Because fevers are a sign that your body is fighting an infection naturally, fevers will usually decrease on their own once the infection has been taken care of. There are occasions, however, when the body has a fever unnecessarily or when the fever is too high; when that occurs herbs can be used to make your fever break.
Herbs for Fever
Below are some of the most common herbs used for lowering fever.
White WIllow (Salix alba)
Used by thousands of years by Chinese herbalists, a white willow tea is perhaps the best way to treat both fever and pain. White willow contains salicin, which is the active ingredient in aspirin (which is often used for fevers). The taste of the herb is a little harsh, so try adding some cinnamon or chamomile to your tea.
Meadowsweet (Filipendula ulmaria)
Though not as well-known as white willow, meadowsweet is also an excellent source of salicin. It is gentle on the stomach, unlike aspirin. Because it is also an excellent remedy for digestive ailments, it is an excellent choice if your fever is paired with digestive issues.
Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)
An herb that is used to promote perspiration, yarrow is therefore an excellent choice when trying to break a fever. The salicylic acid in yarrow opens the pores, therefore inducing sweat. Simultaneously, yarrow is well-known for its ability to eliminate toxins, which may help the body fight the culprit that is causing the fever.
Black Elder (Sambucus nigra)
For years, the elder tree flowers have been used to treat colds and flus. This herb also promotes sweating in addition to opening capillaries, eliminating toxins, and reducing congestion. Available as a tea or tincture, this herb is especially recommended to treat spiking fevers in children.
Peppermint (Mentha piperita)
Among its plethora of uses, you can also add “fever reducer” to the list for peppermint. In addition to reducing fever, peppermint is also beneficial for the digestive system and may decrease anxiety, allowing the body to relax and recover. Peppermint can be taken in combination with elder flowers, boneset, or yarrow.
Ginger (Zingiber officinale)
Ginger is an item that should be kept in every kitchen, with its uses ranging from easing stomach pain to soothing arthritis pain. By promoting perspiration and stimulating peripheral circulation, ginger is another option for reducing your body’s temperature. Since stomach pain so often accompanies fevers, ginger is an excellent choice for fever sufferers.
Echinacea (Echinacea purpurea)
Another herb that is appreciated for its ability to fight colds and flus, echinacea is also a great choice when trying to reduce a fever. It is a valuable anti-microbial, anti-viral and immune-stimulant herb. Echinacea is safe for everyone, of all ages to use.
Catnip (Nepeta cataria)
Traditionally used as a cold and flu remedy, catnip has a strong diaphoretic quality, making it ideal for reducing fevers. It also acts as a mild sedative, calming the body and allowing for recovery.
It is important to remember that a fever is your body’s way of fighting an infection, so a fever is not always a bad thing. When a fever is excessively high, however, or is no longer necessary to fight the virus or bacteria, it is recommended to try one of or a combination of these herbs. In addition to your choice of herb(s), be sure to drink plenty of water and get enough rest.
What herbal method do you use to reduce fever?