Anyone who’s had a fever knows how miserable and worrisome they feel. Whenever you feel feverish, first check your body temperature. If your body is scorching with fever, you can take acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil) to lessen your temperature.
But if your fever is 38.3°C (101°F) or below, don’t be afraid too much. After all, there is nothing worry about. But if you feel uncomfortable with your body temperature and you want to take action, go over these remedies. It will help you treat your fever naturally.
How to cool your fever
1. Having shower
- Take a bath in lukewarm water. The bath helps to bring your body temperature down. Don’t try to bring a fever down showering into cold water because it will actually warm up your interior instead of cooling down.
- You can give yourself a sponge bath. Washing high-heat areas like your armpits and groin with cool water can help reduce your temperature as the water evaporates.
- If you feel like bathing, you can alternatively place cold, damp washcloths on your forehead and the back of your neck.
2. Drinking herbal tea
- make a cup of yarrow tea. This herb will open your pores and trigger the sweating that will move your fever towards its end. So brew some tea with the herbs. Let it be cool. Drink some until you start to sweat.
- Another herb called elder flower also helps you to sweat. And it is also good for other problems related to flu and colds. Mix some of the herbs in boiled water and let it soak for around 15 minutes. Strain out the elder flower. Drink three times a day till the fever continues.
- You can also drink a cup of hot ginger tea. It also induces sweating. Mince a half-teaspoon ginger root and steep it in 1 cup just-boiled water. Strain, let it cool then drink.
- Willow bark is very good for headache. It works as a natural alternative to Aspirin .You can either consume it as a mixture in powdered form or drink it as a tea.
3. Making food spicy
- You can pepper your food. If you have a fever, spice up your foods by sprinkling some cayenne over it. It contains component called capsaicin. The alarmingly hot ingredient found in hot peppers makes you sweat and will promote rapid blood circulation.
4. Soaking your socks
- There is a very popular folk remedy for fever that is the wet-sock treatment. To follow this process at first warm your feet in hot water. Then wet a pair of cotton socks in cold water, squeeze them, and put them on just before going to bed. Put a pair of dry wool socks over the wet socks. This approach helps lower a fever by drawing blood toward the feet, which increases blood circulation and dramatically works to bring your fever down.
- There is another way to draw blood to the feet that is a mustard foot-bath. In a large basin that is enough for your feet take four cups of hot water. Add two teaspoons of mustard powder and mix it well. then soak your feet. It will ease your fever.
5. Keeping it cool
- There is another old folk remedy for treating a fever. To apply the remedy, soak a sheet in cold water and wrap yourself up in it. Now-a-days doctors warn against lowering the body temperature too quickly. So if you still want to try this remedy, use slightly cool water, not cold water. Cover yourself with the wet sheet then lie down for about 15 minutes. Stay there until the wet sheet starts to get warm.
6. Drinking it up
- When you suffer from a fever, your body tends to become dehydrated. So don’t forget to drink 8 to 12 glasses of water a day. A sports drink for example Gatorade can also be very much helpful. It replaces fluids lost to dehydration along with lost minerals as well.
- Fruit juices rich in vitamin C like orange juice are the good choices. Vitamin C will assist your immune system in fighting off infection.
- Cold grapes are good for fever as it provides hydration and a soothing treat.
So no more worry for fever. Apply these tips to tame the fires within your body whenever you feel feverish. But consult with doctor when the temperature is more than 102°F. Stay safe, stay healthy.