Did you know that you can curb your fever just as it has started to set in? What if some common ingredients in your kitchen mixed in the right amount could work as a medicine?
Home remedies are tried and tested by moms and grandmoms. There are easy ways to heal mild infections in the body and overcome them. The chemical reaction between a variety of combinations of items produces a medical effect needed for a particular condition. But it also helps your mom or dad to act like a doctor and treat you like one too. Ancient Indian medical system Ayurveda uses these ingredients and recipes to cure various symptoms.
What is a fever?
Fever is a common symptom that leads to an elevated temperature which is usually due to some sort of infection. It happens when a foreign agent, bacteria, or virus, enters your body. In its natural response, the body fights them back, kills them, and restores the immune system. But if the fever is too high, it can cause severe headaches, severe chest pain, abdominal pain, difficulty breathing, frequent vomiting, or blue lips and tongue due to severe dehydration. You should immediately consult a doctor in any of these conditions.
How to diagnose a fever?
To diagnose a fever, you should take one’s temperature and read the signs and symptoms to verify. During this fight with the foreign agent, if the temperature of the body varies from 99.5°F (37.5°C) to 100.4°F (38°C ) and above then it’s a mild fever. It’s a high fever if the temperature goes up to 104°F (40°C). The oral temperature check is usually 0.5 to 0.9ºF (0.3 to 0.5°C) higher than the armpits.
The person having a fever may be showing a combination of the following symptoms:
- Shivering and Chills
- Flushed or Hot skin
- Headache ( severe when high fever )
- Body Pain ( severe when high fever )
- Aching joints and muscles
- Sore Eyes or Eyes Pain
- Sore throat
- General Weakness
- Loss of appetite and awkward bitter taste
- Feeling lightheaded or dizzy
- Chances of dehydration ( usually when high fever )
- Hallucinations and vivid dreams ( usually when high fever )
Mild fevers generally break in less than a week. High fevers caused by a bacterial or viral infection can last up to 14 days or more. In general, it is always better to consult a doctor for using over-the-counter medication and other dietary and hygiene advice.
However, if you are unable to get in touch with a doctor right now or the infected person does not have any severe conditions, you can take help from any of the home remedies. You can also implement a combination of them to manage the fever depending upon the availability of ingredients and your comfort.
How to manage a fever?
There are a number of simple reliable methods that can help you to manage your fever at home:
- Wear light clothes to help your body feel comfortable and relaxed.
- Try to maintain an even room temperature i.e. neither too hot nor too cold ( 77 – 80.6 ºF or 25 – 27 °C ).
- Apply cold compresses i.e. soaking a cloth in cold water and placing it on the forehead. You should repeat it several times. You can also sponge the whole body during the day.
- Take complete rest and sleep to give your body enough time to recover
- Cover yourself with a thick blanket if you feel chills or shivers. Remove it or don’t cover up, if you feel uneasy.
- Make sure that you stay hydrated, drink a lot of fluids like water, fresh fruit juices, or soup which are also a good source of essential vitamins and minerals.
- Keep your nose clear to avoid blocking of the nose and to breathe comfortably.
- Avoid smoking as it takes more toll on the body if done during fever.
- Avoid consuming any kind of alcoholic drink like beers, wine, etc.
- Don’t use cold baths, ice, or alcohol rubs take instantly makes your body cool to avoid shivering
- Lessen your caffeine intake or avoid it completely.
- Don’t force yourself to eat food as it might cause nausea or vomiting.
How to treat a fever?
Apart from all the Dos and Don’ts to manage fever, the ingredients in your kitchen mixed and prepared the right way can help treat a fever. Take a look at the number of choices down below :
Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties. The chemicals inside have the ability to modify the response or the functioning of the immune system. They help in letting the heat out of the body. It is good for throat pain.
Boil a few slices of ginger in water. Add one tablespoon of honey and one teaspoon of lemon juice. Drink it warm. Another way is to boil 10gm of dried ginger, lemongrass, cinnamon, and sugar in 4 cups of water. When one cup remains, filter it and drink it.
Turmeric has a bio-active compound called curcumin. It helps in reducing the inflammation caused by fever. It also boosts the immunity of the body.
Add one teaspoon of turmeric in a hot cup of milk. Stir it well and drink it warm. Or you can boil the same quantity of turmeric, mint, basil, and green tea in 4 cups of water. Filter it when one cup remains and drink it as much hot as you can.
3. Black Pepper
Black pepper contains analgesic properties which can help in minimizing body pain, joint aches, and headaches. It reduces the inflammation too.
Boil a glass of water and add half a teaspoon of black pepper with one tablespoon of honey. Stir it well and drink it lukewarm. You can also add black pepper to the concoctions made with turmeric and ginger.
Moringa contains anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory substances. That’s why it is used in traditional medicines to cure the symptoms of fever and flu. It reduces inflammation and kills microbes who caused the infection.
Boil a cup of water with a pinch of cinnamon and a one teaspoon of cumin seeds. You need to put some fresh or dried moringa leaves into the boiled water and and cover the pan with a lid for 5-10 minutes. You can add lemon juice and honey according to taste or not at all.
Neem is one of the rare trees whose every part, from roots to the leaves and fruits is used to make medicine. There are different types of active compounds in all its parts which can be extracted to treat a number of medical conditions.
For fever, boil 100 gm of Neem bark in one liter of water till one-fourth of the water is left. then you can sieve it, mix one tablespoon of honey or rock sugar into it. After you drink it, cover yourself with a blanket and sweating will occur reducing the fever.
Pineapple also has anti-inflammatory properties, which can fight fever and helps in hydrating the body because of its high moisture content and recharging the body with important vitamins and minerals. It helps in sweating.
7. Apple Cider Vinegar
Being acidic in nature, apple cider vinegar helps in expelling heat from the body. It refills the body essential nutrients lost during sweating.
To use it as a remedy, take a glass of water and add two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar. Add one tablespoon of honey, mix it well, and drink it.
8. Betel or Paan leaves
For this remedy, take 2-3 drops of betel leaves juice and holy basil leaves juice. Mix it with honey and lick it. Don’t drink water for half an hour.
9. Giloy (Tinospora cordifolia)
Giloy or Guduchi is also known as heart-leaved moonseed, giloy is considered to be beneficial for a lot of conditions.
For fever, mash 40gm of giloy and soak them in water in an earthen pot overnight. Sieve it properly from the water in the morning and drink it. Drink it twice a day in case of chronic fever.
These are some of the effective home remedies that have been used by people for ages. Also, supplementing any of these remedies, according to your body type, in your daily routine will boost your immunity.
We should be clear on one simple thing in our minds though. If the severity of symptoms increases at any time, you should visit a doctor immediately. It is because sometimes the fever can be of unknown origins. In that case, the infected person must get proper medical assistance.