What is fever?
Fever is the rise in body temperature above the normal. In medical terms, fever is referred to as ‘Pyrexia‘. There are multiple types of fever and the reasons could be many. It could be due to flu, body pain, wounds, viral infection, and so on. You can monitor your body temperature using a thermometer.
When to go to the doctor?
If the fever doesn’t subside in a day in spite of trying home remedies, please got the doctor and identify if there is an infection. It might need intervention.
Word of caution: The below remedies are for adults. Except for treatments that have turmeric in them, the rest are not advisable for kids below the age of 12. Pregnant women can try any of these remedies safely and in moderation. But, my general advice is to try only those with ingredients which you’ve had before and are known to be safe for you.
Below are some home remedies for fever:
- Dry roast neem leaves. Keep these inside a pillowcase and sleep with your head on it (While the roasted leaves are still mildly hot). This remedy will help you sleep peacefully. Good sleep is essential during fever.
- Grind pepper and cumin seeds together. Mix this with warm milk along with a teaspoon of turmeric powder and drink before bed. This will reduce fever due to the common cold and flu.
- Bael or bilva leaves have been found to be effective in the reduction of fever.
- Crush some Bilva leaves with a grinding stone.
- Boil water in a vessel.
- Add the brushed bilva leaves, dry ginger powder, pepper, and cumin seeds to it.
- Citron leaves have medicinal benefits and can reduce common cold and fever.
- Dry some citron leaves in the sun.
- Powder the leaves and store them in an air-free container.
- Boil water in a vessel.
- Add half a tablespoon of the leaf powder to the boiling water.
- Allow it to boil for around five minutes.
- Switch off and allow to cool a little.
- Strain the leaves.
- Add a teaspoon of honey and stir.
- Drink this tea when still hot or warm.
- Grind pepper, dry ginger, and long pepper together. Take one teaspoon of this powder. Add little honey to the powder and mix well into a paste. Eat this to bring down a fever.
- Indian borage leaves are highly beneficial as a cure for the flu. The stems of the borage plant can be used as a remedy for fever.
- Take the stems of Indian borage and chop into small pieces (It is thick and hence needs chopping)
- Crush a few leaves of borage in a grinding stone (This step is optional – only if the fever is due to common cold or flu)
- Boil water in a vessel.
- Add the chopped stem pieces and crushed leaves.
- Allow boiling for five to eight minutes.
- Switch off and allow it to become warm.
- Strain to get a thick extract.
- Add a few drops of honey to this and drink.
Instead of making tea as outlined above, you can also add the decoction to drinking water, dilute it, and keep drinking this instead of your regular drinking water throughout the day.
- An ancient remedy is the usage of onions to reduce fever. Both the Charaka Samhita and ancient Egyptian medicine have shown the usage of onions to cure fever.
- Peel onion.
- Chop and blend well.
- Strain with a strainer or a piece of cloth to get the juice.
- Drink this juice once in the morning and once in the evening.
- You can make a tea with the following.
- Dry the skin of pomegranate in the sun.
- Dry grind into a fine powder.
- Dry roast cumin seeds and grind into a powder.
- Mic the powder along with dry ginger powder, ground pepper, and powdered cumin.
- Add a teaspoon of ghee to this, mix and eat once or twice a day.
- Vallarai greens (Neggerman’s Fallace) has long been used to boost memory power. But these leaves can also be used as a cure for fever.
- Blend a handful of Vallarai leaves and pepper in a blender.
- Add hot water to the ground paste and stir well.
- Drink this once before bed.
- The leaves of the Malabar nut plant have healing properties. A simple tea can be made.
- Make a tea with Malabar nut leaves.
- Add a teaspoon of honey to the warm tea and drink.
Another ancient remedy is using turmeric.
- Take a piece of dry turmeric and roast it directly on a flame – mildly char it.
- Take this char and mix it with honey. You will get a smooth paste.
- Mix this paste in warm milk and drink. Or you can directly consume this paste.
There are a few other remedies as well, but I’ve indicated only those I consider safe. Apart from these, wiping with a wet cloth frequently will also help to bring the temperature down.
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