A fever is a natural reaction in your body, it is a short-term increase in body temperature that can help your body fight off illness. The good news is there are many natural options to help in cases of a fever.
However, a severe fever can be a symptom of a serious condition that requires emergency medical attention.
Readings on a thermometer:
If you suspect a fever and want to know the severity, it is a good idea to check using a thermometer.
Normal body temperature can range between 36.1 C and 99 F 37.2 C or more.
The following thermometer readings generally indicate a fever:
Rectal, ear or temporal artery temperature of 38 C or higher.
Oral temperature of 37.8 C or higher.
Armpit temperature of 37.2 C or higher.
To check you or your child’s temperature, you can use an oral, rectal, or axillary thermometer.
An oral thermometer should be placed under the tongue for three minutes.
Notes on body temperature
Normal body temperature may also fluctuate depending on the time of day. It tends to be lower in the morning and higher in the late afternoon and evening.
Other factors include the menstrual cycle or engaging in intense physical exercise.
Fevers occur when a part of the brain called the hypothalamus raises the set point of your normal body temperature. When this happens, you may feel chilled and add layers of clothing, or you may start shivering to generate more body heat. This eventually results in a higher body temperature.
There are numerous different conditions that can trigger a fever. Some possible causes include:
Depending on the cause of the fever, additional symptoms may include:
1) Diet– Keep the diet simple, generally steamed vegetables, chicken or vegetable broth, and fluids such as water or juice. Adding electrolytes to fluids can also be beneficial to replace lost minerals in sweat.
2) Rest– The body needs the energy to heal. We should conserve our energy with rest, periodic fresh air deep breathing while maintaining an optimistic attitude – all of which can improve immune function.
3) Make sure the room temperature where the person is resting is comfortable and take a regular bath or a sponge bath using lukewarm water.
Inform a medical professional if:
You should take your child to see a doctor if they:
You should call your doctor if you:
A serious fever could be a sign of a serious infection, meningitis is a serious condition and requires urgent medical attention, signs may include:
Likewise, if any other serious or unusual symptoms develop a fever could be a sign of a condition in need of urgent attention.
Echinacea - assists with the prevention of colds and flus through its anti-microbial properties. It is effective against both bacterial and viral attacks. Elderberry syrup can have a very potent antiviral and antibacterial action, too[i].
Tulsi Tea- Tulsi leaves contain volatile oils including eugenol, citronellol and linalool facilitate to lessen inflammation. The strong antibacterial and fungicidal properties of tulsi leaves function well to lessen the symptoms of viral fever[iv].
Lemon Balm- Lemon balm extract is an impressive source of essential oils and plant compounds that exhibit antiviral properties against many viral infections.
Yarrow - Brew a cup of yarrow tea. This herb opens your pores and triggers the sweating that is said to move a fever toward its end. Steep a tablespoon of herb in a cup of freshly boiled water for 10 minutes. Let cool. Drink a cup or two until you start to sweat.
Willow bark is a natural alternative to Aspirin and can help ease a headache. Consume it as a tincture, in powdered form or as a tea.
Bone Broth: more than just the soul, bone broth puts healing into a higher gear. Bone broth contains cartilage which supports healthy immune function. Drink a cup the next time a fever strikes to give your immune system a boost with the added benefit of keeping you hydrated.
Antipyretic herbs assist in bringing down a fever. See the examples below:
Feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium)
Borage (Borago officinalis)
Burdock (Arctium lappa)
Cayenne (Capsicum annuum)
Dong Quai (Angelica sinensis)
Elder (Sambucus nigra)
Meadowsweet (Filipendula ulmaria)
Olive (Olea europaea)
Prickly Ash (Zanthoxylum americanum)
Raspberry Leaf (Rubus idaeus)
Thyme (Thymus vulgaris)
Wormwood (Artemisia absinthium)
Lu-Yen A. Chen, Tonks N. Fawcett, Colin Chandler,An exploration into registered nurses’ knowledge of adult fever in Scotland: A mixed method study, Nurse Education in Practice, Volume 63, 2022, 103411, ISSN 1471-5953.
[i] Ross SM. Echinacea purpurea: A Proprietary Extract of Echinacea purpurea Is Shown to be Safe and Effective in the Prevention of the Common Cold. Holist Nurs Pract. 2016 Jan-Feb;30(1):54-7.
[ii] Chang JS, Wang KC, Yeh CF, Shieh DE, Chiang LC. Fresh ginger (Zingiber officinale) has anti-viral activity against human respiratory syncytial virus in human respiratory tract cell lines. J Ethnopharmacol. 2013 Jan 9;145(1):146-51.
[iii] Guo Y, Goodman CL, Stanley DW, Bonning BC. Cell Lines for Honey Bee Virus Research. Viruses. 2020 Feb 20;12(2):236.
[iv] Shree P, Mishra P, Selvaraj C, Singh SK, Chaube R, Garg N, Tripathi YB. Targeting COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) main protease through active phytochemicals of ayurvedic medicinal plants - Withania somnifera(Ashwagandha), Tinospora cordifolia (Giloy) and Ocimum sanctum (Tulsi) - a molecular docking study. J Biomol Struct Dyn. 2022 Jan;40(1):190-203.
[v] Rouf R, Uddin SJ, Sarker DK, Islam MT, Ali ES, Shilpi JA, Nahar L, Tiralongo E, Sarker SD. Antiviral potential of garlic (Allium sativum) and its organosulfur compounds: A systematic update of pre-clinical and clinical data. Trends Food Sci Technol. 2020 Oct;104:219-234.
Please note that the information contained within this website does not and should not replace medical advice, and is not intended to treat or diagnose. We always recommend you consult with your doctor. Our Nutritional Therapy team is highly trained and we offer one to one Nutritional Therapy Consultations, which are designed to be complementary to any medical treatment from a functional medicine approach, as well as offering a preventative & optimal health focus.