With the onset of autumn, the risk of contracting influenza and other upper respiratory tract infections increases. A sharp change in weather, overwork or lack of sleep are the main reasons for weakening the immune system. This can result in a runny nose or sore throat, as well as more serious illness and a persistent cough. Therefore, when the first symptoms appear, it is worth using natural and proven methods. Our grandmothers have successfully used herbal infusions and syrups that have anti-inflammatory properties. Today, it is known that some of them even suppress the reproduction of viruses in the body. Find out which herbs and spices are best for treating flu and other respiratory conditions.

Echinacea purple

Echinacea is a herb that is often used in medicines for upper respiratory infections. Many years of research by scientists have confirmed its beneficial effects on the immune system. It turns out that echinacea stimulates lymphocytes to fight viruses, and regular use reduces the risk of colds by up to 58 percent. During infection, the herb thins secretions in the respiratory tract, promotes mucus discharge and relieves headaches.



Ginger root has strong anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties, warms and improves well-being during infection. It also helps fight bacteria and viruses, looses mucus, and makes phlegm easier to pass. Infusion or syrup of ginger also lowers fever and suppresses bronchospasm. It will be especially useful for flu – it soothes aching muscles and joints.

Elderberry infusions and syrups

Elderberry is the best natural remedy for fever and inflammation. Scientists from Israel have confirmed that the extract of this plant is the most effective in the fight against influenza – it suppresses the reproduction of the viruses that cause it. The substances contained in the flowers and fruits of elderberry also strengthen the mucous membranes of the respiratory system, warm up the body and promote the release of phlegm.


Cistus is a herb that slows the development of inflammation in the body. Its polyphenols and essential oils strengthen the immune system and help fight bacteria, fungi and viruses. Cleansing also has analgesic effects, and using it during an infection can reduce annoying symptoms. The herb provides energy and at the same time protects the body from overreaction of the immune system and allergies.