A fever is your body’s way of fighting an infection during a flu or infection. Suppressing a fever is not advised, as the fever will kill the bacteria and virus. It is a sign that the body’s metabolism has been increased in its bid to fight off the infection, the extra work produces extra heat. The cold feeling is merely because inside the body is so hot (hence the rise in temperature), making the environment seem very cold because of the loss of homeostasis (balance). However, high fevers can be dangerous, especially for small children. Natural medicine has numerous treatments to reduce a high fever.
1) Add a half cup of vinegar to lukewarm bath water and soak for five to ten minutes.
2) Boil artichokes and cook until soft. Eat the bottom part of the leaves.
3) Add one teaspoon of tulsi leaves to one cup of hot water, steep for five minutes, and drink three to four times a day. A high fever should be gone by the next day. Other herbs that can encourage sweating and bring out a fever are peppermint, elderflowers and yarrow.
4) Place a slice of raw onion on the bottom of each foot and wrap feet in a warm blanket.
5) Dip a washcloth in a bowl of warm water mixed with a cup of vinegar. Wring it out, and apply to the forehead to treat a high fever.
6) Add one teaspoon of mustard seeds to one cup of hot water, steep for five minutes, and then drink.
7) Slice a potato and soak the slices in vinegar for ten minutes. Then place the slices on the forehead while you lie down and place a washcloth on top. Results should be seen in about 20 minutes.
8) Place a slice of lemon on the bottom of the feet and cover with a wet cotton sock. Cover this sock with a wool sock. An alternate sock treatment is to soak two washcloths in egg whites, place this on the soles of the feet, and cover with socks.
9) Warm a mixture of two tablespoons of olive oil and two large crushed garlic cloves. Apply the mixture under the sole of each foot, wrap each foot with plastic, and keep on for the night. Olive oil and garlic are both wonderfulhome remediesfor fever.
10) For a high fever, soak 25 raisins in half a cup of water. Crush the raisins into the water and strain. Add the juice from a half of a lime to the water and drink twice a day.
Reducing your fever doesn’t help to cure the underlying illness or problem. (And a fever can actually help your body fight off an infection.) But if a temperature climbs high enough to make you really uncomfortable ordehydrated, lowering the fever can help.
Place acool, damp washclothon your forehead while she rests.
Take alukewarm tub bath or a sponge bath. As the water evaporates from your skin, it will cool you and bring your temperature down. Don’t use cold water. It can make you shiver and cause your body temperature to rise. Likewise,don’t use rubbing alcohol(an old-fashioned fever remedy). It can cause a temperature spike and possibly even alcohol poisoning.
Take plenty offluids and chilled foods,such as ice pops and yogurt, to help cool the body from the inside out and keep you hydrated.
Use a fan.Again, you don’t want to be chilled. Keep the fan at a low setting and have it circulate the air around you rather than blow directly on your body.
Removelayers of clothingso you can lose heat more easily through your skin. Dress in one light layer. If you start shivering, cover with a light blanket until you feel warm again.
Stay indoorsin a cool place. Or, if you’re outside, stay in the shade.
NOTE: During my research into this subject, I came across a wonderful article on the use of locally available food materials to treat typhoid fever. I’d bring it to you on a later date but after due review. Thank you.