With the Covid-19 pandemic claiming thousands of lives, it’s safe to say that many people are worried about their immune systems and whether or not they’ll survive if infected. Covid-19 is a novel virus, meaning that it has never been observed before; I.e., it’s new. Since it is a new virus, humans do not have any antibodies against it, and are therefore not immune to it in any way. With that said, it’s always a good idea to take care of yourself and take precautions against sickness if possible. One way you can do this, is by making sure you have a selection of herbs that boost your immunity on-hand. The following immune system boosting herbs are easy-to-obtain, and can also be applied in spiritual or magical practice.

Astragalus

This pretty, flowering herb is best used for upper respiratory infections — including H1N1 — otherwise known as the Swine Flu. It’s also used as an herbal supplement by HIV/AIDS patients in conjunction with their already-prescribed medications. The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health cites that astragalus is generally safe for adults, but it does have some side-effects that include diarrhea and stomach ache. Furthermore, it should be noted that while this herbal medicine has been used for centuries, there are no solid studies that conclude its effectiveness in treating conditions such as lung cancer and other serious respiratory issues.

In witchcraft, this popular medicinal herb is used for uplifting the spirit and balancing your energy. It can also be used in protection magic, since it is touted as a medicinally protective herb.

Echinacea

The NCCIH acknowledges that taking echinacea could reduce your chances of catching a cold. This immunity-boosting herb has been used for ages, which has earned its reputation as one of the best supplements for preventing common sickness. However, not enough studies have been done to prove without-a-doubt that echinacea is effective.

Traditionally, witches have used echinacea to inspire bravery (while carried in one’s pocket). It can also be planted around the home to attract wealth. You can also add it to any spell as a potency boost.

Elderberry

Elderberry is kind of trendy right now with mommy bloggers, but don’t be fooled by its cool popularity. This herbal remedy has existed for thousands of years as a treatment for the common cold. However, according to NCCIH, elderberry can be toxic if the leaves, stems and raw berries are consumed. Nonetheless, syrups and teas prepared from the flowers and fully cooked, ripened berries could help relieve flu symptoms — and may even be helpful in the body’s defense against infections.

Magically speaking, elderberry is considered a baneful herb. That means it is mostly used in magic that so-called white witches tend to avoid. To be honest, the baneful nature of elderberry in witchcraft is likely due to the fact that it can be used as a poison — and in history, witches were the makers of such potions. Like any baneful herb, it can also be used in reversal spells.

Oregano

Healthline reports that oregano is an effective medicinal herb against bacterial and viral infections. Two compounds found in this herb — carvacrol and thymol — have been found helpful in combating not only norovirus symptoms, but also symptoms of herpes.

In witchcraft, oregano can be used in spells for prosperity and wealth. It’s also useful in healing magic and spells for good luck.

Staying well during this pandemic

These herbal remedies likely won’t be effective against Covid-19, due to the fact that we just don’t know much about this virus. If you believe you’ve been exposed to the virus and are showing symptoms, please quarantine yourself and seek medical attention. In the meantime, avoid crowds and stay indoors to self-isolate and help stop the spread of the Corona Virus.