Essential Oils For Fever
When you experience a fever, your body is fighting off whatever cold or illness is affecting you. For treating a high fever, essential oils offer a lot of beneficial effects for fast relief.
While it's uncomfortable to experience a fever, it's the most powerful way your body fights off infections and inflammation as well. However, when your fever gets out of control, resulting in temperatures higher than 104 degrees, you can lower the body temperature naturally using a few essential oils.
How Do Essential Oils Work for Fevers?
During the cold and flu season, your body may trigger a fever response to fight off these threats. When you start to feel sweating, body aches, delirium, hot flashes, and shivering, you are also experiencing your body’s immune response. With anti-inflammatory essential oils that have cooling properties, you can reduce your fever while still fighting off infection.
You can use essential oils to control and alleviate symptoms of your fever. There are a few that work better than others as a compress or roll-on blend.
- Tea Tree Oil
- Rosemary Oil
Essential Oils For Fever
Peppermint is one of the best essential oils to have at home because of its cooling and anti-inflammatory properties. It’s also quite soothing to use as a bronchial reliever, if you also have a cough or asthma symptoms.
How to Use Peppermint for Fever
The main component in peppermint is menthol, which is what causes the cooling effect. You can bring your body’s core temperature down just by using peppermint on your chest and back as a topical. However, there are a few other ways that peppermint can reduce your fever and other cold symptoms.
Peppermint oil can be applied directly to the skin once diluted with a carrier oil. It’s important that you don’t use peppermint oil under the nose without dilution unless your bottle has already been prepared for direct application.
- Combine with a carrier oil such as coconut or almond oil, then apply to a cold compress, rubbing on your forehead, back of your ears, back of your neck and feet.
You shouldn’t use peppermint for children under the age of six.
For over a thousand years, frankincense has been used as a medicine to treat a number of issues, including the common cold.
Since it has antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and astringent properties, it works well to inhibit other symptoms of cold from worsening. It’s also an effective pain reliever. You can use it to treat a fever using a compress.(1)
How to Use Frankincense for a Fever
To soothe your body from the effects of a fever, you can use frankincense as a topical rub, massaging into any area where you feel heat or an ache. You can also use it in a bath.
Frankincense is best used with a compress. You can create one using ice cold water and a small towel.
- You can combine frankincense with a carrier oil or shea butter, then rub where you need, such as the forehead and back of the neck.
- Use frankincense in combination with an epson salt bath to soothe your body heat and reduce aches from fevers.
Since eucalyptus is a known analgesic and anti-inflammatory essential oil, it can fight your fever fast. In addition, if you have phlegm and mucus in your passageways from dealing with a cold, eucalyptus in a diffuser or in a steam bath can also work as an expectorant, making it easier to breathe.
How to Use Eucalyptus Oil for Fever
You can use eucalyptus oil in a compress to treat high fevers and aches associated with a cold. In addition, when added to a diffuser, eucalyptus can break up mucus and make it easier to breathe, even reducing a cough.
When using eucalyptus as a fever reducer, the aromatic properties alone can instantly relax your body. When used with a compress or roll-on bottle, you can cool your skin quickly and reduce a fever over time.
- Get a 10 ml roll-on container or bottle, then combine a carrier oil such as coconut or grapeseed with two drops of eucalyptus and two drops of lemon oil. You can roll-on your shoulder, back of the neck, forehead, and other areas where you feel aches and pains.
Lavender is a fantastic, versatile essential oil with a load of benefits for those who are suffering from the flu or a cold. It’s also one of the most widely studied essential oils.
You can use lavender oil daily during a cold to treat a high fever or to alleviate other symptoms, such as bronchial construction and stress relief.
How to Use Lavender Oil for Fever
In its purest form, you can use this essential oil in a roll-on application or cold compress. When applied directly to the skin, it can also provide stress relief.
Lavender oil is most commonly used for aromatherapy, but when treating a fever, you can bring out its cooling properties using a cold compress or roll-on bottle.
- Fill a bowl with cold water using ice cold water, then add four to five drops of lavender essential oil to the ice water. Use a small towel to create a compress, then place the towel on your neck or forehead.
While most kitchens have rosemary for its fragrant and delicious effects on food, it’s also a great essential oil to use for pain relief when it comes to a fever. Rosemary has been studied for its properties, showing that it has positive effects as an anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial.(2)
How to Use Rosemary Oil for a Fever
The best way to treat a fever using rosemary oil is with a cold compress. Using a diluted mixture, you can reap the benefits of this fragrant herbal medicine using a small towel and cold water.
The right amount of rosemary oil can make all the difference. When adding rosemary oil to your compress, you should make sure that it’s diluted with a carrier oil such as almond oil or coconut oil.
- Create a cold compress using a small towel and ice cold water. You can apply a mixture of three drops rosemary with two to three drops of a carrier oil, such as almond oil or grapeseed oil.
- A few drops of rosemary can be placed on a cotton ball then dabbed to the forehead or under the nose to stimulate relaxation and reduction of cortisol, reducing pain through aromatherapy.
Basil is one of the top herbs used in medicine around the world. For many years, it’s been used in India and Greece to treat all kinds of illnesses, including fever and pain. When used as an antimicrobial, it can help your body prevent new bacteria and quickly relieve other symptoms of a cold or flu.
How to Use Basil Oil for Fevers
Basil has aromatic properties, which means that you can use it with a diffuser or vaporizer to help you relax and relieve pain. However, for faster relief, it’s best when used topically.
- Apply a few drops of basil oil to a cold compress towel, pressing against the forehead or back of the neck.
- Add two to three drops to tea and breathe in deeply, drinking basil can also help with pain relief.
When your body experiences a fever, it’s because your immune system is fighting off a flu or infection. However, a slight fever can be annoying when you’re just trying to head into work or relax. Using essential oils with a cold compress can drastically reduce heat and relieve pain in areas where you rub the compress. The most common essential oils used for this include peppermint oil, eucalyptus, and lavender. When combined, these oils can make a super powerful, all-natural fever reducer.