You never know when you can get afflicted with a fever that might hamper your daily routine. And if your fever is accompanied by a nagging headache, it can be all the more irritating. You can get a fever or a headache or both simultaneously because of an allergic reaction or condition or simply because of common cold.
Although, there’s nothing harmful or detrimental about having a fever, it can mar your entire day. When you get bogged down with a fever along with a numbing headache, you find it harder to complete your everyday tasks which you carry out at a comfortable pace and with remarkable ease on any other day.
You feel irascible and withdrawn for the better part of the day and once you retire to your bed, you don’t feel like crawling out of it. You simply don’t seem to have the energy and the verve to perform normal tasks. Most of us are in the habit of popping a Tylenol or Aspirin or any other over-the-counter analgesic or antipyretic whenever we have headaches or experience febrile symptoms for quick relief. These allopathic medicines, on one hand, bring down the temperature drastically and relieve us from headaches but, on the other hand, rob us of our appetite as well.
Our taste buds are not able to pick up the taste or flavor of most foods due to the side effects of taking these medications. The adverse effects of taking strong doses of such over-the-counter medications will not manifest initially but if you continue taking them for a long period of time, it might be damaging for your body in more way than one. There of course is a way or rather ways out of this trap of resorting to quick-fixes whenever you’ve have a fever or headache which can be injurious to your health in the long run.
You can try out several home remedies for headaches and fever that are not only more effective than mainstream or conventional medications but have almost no side effects. Furthermore, the herbs and spices from which a majority of the home remedies are formulated are easily available and affordable.
Home remedies should always be your first line of treatment whenever you’re down with a headache or fever to be on the safe side. Stay away from medications as long as possible and take them only as a last resort.
Home Remedies for Fever
1. Placing a Wet Washrag Over Forehead
Find a piece of clean cotton cloth that you’ll have aplenty in your home and rinse it thoroughly in cold water. Thereafter, squeeze it out completely to drain the water and place the same on your forehead. Let it be there for a minute or two. Replace the rag with another piece of cloth that has been dipped in cold water and wringed properly. Repeat the process five or six times.
Applying a cold washrag helps to bring the temperature down in a gradual manner and also gives you respite from a headache. You feel more refreshed and invigorated at the end of it all.
2. Get Enough Sleep or Lie Down As Much As Possible
After you’re through with the above mentioned remedial procedure, try to get enough sleep or remain in a reclining position as long as you can. When you have a fever, the immune system of your body works overtime to protect you from antibacterial infections or viral attacks. Sleeping or laying down lets your defence system focus on deploying the WBCs (white blood cells) – known as the police force of the body-to fight with and deactivate harmful bacteria and viruses.
3. Keep Yourself Rehydrated
Drink as much water as you can during a feverish spell. Better if you drink cold water that helps to cool down your body comprehensively and from inside out. Dehydration is one of the leading causes of headaches. Drinking water throughout the day keeps your body well hydrated.
Supplement your water intake by drinking soups and fruit juices. Since you don’t feel like taking solid foods even if you’re hungry, juicy extracts from fresh fruits and vegetable soups can be appetizing, are comparatively easier to digest than solids and can keep your system well nourished.
4. Drinking Stock or Concoction of Basil
Just put some leaves of holy basil in about half litre of boiling water and after a few minutes separate the stock using a strainer. Add half a teaspoon of sugar and some cinnamon sticks or cardamom seeds and let it cool down. Drink the contents.
5. Take a Decoction or Brew of Raisin
Soak some raisins (dried grapes) in a cup or glass of water for some hours. Thereafter mash the raisins in the water itself. Use a sieve to filter this brew and add some drops of lemon to it. Make this decoction twice a day and drink it.
There are several other home remedies you can use to your advantage for curing your fever including but not limited to fenugreek seeds, orange juice, lemon tea, honey, and thyme.
Home Remedies for Headache
Many of the home remedies for fever that have been outlined above work wonders for getting rid of headaches as well. Besides these, the following home remedies are effective as well.
6. Grape Juice
If you want get rid of a niggling headache quickly, nothing can beat a glass of freshly extracted grape juice. Don’t add any sugar or dilute the juice by adding water. Just extract the juice from a bunch of grapes and drink the concentrate.
7. Cinnamon Works Fine
These days you can easily get a headache because of the increased levels of stress in everyday existence and also due to noise or dust pollution. Take some sticks of cinnamon and make a paste out of it with water and apply the same over your temple and forehead for almost instant respite from headaches.
8. Go for Foods That Are Rich in Niacin
Vitamin B3 or Niacin is known to cure headaches. Supplement your meals with foods that are naturally endowed with Vitamin B3 like legumes, nuts, poultry and dairy products.
There are other simple yet very effective home remedies for treating headaches like boiling leaves of rosemary and inhaling the steam. You can use mint or eucalyptus leaves as well but don’t forget to wrap your head with a dry towel to prevent the steam from escaping.