Fever, also known as pyrexia or controlled hyperthermia, occurs when your body temperature goes above the normal range of 98-100F. An elevated body temperature is one of the ways your immune system attempts to combat an infection. The rise in body temperature helps your body resolve an infection. If your fever is not severe, you can get some relief using home remedies that have been used in traditional and folk medicine. Here are 16 simple home remedies you can use to relieve fever symptoms.
1. Basil Tea
Take 1 tablespoon of fresh basil leaves and ¼ tablespoon of pepper. Boil them in a cup of water. Steep for 5 minutes and strain. Drink this to relax your body.
2. Oregano Tea
Take 1 tablespoon of oregano and 1 tablespoon of marjoram. Mix them with warm water. Steep the mix for 4-5 minutes. Let it cool down and add it to your tea.
Take 1 clove of garlic and crush it. Heat 1 cup of water. Add the crushed garlic to it and steep for 5 minutes. Let the mixture reach room temperature before you strain it. Drink this for treating the symptoms of fever.
4. Lettuce Water
Take fresh lettuce and add warm water to it. Soak lettuce leaves in it for several minutes and strain the water. Mix a tablespoon of honey to the lettuce water and allow the mix to cool down. Drink it every couple of hours.
5. Apple Water
Take an apple, chop it into cubes, and boil it in 1.5 cups of water. Boil till the apple becomes soft. Strain the water and add honey in apple water. Drinking this will make you feel good.
Avoid consuming heavy or junk food while you are sick. Drink fluids and water in a sufficient amount. Take light food, especially cold yogurt and popsicles. This really helps in cooling down the temperature.
7. Wet Sock Treatment
Soak your feet in lukewarm water. Dip your socks in cold water. Wear the wet socks just before approaching the bed. Don a pair of woolen sock on the wet ones. This will provide relief in fever.
8. Raisin Water
Take 7½ cups of water and add ¾ cup of fresh raisins in it. Boil it for a couple of minutes. Strain it and drink this water 6 times a day to get relief from the fever.
9. Mixed Herbs
Try this home remedy when you feel feverish. Boil 2 cups of water and add 1 tablespoon of yarrow, 1 tablespoon of elderberry flowers, and 1 tablespoon of peppermint. Steep these herbs for 10 minutes. Drink this mix herb water hot to prevent fever.
Take artichoke and boil it until it becomes soft. Let it cool down and eat the center portion of the leaves of the artichoke.
11. Apple Cider Vinegar
Take a hand towel and dip it in ACV (apple cider vinegar). Squeeze the towel and place it on your forehead if your temperature is running high.
Cut a raw onion into half. Put it underneath your foot, and envelop it in a warm blanket. You can also put the slices of raw onion in your socks and wear them. This remedy also works well in alleviating fever.
13. Mustard Seeds
Take 1 tablespoon of mustard seeds. Boil them in a cup of hot water. Let them boil for 5 minutes and then, strain. Drink this mustard water for relief.
14. Olive Oil
Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil (do not over heat it) and add 2 crushed garlic cloves when the oil reaches the lukewarm level. Put it in a bowl and rub it on the soles of the foot.
15. Cinnamon Tea
Drinking cinnamon tea will also give you relief in fever. Take 2 cardamoms, a pinch of cinnamon, and 2 tablespoons of powdered ginger. Steep for 5 minutes and drink hot.
16. Honey & Ginger Tea
Make the usual tea and add ½ tablespoon of ginger (fresh and crushed) and 1 tablespoon of honey to it. Steep for a few minutes and strain it. Drink this hot. It will soothe the throat and provide relief in cold and cough.