10 Herbs That Help Manage Fever & How To Use Them
By Meagan - October 22, 2014
Fever. It's something we've all experienced. A fever is a friend and the sign of a healthy immune system. It helps the body by making it an uncomfortable environment for viruses and bacteria to thrive in. But never mind a fever's good intentions because there are times when it doesn't feel much like a friend. There are times when a fever can be a scary ordeal, especially if you're dealing with a small child or it's uncomfortably high. Thankfully, there are natural options for fevers... herbs to be exact. These herbs can help you manage a fever safely and efficiently without needing to opt for over-the-counter medications that have their own set of pros and cons unless absolutely necessary. Today I'd like to talk about 10 common fever reducing herbs and how to use them. Some of these herbs you may already have on hand. As for the others, you may want to stock up on them so they're handy when you need them.
10 Herbs That Help Manage Fever
- Lemon Balm
- Elder Flower
Two Types of FeversThe first thing you must do when a person has a fever and you want to use herbs to manage it is to look at the person with the fever and ask yourself two questions.
- What do they look like?
- How are they acting?
Choosing Appropriate HerbsThe next step in using herbs with a fever is to chose the correct herbs for the correct type of fever... a deficient fever or an excessive fever. With fevers, you want to use herbs that stimulate sweating as a way to cool the body down. Sweating therapy is typically used to treat externally caused illnesses like colds, flu, and fever. These herbs are referred to as diaphoretic herbs and the work to open the pores in the skin and allowing the body to sweat which allows the heat a pathway out of the body.
Diaphoretic HerbsDiaphoretic herbs induce sweating. They are to be taken hot because if they're taken cold they will act as a diuretic rather than a diaphoretic and the goal is to sweat not pee. When it comes to choosing which diaphoretic herbs to use for a fever there are two categories to chose from.
- Stimulating diaphoretics
- Relaxing diaphoretics