Natural Home Remedies for Fever
While you might consider any body temperature that is above normal for you to be a fever, medically the temperature must be above 100.4°F (38°C).
Fever is the body’s way of defending against infection. If the fever gets very high you should call a doctor, especially if it is accompanied by other symptoms such as a stiff neck, a severe headache or shortness of breath. Check out the Mayo Clinic’s Fever Treatment, which breaks down symptoms and temperatures by age. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/fever/in-depth/fever/art-20050997
For most people over age 2, the general rule is to rest and drink plenty of liquids up to about 102 degrees. You will probably sweat with fever, which causes water loss. You may stop sweating as the body’s way of conserving fluids, but that will make you uncomfortable. Juices may be full of sugar; this might be a time for some no-added-sugar tomato juice, carrot juice, or even orange juice.
The substances and suggestions here are offered to you for further research. Remember that a fever is not necessarily a foe; it usually means the body is fighting a foreign invader. Unless the fever is dangerously high, you may not want to bring it down.
A healthy immune system is always the first line of defense against disease and inflammation. To promote a healthy immune system, it is important to eat a balanced diet, with as much variety as you can manage, with lots of whole, fresh vegetables and fruits, quality protein and healthy sources of monounsaturated fat. The Zone is an excellent starting point. While you are ill, you won’t feel much like eating, but it’s important to get nutrients to support immune function. Protein may be the most difficult food to get down, so find sources that are easy to eat and digest.
FOODS THAT MAY PROMOTE HEALING
- Bland foods
- Bone broth
- Chicken soup
- Fresh fruit
- Popsicles made with 100% juice
- Protein from eggs, tofu or whey shakes
FOODS AND OTHER SUBSTANCES TO AVOID
- Acidic foods
- All chemical additives
- All processed foods
- Fried foods
- Household chemicals
TEAS AND OTHER LIQUIDS
- 1 to 1 grapefruit juice and water
- 100% fruit juices
- Angelica root
- Apple water
- Black elder
- Chrysanthemum tea
- Coconut water
- Coriander seed tea
- Crushed garlic steeped in water, cooled
- Distilled water
- Fenugreek water
- Kanji (rice starch)
- Lettuce water
- Mustard seeds boiled in water and strained.
- Raisin water
- Turmeric powder in a glass of boiled milk
- Willow bark
Essential oils can be administered via a diffuser for inhalation, administered topically in a carrier oil on the skin, or undiluted drops can be added to a hot bath. For a fever, these oils can be applied to a warm compress.
- Basil, diluted and rubbed on feet to induce sweating
- Black pepper
- Cinnamon leaf
- Clary sage
- Tea tree
OTHER SUBSTANCES AND SUPPLEMENTS
The body may need a little extra help while fighting an infection.
If you are sweating during a fever, you need extra water to replenish your supply. Water is essential and a main nutrient for the human body. Without it, you cannot survive for many days. Staying hydrated is fundamental for a healthy body, so how much is enough? There are so many differences in people (i.e., how much we sweat), as well as the diets we consume (a lot of water comes from healthy, whole foods), but a general rule is to consume enough water that your urine is clear, but not so much that you dilute your nutrients. If you are taking certain supplements that make your urine yellow, then you can start out with the formula of drinking ½- 1 ounce of water for each pound you weigh. If you weigh 130 pounds, drink 65 to 130 ounces of water a day. Definitely drink when you are thirsty.
Stay calm. Anxiety undermines health. Practice relaxation exercises, talk to a friend. Do what works for you to keep mellow.
OTHER THINGS YOU CAN DO
- A sponge bath
- Apply a cool, damp washcloth to the forehead and/or neck.
- Cooked artichoke (the flesh from the leaves)
- Cool down the room.
- Cover yourself in a way that is comfortable. If hot, remove covers. If shivering, add covers.
- Eat light foods or just drink juice until the temperature goes down.
- Raw onion on the soles of your feet
- Soak in the bath. If desired, add vinegar to the water.
- Vinegar-soaked sliced potato applied to the forehead and/or neck
- Don’t give aspirin to children