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?

4 Replies to “Reduce a Fever or Encourage a Fever?”

  1. Great suggestions! I’m glad I found your article because although there are many experts that agree allowing the body to function as intended, is best. There are just as many that want you to reduce the fever as soon it hits 100. And the same goes when reading parent opinion. Have you read blogs from parents that think you should take your child to ER if the child has 102 fever? It’s easy to get scared when it’s concerning your little one and not trust your instincts. Anyway, I bought a book: treatment alternatives for children by Lawrence Rosen md & Jeff Cohen. When my then 2 1/2 year old daughter had 103.5 fever, I read the section on fever obsessively throughout the entire night. It basically suggested letting the fever do its job and stay hydrated. That’s what we did and all was well. So that’s what we do.

    1. Yes, we had people get upset with us for not taking our kids to the hospital for a 100+ fever, but when I read online the stories of parents who do, they get sent home!!!! Thank you for the comment and the book suggestion, I will check it out!!!!!


  2. People are crazy for taking their kids to the hospital for only 100 F.
    My husband is a doctor so I guess I can understand why they do it though. Once my daughter had tonsilitious at the age of 11 and her fever stayed at 40 C mostly (104 F) but it went at its highest 42 C (107 F) which would have been scary if not for my husband knowing what to do.
    He gave her some medicine (I think it was penicillin) that was to fight the tonsilitious itself, not the fever. 🙂

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