Natural Remedies For Fever And Coughs
Apple Cider Vinegar Socks Applied to the Feet To Reduce Fever
Of course you should see your doctor or natural health practitioner in the case of a fever, especially with a child. But here is a simple remedy you can try in conjunction with their advice.
The idea of reducing a fever by soaking socks with cider vinegar is taken from International Masters Publishers ‘Nature’s Medicine Chest’ – sorry, no date on this publication here.
I have not personally tried this remedy, but it sounds like a good one to me. ‘Nature’s Medicine Chest’ say that it works well for children who have a fever.
Note: I think that the onion water idea, which I have outlined below, could also be used as a treatment for fever by applying to the feet.
Mineral And Vitamin Content Of Apples: Apples are a wonderful food. They are rich in phtytochemicals which help prevent cancer and other diseases. They are high in potassium and pectin, both of which help heart function and keep the immune system strong.
Apples also contain reasonable amounts of magnesium, calcium and sodium, phosphorous, choline, and Vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, C, E.
Apple cider vinegar contains all of the apple’s therapeutic value. Cider vinegar is strongly anti-bacterial and has a cleansing and tonic effect on the whole body. Drinking small amounts of diluted apple cider vinegar on a daily basis can help prevent candida overgrowth in the intestines.
Apple Cider Vinegar Sock Treatment: The cleansing quality of the vinegar, plus the inherent nutrients which are absorbed through the soles of the feet, aid the healing process and somehow help to bring a fever down.
It could be a very good remedy to use in conjunction with other therapies, such as homeopathy, for bringing down the fever which accompanies measles, mumps, or chicken pox.
With this method for bringing down a fever, all you do is to soak a pair of cotton socks in a cold solution made with equal quantities of apple cider vinegar and water.
My advice is to make sure you use pure cotton socks, and preferably white ones which will not contain dye. Synthetic or nylon socks should not be used for this treatment, as the cider vinegar will draw out chemicals from the fabric. Use white cotton socks.
Dip the socks into the cider vinegar solution, wring out, and put the wet socks onto the patient. Reserve the apple cider vinegar solution so that you can repeat the process every half hour or as necessary.
Onion Pack On The Chest For Obstinate Coughs Or Pleurisy
In the past, I have used boiled onion water for the treatment for bronchitis and pleurisy. All you need is a couple of litres of water and a large onion, which you chop and boil up until soft, skin and all.
This treatment. although a bit of an effort to perform, has been a life-saver for myself. A large cloth or towel is soaked with the onion water, wrung out, and wrapped, while still hot, around the chest and back. With this treatment, you leave the onion cloth on for several hours. Wrap a plastic around so the bed-clothes don’t get damp, and then a layer or two of blanket to keep the heat and moisture in.
It is a good idea to drink plenty of hot lemon drinks, or simply hot water, while you sweat it out with the onion pack on. Try to drink several pints over two or three hours.
This remedy has proved to be effective when nothing else seemed to work. It broke the cough and reduced the fever after an hour or two.
I think that apple cider vinegar, diluted half and half with water, could be just as effective as the onion water remedy for putting on the chest when fever and cough are present. But onions are cheap, and cider vinegar is not, unless you make it yourself. So, seeing you need to have a quantity of liquid for the soaking of the towel, I would stick to the onion remedy for the treatment of choughs with the wet chest wrap.
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