When your body is battling illness with a low-grade fever, a simple trick can really help speed up the recovery process.
How to Help a Fever Heal
There are very few times in your life when you may actually need to take medicine for a fever. When I was growing up, people scrambled to use drugs to lower their temperature, but that is no longer the case.
Today, we know that fever is the body’s way of fighting certain infections that it cannot otherwise deal with. Various bacteria and other organisms cannot survive high temperatures, and fever is a technique the body uses to kill them.
It’s amazing, don’t you think? The intelligence of the body constantly astounds me.
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In my life I’ve found it’s true It’s best to let the fever pass naturally. Apparently, if it’s over 104 degrees Fahrenheit for an extended period of time, you have a fever problem. I guess the numbers above are a bit debatable, but it’s what I’ve used. However, I’ve never (or known anyone) ever had a fever higher than that.
Helps fever heal your body by raising the temperature in a localized area
I also use this principle of heat to help localized areas heal.
When I have a bit of a sore throat, I wear a scarf to help raise the temperature in the area. The idea is to help create fevers in specific areas of the neck and throat. It does help.
Another thing I’ve found to be very helpful with fevers (even before you get sick) is take a warm bath or soak in a warm bath. The principle here is that I’m helping my body warm up. I’m using the heat of the water to help increase my overall temperature.
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If your body had to generate all the heat for a fever on its own, it would use up a lot of energy—and that would use up a lot of energy when you need it most. Having an external heat source reduces the body’s workload when the body temperature rises, thereby aiding in the healing process.
I remember a time a few years ago when my daughter started showing the first signs of the flu (muscle aches, mild fever, short temper). I went to the hot tub with her (although a hot bath would do the trick too). We soaked together for a long time until our bodies decided it was time to get out. When we got home, my daughter was happy and lively again.
I will say this, From my personal experience, hot tub/hot tub therapy works about 90% of the time.
What do you think?
how about you? Have you had good results using whole body or localized heat to help your body heal? What is your favorite way to support your body when you have a fever? Let me know in the comments below!
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This is an updated version of an article originally published on January 17, 2014.
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Marjory Wildcraft is the founder of The Grow Network, a community focused on modern self-sufficient living. She has been named an expert on off-grid living by National Geographic, moderates the Mother Earth News Online Homes Summit, and is listed in Who’s Who in America for inspiring hundreds of thousands of backyard gardens. Marjory was the focus of an article that won the Reuters Food Sustainability Media Award, and she recently wrote Growing Systems: The Essential Guide to Modern Self-Sufficient Living—From Growing Food to Medicine.