21 Home Remedies for a Fever

Soaring temperatures, headaches, muscle aches, and a loss of appetite can all come as a result of a fever. This makes a fever a really unpleasant experience. It can also come with other less common symptoms such as a weak feeling, shivering, and dehydration. Whilst everyone’s core body temperature will differ slightly, anything about 99 degrees Fahrenheit is usually a cause for concern.

A fever is typically a consequence of your body trying to fight off an infection or illness such as the flu. Thankfully, there are a number of home remedies for fevers which will help to bring your temperature back to normal.

Home Remedies for Fever

  1. Turmeric and Powdered Ginger Mix

Ginger and turmeric both contain high levels of antioxidants. Mixed together with a cup of water and a light sugar they can provide huge relief for a viral fever. Add a teaspoon of turmeric and an equal amount of ground ginger to a pan. Then add a cup of water and boil until the volume decreases by half. Cool your mixture and drink it to help bring down a viral fever.

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Turmeric root and powder

  1. Basil

Basil has both antibiotic and antiviral properties which make it great for fighting infections. You can make a basil infused drink which will help combat the infection behind your fever. This will help to bring your temperature back down to a normal level.

Boil a teaspoon of clove powder and ten to fifteen fresh basil leaves in a liter of water. Like with the ginger and turmeric mixture, you should boil it until the volume of liquid decreases by half. Once cooled you can filter the liquid to remove all the leaves and cloves and drink it.


  1. Coriander Tea

Coriander is another herb that is rich in nutrients. Like basil, it also has antiviral properties which make it good at tackling viruses. t makes a great infused tea and can be used in a number of recipes, making it easy to get your fill.  


  1. Fenugreek Water

Soaking fenugreek seeds in a cup of water overnight creates a great fever busting drink. After soaking the seeds overnight, filter the liquid and drink a glass every hour. This will help to gradually bring down your fever.

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  1. Get Plenty of Rest

A fever is your body’s way of fighting off infection, which makes resting one of the best remedies to ease it. Try to avoid as much physical activity as possible and get plenty of rest. This will give your body the time and energy it needs to recover. Exerting yourself too much could actually raise your fever further, so as much rest as you can get is helpful.


  1. Moringa

Moringa is a tropical plant with high nutritional value and medical benefits. The majority of the pant is full of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants and also has antibacterial properties to fight infection. It’s advised that you don’t use moringa during pregnancy though.   


  1. Kudzu Root

Kudzu root is a herb which has been used in Chinese medicine for centuries. It has anti-inflammatory properties which can help relieve some of the more painful symptoms that might accompany a fever.  It can interrupt the effectiveness of diabetic medications, however, so it’s best to consult your doctor before using it.


  1. Stay Cool

Keeping yourself cool can be a huge relief if you’re suffering from a fever. Don’t overdo it though! Cool down too much and you could send your body into a state of shock and excess shivering can actually cause your temperature to increase again. You could try sitting in a lukewarm bath, wearing pajamas and clothing made of light materials or drinking plenty of cooled to room temperature water.


  1. Yarrow Tea

Yarrow is great for opening up your pores and triggering sweating. This can help to push your fever on and help it leave your body faster. Yarrow makes a great tea too. Add a tablespoon to some boiled water and let it cool to a more drinkable temperature.  opens your pores and triggers the sweating that is said to move a fever toward its end.

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Yarrow tea can be made from this plant

  1. Elderflower Tea

An elderflower tea will also help you sweat out a fever. It also helps to ease other symptoms, such as the overproduction of mucus, which often occurs as part of a cold or flu virus. Mix two teaspoons of the elderflower herb into a cup of boiled water and let it brew for fifteen minutes. After that, strain the tea to remove any bits of elderflower and drink. Have an elderflower tea three times a day whilst you have a fever can help to decrease the longevity of your symptoms.

  1. Ginger Tea

We’ve already outlined the fact that ginger can be mixed with turmeric to make a great home remedy for fever, but it can also be used on its own. Like many teas, ginger tea can help encourage sweating to reduce the effects of your fever. The ginger itself also has antioxidant and antibacterial qualities which will also help to combat the infection behind your fever.


  1. Cayenne Pepper

Sprinkling a little cayenne pepper on your foods when you have a fever can really help you to recover. Cayenne pepper has high quantities of capsaicin which can promote faster blood circulation and helps you sweat more. Many believe that this helps to push the fever out of your body and bring your core temperature down.


  1. Soak Your Socks

Warming your feet in some hot water and then putting on a pair of socks that have been soaked in cold water and wrung out can really help your fever. Do this just before getting into bed and wear your cooled socks overnight. The draws the blood to your feet and away from your head, dramatically improving your fever.


  1. Garlic

Garlic is full of antibacterial qualities. It also has a warming nature which can help to encourage sweating to bring down a fever. Crush a clove of garlic into some hot water and let it rest for ten minutes. You can then strain and drink the water. Doing this twice a day can really bring down your temperature.


Garlic cloves and whole garlic

  1. Grapes

Grapes are a great snack for cooling you down when you have a fever. You can also use them to make a great fever tackling drink by combining grape juice with half a teaspoon of cumin, half a teaspoon of fennel and half a teaspoon of sandalwood powder. Drink your mixture and you should start to see an improvement in your fever.

  1. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is another great home remedy for fever. Its acidic nature means that it can draw out heat, leaving you feeling cooler. It’s also packed full of vitamins and minerals which will help nourish your body and leave it more able to fight infections.


  1. Calcium

A fever’s main function is to draw ionizable calcium out of the bones so that it can be added to the bloodstream to fight infection. This is generally thought to be the reason an infection can leave you feeling achy.  You can take calcium supplements or eat more foods containing calcium to increase your intake when you have a fever. This should help your body fight infection and reduce your fever and other symptoms.


  1. Bone Broth

A warming broth might not seem like what you need if you’re already feeling hot and feverish. But actually, some studies have found that some of the components of a bone broth could be hugely beneficial if you’re feeling unwell. The nutrients that can be extracted from cartilage when making a bone broth help to stimulate white blood cells to fight infections, eradicating the cause of your fever. Bone broths are also full of calcium, which, as we already mentioned, is important when fighting off a fever.


  1. Gelatin

Another helpful component of bone broth is its gelatin content. Gelatin can help to improve sleep and support your immune system. By helping you to sleep it ensures you get the rest you need and by supporting your immune system, gelatin can help you fight off fever causing infections. But bone broths aren’t the only place you can find gelatin. It’s also found in many jelly sweets, such as some brands of gummy bears, although too many of these aren’t great for your overall health.

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If you are going to eat gummy bears, try to eat sugar-free ones

Which of these home remedies will you use to relieve your fever? Comment below!








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