Fever (pyrexia) also known as a high temperature is not a disease itself. Rather, it is a symptom warning us about some underlying condition most commonly of which is the infection. Fever may not be a dangerous entity, but it can cause dangerous outcomes if we let it bloom. Increase body temperate or fever is associated with unpleasant symptoms like lethargy, poor appetite, loss of taste, burning sensation and sometimes, even diarrhea and vomiting. You need to get rid of fever to avoid any discomfort. You need not a medical treatment for your fever or high temperature. All you have to do is to know about these remedies which are safe to try at home to treat your fever.
What Causes Your Fever?
When some foreign invader or germ enters our body, our brain specifically hypothalamus resets the body temperature to a higher level. The increased temperature then kills the invading microbes. The protective mechanism results in high temperature or fever which also causes some unwanted symptoms. The normal temperature of the body is 37 0C or 98.60F.
7 Safe To Try Home Remedies
Here are 7 safe to try home remedies to kill your fever or pyrexia.
Cool Your Fever
The simple and easy to way to bring down high fever. Just soak a washed piece of cloth in cool plain water. Rinse out well and then use this cloth to swipe or sponge your palms, feet’s bottom, armpit, and groin. This will reduce you fever a lot.
You can also put cold, damp washcloths on your forehead or back of neck to decrease the high-grade fever. Do remember to change the washcloths after a few minutes.
Never bath in cold water in your fever as it increases blood supply to internal organs by shifting blood from your skin. This rather warms your interior instead of cooling.
Take Bath in Lukewarm Water
Taking the bath in lukewarm water can help a lot in decreasing your fever. You can add a half cup of vinegar to the lukewarm water to increase its efficacy to lower high temperature.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is as effective as any other substance in reducing fever. It has acidic nature and when apple cider vinegar is added to your bathing tub, it draws heat out of your body and directly brings down the fever. You can add half a cup of it in lukewarm water for a bath. Avoid bathing in cold water otherwise.
Herbs Tea to Sweat Out The Fever
Some herbs have the property to open your body pores and start the sweating process. The sweating, in turn, helps to end the fever. Yarrow is such an excellent herb to serve this purpose. Steep a tablespoon a yarrow powder or yarrow herb to a cup of boiling water for 10-15 minutes to prepare your yarrow tea. Cool it for a minute. Drink a cup of this tea and you will start to sweat.
Home ginger can do the same if use for preparing ginger tea. Put a half spoon of minced ginger in a cup of boiling water and drink the hot ginger tea without cooling.
Elderflower is another herb with the same property of making you sweat and end your fever. Make the tea of whatever herb you can access.
Basil – A Natural Fever Killer
Basil is a herb nearly as effective as any other medicine in the market to bring down your fever. It can heal your body of any underlying infection as well. Make a cup of tea from boiling basil leaves and ginger together. Drink it 2-3 times a day. You can add the honey for taste.
Cayenne Pepper with Capsaicin
Eating food sprinkled with cayenne pepper also makes you sweat. It is due to the presence of alarmingly hot component ‘capsaicin’ that promotes your blood circulation and starts the sweating. That probably brings down the fever.
Hydrate Your Body
Fever may result in dehydration due to high body temperature. So, you should drink 8-10 glasses of water in a day. Fruit juices especially orange juice or cold grapes are best for rehydration and refilling lost minerals as well. Rehydration does not directly decrease the fever, but it helps our body fight against the fever.