Reduce a Fever or Encourage a Fever?

My whole life my gut has told me to help my body get to the temperature it needs to be at to kill off whatever it is fighting.  Every time I have tried to fight my fever I stay sick longer.  Every time I encourage it, I get well faster.

I had no medical, science or expert advice to back this up, but its what my gut told me and what worked for me.

After having children, I decided to look it up when Aliana had her first high temp.  We read online story after story of people rushing their children to the hospital with a high temp and being sent home with nothing but advice for “rest” and an invoice for thousands of dollars.

Since Aliana had a high fever yesterday associated with her cutting her last molar, I thought it would be appropriate to list some natural ways to make yourself FEEL BETTER while allow your body to FIGHT ILLNESS!

Her article also lists the many reasons she does not try to “fight” fevers in her home and the conditions in which you probably should head to the hospital!

This list is taken from

  • Lots of fluids to ward of dehydration and help the body flush the illness. We stick to water, herbal teas like chamomile, peppermint, or catnip.

  • Double doses of Fermented Cod Liver Oil, which seems to greatly reduce the duration of the illness and also gives the ill person important immune boosting nutrients. We use capsules for adults and gel for kids who can’t swallow pills. I also give this daily to all family members to help boost immune function so the body is ready to handle illness more quickly.

  • Probiotics– You’ve probably heard the saying “All disease begins in the gut” and I give probiotics to support immune and gut health. We take these all the time, but especially during illness.

  • Homemade elderberry syrup to boost immune function and make the ill person more comfortable. Here’s a recipe to make your own much less expensively than store bought options.

  • Lots of bone broth and homemade soups to nourish and provide nutrients that aid in healing.

  • Small doses of coconut oil mixed in to food or smoothies for its antibacterial and antiviral properties.

  • We do warm baths with epsom salts or magnesium and a sprinkle of powdered ginger to help alleviate muscle aches. Peppermint tea also works for head/muscle aches associated with an illness.

  • If the person is achy or having trouble resting comfortably, I’ll sometimes give a natural sleep tincture or chamomile tincture to help soothe achy muscles and promote relaxing sleep.

TIP: I highly recommend printing out a version of this and keeping in on hand in a cabinet with the remedies in case you become ill. While I am prepared to help a family member who doesn’t feel well, I’m often not the best at remembering to do these things myself if I am ill. This way, my husband can help me remember to do these things when I’m not feeling well.

What do you do when you have a high fever in your household?

Looking Forward to Twenty Fourteen.

As I stand here in the wake of twenty thirteen I feel both exhausted and empowered. For many of us twenty thirteen was a year of major lifestyle and ideological transformations. The idea that you have to “fight” for freedom is quickly fading away as the realization that you can “create” freedom takes hold in the hearts of liberty lovers across the globe.


Bitcoin exploded onto the scene in 2013, shaking mega corporations and monetary institutions to their core. As Bitcoin becomes a dinner table conversation in the homes of “mainstream” families, so does the realization that we do not need centralized banks and government to provide money to us. We can create our own.


The ramifications of this will be huge in twenty fourteen. Small businesses will open around Bitcoin. Multi-million dollar start ups will launch around Bitcoin. The dollar will become even more irrelevant. The looting of the masses by gangster banksters will become less possible. People will be empowered to just say NO to funding war and oppression because they will be empowered to create and distribute their own money.


Twenty fourteen, in my opinion, will mark the year that the old white haired control freaks in “government” will begin to fade into the background and young lovers of freedom will step into the role of changing the shape of our society as we know it. The power exercised by the “elite” is based on the control of information and money. With the internet and Bitcoin, nothing can hold back the message of freedom. Nothing can stop people from accessing the information and tools they need to make significant changes to their way of life.


Empowered by the success of Bitcoin, I believe that twenty fourteen will be the year that people begin taking large steps to get out of all centralize institutions in which they have found themselves entangled. This means starting their own businesses, growing their own foods, buying local quality products instead of mass produced trinkets. Twenty fourteen will be the year people move from TALKING about freedom to LIVING freedom. I can’t wait!


Catherine Bleish

This article was written for and will be published in the Freedom’s Phoenix E-Zine.

Happy New Year!

We hope this year brings you greater sovereignty and lots of creativity!  Here is a shot of Aliana Jan 2, 2014 enjoying a fun unschooled afternoon painting.  Live!  Love!  Enjoy 2014!!!  <3 the Blush Family


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