Did you know chocolate is an herb? With heart-healthy antioxidants, the herb has been used medicinally to treat fever, depression, kidney and liver ailments.
Drink as much water and juice as possible to counter the dehydration that's the main cause f the discomfort associated with fever.
The pomegranite has been cultivated in Israil for more than 5,000 years. Over the centuries, the people of Israelhave found medicinal uses for many parts of the pomegranite. The rind of the fruit, for example, is used to treat recurring fevers.
Fever is natures way of burning impurities. Its one of the most feared and misunderstood functions of the body. At the onset of fever it is best to eliminate all solid foods and drink lots of liquids. Lemon juice and water will cleanse the body. Herbs for fever include: Fenugreek, Garlic, Golden Seal, Catnip, Thyme, boneset, chamomile, peppermint, spearmint, raspberry, and yarrow.
Willow trees, birch trees, ans almonds all yield
salicin, or natural aspirin. It is common for people in parts of Africa to use these three sources to reduce fever. Western medicine recommends aspirin as an effective and safe way to reduce adult fever; however, natural salicin is an effective alternative.
To induce sweating, steep a tsp of catnip, boneset, mint, and sage in a cupful of hot water for 10 minutes. Stir and strain and drink one cupful every hour for four or five doses.
Arabian physicians were the first to varify the medicinal properties of the tamarind fruit. Arabs have long eaten tamarinds to reduce high fevers. This treatment is also popular in India, where the tamarind tree originated and where the juice is often served as a cool beverage.
Sage contains antibacterial and antiseptic compounds, and has been taken in the form of tea since the Middle ages. Popular among the Chinese and Dutch, it has many uses, including the reduction of body temperature.
The people of Mexico, India, China, and Thailand have known for centuries that their spicy cuisines not only tase good but also can be used to help reduce fevers. Foods containing chili peppers, cayenne pepper, or curry make you perspire, one of your body's most effective methods of cooling off.
Acerola cherries, native to Ecuador, are effective in the prevention of colds due to their high content of vitamine C. According to the Indians of Ecuador, these cherries also can be eaten to combat high fevers.
Most people know that normal body temperaure is
approximately 98.6 degrees fahrenheit (37 degrees celsius). Anything higher is considered a fever. Small changes in body temperature are usually not serious. Temperature can fluctuate depending on the time of day or one's level of activity. In the case of illness, a moderate rise in temperature may help the body fight some types of infection. Above a certain level, however, temperature must be controlled. A fever of 106 degrees fahrenheit or higher (in adults) is extreamly serious and demands immediate medical attention. If the temperature remains at this level for a prolonged period of time, seizures, brain damage, even death, can result. In children, temperatures above 104 degrees fahrenheit can cause damage to the more sensitive brain tissue. For more typical fevers, such as those that accompany a common cold or flu, Western medicine recommends aspirin, or acetaminophen, and cool compress. However, the tribal people of Africa's Kalahari use the root of the devil's claw plant to fight high fevers. The plant has the anti-inflammatory properties of cortisone and may reduce brain tissue swelling that accompanies some bacterial infections. The Africans either boil it into a tea or pound it into a powder.
The French use a hot tea made from the petals and leaves of the borage flower to treat high fevers. This induces perspiration. Fresh or dried flowers can be used in this treatment. Its said to work best for fevers associated with a cold.
West Indians make a fiery sweet and sour remedy for fever reduction. They soak the pods of cayenne pepper in hot water, and add sugar and the juice of sour oranges. They drink this beverage freely to reduce fever. It induces sweating and the oranges provide vitamin C.
In addition to treating several other ailments, ginger, which promotes sweating, can be eaten to reduce high fever.
In the Mediterranean, parts of the balm root are eaten to induce sweating, which, in turn can break a fever. This cure can be administered in the form of an oil extracted from the root of the plant, or the fresh root can be eaten in salads or soup.
Borage was also used for fevers by the Greeks and Mediterraneans. They put the crushed leaves and flowers in their wine. An infusion can be brewed by crushing 1 tsp of dried leaves and/or flowers (or 3 tsps of the fresh herb) and steeping in 1 c. of boiling water. Borage has a pleasant, cucumber like taste.
Betel nuts grow on palm trees found in Malaysia, in New Guinea, and on Normandy Island. Many people in these regions chew the betel for its sedative effects. They know that this nut encourages perspiration, thereby reducing fever. The active ingredients in betel nuts, now synthesized in dozens of forms, are like aspirin in their effectiveness.
During the Middle Ages, the Romans regarded the herb bennet as an effective fever reducer, A good general tonic for convalescence, bennet wine extract is best for chronic bronchitis and intermittent fever. The extract is prepared by soaking bennet in wine (40 grams of crushed root per 1 liter of wine) for 6 days in a tightly stoppered bottle. It is then strained. One glassful, 3 times a day, is the recommended dose.
A rural, down home South Carolina cure for chills and fever is dogwood bark (which reduces fever) and black cherry bark soaked in whisky.
The Australian fever tree, also known as the eucalyptus tree and the blue gum tree, is found in Australia and malaysia. The oil extracted from the leaves of this tree is said to be useful in the treatment of high fevers.
The people of India and China use a treatment for high fevers that originated as a way to cool off during hot weather. For centuries, Indians and Chinese have used hot tea to encourage the cooling effect of perspiration. The beat part of this pleasant remedy is that you can repeat it as often as you like.
The wild orchid is most commonly appreciated for its splended flowers. The people of Turkey, however, have discovered that the tubers found in the center of the flower can be used to make a substance called salep, which is effective in the treatment of fever. This remedy is also common in India and Iran.
Warm one quart of whiskey with the peels of two
oranges and one lemon. Take two teaspoons after each meal.