Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Options for Fevers

Options for Fevers

It's that wonderful time of the year! Unfortunately, this wonderful time of the year is often accompanied with colds and flus. WIth these colds and flus may come fevers. Fevers are our body's natural response to helping the body kick out infections. So instead of facing fevers in fear, we should be grateful that the body is doing exactly what it needs to do to help itself and then we should do what we can, with wisdom, to help support the fever and help the body recover as quickly as possible.

There are many valuable and effective options for supporting the fever or for helping to reduce the fever if the fever is getting too high. They include:
  • Herbal teas such as yarrow tea or a blend of elderflowers, peppermint and yarrow. 
  • Peppermint essential oil (diluted for children) rubbed onto the spine area and the bottom of the feet. 
  • Egg whites applied to the bottom of the feet. Strange folk remedy - but it works! Onions can also be used on the bottom of the feet but are super smelly. 
  • Gua Sha - Gua Sha helps break up stagnation in the body and gets the blood and lymph flowing which helps reduce fevers and helps the body fight off infection. Foot rubs can do the same thing though it's not quite as effective as doing Gua Sha. (Watch some YouTube videos about how to do Gua Sha or read the info in my Beyond Wheat and Weeds book.)
  • Cool ice pack on the back of the neck. 

      And, of course, getting rid of the infection will help eliminate the cause of the fever. Most fevers occur from either viral or bacterial infections which can be addressed using formulas or remedies such as these:
      • Viruses: Oscillococcinum, Influenzinum, Anti-Viral Herbal remedies, Lomatium Root tincture, Elderberry, high doses of vitamin C, Zinc, L-lysine, Andrographis, Garlic. 
      • Bacteria: Echinacea, high doses of vitamin C, Garlic, Anti-Bacterial herbs, Nano Silver
      • Either bacteria or viruses - Fire Cider - 1 Tbsp every 1-2 hours. 
    Taking some preventative measures is also wise during this time of the year. Things we do to help prevent us from getting sick include:
    • Take vitamin D daily - 1,000 IU daily for children, 5,000 IU daily for teens and adults
    • Vitamin C - 500 - 1000 mg twice a day
    • Influenzinum or Oscillococcinum - once a day, 1-2 times a week
    • Anti-Viral tea regularly - 1-3 cups can be taken daily or as wanted, maybe every other day. 
    • Wash hands regularly - especially after being out in public


    Ring in the New Year

    My daughter recently arranged a popular end-of-the-year hymn and we created a music video for this arrangement that I thought some of you might enjoy. 
     

    I hope you have a wonderful New Year's celebration!

    ~Claudia

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