Fever occurs as a reaction to other conditions, illnesses, and disorders; most of the time, fever appears because of a bacterial or viral infection. It can also occur in response to vaccines and immunizations administered during childhood, and as an adult. It is the body’s way of protecting itself from disease-producing organisms. There are actually a number of natural home remedies for fever that ease it, are simple to apply, and should alleviate t other symptoms such as sweating, muscle aches, shivering, weakness, appetite loss, or dehydration.
1. Lukewarm Water Bath
A lukewarm water bath is an easily available home remedy for fever to almost anyone. The lukewarm feel of the water feels cool compared to the warmth of the fever, and body temperature is brought down slowly rather than rapidly.
- Bath tub
- Lukewarm water
Draw lukewarm bath water in a tub and carefully recline in the warmish tub water. Don’t use cold tub water as it has just the opposite effect; it sends blood to different organs in the body, which is how the body reacts to cold. Therefore, the interior of the body warms up instead of cooling down. A sponge bath with cooler water or with cold damp cloths in specific areas of warmth (groin, armpits, back of the neck, forehead, etc.) can be of help in reducing fever as smaller areas can be cooled as the water evaporates.
Fever can easily dehydrate, and drinking 8 to 12 glasses of water daily is another easy and available home remedy for fever. Another variation of liquid replacement is through a natural drink like coconut water. It is perfect with a teaspoon of fresh lime or other juice, which adds more flavor to the coconut water base. Replacement of lost minerals and electrolytes will help to alleviate the dehydrating effects of fever as can orange juice and other fruit juices that are rich in vitamin C as they assist the immune system in fighting off fever and infection.
- 1 quart of coconut water
- 1/8-1/4 tsp sea salt
- 1 teaspoon calcium magnesium powder
- 1/4 cup or more of juice (optional)- grape, orange, lemon, lime, etc.
- 1-2 Tablespoons of natural sweetener, which is optional
Slightly warm the coconut water, then add the sea salt and the calcium magnesium powder. Then, add your juice of choice, the sweetener (if using), and mix. Cool and store in a refrigerator until used (should last up to 4 days).
3. Herbal Teas and Fever
It seems that herbal teas are one of the more used home remedies for fever. A number of teas are effective, such a yarrow, elderflower, ginger and peppermint. They all induce sweating, which helps to bring a fever to a head. Sweating in is part of the body’s cooling system that eliminates excess heat through evaporation and conduction and helps normalize body temperature.
- Yarrow tea – Use a tablespoon of yarrow and steep in a cup of freshly boiled water for 10 minutes. Allow to cool and drink a cup or two until sweating commences.
- Elderflower tea – Use two teaspoons of the elderflower in a cup of boiled water and let it steep for 15 minutes. Strain the elderflower and drink the tea several times a day until the fever subsides.
- Ginger tea – Use a half-teaspoon of minced ginger root in 1 cup of boiled water. Strain the ginger root and drink.
Steep the dried herbs in boiling water for 10 minutes, and drink the liquid hot. You can sweeten it with honey, sugar, or a natural sweetener.
4. Apple Cider Vinegar
Home remedies for fever would be remiss in not including apple cider vinegar as a solution to fever. It is inexpensive yet highly useful in reducing fever. The acid in the vinegar draws heat away from the skin, which creates a double dose of protection as the mineral content in vinegar also alleviates fever. There are a number of ways to use vinegar to reduce fever.
- One-half cup of apple cider vinegar
Add the ACV to a bathtub of lukewarm water, then soak in this water for 5-10 minutes. You should notice improvements in your condition in about 20 minutes with this process. Repeat the procedure again if the fever remains high.
A variation of this method involves using a washcloth and soak it in one part vinegar and two parts cool water, then wringing out the excess water and vinegar and place the cloth on the forehead and stomach areas. When the washcloth becomes warm, exchange it for a new one soaked in the vinegar and water solution. Repeat this same process until the fever subsides.
This same procedure can be used with a soaked cloth wrapped around the soles of the feet. Another easier home remedy for fever using apple cider vinegar is to simply mix 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar and 1 tablespoon of honey in a glass of water and drink it several times a day.
5. Wet Socks
Most home remedies for fever usually include this old-fashioned remedy for fever. What this method does is draw blood to the feet, which increases blood circulation and stimulates the immune system to fight the fever and normalize temperature. The wet sock treatment should be used at the start of illness and continued for a few nights for effectiveness.
- hot water
- cotton socks (1 pair)
- wool socks (1 pair)
Place your feet in hot water, then soak a pair of cotton socks in cold water. Wring out the socks, put them on just before going to bed, and put a pair of dry wool socks over the wet ones. Another take on drawing blood directly to the feet is through a mustard foot bath. In a large plastic tub, add two teaspoons of mustard powder to four cups of hot water, then soak feet.
Basil is another effective home remedy for fever as it brings down fever because of its antibiotic properties and has been proven almost as effective as prescribed antibiotics. Healing properties within basil help to quickly reduce fever.
- 20 basil leaves
- 1 teaspoon crushed ginger
Boil the leaves and ginger in one cup of water until you reduce the mixture to half of its original volume. Then, add honey and drink the tea several times a day for 3 days. A variation of this method involves mixing 1 teaspoon of basil with 1/4 teaspoon of pepper and then adding the mixture to one cup of already boiling water. Steep the mixture for 5 minutes, strain it, and drink this tea multiple times a day until the fever has subsided.
Raisins are known to fight infections and reduce fever due to their high content of phenolic phytonutrients, which have antibacterial and antioxidant attributes that fight infection and fever, plus raisins are a pick-me-up to the body when fever is present.
- 25 raisins
- 1/2 cup of water
- 1/2 lime
Boil the raisins for about 1 hour or until they become soft. Then, crush the raisins in the water and strain the liquid in a separate bowl or glass. Add the juice of half a lime to this solution and drink this twice a day until the fever subsides.
Home remedies for fever, and just about everything else preventative or food-related, include garlic. Garlic’s ingrained warmth helps to decrease fever as it promotes sweating. It also eliminates detrimental toxins from the body and increases recovery time. In addition, garlic is both antibacterial and antifungal which helps the body fight infections and keeps other diseases at bay.
- 1 or 2 garlic cloves
- optional: olive oil
Finely mince the garlic clove , then add it to a cup of hot water. Steep the mixture for 10 minutes, then strain it and sip it slowly. Do this 2 times per day until the fever subsides.
A variation of this method involves 2 crushed garlic cloves mixed with olive oil and placed over minimum heat for 20-30 seconds. Then, you can apply this mixture to the soles of your feet and wrap them with gauze to keep this home remedy for fever in place. Leave it on overnight to get rid of fever within a day or quicker.
(Note: Garlic is not recommended during pregnancy or for young children)
Artichokes are a beneficial home remedy for fever as they protect against a host of diseases. They are known for their detoxifying effects and the ability to strength the immune system, which aids in the relief of fever. Artichokes can also cleanse other parts of the body that aid in digestion. Artichokes contain vitamins and minerals that are also favorable to the relief of fever. They also stimulate urination that helps in the release of toxin build-up in the body. Artichokes are not a vegetable and are part of the thistle family, so caution should be taken for those who experience allergic reactions to weeds of any kind.
- An artichoke
Boil the artichoke until it is soft, allow it to cool, then eat the middle part of the leaves.
Who would have thought that potatoes, with all their heavy starch, could be part of this list of home remedies for fever? Potatoes have the ability to draw out toxins from the body and reduce fever thanks to their poultice effect on the areas covered. They also contain high quantities of essential vitamins and minerals (including potassium) so if you consume them in small amounts mixed with broth they will replenish a fever-starved body with nutrients.
- a potato
Slice the potato, then take the slices and soak them in vinegar for 10 minutes. Place the slices on the forehead, then put a cold wash cloth over the potatoes to keep them in place and lie down. The fever should subside fairly quickly after using this home remedy for fever.
A simple slice of lemon will relieve fever almost immediately. Lemons are known for their therapeutic properties as they strengthen the immune system, purify the blood and lower body temperature. When lemons are used in lemonade, they help the body to stay calm and cool. Other benefits are derived from the high level of vitamins, flavonoids (that have anti-oxidant properties) as well as minerals, all of which contribute to lowering a fever.
- 2-3 lemons
Slice the lemons, then place the slices on feverish areas of the body or on the forehead. Let this home remedy sit for at least a few minutes before removing them. Results should be seen (or, better said, felt) almost immediately.
Onions are another group of vegetables that are considered excellent home remedies for fever, particularly white onions. They improve circulation, break up congestion, and detoxify the body while they inhibit toxins that aggravate fever. They also contain powerful antioxidants that protect against infections that aggravate fever. When consumed, onions act as anti-inflammatories, antibiotics, and antiviral substances.
- a white onion
Cut a white onion in half, then place one half on the bottom of each foot. Place a sock on top of each onion and leave it on overnight.
Any one of the remedies reviewed here should provide relief, but if high fever persists, a health care provider should be consulted. Try anyone of these home remedies for fever, particularly if fever comes on suddenly or tell us any other remedies that worked for you in the comment section!
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