October 8, 2006

Home remedies for fever

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Everyone has suffered from fever sometime or the other. Just a few days ago, I was suffering from cold and a slight fever and that reminded me of a few home remedies which my grandmother used to suggest for minor ailments. Instead of rushing to a doctor, I tried out some of these remedies and it gave me relief. My fever was a mild one, but you all exercise caution. A doctor’s consultation is a must to know the exact diagnosis on the type of the fever, especially in case of children, as they may develop convulsions. Try out these simple remedies only in mild cases of fever or along with the doctor’s treatment. However remember that these home remedies are not a substitute for a doctor’s treatment, they just provide relief and protect you from the side-effects of the pills.
Home remedies for fever
1. Tulsi (Holy Basil) is a well known home remedy useful in all types of fevers like viral, bacterial or malarial.
A decoction can be prepared by adding 10 gm of fresh leaves and 2 gm of black pepper powder to 50 ml of water. This can be taken 3 times a day. It is a good remedy for fevers.
2. Juice or tender fresh leaves of neem is also effective in fevers. 1 tsp of the juice should be mixed with honey and should be taken twice a day. . It works both as curative as well as preventive.
3. In cases of chicken pox and measles intake of this decoction rids one of vesicles; external application of neem leaves decoction on itching lesions provides relief.
4. Bitter gourd (‘Karela’) is very helpful in bringing down temperature. It can be consumed in the form of curry, soap, salad, gravy when one is feeling feverish.
5. Take ‘coriander (dhaniya) tea’ prepared with coriander decoction, very little milk and sugar. This causes sweating and brings down temperature.
6. Water boiled in cumin (jeera) and ginger (adrak) can be used as a beverage in mild fevers and colds.
7. Mix a few cloves of garlic with some til (sesame) oil or ghee and take it before a warm nutritious meal to bring down fever of any type.
8. Steaming the body with water to which khus khus (poppy seeds) is added causes perspiration and brings the temperature down. Water boiled with khus khus may be used as a drink in feverish conditions.
9. The roots and leaves of lotus (kamal) which are available at all seasons can be made into a decoction to bring down fevers of all types.
10. A paste of pachakarpooram or edible camphor and sandal (chandan) applied over the body reduces temperature.
11. Snake gourd (Paraval) is the most recommended vegetable to be used in one’s diet owing to its cooling, digestive and febrifuge properties.
Make a decoction of equal quantities of snake gourd and fresh coriander leaves and drink an ounce or two of this mixture thrice a day to reduce high temperatures.
12. Drinking the juice of the leaves of tamarind (imli) with some turmeric (haldi) powder and cold water to get rid of infections and fever.
13. Caffeine in tea acts as a diuretic and brings down temperature.
14. Boil water and add the following to prepare a decoction: tsp of turmeric powder, some ginger pieces, onion pieces, lemon grass, half a tsp of black pepper, 5-6 tulsi leaves. Drink this decoction thrice a day to bring down fever.

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39 comments:

  1. Anonymous10:00 AM

    Common Cold & Fever: The leaves of Tulasi (Basil) are specific for many fevers. During the rainy season, when malaria and dengue fever are widely prevalent, tender leaves, boiled with tea, act as preventive against theses diseases. In case of acute fevers, a decoction of the leaves boiled with powdered cardamom in half a liter of water and mixed with sugar and milk brings down the temperature.

    • The juice of Tulasi leaves can be used to bring down fever. Extract of Tulasi
    leaves in fresh water should be given every 2 to 3 hours. In between one can
    keep giving sips of cold water. In children, it is every effective in bringing down
    the temperature.
    • Tulasi is an important constituent of many Ayurvedic cough syrups and
    expectorants. It helps to mobilize mucus in bronchitis and asthma. Chewing
    Tulasi leaves relieves cold and flu.

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  2. Sumalata5:49 PM

    The advise is very helpful to me because my baby is always suffering from colds and flu. so now i have learnt form this. thank you very much for the advice.

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  3. Ambarish6:22 PM

    A tea made from saffron is another effective home remedy for fever. This tea is prepared by putting half a teaspoon of saffron in 30 ml of boiling water. The patient should be given a teaspoon of this tea every hour till the temperature returns to normal.

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  4. Pratima6:37 PM

    Orange is an excellent food in all types of fever when the digestive power of the body is seriously hampered. The patient suffers from blood poisoning called toxemia, and the lack of saliva results in the coating of his tongue, often destroying his thirst for water as well as his desire for food. The agreeable flavor of orange juice helps greatly in overcoming these drawbacks. Orange juice is the ideal liquid food in fevers. It provides energy, increases urinary output, and promotes body resistance against infections, thereby hastening recovery.

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  5. Meera8:25 AM

    A tea made from fenugreek seeds is equal in value to quinine in reducing fevers. This tea should be taken twice daily. It is particularly valuable as a cleansing and soothing drink. Fenugreek seeds, when moistened with water, become slightly mucilaginous, and hence, the tea made from them has the power to dissolve a sticky substance like mucus.

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  6. Sudesh8:33 AM

    Great post!

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  7. Santosh12:52 PM

    Chamomile tea is used for fever, sore throats, cold and flu conditions, and allergies.

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  8. The leaves of basil are specific for many fevers. During the rainy season, when malaria and dengue fever are widely prevalent, tender leaves, boiled with tea, act as a preventive against these diseases. I n case of acute fevers, a decoction of the leaves boiled with powdered cardamom in half a liter of water, and mixed with sugar and milk brings down the temperature.

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  9. Kasturi9:29 AM

    Taking juice of pomegranate is very beneficial in fever.

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  10. Dayaghan5:50 PM

    Mix equal number of leaves of Tulsi, Neem and Lemon grass plus 7-10 black pepper. Boil it like making tea. Strain the water and drink 3/4 times a day.

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  11. Unknown10:37 AM

    Gilo (Gurach)-one gram is powdered and dipped in water. Water is strained and divided in two doses. Mix each dose with a spoon of sugar and take morning and evening. Better if Ajwain (250mg.) is also added to Gilo.

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  12. Simple ...remedy could be solution of Glucon-D,
    Mix 3 Teaspoons of Orange flavoured Glucon-D in normal water...and have it... & see the fever disappears...!

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  13. unknown10:01 AM

    Sleep and a lot of fluids :))

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  14. Sujata5:35 PM

    he best natural remedy is local honey- this must be from the area in which you live. Take a teaspoon at least once a day.It will help your body develop immunity to any pollen, mold, and other irritants that cause you problems. It helps me with cat dander as well as the above. You will also, over time, notice that you get fewer colds and flu symtoms. Give it a month or so before you expect results.

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  15. Anonymous9:13 AM

    get lots of sleep and lots of water. That is always the answer

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  16. Aravind9:52 AM

    Infuse 1 oz of catnip herb in four cups of boiled water and let steep for 10 minutes. Strain and add to a bath. Let mom soak for 10 minutes. Catnip is anti-pyretic, and helps to bring down a fever. This can be used for children also.

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  17. Ravikiran9:56 AM

    try a cold towel or face washer on the forehead and back of neck

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  18. Lakmish9:58 AM

    The best natural remedy is local honey- this must be from the area in which you live. Take a teaspoon at least once a day.It will help your body develop immunity to any pollen, mold, and other irritants that cause you problems. It helps me with cat dander as well as the above. You will also, over time, notice that you get fewer colds and flu symtoms. Give it a month or so before you expect results.

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  19. unknown9:54 AM

    a fever is the body's natural reaction to rid itself of something, a bacteria, virus, or something else. to reduce fever, you can give her ibuprofen, follow the dosage instructions on the bottle. since shes having sinus pain and coughing, a decongestant and cough suppressant might help, but be careful! a lot of these cold medicines have ibuprofen in them.

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  20. Damini8:45 AM

    drink the lemon juice with hot water and honey

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  21. Anonymous9:41 AM

    For fever or raised temperature, submerge two towels in cold water, wring properly and wrap around the patient's calves. Cover with dry towels. Repeat if necessary. A fantastic home remedy.

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  22. Vikas9:25 AM

    A herbal tea made from fenugreek seeds is highly beneficial in reducing temperature in fevers.

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  23. Common toadflax Linaria vulgaris grew inside the garden too from the seeds are used for reducing fever

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  24. Shrikant3:35 PM

    Warm a mixture of 2 tablespoons of olive oil and 2 large crushed garlic cloves. Apply the mixture under the sole of each foot, wrap each foot with plastic, and keep on for the night. Olive oil and garlic are both wonderful home remedies for fever.

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  25. Sandeh3:36 PM

    Soak two washcloths in egg whites, put on the soles of your feet, and cover with socks.
    Place a slice of raw onion on the bottom of each foot and wrap your feet in a warm blanket.

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  26. Anonymous10:09 AM

    I drink fresh orange juice every day. I also take calcium. You could warm up some water and add some salt, use a heating blanket, and just drink lots of water to flush the germs out of your system and sleep

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  27. Dharani10:10 AM

    To cure cold, cough and fever naturally, just add a dash of lemon juice to piping hot tea. Drink this lemon tea thrice a day.

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  28. Rashmi9:52 AM

    A herbal tea made from fenugreek seeds is highly beneficial in reducing temperature in fevers.

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  29. Nandeesh8:53 AM

    Cloves fights germs, viruses and bacteria, and it encourages the loosening of phlegm from the respiratory system. It also promotes sweating with fevers, colds, and flu, which is very healing. It is often used in remedies for whooping cough.

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  30. Kamala10:44 AM

    Chop onions finely and wear to bed in socks. Fever will be drawn to the feet and the onions will cook.

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  31. Anonymous8:45 AM

    Cut a medium sized grapefruit in half and place in a saucepan. Cover with water and bring to a simmer. Simmer for 15-20 minutes, and allow to cool to room temperature. Wring out the grapefruit half into the water, and discard rind. You may add 1 tsp Feverfew herb, or 1tsp Echinacea herb to the water while cooling, to make an infusion. Strain before drinking. The tea will be bitter, so add a little honey to sweeten. Grapefruit rind is a natural source of Quinine.

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  32. Reshma4:46 PM

    Rest is important for preventing and even treating a cold. During rest balance is restored in the body.

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  33. Yellappa2:52 PM

    tepid sponge bath . complete bed rest . more fluid intake . take paracetamol . if symtoms persists then go to a doctor .

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  34. Karunya8:59 AM

    There is nothing that will make the flu go away any faster than what your body can heal itself. On the average, it takes 7-10 days for this to happen. But, healthy diet, rest, lots of fluids never hurts and most of the time, helps your body recover.

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  35. Drink lots of liquids, get lots of sleep, take a lot of pain meds, and get out of bed only to go to the bathroom and eat/drink.

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  36. karuna10:02 AM

    Drink plenty of water and maybe some fruit juice (but water is the best). Go to bed and sleep it off. If you feel no better after two days, go see a doctor. It sounds like flu and you need sleep.

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  37. Niladri8:28 AM

    The body is amazing at repairing itself if you give it a chance to focus. Get plenty of rest and hot fluids and let your body do what it needs to do.

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  38. Aditi9:32 AM

    Take 1 clove of garlic and add it to warm oil and apply it on foot to cure fever.
    Take liquid foods, juices and fluids and avoid eating solid foods until the fever is vanished.
    In fever do not go for any iron or zinc supplements. It will create great tension in a body and zinc is not absorbed by the body in fever

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  39. Food Expert3:08 PM

    All green vegetables are godo to eat when you have a fever there is no special things to eat

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