Natural Cures for Fever

Last Modified on Aug 20, 2014

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

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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Most Popular Remedies:

Egg Whites162 YEAS
Apple Cider Vinegar10 YEAS
Potato10 YEAS

User Reviews

Apple Cider Vinegar   10  0   

Posted by Claire (Westport, Ct) on 07/30/2014

[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.

Posted by Ash (London, Uk) on 12/14/2013

[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

Posted by Dixie (NYC) on 02/07/2007

[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!

Posted by Naturmom
Slidell, La
[YEA]   "My mom has sworn by ACV for years now. After getting up with my 8 year old son about 6 times throughout the night and awaking to a 104. 1 fever. We had been giving acetominaphen and ibuprofin. I immediately searched/found this website. To ensure things moved quickly I gave him about 4oz ACV, honey, water to drink and soaked a wash cloth with ACV and switched between his forehead and stomach/chest. Within 30 minutes he was back down to 102. 3 and still falling. From here on out I will use ACV before I turn to over the counter fever reducers.
Posted by Raquelle
Auckland, New Zealand
love this email , how is everything going with you these days?

Posted by Nick (DeWitt, MI) on 08/24/2006

[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.

Posted by Caco_girl
Cebu City, Philippines
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...
Posted by Krezp82
[YEA]   "Thanks for all the tips! My fiance had a slight fever last night and I quickly checked out this site. Tried the ACV with washcloths method, at the same time, I made him drink some honeygar which was in the fridge. His fever was gone within half hour and no paracetamol required!

Posted by Ratazayah (Newark, NJ)

[YEA]  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.

Posted by Rocketruiz
San Jose, Ca
[YEA]   "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!
Posted by Lexi
Baytown, Tx.
2 Posts
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.

Posted by Kb
San Diego, Ca
[YEA]   "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.
Posted by Andreea
Grimsby, On
17 Posts
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.
Posted by Karen
7 Posts
[YEA]   "Vinegar works for a lot of ails. In the bible, did not Mary wipe vinegar on Jesus in his hour of pain? Nothing I have used it for comes back void. It works every time. Staple in our house!!

Aspirin and Zinc   1  0   

Posted by Tish (Toronto, On,ca) on 10/07/2010


EC: Tish is likely referring to Ted's aspirin cure on the Swine Flu page here:

Baking Soda and Lard   3  0   

Posted by Rudy (Hollister, CA) on 04/03/2007

[YEA]  (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.

Posted by Margarita
Los Angeles, Ca
[YEA]   "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.
Posted by Grateful
Houston Tx
[YEA]   "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   1  0   

Posted by Diana (Eureka, Ks.) on 04/22/2010

[YEA]  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!

Banana Leaves   0  1   

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.

Chinese Hard Boiled Egg Massage   2  1   

Posted by Helen (Southport, Australia) on 08/21/2008

[YEA]  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.

Posted by Karina
Munich, Bavaria
11 Posts
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!
Posted by Tia
Oaxaca, Mexico
[YEA]   "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!!
Posted by Toby
Tampa, Fl, Usa
3 Posts
[NAY]   "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.

Chronic Fever Remedies   0  0   

Posted by Forloveford (Alberta, Canada) on 12/18/2013

My poor nephew has been suffering from an ongoing fever for about 1-1 1/2 months. After blood work and scans Dr's cannot find out what is going on with him. The fevers have recently triggered a seizure, he was rushed to emerg where Dr's said that the fever was the only cause and to give him Advil every few hours and check his temp.

There has to be a better way, he is coming to stay with us tomorrow and I am looking up everything I can for fever and seizure remedies. I will be trying 1 tsp ACV in water (this is what I give to my daughter instead of juice) as well as on a cloth if his temp gets high, egg white for a more severe temp and a tsp of coconut oil a day for the seizures.

Funny thing, my 3 year old daughter loves coconut oil and sneaks it whenever she can. Our family has a history of seizures yet nether myself, nor my daughter have ever experienced one even with dangerously high fevers. We have consumed and applied coconut oil almost everyday since before she was born, perhaps this is the answer to our mystery.

Anyways I was wondering if anyone might have some experience with these symptoms and perhaps a cause? I would like to be able to send him home without a trip to emerg, some new knowledge about the issue and some remedies to try.

Thank you all.

Posted by Suseeq
Sydney Australia
Just a thought for your nephew... I had a dog that had seizures, 3 or 4 a week, so I gave her a zinc tablet in her food every evening, the kind I take myself. She only from there on had about two a year and they were only mild.
Posted by Mt
Ottawa, Ontario
His body is fighting an infection - it may be an urinary infection. Try the cranberry juice (no sugar but you can add honey) and also keep his feet in warm water with smashed garlic. Give him Manuka honey and bee Propolis tincture in water.

Cool Water   2  0   

Posted by Nicole (San Diego, CA) on 07/26/2008

[YEA]  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.

Posted by Tamika

[YEA]  Put the person in a tub of cool lukewarm water for about thirty minutes.

Egg Whites   162  20   

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 Mom In Mass (Massachusetts) on 11/12/2013

[NAY]  Well, we tried the egg whites for fever remedy and I'm sorry to say, it didnt work In fact, my child's fever climbed to 103.4 from 102.8 :-( I used 4 eggs whites and soaked a handtowel in the egg whites and put on his feet and covered with socks. I was hoping that this would work.

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