Breaking a Fever

While we typically associate a fever with sickness, you may be surprised to learn that a fever is actually the body healing itself. When our temperature rises above the natural state of around 37°C (98.6°F) it is simply because our body is utilising the major organ of elimination (skin) to rid itself of toxins via perspiration.


Most people will take medication or see a doctor if our temperature rises beyond 38°C (100.4°F) – what this does is actually suppress the healing process whilst adding more toxins to be eliminated, working against the natural intelligence of the body.

So what should you do when you are dealing with a fever? To be honest you have to do very little. Plenty of rest and water taken throughout the day/night in small sips will suffice. Most people lose their appetite during a fever, which is the Body Intelligence indicating a natural fasting period is necessary to facilitate healing.

Ginger Root (Zingiber officinale)

Tepid baths can help, or sponging down with a lukewarm cloth. Adding a cup or two of sea salt or crystal salt to the bath is beneficial, as are essential oils such as peppermint and ginger. If you have fresh ginger root, mint leaves, or even in the dried tea or herb form then by all means use them instead.

If you feel the need to take internal tonics when you are ill, and some of us do, then choose from the following: ginger root, cayenne, cinnamon, cloves. They will help to promote perspiration which in turn will cool you down and eliminate toxins further. Open at least one window in the room where you are resting, not only to help cool you down, but also to ensure circulation of fresh air.

IMPORTANT – the following situations require immediate medical attention:

  • Additional symptoms such as extreme listlessness, abnormal behaviour, respiratory difficulty as may indicate the presence of serious diseases such as diphtheria or meningitis.
  • Collapsing and lapsing into unconsciousness, even briefly, following strenuous activity, sun exposure, or time in the jacuzzi/sauna.
  • Fever following poison ingestion or exposure (take the container with you to the hospital if possible). 

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