Fever is when your body temperature goes above 36–37° Centigrade (98–100° Fahrenheit). Normally people take antibiotics and paracetamol to reduce fever down along with antibiotics prescribed by the doctor.
There are some instant natural remedies you can try at home to control fever without any medicine. Here we will share five natural ways to get rid of a fever naturally at home.
Rest to reduce fever:
It’s important to rest properly if you have a fever. During this time, you should check your body temperature every two hours to make sure the temperature is not dangerously high.
Make sure you stay hydrated as you will lose fluids through sweat. While you are resting, a cold, wet compress can be put on your child’s forehead to reduce fever.
Take a shower or bath
Taking a bath is a great way to reduce fever. Fill a tub with warm water and soak in it. The warm water will help you relax and while the water cools, your body temperature will, too. Now, having a cold bath or shower can have the opposite effect because it can make you shiver, which will raise your body temperature, so do not use cold baths ice or friction with alcohol.
Wet socks to reduce fever:
This method is a traditional naturopathic approach to reduce fever, and it involves sleeping in a pair of wet socks.
To do this, you need a pair of cotton socks that cover the ankles. First, wet the socks in cold water and then drain the excess.
Put the socks on your feet and then put a pair of wool socks over them to insulate them.
Dr. James Wallace, Ph.D. in naturopathic medicine, says that the body reacts to cold socks by increasing blood circulation, which also stimulates the immune system.
While this method will not help reduce fever directly, it helps treat inflammation, infection, sore throat, headaches, migraines, nasal congestion, upper respiratory tract infections, cough, bronchitis and sinus infections.
Eat the right kinds of foods:
It is a well-known fact that certain foods can have an impact on the body’s immune system.
In fact, scientific studies seem to support the old advice of feed a cold and starve a fever. When the body is hungry it releases more cells that help boost the immune system.
Also, when the body digests food, energy is wasted in the digestion process and you want your energy to be used to control the infection that is causing the fever.
Drink herbal tea to reduce fever:
Herbal teas will keep you hydrated and can help reduce a fever by promoting sweating, which helps to cool the body and keep the fever from rising too much.
Some of the best herbal teas to lower a fever are mint, cinnamon, ginger, oregano, thyme, Echinacea and red clover. You can try preparing a special ginger tea for this using lemon.