce overall body relaxation.

How it works

Research shows that Echinacea fights off infections, significantly lowers the risk of common colds (which are from the same family of COVID-19), significantly shortens recovery time, and eliminates free radicals which are the main cause of oxidative stress and weakened Immune System.

Echinacea has also a very calming aromatic fragrance that can help in instantly decreasing any feelings of stress and sadness. Research shows that the consumption of this herb triggers the release of the happiness hormone Dopamine in the body. Researchers have also found that those who took Echinacea Extracts felt less fearful and anxious.

Dosage 

There is no specific dosage for the use of Echinacea as a herbal tea; however, if you buy a product with separate packaging the daily dosage is usually mentioned on the package.

 

Licorice Root

Licorice Root is yet another herb with powerful benefits for protecting the immune system; and just like Echinacea, this herb is mostly used to fight off colds and Influenza in general.

How it works

Cleaning the respiratory system and lungs is one of the numerous benefits of Licorice Root.  By increasing the production of new healthy Phlegm the old unhealthy mucus immediately leaves the body making space for the healthy replacement to settle in.

Licorice Root is also a major stress reliever, it does so by stimulating the adrenal gland in order to promote the secretion of healthy cortisol in the body.

Dosage

When you buy the product with separate packaging the daily dosage is usually mentioned on the package; however, the World Health Organization recommends the intake of less than 75 milligrams per day.

 

Ginger

Ginger also a root and it’s loaded with bio-active compounds and nutrients; which make it rich in powerful benefits for the brain and the whole body.

How it works

There is a bio-active substance found only in Fresh Ginger, that helps with lowering infections and their derivative risks as well, these compounds also inhibit the growth of many different types of bacteria – making this herb a strong antibacterial as well.

Dosage

The recommended usage of Fresh Ginger is from 170mg to 1g – 3 to 4 times daily when treating physical ailments. 

Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha is a plant of which roots and berries are used for medicinal purposes. 

The benefits of Ashwagandha seem to be very versatile. This plant’s curing properties spectrum goes from curing physical ailments such as arthritis and inflammation to addressing more “subtle” emotional and mental imbalances such as anxiety, bipolar disorder, and hyperactivity disorder.

How it works

Recent studies found that combining Ashwagandha Root (aka Indian Ginseng) with fresh cow’s milk can significantly increase the count of white blood cells boosting the immune system.

Dosage

When you buy the product with separate packaging the daily dosage is usually mentioned on the package.

 

Turmeric

Turmeric is proven to be one of the best immunity boosting ingredients as even those who have autoimmune diseases can safely benefit from it.

How it works

The bright yellow-orange color of Turmeric is due to a compound in it, called Curcuma Longa, and so are its immune-boosting benefits. 

Curcumin has been proven to be a very strong Immunomodulatory agent, which means it has the ability to modulate the activation of different cells within the immune system – this attribute is probably what makes Turmeric the best supplement for boosting immune functions.

Dosage

There multiple ways Turmeric can be used, starting from mixing it with a teaspoon of honey and a pinch of black pepper and ingesting first thing in the morning, to the famous and most loved Golden Milk.