Essential Oils for Fever can be a great natural alternative when you aren’t feeling your best. Here is what you need to know to use essential oils to combat fever.
What is a Fever?
A fever is an increase in body temperature that is usually caused by the body’s attempt to fight infection or an injury. Normal body temperature is 98.6F and 99.5F is typically considered having a fever.
You should always consider a fever in an infant serious. From a few months to a few years old it is typically recommended that you not treat a fever under 100.2F unless there is severe discomfort.
Note: If a fever lasts more than 24 hours or reaches 103 degrees seek medical attention.
Please note: The information provided below is a compilation of suggestions made by those that have used essential oils and has NOT been scientifically verified with clinical tests nor reviewed by medical experts. It is anecdotal information and should be treated as such. For serious medical concerns, please seek professional medical attention.
Essential Oils for Fever
Oils & Blends
Eucalyptus, Lemon, Peppermint
Other Essential Oils for Fever
Basil, Black Pepper, Clove, Frankincense, Lavender, Lime, Tea Tree, Rosemary, Cardamom, Patchouli, Clove
- Apply Peppermint or Eucalyptus diluted in a teaspoon of carrier oil to the forehead, back of neck, tips of ears and bottoms of feet. Reapply every 15 minutes until the fever goes down.
- On babies and small children, it is important that they not touch areas where oils are applied and then rub their eyes. A good alternative is to apply lavender or lemon to the spine and bottom of the feet. Eucalyptus should not be used in children under 10. Always dilute to a ratio of 6 drops of essential oil to 1 ounce of carrier oil for babies and children.
- For older children and adults, lemon or lime and peppermint can be added to water and sipped. They may also be placed into a capsule and taken internally.*
- You may also diffuse any of the above mentioned oils.
- A tepid compress with Peppermint and/or Eucalyptus may be used. Peppermint is not recommended for children under 5. (And remember, eucalyptus should not be used under 10.)
- Basil may be diluted and used on the feet and spine to induce sweating. (Your body heat will dry your sweat which can be effective at bringing down a fever.)
- To control infection, apply 1 drop each of cinnamon, lemon, eucalyptus, clove and tea tree diluted in a tablespoon of carrier oil to the bottom of the feet 4 times daily.
*Please note that taking essential oils internally is a controversial topic. I believe that responsibly it can make sense in many situations, but it is something that should not be taken lightly. It is always a good idea to consult with an aromatherapist or other knowledgeable professional before taking essential oils internally.
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