Siskiyou Vital Medicine

Autumn is officially here, the nights are getting colder, and the days are getting shorter. As much as we love to embrace this magical time with crisp air and colorful trees, the drop in temperature, cool-dry winds, and more rain can wreak havoc with our immune systems.  This is a prime time for viral illnesses to spread among us as we gather indoors.


Our body’s immune defenses are vital in fighting off viruses all the time. Our first line of defense is our innate immune system, skin, mucus membranes, and stomach acid. If we inhale a virus, the mucous traps it and the innate immune system tries to get rid of it. If it is swallowed, stomach acid may kill it. If the virus gets past this first line of defense, our humoral immune systems come into play—antibodies.


Unlike bacterial infections that respond to antibiotics, viral infections are not so easy to treat. Drinking plenty of fluids, staying fit, and getting proper rest are some of the best ways to help our bodies resist and recover from illness. Additionally, incorporating herbs with antiviral properties may assist and speed the healing process when a viral infection does occur.


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Here are some top herbs to consider that provide effective viral benefits:

  1. Ginger – Ginger’s anti-inflammatory properties help remove toxins from the respiratory tract. It contains many vitamins and minerals including potassium, magnesium and zinc. It also has antioxidants to help support your immune system. This herb is also warming and bolsters the digestive system.


  1. Sage– Sage represses the early stage of a viral infective cycle. It is used for calming inflammation of the upper respiratory system, mouth and throat. Sage’s strong flavor makes it a must-have for treating irritated throat tissue. Inhale steam from a handful of sage leaves to help calm a persistent cough.


  1. Licorice Root– It’s anti-inflammatory and antiviral, both licorice root extract and tea may aid upper respiratory conditions. Additionally, it has been known to soothe an upset stomach, including heartburn and acid reflux. This herb is also commonly used to help with adrenal fatigue and low cortisol production.

Siskiyou Vital Medicine strives to educate patients on how to proactively keep our bodies healthy and ward off illness. If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment with a provider, contact Siskiyou Vital Medicine at 541-210-5687. You can also visit for more health and wellness tips!


By McClane Duncan, ND