in ancient times it was recognized that fever has healing powers, if only everyone realized that a fever is nature's alarm bell, and actually a defense against harmful invaders, an immune system response, we would allow nature to take it's coarse and give it our full support. instead in our fear, we all to often administer things like paracetamol the moment our body temperature raises above normal. we should consider whether we really know better then this natural process. allowing this natural process to take place monitoring it safely will help fight illness more quickly and usually prevent recurring infection.
"Give me the power to induce a fever and i will show you the way to cure all disease" - old physician saying
fever can be caused by viral or bacterial illness or by heat stroke and environmental poisoning and toxins, or a malfunctioning hypothalamus.
but for most of us it is caused by a simple infection and will disappear on its own as the body heals.
i am not suggesting here to sit back and leave a fever unattended, I’m also not in favor of letting an ill person suffer any more than is necessary. Fortunately, there are some easy, natural ways to comfort the afflicted without drugs or medicine sometimes just the pure nursing, attention and love is all the patient needs to make them feel a little better.
it is important to keep the body hydrated and flushing toxin, for this job i like to administer herbal tea
i find yarrow, peppermint and chamomile to be a very helpful combination
yarrow is anti inflammatory as well as being antimicrobial. it reduces pain, is an anti catarrhal, relaxes circulation and is a mild sedative too.
peppermint helps headache, nausea, stomach pains, has a cooling effect on the body and helps respiratory problems.
chamomile is relaxing, an anti inflammatory, relieves headache, body ache and promotes rest.
all three of these herbs together really compliment each other.
i also make ice blocks from elderberry syrup, peppermint hydrosol, echinacea and apple juice, to help cool the body and re-hydrate and also help boost the immune system giving it a helping hand to fight the infection.
1/2 full ice block molds with fruit juice,
1/4 full with peppermint hydrosol,
a splash of elderberry syrup and a dropper full of echinacea tincture. give it a stir and pop it in the freezer until frozen.
administer as much as you like.
one more trick to help reduce fever and body temperature is to rub some vicks into the souls of the feet, i like to make my own homemade version of vicks recipe given below:
herbal vapor rub
2 tbsp cocoa butter
5 tbsp Coconut oil
20 drops Eucalyptus essential oil
15 drops of menthol
5 drops Lavender essential oil
5 drops Peppermint essential oil
5 drops Rosemary essential oil
5 drops Tea tree essential oil
2 tbsp beeswax
Place a glass bowl on top of a saucepan partially filled with water over medium heat. Add the coconut oil and cocoa butter. Melt
Once melted, add the beeswax. Melt.
Carefully remove the bowl from the heat. Allow the mixture to sit in the saucepan for 5 minutes. This will allow the mixture to cool so the oils aren't damaged.
After 5 minutes, add the eucalyptus,menthol, peppermint, lavender, rosemary, and tea tree oils to the coconut oil mixture. Combine with a spoon.
Pour the mixture into a glass jar. I use a recycled jar. As the mixture cools the liquid will solidify, making it a creamy, spreadable rub.
lastly sponging down the the forehead, armpits and groin with a cold wet cloth (or peppermint hydrosol) when the fever is high helps greatly, try not to cool the body down to fast with a cold shower or bath this can cause the fever to spike back with an even higher temperature.
I don’t hesitate to seek medical help immediately if the situation warrants it. In general, these are the times I seek medical care for a fever.
A child under three months has a fever over 39 degrees Celsius or exhibits any serious symptoms
A child has a fever over 40.5 degrees Celsius as this can signal a more serious infection or poisoning
The ill person has other symptoms like stiff neck, restlessness, or sensitivity to light
The person is unable to hold down food for more than a few hours or shows any signs of dehydration
Person exhibits any sign of respiratory distress (Seek immediate help)
Person has been exposed to toxins or poisons that may have caused the fever
My mother’s intuition says there is something more serious going on, even if the child appears fine
to source any of the ingredients in the recipes just contact me as i grow most of the herbs holistically and organically in my home garden, i am happy to help you out. hope this has been a help.
remember you can book a health consult with me personally through my booking link on my website.