Whenever the body’s temperature is higher than the normal range, it is called a fever. Although we commonly hear that 98.6 degrees F, or 37 degrees C, is considered normal, this is not a set number that applies universally to all. Normal body temperature is different for children than adults and also can vary among individuals. Ranging from extremely high to moderate fevers, nature has the remedies to all types of fevers. Nature can help you tame your fever if you show a little faith and patience to use its remedies that has been trusted and used by men for centuries. There are certain herbs that act better than even aspirin and can reduce your fever in just a couple of days.
Best Herbal Remedies for Fever
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is another very inexpensive and highly effective remedy for a fever. It helps reduce a fever quickly because the acid present in it helps draw heat out of the skin. Plus, it is rich in minerals and helps replenish minerals that get eliminated from the body due to fever.
Yarrow is the best known herb for fever. Yarrow’s effectiveness for reducing fever comes from its diaphoretic (sweat inducing) and febrifuge (fever reducing) qualities. It combats fever by increasing the body’s temperature to induce sweating. Sweating in turn expels out the toxins from the body, which in turn helps to combat fever.
Apart from that, it also helps to treat cold and flu. An herbal tea can be made by steeping yarrow flowers with mint, lemon balm and elderberry flowers to bring down high fever and to deal with other problems of flu.
This is a favourite fever and flu treating herb among Indians. They have used this herb since centuries and now it has gained huge popularity in the west as well. Holy basil or tulasi is a diaphoretic herb which means that it can treat fever by inducing sweating. Sweating is extremely necessary to combat fever as the body starts expelling out the microbes and toxins which are responsible for fever.
Apart from being a diaphoretic herb, holy basil is also a febrifuge which explains its fever reducing capabilities. 8-10 raw leaves of holy basil can be consumed daily with 1 teaspoon of honey to keep cold and fever at bay. Other than that, it can also be infused in hot water with a pinch of black pepper and ginger to combat high fever and flu.
Soak a wash cloth in cool tap water, wring out the excess water and then sponge areas like your armpits, feet, hands and groin to reduce the temperature.
Also, you can place cold, damp washcloths on your forehead and the back of your neck. The cloth pieces should be changed regularly after a few minutes. This remedy is beneficial when dealing with a high fever as it helps keep temperature under control.
White willow is an herbal remedy for fever and body ache that has maintained its reputation from the ancient times. Its beneficial qualities were even known to the Egyptians, Native Americans, Assyrians, Chinese and Greeks. The inner bark of white willow contains salicin.
Salicin gets converted to salicylic acid inside the body. It is the same compound present in aspirin and other fever combating medications. Apart from that it is also a warm herb, which makes it ideal for expelling out the toxins from the body while reducing fever.
Eucalyptus is one of the most trusted herbs used for treating cold, chest congestion and fever. It is a depurative herb which lends it the capability to eliminate toxins from the body, which may be one of causes of fevers. Apart from that, eucalyptus oil can be rubbed on chest and back to bring down fever and to get relief from nose and chest congestion.
Eucalyptol found in eucalyptus makes it an extremely cool herb, which makes it useful for taming down high fevers. Eucalyptus tea can be prepared by infusing its leaves in hot water. Add a teaspoon of honey to enhance the flavor of the tea and consume it 2-3 times a day to get complete relief from fever.
Although sage is more popular for culinary uses, it is also considered an extremely beneficial herb for cold and fever. It can bring down even the most deadly fevers in extreme weather conditions. It is a natural antioxidant and depurative herb, which makes it an excellent herbal remedy for fever.
A cooling sage herbal tea can be prepared by infusing half ounce of dried sage leaves, 1/4th ounce of grated lemon rind in 1 quart of boiling water for 30 minutes. Add sugar and lemon juice to enhance the flavor of the tea. Consume this tea twice or thrice daily to get bring down your fever.