Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- POPULAR REMEDIES
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Aspirin and Zinc
- Baking Soda and Lard
- Baking Soda Bath
- Banana Leaves
- Chinese Hard Boiled Egg Massage
- Cool Water
- Egg Whites
- Excessive Heat Recipe
- Fenugreek Seeds
- Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide for Valley Fever
- General Feedback
- Ginger Root
- Glandular Fever Remedies
- Hold the Child
- Liquid Calcium
- MMS for Valley Fever
- Multiple Remedies
- Oregano Oil on the Feet for Fever
- Potato and Apple Cider Vinegar
- Potato, Garlic and ACV
- Rolling an Egg
- Rubbing Alcohol
- Typhoid Fever Treatment
- White Vinegar
"Fever (also known as pyrexia, from the Greek pyretos meaning fire, or a febrile response, from the Latin word febris, meaning fever, and archaically known as ague) is a frequent medical symptom that describes an increase in internal body temperature to levels above normal. Fever is most accurately characterized as a temporary elevation in the body's thermoregulatory set-point, usually by about 1?2?C.
Fever differs from hyperthermia; hyperthermia is an increase in body temperature over the body's thermoregulatory set-point (due to excessive heat production or insufficient thermoregulation, or both). Carl Wunderlich discovered that fever is not a disease but a symptom of disease.
The elevation in thermoregulatory set-point means that the previous "normal body temperature" is considered hypothermic, and effector mechanisms kick in. The person who is developing the fever has a cold sensation, and an increase in heart rate, muscle tone and shivering attempt to counteract the perceived hypothermia, thereby reaching the new thermoregulatory set-point. A fever is one of the body's mechanisms to try to neutralize the perceived threat inside the body be it bacteria or a virus." (Wikipedia)
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[YEA] 08/24/2006: Nick from DeWitt, MI: "I got home from work to find my wife with a fever over 103. We had tried a bath before I wen to work, and it helped to lower it, but it came back. She had also been taking motrin, but it did not help. I google searched and found your site. I wanted to do the egg whites, but we had just finished off the eggs this morning. I saw the posting for apple cider vinegar, which we had, and tried it just as described. The last time I checked her fever had dropped, and is nearing normal. The smell is the smell, I mean, it's vinegar, but the ends justify the means. What's a little odor, when you get a lowered fever in return? Thank you so much for providing this information for free. I have added this site to our favorites list."Replies
11/16/2011: Caco_girl from Cebu City, Philippines replies: "My brother is really chilling and shivering to death with a 40 degrees centigrade.. His fever lasted for 3 days and continuoulsy taking lots of medicine.. Until someone told us to use vinegar ( not the ACV but the real liquid vinegar) as an alternative for water.. So instead of soaking the towel with a water while applying tepid sponge bath all over his body we use the vinegar.. I was really amazed upon using it especially that I am into a medical field.. It may sound so awful but geeeezzz, I dunno what happened but trust me. On the next day he was well with a normal body temperature.. It's not expensive and very effective.. There's no harm on trying anyways.. But as a first timer, hands up on this..."
[YEA] Ratazayah from Newark, NJ: "When I was an infant the Dr's told my mom I was going to die, due to a particularly high fever. She was told by an elderly friend to soak a wash cloth in apple cider vinegar and place one on my forehead and one on my stomach, while it smells like all get out, my mom was able to check me out of the hospital and from that day onward, it's literally been a life saver to all the children in our family with high fevers. It takes about an hour to break the fever."Replies
[YEA] 10/26/2009: Rocketruiz from San Jose, Ca replies: "I am totally a believer in this. My mom would use home remedies with us in Africa as healthcare was either not available or very expensivee. My 18 month daughter had a high fever of over 100.2 degrees. I freaked out since she has never really been sick with a fever before. I called my mom, who still lives in South Africa, for advice the next morning, as my daughter's fever still had not broken. She advised me to bath her in a tub of lukewarm water (not hot, but cooled down) with a cup of apple cider vinegar. I did it this evening before bedtime, a 7 pm. At 9pm my daughter woke up crying. I went into the room, to find her wet from sweat, and cooler! Her fever had broken!"
10/21/2011: Lexi from Baytown, Tx. replies: "I used the egg whites, potatoes, and onion, worked but my sons temp rose back up to 100.2, so now I got him in a bath 1/4 full of warm water and 1 cup of ACV. I also annointed him with virgin olive oil and prayed over him..
Hope this ACV works this time."
[YEA] 09/11/2012: Kb from San Diego, Ca replies: "When I was a kid and had a fever my grandmother would always strip me down to my underwear and rub vinegar all over my body. I use to hate it because of how bad it smelled but it worked incredibly well. I have always been looking for people who have heard of doing this before and never have until now."
09/11/2012: Andreea from Grimsby, On replies: "Hello, I know of this and I now do it for my son as well. It works. I mix the vinegar with water though as I think vinegar alone is too strong, and I heat it up a little and after rubbing it in I wrap my son in a warm blaket and let him sweat."
Aspirin and Zinc
[YEA] 10/07/2010: Tish from Toronto, On,ca: "HIGH FEVER: HELLO EVERYONE, JUST A FEEDBACK, BEEN DOWN WITH A FEVER SINCE MONDAY, 103 IS WAY HIGH!! TRIED THE EGG WHITES DIDNT WORK, BUT NOW I KNOW WHY CAUSE IT IS A VIRAL FEVER. TRIED TED'S REMEDY, CRUSHED THE ZINC TABLET TOOK IT W/WATER ALSO TOOK ASPRIN, WELL WHAT DO YOU KNOW THE FEVER IS DOWN TO 100, AND ONLY DID IT ONCE LAST NITE AND ONCE THIS MORNING!! (MY HUBBY IS STILL WONDERING WHAT I DID! LOL). SO IF ITS VIRAL EGG WHITE WILL NOT HELP I'M SURE IT HAS WORKED FOR A LOT OF PPL. MY BRONCHITIS WAS STARTING UP SO HALF LEMON 1TAB RAW HONEY AND ICAP FUL OF ACV, STOPPED THE BUGGER RIGHT AWAY!! LOVE MY FAV WEBSITE "EARTHCLINIC"."
EC: Tish is likely referring to Ted's aspirin cure on the Swine Flu page here: http://www.earthclinic.com/CURES/swine-flu.html
Baking Soda and Lard
[YEA] 04/03/2007: Rudy from Hollister, CA: "(Remedy) Fever. "When we were small growing up my parents alway used home remedies and one which I recall using on my own children. Baking soda and Lard. You rub it on their stomach,feet and back and add the baking soda and rub it in and it reduces the fever instantly.My wife was a non beleiver till she saw it with her own eyes."Replies
[YEA] 06/10/2010: Margarita from Los Angeles, Ca replies: "My grandmother always made a paste of lard and baking soda to reduce fever. She'd apply it on the inside of the elbows, back of the knees, chest, bottom of the feet ... and it always worked -- it reduced a high fever."
[YEA] 06/09/2013: Grateful from Houston Tx replies: "It's a old Mexican home remedy for fever. It actually works, after 1.5 days of fever and giving her motrin and tyleno l and the fever just keep returningl. My mother in law covered my 1 year old in a paste of baking soda and crisco lard right before bed. She woke up fresh with no fever. And the fever didn't return! She said when u didn't have money in Mx. You had to believe and go by home remedies handed down."
Baking Soda Bath
[YEA] 04/22/2010: Diana from Eureka, Ks.: "Baking soda bath to drop fevers
You can use a small bowl and bath [face-head], neck, chest, & back or submerge body in tub. If using a small bowl, use 2 parts baking soda to 1 part (cool water-the colder it can be, the better). BE CAREFUL & LIGHTLY APPLY, AS NOT TO SHOCK THE PERSON. Do not rinse and apply often, fever should go down fairly fast. Once person is feeling better, bath to wash off baking soda. If submerging bath, tub does not have to be full. 2-1 parts, same as above. Just enough water to get wet good, (have water as cool as can be stood). Only stay in tub long enough, to soak or wet down entire body,(just a couple minutes). Do not rinse off, wait til fever has dropped. I have personally used this for many years, as my children grew up, passed down in my family. IT WORKS!"
[NAY] 06/17/2012: Triniboy from Penal, Trinidad And Tobago: "I started using young banana leaves on the inside of my wife's socks, she was running a high fever, my grandma used to do this for me when I was younger. When I checked them back 3 hours later they were drying and brown in her socks, but her fever only decreased a little, I going to try the potato remedy now, I hope this works."
Chinese Hard Boiled Egg Massage
[YEA] 08/21/2008: Helen from Southport, Australia: "This is another way of applying egg white for reducing fever that I learnt from my Chinese Grandma. Hard boil the egg and remove the egg yolk. Put the hard boiled egg white including the shell in a handkerchief. Twist the content into a ball and massage body from head to toe. Brings the temp down instantaneously. My Grandma would also insert a silver ring in the egg white content when massaging. Silver would change to different colours when rubbed on different patients. This was used to diagnose the cause of the fever and then she would use (ying/yang) herbal treatment for the illness. Sadly, I am unable to read the silver ring. My children always ask for an egg massage when they have high temperature and it always does the trick."Replies
11/07/2009: Karina from Munich, Bavaria replies: "Dear Helen, I just heard from a Chinese friend about this method in order to heal upset stomachs and was fascinated. Do you still remember some of the knowledge of your grandma in order to bring the ying/yang into harmony? If you ever find resources about this kind of treatment I would love to hear about it. It is so simple and effective. Blessings & Thank you!"
[YEA] 01/12/2011: Tia from Oaxaca, Mexico replies: "Tried this on my husband as he had a fever, with chills and aches. After about 15 minutes, his fever broke and he started sweating. It's been two hours and he is still cool to the touch and says he feels stronger. Amazing! Thank you so much for sharing this great remedy!! "
[NAY] 12/28/2011: Toby from Tampa, Fl, Usa replies: "Hello, I just tried this hard boiled egg massage on my 4 year old son, when I was massaging all of a sudden he started breaking up, I mean, very bad reaction, by the time I reliazed his reaction I had massaged his face neck arms and chest, I stopped, panicked and put him into a bath tub, washed him through. I put some oatmeal in the tub, lotion him with aveeno body lotion- it soothes for a little while and now 40 mins later it's coming back. Then I gave him claritin."
[YEA] 07/26/2008: Nicole from San Diego, CA: "My soon to be two year old has the flu and this is the third night that she has had a temp and it started to rise. I tried the wash cloths soaked in apple cider vinegar with one on her tummy and one on her forehead for an hour, but there was no change. It just went up. Then I tried the egg whites. I got some cloth all goopy with the stuff and tried it for an hour reapplying once and there was no change. A tepid bath is what helped her. Now her temp went from over 104 to now it's 99.9. We didn't stay in the bath long. I hope it lasts, but I'm prepared to give her another if I need to! She hates the doctors and having stuff stuck up her butt! Even though most of the remedies didn't work for me, thank you for the ideas. It gave me something to do other than go crazy with worry."
Ani's Egg Whites for Fever Treatment
12/13/2005: Ani from Ontario, Canada: "Hi! I love your site and find it very useful. Thought I'd share something and you can post it if you see fit.
By far the best method to lower a high temperature within MINUTES! When I was about 4 or 5 years old, I had acquired a fever so high that I started to hallucinate. My mother was in a panic, she feared brain damage if something didn't lower the fever and FAST. My grandma told her about an old-wives' remedy.
Soak 2 cloths or hankerchiefs in egg whites and put on the soles of the feet (cover with socks).
The egg whites instantaneously start to draw the temperature DOWN from the brain (where it is dangerous) to the feet (where it can do no damage). After that incident my mom used this method successfully every time I had high temp. If no eggs are on hand, chopped onion or chopped potato can be applied to feet instead, although egg whites are the fastest method.
The egg whites are also a miracle cure for minor and more severe burns. Soak or coat affected area in egg white. While the egg white is still wet you will feel no pain from the burn. As soon as it dries up the pain comes back so reapplication is necessary. This also prevents scarring from the burn."
01/04/2006: Ani (anisyab[at]yahoo.com) from Ontario, Canada writes,'"I checked with my mom and there is a small revision if using the chopped onion alternative: the onion should be mixed with vinegar. The potato is fine on its own."
1/11/2006: Ani from Ontario, Canada writes, "I have NO idea why the egg white remedy is not more commonly known. In fact, I did a google search and aside from my post on Earth Clinic, found only one website mentioning it as a remedy for burns (for which it is in fact as effective as for lowering temps). It is a fail-safe, non-invasive, purely natural technique that works faster than any drug. I encourage everyone to try this method first, especially when young children are in question and speed is important. Glad you gave it a try Cathy."
2/11/2007: Ani from Ontario, Canada writes, "Hi, Ani again. In regards to the egg white for fever remedy I'd like to make a suggestion. I've noticed some people are writing that they use face cloths or towels to soak up the egg white and put on the feet. I doubt the remedy will be as effective if done that way. The material shouldn't be overly absorbent, my mom used old fashioned kerchiefs because they don't absorb too much themselves but are functional in that they hold on to the egg white. Seems people have had luck with using paper towels. Just make sure whatever you're using to put on the feet is completely soaked and dripping with the egg whites. You might have to use several eggs, not just one or two. When done properly this remedy is sure to work."
2/2/2008: Ani from Ontario, Canada writes: "Hi there, just checked back to see how people are doing with the egg white remedy. Glad to see it's helping a lot of people!
Quick note: the egg whites are useless once they dry up, which can be rather quickly if the temp is high. The feet get very hot and the egg whites can literally COOK! You must check and REAPPLY as many times as necessary until the temp is back to normal. Don't give up after one application, it will work but the egg whites must be WET. My mom usually reapplied once or twice but you can keep going in case of a stubborn fever"
[YEA] 01/28/2013: Via Vapor from Bentonville, Arkansas : "Another yay! I love this site. My father in law had a fever of 102 one night at about 7pm. I dipped paper towels in egg whites, wrapped his feet with them, put a large zip -- bag over his feet, then put his socks on so I he wanted to walk around he could. By 9pm (2 hours later) his fever went down to 99.1. Thank you earth clinic! I used earth clinic for years and would never submit yay or nays. Now I will because after all earth clinic wouldn't be what it is with out all the feedback. So let everyone know yay or nay if it works for you:-) k?
-Via Vapor in Bentonville, Arkansas"
[YEA] 12/23/2012: Amber from Mesa, Arizona: "My 21 month old son had a fever all day yesterday and after letting it do it's thing all day, it got worse last night before bed. It kept fluctuating, but the highest temperature I read on the thermometer was over 106. I've taken previous kids to the ER for high fevers and they did what I could have done at home. I alternated Motrin and Tylenol every 4 hours, gave him tepid baths, kept damp cool rags on his back, tummy, neck, and forehead, and things helped, but never for long.
At 3 am as I was monitoring him sleeping, I came across this website. I love holistic healing so I decided to try it. I got 2 egg whites and cut a large paper towel in half. I soaked the paper towels, wrapped his feet, put little plastic sandwich baggies on over them, and then socks. He whined at first because they were cold but I just cuddled him and he went back to sleep. I checked after 15 minutes, no real change, maybe slightly lower. After 30 minutes, no real temp changes, after an hour, still no big change. But I noticed that his breathing was less labored, his nose was clearer, and he was sleeping a little more normally.
I fell asleep next to him at 4 am with the egg still on his feet (I could feel his feet were especially warm) and at 7am, he woke me up bright eyed, happy, and rested. I was so relieved! It is almost 11am and he has been running a low grade fever this morning, but he's playing and happy so I'm not worried. If it gets up there again, I will repeat the process. Thank you EC, thank you folk remedies, and thank you everyone who left comments, they're the reason I gave it a try! So grateful this morning!"
[YEA] 06/12/2012: Anonymous from Portlandia, Or: "I had two plastic surgery procedures, on the third day my fever was so high I felt faint I did not want to go the ER so I whipped up four egg whites in a bowl put my feet on a towel put the egg whites all over my feet put my feet in large zip lock put a loose rubber band over my feet, WOW my fever began to drop and I feel asleep with bag on my feet and the next day I did it again no more fever!! Of course people need to know if they are allergic to eggs, before trying this."
[YEA] 06/06/2012: Itzeleptx from El Paso, Tx, Usa: "My 12yr old nephew had 103fever, after 2nd dose of advil liquid gels, 2 bottles of pedialyte n ice pops. At 11pm, I put him in the tub w/luke warm water for 20mins n fever was 102.9. I looked up remedies n decided to try this one. I put 4egg whites in a bowl n soaked 2handkerchiefs in it. Wrapped 1 around each foot n put a sock on. I checked temp after 15mins n it had dropped to 99.3. By this time the handkerchiefs were already drying. I removed them n put cold washcloth on top of his head n temp was 97.3 for bout 1hr, then it spiked up again to 102. Did the egg whites 2more times through out the nite n by 1:30am his temp was 101.3. Did remedy again w/wet towel on his head n temp dropped to 97.3. Thanks for the tip. I will use this remedy from now on."