What is Fever?
Medically define fever is a temporary body temperature rise above the normal range of 36-37°C (96-99ºF), often due to certain illness.
When you are sick, having fever is a common medical sign, because fever provides the kind of environment for our white blood cell to fight against any invading organism.
Virus and bacteria is sensitive against heat temperature, therefore 38°C (100.4 ºF) is a body temperature needed for our body to fight against pathogen. Many ancient healers ignore fevers of cold and flu, but once fever becomes debilitating, all peoples find remedies to reduce it.
There is a lot of fear and phobia about fever, especially parents. They are afraid their children might have seizures and brain damages if a sudden spike of body temperature. Therefore, parents always treat their children’ mild fever with the powerful effective drugs. But the nature of fever is very much dependent upon the virulence of the pathogen and immune system of the person.
Is All Fever needs to be treated?
It becomes a common practice that people treat their mild fever with paracetamol (acetaminophen) for children and aspirin for adult. The abuses of drugs in long run will deteriorate our body immune system.
Of course it is essential to accurately diagnose your condition, it might relate to viral or bacterial infection such as measles, rubella, malaria, turberculosis… Fevers can be dangerous and can change rapidly. Therefore the recommendation below is refer to the mild fever condition.
Therefore, you should be aware when your fever rose to 38.8°C (102 ºF) especial for kids below five-year old (not including baby). It is important to treat and prevent the fever rose to 42.2°C (108 ºF), which has been known to cause brain damages.
Essential Oils that Help in Relieving Fever
The following are some recommendation of essential oils that can help relieve fever and speed up healing.
Peppermint oil is effective for colds and influenza with fever. In ancient, Egyptians used peppermint tea to prevent an oncoming fever.
Lavender has febrifuge properties, it helps to reduce fever and promote relaxation.
In Australia, Eucalyptus has been known for “fever tree” as the aborigines of Australia used it in sweat baths to ease fever. Oils extracted from eucalyptus leaves have antiseptic and febrifuge properties. It is able to prevent bacteria and influenza viruses and fighting against malaria attacks.
In Asia, lemongrass is also known as “fever grass”, it is commonly used by Indian for treating mild fever started from hundreds of years ago.
According to Buchman (2006), “European villagers use lemon water to lowers the fever, it also cleansing, healing and antiseptic.” All citrus essential oil act quickly in treatment but short lived. Lemon oil helps purify liver and has immune stimulant properties which can stimulate the white blood cells production and fight against pathogen.
Thyme (Thymus vulgaris) contains the chemical thymol; it is a powerful antiseptic and immune stimulant essential oil. Romans use thyme to promote respiration in fevers. It was used in hospital until World War I, as it could kill yellow fever organisms.
Avoid peppermint essential oil for children below five years old.
If your fever is higher than 38.8°C (102 ºF) or fever with no other obvious symptoms that has gone on more than four days, please see doctor right away.
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Pip Waller, 2010, Holistic Anatomy: An Integrative Guide to the Human Body, 1st edition, North Atlantic Books.
Dian Dincin Buchman (2006), Ancient Healing Secrets, 2nd edition, Orient Paperback.