Dealing with a fiery fever can be incapacitating. Although most people would reach out for ibuprofen or even acetaminophen to help reduce the temperature, you could handle this differently by using natural home remedies to treat the same. One thing you need to know for a fact is that there’s a reason why Mother Nature raised your temperature. Some of the best natural home remedies for fever are outlined below.
1. Take a warm shower: While it may be tempting to plunge yourself into cold water, it would be best to take a warm shower instead. Lukewarm water works best as it induces vasodilation thus making it much easier for the body to cool off. A cold shower, however, forces vasoconstriction which forces blood vessels deeper under the skin, which warms up the body instead of cooling it down.
2. Green Tea: Sipping warm or hot tea can also help treat a fever. Green tea is rich in compounds that trigger sweating which opens up sweat pores. This makes the body start cooling off naturally without any medicinal aid. Yarrow tea and elderflower tea are some of the most recommended tea remedies for fever. You can as well take hot ginger tea to help with the extreme body temperatures.
3. Food Spices: Cayenne Pepper is one of the best food spices that can be used to treat fever. Pepper contains capsaicin, a compound that induces increased respiration and body temperatures, as well as sweating. Capsaicin also causes rapid blood circulation and vasodilation, which again makes it possible for the body to cool off naturally.
4. Drink plenty of water: The high body temperatures often lead to dehydration. Drinking plenty of water, at least 8 glasses every day, therefore helps improve hydration, and possibly lower body temperature. Health experts and nutritionists also recommend going for fresh orange juice as it is rich in vitamin C, one of the key essentials for the immune system.
Cold grapes or blueberries are also an excellent treat, as these provide hydration and soothe the heat as well. You could also try the wet sock treatment to contain the fever. This however means soaking cotton socks in cold water, wringing then dry, and then putting them on. You may also have to put on dry woolen socks on the wet ones for this trick to work. The main idea behind this approach is to draw blood to the feet to increase blood circulation. If none of these remedies seem to be working, you should then see a doctor as soon as possible.