All Time Best Home Remedies for Fever

When you want to avoid acetaminophen or ibuprofen it’s good to know that there are several home remedies for your kids that can bring down a fever in a natural way.  These methods also work on adults, and are easily performed at home using things you probably already own.

Little Bit About Fevers

Let’s get one thing straight about fevers.  They are the body’s natural response to something going wrong in the body.  Whether it be from illness or infection, a fever is your first line of defense when it comes to fighting off illnesses which thrive under normal body temperature.  In other words, sometimes a good old fever is all you need to kill off something that’s ailing you.  Think of that before you apply any of the home remedies for fever you’re about to see.

In fact, a fever rarely enters your life on its own!  There’s usually an underlying cause, so by reducing your fever you’re simply treating a symptom.  Granted, a fever can become uncomfortable, especially for a child.  That’s why we’ve assembled the all time best home remedies for fever right here.

The Symptoms of a Fever

A fever is defined as when your body temperature rises above normal.  The common symptoms of a fever include:

  • dehydration
  • weakness
  • sweating
  • shivering, chills
  • skin feels warm to the touch, especially the forehead

If you suspect your child has a fever, proceed with this in mind: if it’s a severe fever (0ver 104 F) then go immediately to an emergency room because this can indicate something more serious than a small infection or mild illness is causing the fever.  Here are some signs that usually accompany an emergency room-worthy, very high fever:

  • child is drowsy
  • child has a seizure
  • child also has a sore throat, rash, earache or stiff neck

The Causes of Fevers

Lots of things can cause fevers: it’s the body’s natural response to any number of infections or illnesses.  A fever can also be a side effect.  Therefore, if you have a fever, it’s important to think of what underlying factors may be contributing to the fever, rather than simply trying to bring it down.  Ask yourself the following questions, all of which concern the causes of fevers:

  1. Could it be some medication I’m taking?
  2. Could it be an illegal drug I took (especially cocaine or amphetamines?
  3. Did I recently have a vaccine?
  4. Is it possible I have a hormone disorder (like hyperthyroidism)?
  5. Do I have an ear infection?  throat infection?  kidney infection?  lung infection?
  6. Could my IBD be causing my fever? (IBD = inflammatory bowel disease) or any other autoimmune disease?

As you can see, almost anything can cause a fever, from an infected finger to full blown cancer.  Don’t fret too much, though: the most common causes of fevers are the common cold and gastroenteritis*.

most common cause of a fever: the common cold

Now that you’ve got the picture, let’s take a look at some home remedies for fever, below.

All Time Best Home Remedies for Fever

1. Drink Lots of Water.  If you’re ill, then water will help your body fight the illness.  Drinking water will also stave off the inevitable dehydration that accompanies most fevers.  Fluids in general will help, although water is always the best. Try herbal teas, too.  Black or green tea will actually dehydrate you even more because they have caffeine.

2.  Coconut Oil in Your Food.  Coconut oil is the magic cure-all for so many things because it has antibacterial and antiviral properties.  Use it wherever you would use other cooking oils or put it in a smoothie.

3.  Eat Fermented Cod Liver Oil.  This stuff has tons of nutrients which are great for speeding along the healing process and boosting the immune system.  Take the capsules or the liquid form every day.

4.  Homemade Elderberry Syrup.  This is a truly old fashioned remedy for fever.  The properties of elderberries are just now becoming understood by scientists, but it seems they have wonderful effects on the immune system.  You can buy this at health food stores or make your own.

5.  The Well Known Remedy: a Cool, Moist Washcloth to the Forehead. Besides feeling fantastic when your body is burning up from fever, this will actually help to reduce your fever just a little.  This is a good one for kids, too.

6.  Take a Lukewarm (not hot, not cold) Bath.  This will cool the body, if that’s what you need.  The evaporating water off the skin will cool and soothe.

*Source: Web Md, “Fever Facts”

Home Remedies for Sensitive Teeth Dentists NEVER Talk About

Ouch- there it goes again, your sensitive teeth. The smallest things can send shooting pain through your mouth: a cool glass of soda suddenly becomes your worst enemy. A bite of cake with frosting leaves you holding the side of your cheek. Having sensitive teeth is no fun at all, and most people would do anything to avoid that shocking feeling. If you can’t get to the dentist right away, here are some dental home remedies to try, which should tide you over until your appointment.

What are the Symptoms of Sensitive Teeth?

Discomfort in one or more teeth is the main symptom. It can fee like a mild irritation or a shocking blast, depending no the severity of your condition. It’s triggered by something coming into contact with the area of sensitivity in your mouth such as:

  • hot food or drinks
  • cold food or drinks
  • sweet food or drinks
  • sour food
  • cold air

What Causes Sensitive Teeth?

When your gums recede they expose the layer underneath called dentin. Your gum tissue is what protects the roots of your teeth, so when it pulls back, the roots are exposed. Since they’re not protected by tooth enamel like your teeth are, the exposed roots are prone to sensitivity. It’s like touching a raw nerve when you have sensitive teeth. All the hot or cold food and drinks you consume can now reach the nerve center of your tooth, resulting in pain. So as you see, it’s not that you have sensitive teeth, it’s really that you have exposed tooth roots.

Here’s a list of things which can cause your gums to recede:

  • brushing too hard
  • tooth whitening products
  • gum disease (gingivitis)
  • teeth grinding
  • mouthwash
  • acidic foods
  • tooth decay
  • plaque buildup
  • chewing tobacco
  • trauma

Following is a list of home remedies for sensitive teeth. However, as you can see from the list of things that cause your gums to recede, some things must be checked out by a dentist.

Home Remedies for Sensitive Teeth

1. Fluoride rinse. You can use the stuff from a drug store- this helps with tooth decay too. Dab some directly onto the sensitive spot before bedtime and leave it there.

2. Desensitizing toothpaste. These special toothpastes will actually fill in the dentin.

3. Brush your teeth at least twice a day. Keep your teeth clean and protect them against plaque buildup.

4. Use a soft bristle toothbrush. A majority of the time, sensitive teeth is a result of brushing too hard or using a brush that’s too stiff.

5. Baking soda, sea salt & prickly ash bark. This is derived from a Native American recipe for healthy gums.

6. Vitamin B1 & thiamine. Take 100 mg per day.

7. Calcium hydroxyapatite. This will restore the enamel, which in turn will decrease sensitivity.

8. Clove Powder. Make a paste of clove powder and water, then dab it on the sensitive area after a meal.

9. Flossing.

10. Clove oil & cinnamon oil.

11. Echinacea. Put some in juice and drink 3 times a day along with Vitamin C. This acts as an antibiotic to kill infection that may be present in your mouth.

12. Aloe Vera. This can ease the inflammation.