A fever is a sign that your body is fighting an infection typically caused by common colds or flu. The virus or bacteria are being killed off by the rising temperature. Often, fever is harmless but high fever could be dangerous in small children. If you have a fever, try not to reach for Tylenol or Advil. These home remedies and natural treatments will help you cope with fever:
Cooling the Body
When the temperature in the body gets too high, you have to keep it down. However, you have to bring down a fever gradually. You can take a bath in lukewarm water. Never bathe in cold water in an attempt to bring the fever down because the cold water will send blood rushing into your internal organs. If you can’t take a shower or a bath, take a sponge bath. Focus on areas that are high in heat like your groin area or armpits. Finally, get a cold, damp washcloth and put it on your forehead and at the back of your neck so heat will dissipate.
Several types of herbs can be used to lower body temperature. Yarrow tea helps stimulate sweating and open up the pores. Just steep a tablespoon of yarrow tea in hot water for ten minutes and drink a cup or two each day to sweat your fever out.
Elderflower is also another herb that will stimulate sweating as well as treat common colds and flu. Steep a tablespoon of elderflower herb in hot water for 15 minutes and drink three times each day until the fever goes down.
Ginger tea is also an effective treatment for fever. You can either buy ready-made ginger tea or mince fresh gingerroot into a cup of hot water.
If you don’t like taking tea to bring down a fever, you can also use everyday spices. Cayenne pepper stimulates sweating, just sprinkle this spice over your favorite dishes whenever you have fever! The capsaicin in cayenne pepper doesn’t just make you sweat, it will also improve blood circulation in the body.
The Wet Sock Treatment
The wet sock treatment is a popular home remedy that helps normalize body temperature. The concept behind this treatment is that the fever is lowered because blood will be drawn to the feet. This will lead to increased blood circulation.
To do the wet sock treatment, you have to warm your feet first by soaking it in hot water. Then get a pair of thin socks, wet it with cold water, wring out excess water and slip them on just as you are about to go to sleep. Wear a pair of wool socks over the wet thin socks.’
In some cases, rather than wetting the thin socks with water, they use egg whites instead. The socks are soaked in egg whites for a minute or two, wring out the excess liquid, wear the egg white-drenched socks and then wear another pair of socks to cover.
Taking apple cider vinegar is another popular home remedy for lowering down body temperature. Just soak a couple of washcloths with apple cider vinegar and apply on the forehead, on the belly, or in high-heat areas of the body. You can also soak a pair of socks in apple cider vinegar, wring out the excess liquid, and wear it before you sleep.