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Home Remedies For Fever

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So, I have spent over 5 days sick in the past 2 weeks. The “sickness” seems to be spreading like a rapid plague trying to extinguish the healthiness of the human race over the holiday season. Perhaps the Mayan’s have it right, and the world will come to an end on December 21, 2012. It certainly seems to feel like it. I am not kidding when I say everyone and their brother has been sick, just ridiculous. The most current wave of sickness has got me thinking, how grandma’s home remedies would stack up against a nuisance bug. These are the 5 remedies I have put to the test.

Drink Orange Juice, Lots of It: Both my mother and mother-in law swear by Vitamin C. Naturally,  OJ is stacked with this “miracle” vitamin. I sipped on the juice for 2 day; by the third day I felt like an ulcer was going to eat through my stomach like an Alien from Space Balls.

Break the Fever: This is my mother’s personal favorite. The philosophy is simple, when you have a temp. keep blankets piled on you like you’re camping during an Arctic winter. This will help get your body temperature high enough to where it will “break” the fever and begin to cool down. Yeah, I simply went for the Tylenol and Ibuprofen instead of a trip to the ER.

Pound Water: This method has the most logic behind it, and if you are attempting to “break the fever” then I recommend you drink as much water as possible. Plenty of water helps keep the body hydrated and will speed up the recovery process. After all, the body is roughly 70% H2O.

Hot Toddy: This one came from a 70 year old woman I used to live next to. I am not sure how well it works, but she swore by it. If she was ever getting a sore throat or a case of the sniffles it was time to get mildly sauced with whiskey. I still don’t know why I haven’t tried this method.

Sleep and More Sleep: Of all the home remedies listed above, I think this has to be the best one. Sleep allows the body to recover and fight any bacterial or viral sickness you may have. I personally spent the last 2 days in a flu coma, and I awoke late last night feeling much better.

I am by no means a health expert, and I do know if your temperature gets over 102° seek medical attention immediately.  But, if you are willing to try a home remedy give it a shot. They could save you an unneeded trip to the doc.

More Cowbell:  I couldn't write a blog about curing fevers without mention more cowbell.

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