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Any temperature over 98.6°F (37°C) is considered a fever. Fever is the immune system’s natural defense for stopping infection and disease. However, out-of-control fevers can be devastating. A fever over 104°F (40°C) should receive immediate attention from your health care provider; do not wait for a fever to climb this high before taking action, especially with children.

What to Do

For low fevers, make a big pot of ginger-lemon tea, or a combination of peppermint, elder, and yarrow, and drink several hot, steaming cups. Wrap up in blankets and sweat out the infection. To relieve headache and lower a fever, wrap the forehead and feet with washcloths dipped in cold water, with a few drops of lavender essential oil added to it. (Or attempt a whole-body cold wrap). And take ½ to 1 teaspoon of echinacea tincture several times daily to boost the immune system. Drink lots of fluids during a fever, and avoid foods and drinks that are dehydrating (coffee, black tea, soda).

If the patient cannot tolerate liquids, or the fever is rising rapidly, a catnip enema can be excellent for lowering the fever and hydrating the system, especially in children. You will need an appropriate-size enema bag with a pressure regulator on the tubing. Don’t attempt an enema without expert guidance; consult with your health care provider if necessary.

Cold Wraps

Cold (or tepid) sheet wraps are one of the best techniques for lowering fever, hydrating the system, and improving circulation. Cold wraps are administered in bed, which will need to be protected with plastic sheeting. Soak a bedsheet in a large pan of cold or tepid water. Essential oils such as lavender, eucalyptus, tea tree, cajeput, pine, or cedar can be added to the water or sprinkled on the sheet to enhance the therapeutic value of the wrap. Wring out the sheet, and then place it on the plastic sheeting. Instruct the patient to lie down in the middle of the sheet. Wrap it snugly around him or her, from toes to neck, leaving only the head protruding. Place a tepid, damp cloth on the forehead. This treatment should be administered for 15 to 20 minutes only. Do not let the person get chilled; be sure the temperature of the room is warm. After the wrap, serve a large cup of warm ginger tea and put the patient directly into a warm, comfy bed.

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