How to Reduce a Fever

Do you want to know how to reduce a fever?

Applying quality, therapeutic-grade essential oils can boost the body's immune system in a way that can lower a rising body temperature and bring about fever reduction.



A fever is a natural and powerful immune response of the human body that is especially valuable in fighting infectious diseases.

Most fevers tend to run their course, but if a fever remains over 104 °F, it can lead to neurological damage.

Prolonged fevers may also indicate an underlying problem that needs medical attention.


Reducing Fevers with Essential Oils

When faced with the question of how to reduce a fever, people commonly turn to over the counter medications, but my preference is to apply therapeutic essential oils.

This has been my approach for years, and I have been very satisfied with it as a natural fever remedy.

The Essential Oils Desk Reference lists Wintergreen and Copaiba as the top single oils for reducing a fever.

Other oils for fever are peppermint, nutmeg, German chamomile, and Idaho balsam fir.

Any of these oils can be applied topically, using 2-3 drops on the forehead, temples, back of the neck, and soles of the feet.

Those with sensitive skin may want to dilute the oils 50:50 with a quality vegetable oil, like almond oil, coconut oil, or olive oil.

The essential oils mentioned here can also be ingested with a "00" size capsule or inhaled through the use of a diffuser.

When ingested, it's doubly important to only use the highest quality therapeutic-grade essential oils.


Peppermint and Alternatives

Peppermint is an old reliable stand-by for fever reduction, and I have used it many times to bring a high temperature under control.

Rubbing peppermint along the spine can be a great way to reduce a fever for many people.

Some, however, may find peppermint “hot” to their skin and may prefer an alternative.

This is especially true of small children.

For this reason, Dr. Peter Minke recommends repeated applications of lemon essential oil to the spine and inside of the forearms for children under 3 years of age.


Managing Fever Spikes

Repeated applications of essential oils increases their effectiveness against stubborn fevers.

This is especially true when it comes to overcoming fever spikes.

Repeated applications of myrtle and lemon may be effective for temperature spikes.

If four or five applications within an hour and a half period do not seem to bring a fever down, the oil blend ImmuPower may be effective.

This powerful blend contains oregano, clove, cumin, and other potent essential oils. Because of the potency of this blend, I would only use it for adults.

Finding the oils that work best for your situation may take a little experimentation, but the effort is well worth it as I've found essential oils to be an excellent way to reduce a fever.

IMPORTANT: Always seek appropriate medical advice for prolonged or high fevers.


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