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FeverAs per National Institute of Health, an individual or child is considered feverish when his body temperature rises more than 37.5 degree Celsius or 99.5 degrees Fahrenheit. Actually, fever is a symptom of an infection or illness. When our body is attacked by any virus or bacteria, our defense system increases the temperature to create an environment unstainable for infection to grow.

Fever comes down on its own once the virus or bacteria dies. But if you or your kid, is having high temperature more than 101 degrees, then consult a doctor immediately. Because it can be an indication of serious infection or undergoing illness. Apart from that you can try some home remedies to boost up the immune system and decrease the temperature.

How to Get Rid of Fever with Home Remedies

We have compiled a list of natural solutions using different ingredients to treat fever at home. Choose any remedy as per your preference and try it regularly until the fever reduces.

1. Cool Compress

The coolness draws out the temperature and keeps it under control. This remedy is effective for treating mild to high fever.

  • Soak a washcloth in cool tap water.
  • Wring out the excess and rub the armpits, feet, hands and groin.
  • Again, soak the washcloth and wring out the excess.
  • Place it on the forehead and let it stay for some time.
  • Repeat the application of washcloth on forehead for several times in a day.

Note: Don’t use chilled ice water for this process.

2. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar draws out the heat from body. It balances your pH value and heals the fever quickly. It is rich minerals, so it restores the lost minerals and keeps you hydrated. This process is effective for both adults and children.

  • Combine equal amounts of apple cider vinegar and water.
  • Mix well and soak a pair of socks in it.
  • Wring out the excess and wear the socks on your feet.
  • Let them dry naturally and then re-soak them in the mixture.
  • Wring out and wear them again.
  • Repeat the process as many times as you can in a day.

Alternative: Add a cup of apple cider vinegar into your warm bathing water. Soak in it for 10 – 15 minutes and pat dry.

3. Apple

Apple contains many beneficial nutrients, vitamins and minerals which are helpful to get back the energy lost. It contains pectin, which has significant metabolic effect.

  • Take 3 fresh apples, peel the skin and chop them into small chunks.
  • Into a saucepan, add 3 3/4 cups of water and bring it boil.
  • Add apple chunks and simmer it until the apples becomes mushy.
  • Remove from the heat and strain it.
  • Let the liquid cool down to room temperature.
  • Stir in some honey and drink it.
  • Repeat the process regularly to get relief from fever.

4. Cream of Tartar

Cream of tartar alkalizes your body making it inhospitable environment for bacteria to thrive. If you are having fever due to viral infections, then this process works better.

  • Combine 1 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar, 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice, 1/2 cup of warm water and 1/2 teaspoon of honey.
  • Combine all the ingredients until it forms a foamy solution.
  • Drink 4 – 6 ounces of the solution.
  • Repeat the process continuously to get rid of fever.

5. Basil

Basil is an Ayurvedic herbal remedy for treating fever. It contains antibacterial, anti-biotic and anti-inflammatory properties.

Process 1: With Cardamom

  • Bring 1/2 liter of water to boil.
  • Add few basil leaves and a pinch of cardamom powder.
  • Simmer until it reduces to half of its total volume.
  • Remove from the flame, add sugar and milk.
  • Mix well and drink it.
  • Repeat the process once in 2 – 3 hours to get relief from fever.

Process 2: With Black pepper

  • Combine 1 teaspoon of basil powder and 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper.
  • Add it to a cup of hot water and let it steep for few minutes.
  • Add honey for taste and drink it.
  • Drink this tea for 2 -3 times a day until you get relief from fever.

6. Garlic

Garlic contains antioxidants which helps to boost your immune system and cures your fever completely. The allicin present in it contains antiviral properties which deal with the virus causing fever.

  • Add garlic clove (minced) to a cup of hot water.
  • Allow this to steep for about 10 – 15 minutes
  • Strain and slowly sip the liquid.
  • Repeat the process 2 times in a day to get rid of fever and fever blisters.
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7. Oregano

Oregano acts as stimulant which helps to reduce fever. It contains vitamin C which helps to boost up your immune system and speed up the healing process.

  • Combine 1 teaspoon each of oregano and marjoram.
  • Add them to pint of boiling water and let it steep for 20 minutes.
  • Strain and consume it.
  • Repeat the process for a couple of times in a day for quick relief.

Note: Left over tea can be stored in refrigerator for future use.

8. Raisins

Raisins are rich in vitamins, minerals, electrolytes and anti-oxidants which boost the immune system. This helps to get a faster relief from fever.

  • Take 3/4 cup of chopped raisins and add it to 7 1/2 cups of water
  • Bring the mixture to boil and simmer until it reduces to 1/3 cup.
  • Remove from the flame and allow it to cool for few minutes.
  • Consume while it is still lukewarm.
  • Repeat the process several times a day.

9. Angelica Root

Angelina root heals the fever by inducing sweating. This process is helpful for treating fever, body aches and cough.

  • Chop an angelica root into small pieces.
  • Add them into a cup of water and let it steep for few minutes.
  • Strain and allow the tea to cool down.
  • Add some honey into it and consume it.
  • Follow the process regularly to get quick relief from fever.

10. Lettuce

Lettuce makes the body hydrated which helps to reduce and control the temperature. It also helps to get better sleep without any disturbance.

  • Chop the head of a lettuce and place it on a bowl.
  • Pour a pint of boiling water over the head of the lettuce.
  • Let it steep for 15 minutes and add some honey to it.
  • Stir well and consume it.
  • Repeat the process regularly to reduce the body temperature.

11. Elderflower

Elderflower induces sweat which helps to reduce the body temperature. It also helps to cure cold, flu, cough, etc. by reducing over production of mucus.

  • Take 2 teaspoons of the elderflower and add it to a cup of boiling water.
  • Stir and Let it steep for 15 minutes.
  • Strain the tea and drink it.
  • Consume the elderflower tea 3 times in a day to get relief from fever and cold.

12. Ginger

Ginger reduces body temperature quickly by inducing sweat. It contains antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antiviral properties which deal with infections causing fever. This process is helpful for treating fever and sore throat.

  • Grate 1 inch piece of ginger.
  • Add it to a cup of hot water and let it steep for few minutes.
  • Strain and drink while it is still lukewarm.
  • Repeat the process 2 – 3 times in a day.

13. Mint

The cooling and soothing property of mint keeps your internal system cool which helps to reduce the body temperature quickly. It helps to draw out the excess heat from the body.

  • Into 2 cups of water, add a handful of mint leaves, 1 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper and 1 teaspoon of ginger powder.
  • Bring the mixture to boil and simmer until it reduces to half.
  • Remove from the flame and strain it.
  • Divide it into 3 equal halves and drink 3 times in a day.
  • Repeat the process daily until you recover completely.

14. Egg White

Egg white works like a cool gel which absorbs the heat quickly. Within a matter of 30 minutes, egg white can draw the temperature from head to feet.

  • Separate egg whites of 2 – 3 eggs.
  • Beat the egg white for a minute and soak a think handkerchief in it.
  • Place the soaked handkerchief on the feet.
  • Wear socks to secure the poultice.
  • Once the socks dry, replace with a new one.
  • Repeat the process until the fever reduces.

15. Turmeric

The curcumin present in turmeric contains potent antiviral and antioxidant properties which help to strengthen the immune system. It prevents any complications and reduces the fever duration.

  • Combine 1 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric powder and 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper powder.
  • Add the mixture into a cup of hot milk.
  • Mix well and drink it 2 times in a day to get rid of fever.
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16. Sandalwood

The therapeutic properties of sandalwood bring down the inflammation and fever. Its soothing properties cool and calm down the body as well as mind. This process is very effective in dealing with both fever and headache.

  • Combine 1 1/2 teaspoon of sandalwood powder and water to make a paste.
  • Slater a thin layer of the paste on the forehead.
  • Let it dry completely and rinse off with water.
  • Repeat the process several times in a day to get relief from headache.

17. Potato

Potato is very helpful in reducing the temperature and other discomforts caused by fever. This process is very effective for fever during pregnancy.

  • Slice a potato and soak them in enough amounts of vinegar for 10 minutes.
  • Lie down and place the slices on the forehead.
  • Place a washcloth on top of the potato slices.
  • Leave it on for 20 minutes and remove.
  • Repeat the process 2 times in a day to reduce the body temperature.

18. Homemade Freezer Pops for Fever

This DIY fever solution is very effective in reducing fever in kids. This recipe for fever includes many herbs and a smoothie mix which supports their immune system and keeps them hydrated.

  • Combine 1/3 ounce each of elder flowers, dried rosehips and dried peppermint.
  • Add them to quart jar and fill jar till the bottom ring of it.
  • Cover and let your jar aside for 30 minutes to 4 hours. The longer the better.
  • Strain and squeeze all the liquid from the herbs.
  • Add 1 tablespoons of honey into it and mix well.
  • Into a blender, add 1/2 cup yogurt, 1/4 cup herbal infusion, 2 bananas and 3 – 4 large organic strawberries.
  • Blend well to make a smoothie.
  • Pour the mixture into popsicles molds and freeze.
  • Once set, give your kids as many popsicles as he wants.

Note: If you don’t have time to freeze them, then you can serve it as a smoothie to your kids. You can store the remaining herbal infusion for later use.

19. Coriander Tea

Coriander seeds contain phytonutrients and vitamins which boost the immune system. It contains antibiotic compounds and potent oils, which acts as an effective solution to combat viral fever.

  • Add a teaspoon of coriander seeds into a glass of water.
  • Boil the mixture for few minutes and remove from the flame.
  • Strain and add some milk as well as sugar.
  • Slowly sip the tea while it is lukewarm.
  • Repeat the process 2 – 3 times in a day to get relief.

20. Dill Seeds Decoction

This decoction strengthens the immune system, relaxes the body and reduces the body temperature. It contains powerful antimicrobial properties which are helpful in relieving fever.

  • Roast 1 tablespoon of dill seeds, 2 tablespoons of peppercorns and 1 teaspoon of kalonji.
  • Add the mixture to a cup of water and boil it for 10 minutes.
  • Remove from the flame and strain it.
  • Add a pinch of coriander powder and drink it warm.
  • Repeat the process regularly.

21. Rice Starch

This is one of the common ancient home remedies to treat viral fever. This traditional remedy acts like a natural diuretic agent, which increases urination and boosts the immune system. Apart from that, it also nourishes the body.

  • To a cup of rice, add 1 1/2 cup of water.
  • Once the rice is half-cooked, strain the liquid.
  • Pour the liquid into a glass and add a pinch of salt.
  • Mix well and drink it while lukewarm.
  • Repeat the process few times in a day to combat viral fever and aches.

22. Fenugreek Water

Fenugreek is a storage house of many medicinal compounds like saponins, alkaloids and diosgenin. They help to reduce fever and viral infection associated with it.

  • Soak 1 tablespoon of fenugreek seeds in 1/2 cup of water overnight.
  • In the morning, strain the solution and sip at regular intervals.
  • For added taste, you can add lemon juice and honey.
  • Repeat the process regularly.

23. Blackberry

Blackberry remedy mentioned below regains the lost strength, replenishes nutrients and prevents anemia which are often caused due to fever. Though this process requires 3 – 4 days for preparation, it provides extraordinary results.

  • Combine 1 pound of blackberries and 1 cup of apple cider vinegar.
  • Cover and store it in a dark place for 3 days.
  • Strain the liquid and drain out the juice from berries.
  • Into the juice, add 1 cup of sugar and bring the mixture to boil.
  • Remove from the flame and store in refrigerator.
  • Drink 1 – 2 tablespoons of mixture 2 times in a day.
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Note: The mixture stays edible for 3 – 4 days if refrigerated.

24. Lemon

Lemon’s excellent detoxification properties are helpful for treating fever. It helps to eliminate the toxins from the body. Its antihistamines cure fever caused due to allergies.

  • Into a glass of warm water, add ½ – 1 teaspoon each of lemon juice and honey.
  • Mix well and consume it.
  • Repeat the process 2 – 3 times in a day.

25. Herbal Decoction for Fever

The herbs used in this process promote sweating and hydrates the body. They help to alleviate the fever symptoms.

  • Chop 1 onion and 1 inch ginger into small pieces.
  • Bring 1 1/2 cup of water to boil.
  • Now, add 1 teaspoon of turmeric, few lemon grass stalks, 5 – 6 basil leaves, 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, ginger pieces and onion pieces.
  • Simmer for few minutes until the quantity reduces to half.
  • Strain and consume the herbal decoction.
  • For taste, you can add honey.
  • Repeat the process 2 times in a day until fever reduces.

Other Effective Methods for Reducing Fever

  • Cook artichokes until soft and eat the bottom part of them to reduce fever.
  • Place an onion on the bottom of each foot and wrap with a blanket.
  • Add a teaspoon of mustard seeds to a cup of hot water. Let it steep for 5 minutes, strain and drink it.
  • Place lemon slices on bottom of the feet and wear socks. Leave it overnight and remove in the morning.
  • Combine 1/2 cup of grapefruit juice and 1/2 cup of water. Drink it to prevent dehydration caused by fever.
  • Add 1/2 teaspoon of pure saffron in boiling water. Consume teaspoon of the mixture once in a hour till the fever reduces.

Dietary Tips While Suffering From Fever

  • Drink plenty of fluids when you are suffering from fever. Include water, soups, juices and jelly to increase fluid intake and stay hydrated.
  • Usually fever leads to loss of appetite, so don’t force people to feed the patient. When the patient feels hungry, feed them boiled or steam veggies, chicken broth and fresh fruits.
  • Barley water, soft boiled rice or small amounts of milk can be consumed along the day.
  • Whole wheat bread or whole grain crackers can be added in small quantities.
  • Avoid having heavy foods that are high in sugars, fat, spices and oil. These items cannot be digested properly during fever and further lead to indigestion and vomiting.

When to See a Doctor While Suffering from Fever

In few cases (both adults and children), it is better to consult a doctor immediately. Here are few situations…

  • Having temperature more than 100.4 F – children and 102 F in adults.
  • Suffering from high temperature more than 48 hours despite of using home remedies
  • Has another serious medical condition
  • Pain during urination
  • Immune system disorder
  • Cannot wake up from sleep
  • Has seizure
  • If nails turn into blue color
  • If disoriented and confused

Tips and Precautions:

  • Have a bath with cool water (but not ice cold) for about 15 – 30 minutes which helps to cool your body temperature.
  • Lowering room temperature of your home to keep cool, helps to make you feel more comfortable by reducing your body temperature.
  • Always try to stay at indoors and take enough rest until the fever reduces.
  • Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly when you are suffering from fever, especially before eating and after going to toilets.
  • Vitamin C helps to strengthen your immune system and to get quick relief from fever. You can include vitamin C rich foods or supplements.

Have you tried treating fever at home? Do you have any other remedy that works better than the above mentioned? Share your experience and queries in the comment section below.


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