A post shared 1.8 thousand times on Facebook falsely claims that 12 herbs and spices can prevent or treat a variety of illnesses. The photograph shows a list of herbs and is titled “anti viral herbs” ( here ).
While some of these herbs may have homeopathic properties, to claim they are “anti-viral” and prevent COVID-19 is misleading and potentially dangerous.
On its website, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) says, “The media has reported that some people are seeking “alternative” remedies to prevent infection with the new coronavirus or to treat COVID-19. Some of these purported remedies include herbal therapies and teas. There is no scientific evidence that any of these alternative remedies can prevent or cure COVID-19” ( here ).
The post claims that oregano has been “found to reduce the activity of murine norovirus (MNV), rotavirus and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV).”