A fever is part of the body’s defense against infection. When the immune system fights bacteria and viruses and other foreign invaders it brings on a fever. These foreign invaders are considered as fever producing substances known as pyrogens. These pyrogens trigger the immune system’s response and tell the hypothalamus to increase the temperature set point to enable the body to ward off the infection.
Fever is a common symptom of colds, flu, autoimmune disorders, urinary tract infections and other viral and bacterial infections. High fever can cause shivering, shaking, chills, skin flushing, intermittent sweats, headaches, joint and muscle aches, rapid heart rate, dizziness and extreme weakness. Although fever is not an illness it is a symptom of the underlying disease and can become dangerous if it exceeds forty degrees centigrade.
Best Ways To Treat A Fever
Take a basin of chilled water and add a few drops of sandalwood oil to it. Dip a clean and soft cotton cloth into the water and squeeze out the excess water. Fold the cloth several times to form a compress then place it on your forehead.
As soon as the compress begins to get warm dip it again into the water and repeat the process. Do this for ten or fifteen minutes three times a day. This is one of the most effective ways of treating a fever.
A solid diet can encourage the growth of bacteria that is causing your illness so it is best to eat as little as possible and to sustain the body’s strength with freshly squeezed fruit juices which are packed with powerful antioxidants and which not only scavenge the harmful free radicals from the body and drive them out of it but also help to cool the body and reduce the fever. Therefore it is a good idea to fast while the fever persists and to drink fresh fruit juices throughout the day.
Coconut water has superb antibacterial, antiviral and antioxidant properties which can defend the body against the harmful pathogens and reduce the fever.
Drink three to four glasses of tender coconut water everyday. Coconut water will not only keep the body cool but it will also keep it well hydrated and duly nourished with key nutrients that will help sustain the body’s strength.
Holy Basil or Tulsi
Holy basil has exceptional healing and curative powers which can address a wide range of diseases and disorders. Crush six or seven holy basil leaves and add them to a glass of boiling water. Continue boiling on a low heat for two minutes then turn off the heat. Strain the tea after ten minutes and drink it slowly.
After drinking the tea lie down and rest. Drink this tea three or four times a day and very soon your body temperature will come down.
Grate one big piece of ginger and add it a glass of boiling water. Continue boiling on a low heat for three minutes then turn off the heat. Cover the pan and after ten minutes strain the tea and drink it three or four times daily.
Ginger will not only help to reduce the fever but it will also destroy the infection and bring considerable relief in the headache, joint ache and muscle ache.
Caution: Please use Home Remedies after Proper Research and Guidance. You accept that you are following any advice at your own risk and will properly research or consult healthcare professional.