Last Modified on Jan 01, 2015
Whether you are in the “fevers are scary” or “fevers are natural” camp, knowing a few ways to effectively treat a fever is important. While most fevers are your body’s natural response to illness, the chills and up and down temperature fluctuations can leave you feeling exhausted. Applying natural cures will not just reduce a fever for the duration of the medicine but will actually help your body cope with the illness it is fighting. The next time you or one of your loved ones spikes a fever, consider using apple cider vinegar, egg whites, garlic, or any number of other natural remedies.
What Natural Fever Remedies Should I Use?
Your best strategy for dealing with a fever is actually to watch the symptoms rather than the thermometer. In any case, though, you can apply a variety of natural treatments to help keep yourself or the affected individual comfortable while the fever works its way down. Some of the most effective fever remedies include apple cider vinegar, egg whites, garlic, potato, peppermint, and calcium lactate.
Apple Cider Vinegar
You can consider apple cider vinegar an “old folk remedy” for fevers. This remedy is effective as it functions to “draw out” the fever and support your body’s ability to fight off the infection or whatever the cause of the fever. To apply the apple cider vinegar, soak two washcloths in the vinegar. Place one on the forehead and one on the stomach. Alternatively, you can add a cup of ACV to a warm bath.
Egg whites also function to draw the fever and infection out of your body. You can apply this remedy in a couple of different ways. Soak a pair of socks in egg whites and put the socks on your feet. Otherwise, apply egg whites to paper towels and place the paper towels on the bottom of your feet. You should see the fever drop within 10 minutes to an hour with this method. If you have an egg or dairy allergen, you can use a potato in the same way.
Garlic not only helps lower a fever but also boosts your body’s immune system. Apply this remedy by crushing enough garlic to make a paste. Blend the crushed garlic with olive or coconut oil and apply the paste to the feet. Leaving a few spots uncovered, wrap the feet with gauze and leave overnight. Be careful with this remedy as the garlic paste can be too hot for some and cause mild skin irritation or burning.
In most cases, allowing a fever to run its course and treating it naturally is a safe practice. In some instances, though, you should seek medical attention for a fever. If your child is very young, has a fever over 104, carries a fever for more than two days, or exhibits additional signs of illness, you should seek medical attention. In any case, use your best judgment and follow your instincts – that is what natural medicine is largely founded on anyway.
Below you will discover many user-submitted cures for instant fever relief. Our most popular cure, with over 150 YEAS, is the use of egg whites. Let us know what you try from Earth Clinic to fight off fevers. Know of a remedy not yet listed here? Please feel free to share your story with us!
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[YEA] My mother used washclothes dipped in apple cider vinegar and applied to our foreheads for fever many times when we were children. I believe it worked each time to reduce a fever. It was always after a hot bath.
[YEA] I tried the ACV after developing a fever. I used half ACV half water and applied the wet napkin to my forehead and stomach and the fever was gone within 30 mins. Ash
[YEA] Hi, I found this site and am amazed by what I am reading. My mother always told a story of how in the thirties, my uncle was a little boy and desperately ill. The doctors could not figure out what was wrong or how to help him and finally told my grandparents to prepare for the worst. Apparently all he kept asking for was vinegar (my mom never specified if it was ACV) and when things looked really bleak, they decided to let him have it since he never stopped asking for it and since there was no real reason to deny him, however bizarre it seemed to give it to him. He apparently struggled to drink it, but got through a whole bottle in a few hours despite his weakness. The fever suddenly broke and he fully recovered, and to this day no one in my family really understood how. Now I'm getting a clue as to why! So, I thought I would try the honey/water/AVC drink three times a day- today is day 5 and while I didn't see any real weight loss until today, today my jeans are suddenly loose! Also been using it as a toner and guess what! No trip to the dermo like I planned because my pores are getting smaller on their own! Depression doing a lot better too - though the jury is still out on that since today I was a bit down after a few up days - will check back in and let everyone know- but WOW! I'm amazed! My little uncle was really on to something, clearly!
[YEA] 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.
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Approval Ratings YEA (1) 100% Posted by Tish (Toronto, On,ca) on 10/07/2010
[YEA] 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
Approval Ratings NAY (1) 100% Posted by Triniboy (Penal, Trinidad And Tobago) on 06/17/2012
[NAY] 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.
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"
Approval Ratings YEA (137) 87% NAY (18) 11% BETTER BUT NOT CURED (1) 1% WORKED TEMPORARILY (2) 1% Posted by Khoboken (Hoboken, Nj) on 01/01/2015
[YEA] I used the egg white remedy because I was desperate to lower a fever prior to minor outpatient surgery. Used the egg white remedy and no joke, took my fever down two degrees in 30 min. And it STAYED down. Don't know if it would have gone down on its own but this was terrific timing so I have to believe in the eggs.Posted by Shannon (Toronto, On) on 11/22/2013
[YEA] My boyfriend has been very ill for the past week, his tonsils are swollen and infected and he's been getting high fevers almost every night. I've been asking him all week if he'd like to try any home remedies that I've read about on Earth Clinic, but he's very skeptical about natural medicine and has decided to stick to the antibiotics prescribed to him and bottles of cold/flu medicine instead.
Late last night his fever was so bad, he started hallucinating and said he saw swirls of colours appear all over our pitch-black room. I put a cold cloth over his forehead, gave him more medicine and decided to try the egg white remedy whether he liked it or not. I was in a panic and did not have time to refer back to the website, so I did what I could remember. I cracked an egg into a bowl, dipped a piece of paper towel in the egg and wet the bottom of his feet, then proceeded to wrap his feet in cling film and put his socks on. Within 10-15 minutes his dangerously high temperature had dropped significantly. He felt a lot better, said he didn't feel as warm and was no longer nauseated.
Unfortunately his fever did not go away entirely, because I don't believe I soaked his feet enough, but it did drop to a safer temperature and allowed him to finally fall asleep.
I'm happy I found this website, thanks EC!Posted by Anonymous (Portlandia, Or) on 06/12/2012
[YEA] 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.Posted by Chris (Corvallis, Oregon, Usa) on 05/23/2012
[YEA] I tried socks soaked in egg whites with my feet on a ceramic plate with egg white in it plus ACV on wash clothes on my forehead and belly (together) for 30 min. My temperature went down from 99.4 to 98.25 (my regular temperature is around 97). The two together helped a lot! Thought: Why not just use a plate with egg whites and no socks?Posted by Jan (Ravenna, Ky Kentucky) on 02/29/2012
[YEA] Thank you thank you...... I was all alone and my fever kept rising. It got to 103.5 and I started to worry, OK maybe freak out. Found your remedy of egg whites on your feet and as bizarre as it sounded I tried it and within 15 minutes my fever was down to 102.8. Another 20 minutes and it was down to 100.8. That I can live with until the morning! Bless you for sharing!Posted by Gina Jessica (Paranaque City, Manila) on 07/19/2011
[YEA] High salute to your website. Very helpful to save my child from the side effects of high fever because he doesn't take any medicines. Your post of using egg white to lower high fever is very effective.
Keep up this site for new fourmulae to cure diseases and sicknesse using non-western medicines.Posted by Debbie (Bracebridge, Ontario, Canada) on 07/10/2011
[YEA] I am trying the egg white remedy right now with my brother, he has a urinary infection, his temp was 101 when we started, it is now 99.5. It has been 2 hours so far since starting. It does work with an infection. We will get antibiotics tomorrow but this is helping keep his temp down for tonight. Glad I found this site!Posted by Pat (Mandeville, La ) on 06/17/2011
[YEA] Just tried egg whites on my husbands feet about an hour ago. Wet paper towels with the egg whites and apply to feet. This brought his fever down from over 102 to 100. 9 in 30 minutes. Never thought this would work but was amazing. Thanks so much for everyones imput on the site about this help.Posted by Roxanne (Paterson, Nj) on 01/01/2011
[NAY] Just did the egg whites. My temperature went up from 101.1 to 102!!! My head is clearer though. But don't know if the eggs had anything to do with it. Oh well!