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The body reacts to a bacterial or viral infection by raising its temperature to activate the immune system and speed up the healing process. However, if excessively high fever persists, the body could become dehydrated or overly burdened by the unusual heat.

In small children, high fever can easily lead to dehydration and often causes convulsions that could affect cranial functions.

If fevers and other symptoms persist, it’s always best to consult a physician, but for fevers associated with minor infections like colds or flu, natural remedies can be applied.


Minimizing intake of solid food, to enable the body to concentrate on fighting the infection rather than digesting food, is highly recommended during a fever. At the same time, increasing the intake of fluids is important because the primary risk of fever is dehydration. Drink plenty of fluids throughout the day. Hydrating will also induce urination, which helps expel toxins from the body.

Herbal Teas

Some herbs have sweat-inducing properties that work best during fever spells. Herbal teas made from echinacea, linden flowers and elder flowers help induce perspiration, thus lowering fevers, and boost the immune system.

A recommended tea mixture that also helps reduce fever and strengthen the immune system is composed of willow bark, rose hips, and chamomile and linden flowers.

Cooling Down

Sweating helps cool the body down considerably. Soaking in a hot bath for 20 minutes to induce perspiration, followed by 24 hours of strict bed rest, helps to lower a fever.

Cold treatments, on the other hand, like cold-water leg rinses and cold vinegar washes, are also good remedies for lowering an excessively high body temperature. Bed rest is also recommended after cold treatments.