All of us develop fever once in a while. But do you know why we get it? Fever is usually a rise in body temperature as a defense mechanism against pathogenic microorganisms. We encounter many germs in our day to day life and our immune system has to deal with all of them. In most cases, fever is a response to certain harmful bacteria and viruses. The hypothalamus is a small part of the brain that regulates the body temperature. It raises the temperature of the body in order to kill the pathogen which leads to fever.
Now let us discuss a few rules of fever management. Light food is advised at the early stages of fever. This helps in drawing away heat from the external parts and shifts it to the center. You should drink warm water in all fevers, except Pitta fever. Doing this balances the stomach heat. Warm liquid foods that include sago or barley should be consumed. Vegetable soup helps as well, but astringent foods should be avoided at the early fever stages. Antipyretic medications are to be avoided as these medicines reduce the temperature of the stomach and by doing so, render the ayurvedic treatment redundant as the GIT’s heat is lowered.
Now let us check out the top 10 natural home remedies for fever.
Tulsi is a religious plant found in almost all households. Also known as basil leaf, Tulsi is known for its medicinal properties. Tulsi leaves are bactericidal, fungicidal, germicidal, and also possess antioxidant and anti inflammatory properties. It can be used as a natural remedy for fever as it is antibiotic in nature. Keep reading for the recipes of tulsi against fever.
Tulsi can be taken in the form of decoction, tea, milk or juice. In the case of acute fever, Tulsi can be taken in the form of milk. To prepare this, you can boil some fresh and clean tulsi leaves in 500ml of water and mix cardamom powder in it. Now pour some of this solution into a glass of milk and drink it while warm. While for malaria and dengue fever, tulsi tea can be consumed. In a cup of boiling water, a handful of tulsi leaves are added and boiled for 7-10 minutes. Strain the tea and drink twice a day. You can add honey for taste. Tulsi juice is generally preferred to treat fever in kids. Extract 15-20ml of tulsi juice, mix honey to taste and give it to your child twice or thrice a day.
Ginger is a very important and widely used ingredient in Indian food. Ginger has antibacterial and antiviral properties in it making it an effective natural remedy for fever. It aids in digestion, gas, bloating and soothing the stomach as well. Ginger ia a powerful herb and taking a specific amount of it every day can contribute a lot to your health. It can be taken in the form of juice, paste, tea or a dry piece directly.
In case you have a fever due to an allergy, make a ginger paste, add honey and lemon to it and have it on an empty stomach twice a day. If you have a viral fever, take a piece of ginger, grate it and add it to boiling water. Have this tea at least 3-4 times a day. You can add honey to taste. You can also look out for a ginger infused tea in local stores. As ginger has analgesic properties, it can be more effective if taken directly in a raw form. Take a small piece of ginger and chew it or just gulp it directly.
Neem has been used in Ayurveda since ages as it is analgesic, antipyretic and anti-inflammatory. It also has anti aging properties as the vitamins and fatty acids in it which retains the skin elasticity and gives a younger looking skin. Not only the neem leaves but also the seeds, roots, twigs, and barks contain compounds of medicinal value.
Neem can be used to treat fever in the form of tea, oil, juice or leaf extract. Neem tea can be prepared by taking a few fresh and clean leaves and boiling them in water. Drink it when half of the water remains. Add honey or sugar to taste. Neem essential oil can be used to massage your palms and foot soles in case of viral fever because those are the parts where all your nerves end. Massaging them can allow the oil to pass through the bloodstream quickly. Mix 4 drops of neem with 15 drops of primrose oil to lower the body temperature. It can be used in another way. Pour 15-50ml of oil on a damp cloth and place it on the forehead for 2-3 times a day. Neem leaves can also be dried and powdered. Half a teaspoon of powder mixed in water is to be taken for 2-3 days.
Black pepper is a popular spice found in all parts of the world. But it was recognized as an ayurvedic medicine ages ago. It is known for its immunity boosting properties as it is enriched with vitamin C. As it is antibiotic in nature, it is effective in treating viral fevers,
Black pepper can be taken in combination with turmeric milk or with herbal teas. It is the best spice to remove toxins from our body. A teaspoon of black pepper and turmeric is mixed in a glass of milk. Mix it well, drink while its warm and voila ! you are ready to fight your viral fever!
Cloves are known for their healing qualities for centuries. This powerful spice can serve as a natural home remedy for fever. Adding clove oil to your food regularly has extra benefits. It is both anti-inflammatory and antipyretic in nature. It is a rich source of magnesium, vitamin E and K, making it a nutrient-rich spice.
Take a whole clove, break it and grind it such that its not completely powder form and pieces can be strained. Add a teaspoon of this to boiling water. Add extra herbs as per your choice like cardamom powder. Boil it for a few minutes, strain it and add sugar or honey to taste. Drink it twice a day for better results.
6.Apple cider vinegar:
AVC is an acidic solution used in our kitchens as a substitute to natural vinegar. It offers many health and beauty benefits with its tendency to alkalize the body, skin or hair. It is known to draw out the fever by alkalizing the body temperature which is acidic and suitable for bacteria and viruses. Its acidic nature combats heat to give a cooling temperature.
Mix one part of apple cider vinegar with two parts of water, dip a cloth into this diluted solution and place it on the forehead. Dip another cloth and place it on the stomach. Repeat it twice a day. Another natural remedy is to mix 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and 1 tablespoon of honey in a glass of water and drink it twice or thrice a day for better results.
Grapes are vitamin C rich fruits which tend to improve your immunity and fight against fever. Dried grapes which are also called raisins are also effective in a way. Grapes are rich in nutrients like vitamins A, K and B6, and minerals like calcium, potassium, sodium, etc. They are also good sources of flavonoids.
To a cup of grape juice, add 8-10gms of cumin and fennel and drink in order to alleviate fever. Or you can drink juice made of soaked and crushed raisins 2-3 times a day. Add lime to taste.
Coriander which is also called Cilantro in some parts of the world is an effective fever reducer. It is packed with phytonutrients and vitamins which help in improving the immune system. It is helpful in relieving the symptoms of viral fever-like runny nose etc. Coriander leaves are also a source of potent volatile oils and antibiotic compounds.
Coriander is mostly taken in the form of a tea to reduce fever. One tablespoon of coriander seeds are boiled in water and cooled down. After straining this solution, add a little milk and honey to taste. You can also blend a handful of these leaves with a 1\3rd cup of water, strain it and drink two teaspoons of this thrice a day to reduce fever in a natural way.
Sandalwood is not only known for its beauty properties but also it therapeutic properties. It is widely used in Ayurveda as a cooling agent. Therefore, it can help reduce fever by lowering body temperature. But it should be kept in mind that it is only for external use while treating fever.
Take a teaspoon of good quality sandalwood powder and make it a paste by mixing it with water. Make sure it has a thick consistency and it not runny. Apply the paste on your forehead and wipe it off after its dried. Reapply several times a day.
Fenugreek seeds which are also called dill seeds are useful in calming and relaxing the body. They help in boosting immunity and also give relief from viral fever by lowering the body temperature. They possess antimicrobial properties besides flavonoids and monoterpenes.
Fenugreek seeds are an excellent home remedy for treating viral fever. It can be consumed in the form of a decoction. Soak a tablespoon of seeds overnight in water, strain and drink them by adding sugar or honey. You can also crush the seeds to make power, mix it in warm water along with the cinnamon powder and drink twice a day.
These were the top 10 natural remedies for fever. However, the temperature is considered to be normal if it is below 103F in adults. You should take care that you follow a strict diet regimen like eating immunity-boosting foods and foods that lower body temperature. Eat foods that are light on your stomach like steamed vegetables with no spices. Usually, fasting for about a day is advised for fever without any other symptoms as the body gets rid of toxins, You should be drinking plenty of fluids like juices, vegetable broth and barley water as fever could lead to dehydration. And the most important thing is to rest. Avoid doing your regular workouts and give your body a lot of rest. If the fever persists even after following the natural remedies mentioned about, it is time to consult your doctor.