Whether it is you or your child, you never want to pull the thermometer from the mouth and see a high reading. Although fevers are your body’s way of helping fight whatever infection you may have and will help you recover faster, it can be despairing, and you may look for other ways to find relief.
Traditional medicine may give you side effects that leave you feeling dizzy or sleepy and often contain ingredients you are unsure of. It’s good to know there are other natural and viable ways you can try to help to reduce fever without worrying about any adverse reactions to traditional medication.
Apple cider vinegar is a staple in most pantries and has been used for decades as a natural way to treat a variety of different ailments, including fevers. To help with a fever, prepare a bowl of water with 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar, use a washcloth and place it on you or your child’s forehead or even stomach area. You can also add half a cup of this mixture to a nice warm bath if you prefer.
Many people think taking a cold bath will help reduce fever by bringing down your body temperature. This is false. Getting into a cold bath when you have a fever can actually shock your body and may cause the fever to rise even higher. Therefore, a warm bath is always recommended.
Essential oils are great to have handy in your arsenal and having them around for a fever is no exception. Essential oils are a good way to help reduce a fever and begin to moderate body temperature. Peppermint, ginger, and cinnamon are often used for fevers due to the properties they possess to help with the circulatory system. They can cause you to sweat which will help better disperse your body heat.
Several herbs can be a help play a role in reducing a fever. Elderberry can strengthen your immune system. While Echinacea and lemon balm are popular go-to’s for fever, and can also help fight off infection.
When you have a fever, food is probably one of the furthest things from your mind, so this probably goes without saying. When you have a fever, it is important to eat lightly and if you really don’t have an appetite, then don’t force yourself to eat. You want your body to focus on combatting the infection you have, rather than focusing on digesting a large meal.
In addition to all these natural ways available to help reduce a fever, you will also want to make sure that you drink plenty of liquids such as water and tea so that you can stay hydrated.