Using a home remedy for fever isn't always the best thing to do.
Running a fever is the body's way of jump starting the immune system, so stifling that could lead to more illness down the road.
An exception to this is fever in infants. Babies can pick up infections from the birthing process at the hospital. It's best to consult a doctor to rule out anything serious when dealing with those little ones.
Concerned, yes. Panic stricken, no. A high temperature isn't an indication that there's a severe illness. It's simply the body's thermostat kicking things up to fight infections. Heat kills things.
Most fevers are caused by either viral or bacterial infections. These can result in high temps that run up to 105°. There are times when it won't break until it's gotten high enough to kill the bad stuff. The fever itself isn't dangerous, but the dehydration from it is.
Treating a fever isn't as important as treating the dehydration occurs from vomiting and diarrhea, coughing and runny noses. Try to get the patient to suck on ice chips or drink fluids constantly to prevent this.
Absolutely. Actually, you probably won't have to starve a fever, because the body has natural ways to suppress the appetite during
Digestion pretty much stops when the body's temp reaches 99.5°. This naturally kills the appetite. Why? Because the body knows that food isn't going to digest easily. It needs that energy to fight the infection, not to digest food.
So the body's infinite wisdom destroys the desire to eat.
Muscle tissue can also breakdown during a fever. This increases the
amount of amino acids in the body, which also acts as a appetite
suppressant. In effect, this will starve a fever.
Using essential oils is more effective than using herbs for fever. The oils are derived from herbs and other plants.
They can be 50% to 70% stronger than the herb itself, so they make a great home remedy for fever.
Remedy #1: Peppermint Oil
Peppermint has a tremendous cooling property that soothes a high
Unlike medications, you can use peppermint essential oil as often as
Just put a few drops in your hand and rub it on the forehead (be careful not to get it in their eyes), back of neck and bottoms of feet. Apply every 15 to 30 minutes if needed.
For babies, just rub a little on the bottom of their feet.
Epsom salts are known to pull toxins out of the body.
Fill a tub with lukewarm water and add 2 cups of salts. Add a few drops of peppermint oil for a quick fever reducer.