In earlier days, a person suffering from fever was not referred to a physician. What was the reason behind it? Fever happens when your body tries to kill the bacteria and other organisms that try to invade you. On their invasion, the thermostat in our body, called “hypothalamus” turns on the heat to repulse their attacks. When the body gets heated than normal, we call it fever.
Thereafter, people started getting worried when fever would take place, and immediately rushed to a physician to get it cured. But nowadays, when we slowly understand the fact that fever is good for the body and how it wants to fight the organism invasions, we are looking for home remedies rather than going to a physician; consulting a physician has become a second option if the fever persists or does not subside.
If you find that the temperature is not very high but is persisting, know that it is a good sign. Meaning, the body is fighting the infections (organism invasion) and eliminating toxins effectively.
What are the home remedies for fever?
- Stop yourself from popping up a tablet or a capsule every time you feel that you are coming up with fever. It is simply not effective; in fact, these tablets and capsules will show their true colors once you come out of fever!
- You need to drink a lot of water. The more you drink it, the more your fluid loss would be replaced, and in turn, would help in bringing down the temperature to normal.
- You must rest for the first few days. The more you work in such condition, the more you are opening the chance for the organisms to invade your body.
- You must take good care of yourself during atmospheric changes.
- Do not eat solid food as it would not do any good during fever. Best would be to consume liquid—juice and water—as much as you can.
- If you are a person who takes supplements, stop taking them during fever and immediately after the fever subsides. Supplements that especially contain zinc or iron do not get absorbed and you will start having other complications.
- You should take quick cool baths, and not linger in cold water, to bring down the temperature. The same procedure works for children also.
- If you cannot stand cold baths, no problem; take lukewarm-water baths but add some vinegar to it. The same procedure works if you have a bath tub. Then, you can soak yourself in this water for a maximum of 8 minutes.
- Eating the bottom part of artichoke leaves is very effective. For this, boil the vegetable till soft.
- Take basil tea 4 to 5 times a day. It would break sweating and reduce the temperature. Other than basil tea, you can try yarrow tea or peppermint tea. Alternatively, add mustard seeds (1 tsp) in a cup of hot water, allow the seeds to soak and settle, and then drink.
Though there are many other home remedies, start with these first and check the result.