3 Home Remedies for Fever this Cold and Flu Season
Written by: Victoria Williams R.H.N.
Victoria Williams R.H.N.
Victoria is Head of Operations at Queen of the Thrones®. Victoria obtained a Pre-Health Science Certificate with Honours from Georgian College, which ignited her passion for natural wellness and nutrition.
Medically reviewed by: Melanie Swackhammer B.A.
Est. reading time: 7 minutes.
How Castor Oil Packs for Kids Can Help
And sometimes, their little immune systems are really put to the test and those colds are accompanied by a fever.
So, you run to the store for your go-to fever remedy, just to find that the shelves are empty due to supply and demand. Can you relate?
As a result, you are left to feel stressed and frustrated, am I right?
Well, there’s no reason to be stressed, because here you’ll discover three tried and true home remedies for fever used by natural practitioners.
As you may have guessed, one of the natural tools to support a fever is a Castor Oil Pack. A study shows that Castor Oil Packs may also help to support immunomodulation1. Sounds good, agreed?
Keep reading so you can know the 3 ancient tried and true fever remedies used by natural practitioners to support your child’s fever naturally. You’ll also learn how Castor Oil Packs can help your child…
But first, can a fever be dangerous?
Studies have shown that fevers are rarely harmful, but, temperatures higher than 41°C (105.8°F) can be dangerous (although, rare)3.
Three tried and true home remedies for a fever
These natural remedies may not only help with fever, but also support your child’s immune system. Let’s have a look at these remedies and how they work. Shall we?
1. Wet, Cold Socks
Much like the Castor Oil Pack, this method is thought to increase circulation and enhance the immune system.
The method goes as follows: After a warm bath, put on a thin pair of cotton socks that have been soaked in ice water (and have been generously rung out), then cover with a second pair of dry wool socks.
During a fever, your child can wear the socks overnight and in the morning the socks will be dry. If your child sweats overnight, be sure to change their pj’s, but keep the socks on.
You can use this remedy alone or combine it with…
2. Cold Baths and Hydrotherapy:
This method is thought to reduce and maintain a fever at a lower temperature, which is still beneficial when they’re sick and fighting infection.
Lukewarm (not ice-cold) sponging or baths may help cool your child’s body and bring down their fever by enhancing circulation and reducing inflammation.
Soak a hand towel in water and be sure to give it a good wring-out so it’s not dripping. Pat down your child’s body from head to feet. This method can be repeated multiple times.
And the last natural remedy…
3. Castor Oil Packs on the Liver:
Wondering how Castor Oil Packs may support a fever?
Well, Castor Oil Packs can help to improve your body’s natural ability to support liver detoxification (toxin and pathogens), lymphatic drainage
Here’s how to use it:
Your kid’s Castor Oil Pack practice can be done in 1 hour intervals during acute times of discomfort. Wear the pack for an hour, remove for an hour, then repeat. This practice can be done in combination with the cold sock method and between taking cool baths.
Plus, a Castor Oil Pack works from the outside-in to set the foundation for excellent gut health, which reflects in better bowel movements,6-7 balanced microbiome,12-13-14 a sense of calm and overall wellness. Sounds amazing, agreed?
Would you love to stock up on your Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil Pack for Kids now?
Finally, always remember to stay hydrated. Dehydration can make a fever worse, so it’s important to encourage your child to drink plenty of fluids. Tea, water and broth are excellent options.
It’s important to consult with a healthcare professional if your child’s fever is persistent or if your child is experiencing other symptoms, such as difficulty breathing or severe pain.
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