Essential oils are highly concentrated plant extracts that offer a variety of therapeutic benefits. These natural remedies are a great way to help ease fever symptoms and support the healing process. They can also boost your immune system to prevent infection-related fevers from occurring in the first place.
Lavender – known as the ‘Queen of Sleep’, this oil is a natural sedative that helps calm the nervous system and promotes relaxation and restful sleep. It also has anti-inflammatory, analgesic and antipyretic properties that can be used to help ease the pain and discomfort of a fever. It is one of the gentlest oils, so it is a safe option for babies and young kids.
Eucalyptus – a powerful germ fighter, it is also a potent decongestant and can help relieve sinus congestion and coughs that are commonly associated with fever. Its main chemical compounds are 1,8-Cineole & alpha-terpineol, which help reduce the oxidative stress caused by inflammation and ease fever symptoms. This oil can be diluted with peppermint oil and applied to the neck or bottom of feet as a rub.
Holy basil oil is also a great fever remedy because it has anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties that can help ease the pain and discomfort associated with a fever. Its astringent qualities can also tighten the pores of the skin to help prevent excess sweating which can cause your body to overheat. It pairs well with eucalyptus and peppermint to make a soothing combination.