A fever is the unnatural rise in body temperature, beyond 98.6 degrees, because the body is going into its defense mode, to fight an infection. The fever is the body’s way to fight off viruses and bacteria that can cause harmful illnesses. A fever is the body’s best symptom in our fight against various maladies. There are simple, effective home remedies that work in getting rid of a fever. Some home remedies to get rid of a fever includes:
1. Drink More Water
Drink lots of water, to replace fluid loss. Water will help to bring down the body’s temperature because a temperature will deplete vital water from our cells. If the body is sweating quite a bit or the person is vomiting or has diarrhea, then these symptoms also deplete our fluids, leading to dehydration.
2. Gatorade Sports Drink
Drink Gatorade sports drink and orange juice are also great fluid replenishes. Gatorade keeps the body from becoming dehydrated, as well as providing necessary depleted minerals. Orange juice or other Vitamin C rich juices help our immune system to fight off infections and which will reduce the body’s temperature.
3. Herbal Tea
Herb teas are always a great home remedy to reduce fevers. A cup or two, of tea will open the pores to release infectious sweat away from the body. Tea also helps to reduce excess mucus that is plaguing the body. The herbal teas that are most effective in reducing a fever are elderflower, tulsi leaves and ginger root tea.
4. Hot Bath
If your fever doesn’t go beyond 102º, taking a lukewarm bath really works well. Of course, your bath water will feel a lot cooler because of your fever, but it will bring your body temperature down. Taking a cold or cool bath is an old wives tale. The science in cold baths includes how the body reacts to this drastic temperature change. The cold water will send blood rushing too quickly to internal organs, which will make you feel worse.
5. Take More Rest
There is nothing better than resting your body to get rid of a fever. Sleep is the body’s natural method for recovery. When you allow your body to get lots of sleep, you are giving your body permission to spend energy fighting off infections. The first 72 hours are critical, which is why getting 8 to 10 hours of sleep each night helps to combat infections in the body.
6. Cayenne Peppers
Spices can help heal a fever. Cayenne peppers contain capsaicin, which will help the body sweat and improve blood circulation. Spices that make the body sweat, actually provides a skin cooling environment for the body and helps with pain, as in arthritic conditions. Cayenne peppers slightly raises the body’s temperature, which means that your blood flow to the skin is stimulated. Cayenne and ginger promote fever and sweating to reduce fevers and bring about relief for cold or sinus congestion.
7. Watermelon, Leafy Greens, and Cold Grapes
Watermelon, leafy greens, and cold grapes, help to reduce a fever. Watermelon and leafy greens are 80% to 95% water, which will reduce the body’s temperature. Any foods that contain a lot of water, goes through the digestive system easier, which gives you cooling sensation. Cold grapes or other water designed fruits provide hydration and is also very cooling.
8. Apple Cider Vinegar
Mix apple cider vinegar and warm water, together and dip a washcloth in the solution and apply it to your forehead, chest, legs, and around the neck. Apple cider vinegar is rich in healing enzymes, potassium and helps to balance the body’s PH levels and the immune system.
9. Wear Light Clothing
Wear light clothing, do not bundle up with a fever. Heavy blankets or layers of clothing, traps the heat from a fever and keeps it near the skin, making the infections from a fever linger. When lying in bed, use just a sheet and don’t cover up with heavy blankets or comforters.
10. Apple Water
Drink apple water, which requires boiling one apple until it is soft. Pour the apple and water mixture through a strainer, add honey, wait till it cools, then drink it. Prepare and drink raisin water, using the same apple method of using ¾ cup of raisins to a cup of water, boil, cool, strain, then drink these solution throughout the day.