Although quite worrisome, fever is most of the times not as dangerous as one might think. It sure doesn’t feel nice, but it’s necessary. Still, a very high body temperature can also cause complications. You can use essential oils to reduce fever without affecting the natural defense process.
In this article, you’ll be reading more about:
- The way essential oils work to reduce fever and all the associated discomfort.
- How to use Aromatherapy safely, to your benefit.
- The benefits of Peppermint oil on fever relief and how to dilute it.
- A list of other great essential oils for fever to use in your blends.
- Fever facts (signs, symptoms, causes, etc.), plus tips to feel better.
- Recipes with essential oils for fever relief.
Essential Oils to Reduce Fever Naturally (Ways of Action and How to Use Them)
A fever is an abnormally raised body temperature. It is usually caused by pathogens that cause infection in the body. But it can also occur when there are toxins present and the body tries to get rid of them.
A fever is the only way your body can get rid of what’s causing it. High temperatures kill bacteria and/or viruses and prevent their growth. A fever is also the best way to build up a stronger immune system. I’ll tell you more about the causes, signs and other facts about fever later on.
How can essential oils help with fever?
Essential oils are very concentrated plant extracts, otherwise known as second metabolites. These metabolites are active molecules with different health effects and benefits.
To a plant, they serve as protection (from sun, predators, injuries, etc.). These molecules are highly aromatic also, which helps with pollination. Pollination ensures the survival of the species. The chemical composition of an aromatic oil is influenced by:
- Geographical area.
- Harvest time and method.
- Processing and distillation.
- Storage conditions.
There are over a hundred different types of aroma essences. Some of them are better at killing bacteria and viruses than others.
Others are better at stimulating collagen production and preventing premature aging. Some are just great repellents and work as anti-anxiety and depression substances. The list can go on and on.
Here are the most important properties and effects of a good essential oil for fever:
- Antibacterial. To help the body destroy and get rid of the pathogen that’s causing fever faster.
- Antiseptic. Protects from new infections.
- Anti-inflammatory. Decreases the level of inflammation inside the body and help reduce the fever.
- Analgesic. To relieve the pain felt throughout the body from high temperature (muscles especially).
- Immunomodulator. Helps strengthen the immune system to better fight bacteria and viruses.
- Diaphoretic. Induces sweating to cool off the body and regulate temperature. Sweat can also help remove certain toxins from the body. This is usually done by stimulating circulation, which increases warmth.
- Respiratory. This is an effect due to antibacterial properties and blood flow stimulation. Essential oils that can reduce fever can also improve breathing.
- Promote sleep. Rest is crucial while battling viral infections or any kind of internal inflammation. Many essential oils can induce relaxation, slow down the heart rhythm and help you sleep.
Essential oils to reduce fever (antipyretics) should be used only when it is too high (above 38 C/100.4 F). You want it to run its course, to get rid of the cause.
You should not worry about a fever if it’s below 102.2 F unless serious discomfort kicks in. Very high temperatures can lead to delirium, among others.
The chemical profile of an essence is unique and very complex. All these active molecules are very small. They can penetrate the blood-brain barrier and reach the nervous system fast.
They are small enough to absorb into the skin and reach the blood through it. They will then travel to the injured area through blood and strengthen the immune system. That is also how they help destroy the germs and pathogens.
How to Use Essential Oils for Fever and Chills (and Colds)
Being so concentrated, essential oils should never be applied undiluted to the skin! Otherwise, they can burn, sensitize or irritate the skin. It’s best to mix them with anti-inflammatory carrier oils first. Mix 6 – 18 drops of essential oils for fever and chills in an Oz (30ml) carrier.
Some of the best carrier oils for fever and inflammation are:
- Black seed (Nigella sativa).
- Tamanu (Calophyllum inophyllum).
- Hemp seed.
For example, Nigella oil can also give the immune system a boost and act as an antibacterial also.
Besides topical application, you can also diffuse essential oils. What essential oils to diffuse for fever? Any oil with antibacterial and antiviral properties is great for diffusion.
Diffusion can kill airborne pathogens and prevent infections like the flu or colds. They can also strengthen the immune system, relieve breathing passages, soothe aching muscles, help you sleep, etc.
The best essential oils to diffuse for fever are:
- Green Myrtle.
The amount of oil drops used per diffusion depends on the area in which it’ll take place. If it’s a very large room with good ventilation, you could diffuse up to 20 drops, every 2 hours. If the room is small, obviously, the amount of essential oils used will be smaller (5 – 7 drops).
Avoid diffusing Aromatherapy oils continuously! Studies show that inhaling for 60+ minutes can stress the body, elevate heart rate, cause insomnia, etc.
A proper diffusion should last 20 – 30 minutes at the most. Once you stop the device, the oils will continue diffusing.
You can learn more about how to use a diffuser and which one to pick here.
Essential oils for fever in adults and children alike can be added to hot baths too. Mix 10 drops of an antibacterial oil with a cup of salt (Epsom, Himalayan, sea, etc.) and add it to a hot, steaming bath.
The steam will diffuse the oil molecules and improve your breathing and mood. That’ll soon lead to a better-regulated body temperature.
NO essential oil should be taken internally without the advice of a doctor! They can cause serious side effects. Especially if the dose is not right or if there are other health conditions present.
Peppermint Oil for Fever Relief! Why and How to Use It
Peppermint is one of the oldest remedies for many different ailments. From a bad digestion and repelling insects to growing hair and improving breathing, the list is long.
Studies show that Peppermint essential oil is a great antipyretic. This means the oil contains all the right molecules to reduce high body temperature (fever). Let’s see exactly why Peppermint oil for fever is so popular and useful, especially for fever and chills.
Peppermint Essential Oil for Fever
Botanical name: Mentha piperita.
- A pure and good quality Peppermint oil can contain between 30% and 55% menthol. Menthol is a substance that induces a cooling sensation right after application. Thus, the substance stimulates the cold receptors of the skin by inhibiting calcium channels.
- Peppermint oil is a calcium channel blocker. This property makes it a great analgesic (pain reliever) by increasing the pain threshold. At least that’s what this study on mice showed. This means that applied locally, Peppermint oil for fever can also soothe muscle aches.
- The oil can also ease the discomfort felt during fever, like nausea, vomiting, cramps, etc.
- Peppermint has strong antibacterial and antiviral properties too.
- The oil can also soothe inflammation and improve breathing.
- If used on large surfaces, Peppermint oil can induce hypothermia. This is a serious shock for the body, as the substance can decrease the body temperature faster than it can produce heat. That happens when the temperature of the body drops under 35 C (95 F).
- Peppermint oil has hormone-like effects, which means it can stimulate menstruation. Depending on case, this could be a wanted or unwanted side effect.
- Peppermint should not be used easily and certainly, not on long periods of time.
- The oil can induce seizures so its use is not for epileptic people.
- In high amounts, this essential oil can be toxic to the liver and kidneys. It can also cause jaundice to all those who lack the G6PD enzyme.
- People with serious heart conditions should also use it carefully.
- Avoid using more than 10 – 15% of Peppermint in diffusion. It’s best to mix it with a citrus oil for diffusion.
- Peppermint oil should not be used on babies, children, pregnant or breastfeeding women.
Why I like it:
I like Peppermint oil for fever because it doesn’t take much to feel better. As long as you use it in small amounts, it can relieve much of the discomfort caused by fever. It can improve digestion, skin conditions and it smells very fresh and uplifting. Peppermint oil is also great for chills too.
How to dilute Peppermint oil for fever?
Diluting Peppermint oil for fever is the same as with any other essential oil. Mix Peppermint oil with Nigella oil (Olive, Hemp, etc.) for topical application, or salt for bathwater.
The amount of drops used for topical use depends on the area where it’ll be applied. If you’re looking to improve breathing, use 1 – 3 drops per teaspoon carrier. Rub the blend on the forehead, avoiding the eye area at all costs. It can make them watery.
If the blend will be used on the body, you can mix up to 20 drops per Oz (30ml) carrier oil.
A Peppermint oil blend for fever and chills can be applied on:
- Along the spine.
- Soles of the feet.
- Back of the neck.
You can also pour a drop or two on a warm compress (or towel) and keep it on the forehead or the back of your neck. You can repeat the process, without adding more Peppermint.
Peppermint Oil Recipes to Reduce Fever
This oil won’t break down the fever, but it will help keep it in check. This means that it may either reduce it by a degree or two or simply prevent it from rising too high. Try these blends on yourself or somebody with fever:
Natural Fever Reducer (Peppermint Recipe)
- Peppermint essential oil: 10 drops
- Ravintsara essential oil: 10 drops
- Olive oil: 1 Oz (30ml)
- Roll-on recipient
Give the blend a good shake before each use. Apply 3 times a day, on the chest/thorax and back.
Peppermint Oil Diffuser Recipe for Fever and Chills
- Peppermint EO: 8 drops
- Wintergreen essential oil: 8 drops
- Sweet Orange essential oil: 20 drops
Mix these oils in an empty glass bottle and use as much as needed in a diffuser. Anywhere from 5 to 20 drops of this diffuser blend will purify the air and strengthen your body.
Other Essential Oils for Fever in Adults and Children
Luckily, there’s not just Peppermint oil good for fever. We have lots of other therapeutic essences that can help the body fight off germs and infections. Like I said, body temperature can be lowered naturally, without messing with the natural process of the immune system.
Many doctors agree that fever reducers are not as effective as one might think. Dropping the fever suddenly can lengthen the time of recovery and healing. This way, it takes more effort and time to eliminate the source of the fever.
I’ve picked two of the most important oils for fever and cold, to talk about their pros and cons. But I will talk about other essential oils and their effects too.
1) Wintergreen Essential Oil
Botanical name: Gaultheria fragrantissima/procumbens.
- Wintergreen is considered an antipyretic oil because it’s very high in methyl salicylate (95 – 99%). This substance acts just like aspirin, being part of the same family.
- Thus, the oil of Wintergreen for fever can relieve the pain felt in the muscles and joints.
- This oil is highly anti-inflammatory, which helps the body get rid of the source faster.
- Wintergreen essential oil can also dilate the blood vessels and regulate the circulation.
- The oil of Wintergreen is recommended only for topical use.
- In high doses, methyl salicylate was found very toxic. A teaspoon of methyl salicylate can even cause death in adult humans. Wintergreen needs to be properly diluted and used in very small amounts.
- Seek medical counsel before using Wintergreen oil for fever if you suffer from epilepsy or asthma.
Why I like it:
Although Wintergreen is a medicinal oil, its smell is quite pleasant and sweet. The oil is also great at strengthening the immune system, rheumatism, arthritis and even skin problems.
2) Ravintsara Essential Oil
Botanical name: Cinnamomum camphora.
- Ravintsara is the best oil for fever, colds and chills. It is especially good at strengthening the immune system by stimulating the adrenal glands.
- The oil can also sooth all the discomfort caused by the fever. Ex.: Aching muscles, inflammation, infection, low energy, etc.
- Ravintsara is a very efficient antiviral essential oil. It can be used for fever in both adults and children.
- Diffused, it can also help relieve mucus and disinfect sinuses.
- Ravintsara can be used to improve the quality of sleep. A good rest is needed for recovery during and after fever.
- People with asthma, seizures and/or epilepsy must use Ravintsara oil for fever carefully. There’s a high risk of getting seizures with a high dose of Ravintsara.
- It may interfere with certain medications. It’s best to use it occasionally and on a short term. Or to talk to a medical professional about possible interactions.
- Prolonged use of Ravintsara oil may cause addiction!
Why I like it:
Ravintsara has a truly pleasant and interesting scent. It’s spicy, fresh and balsamic, with eucalyptus-like notes. It’s among the best essential oils to reduce fever and prevent flu or colds. It can also uplift the mood and give all the vital signs a boost.
Other great essential oils for fever (and colds), that induce that cooling sensation:
- Lemon – Using Lemon essential oil for fever can help your body fight off infection and inflammation. This oil is highly antibacterial and antioxidant. It can also improve blood circulation by making it more fluid.
- Frankincense – Frankincense for fever can help lower body temperature. Depending on need, it can also increase it. Frankincense is great at relieving anxiety and relaxing the mind and body. It strengthens the natural defense of the body, making it less vulnerable.
- Eucalyptus ( radiata) – Using Eucalyptus oil for fever is another popular choice. It is a great antiviral and antibacterial. It can also lower fever and improve your mood. Eucalyptus radiata is great for the immune system also and can help with inflammation.
- Lavender ( angustifolia) – This is one of the most popular aromatic oils. If you have it around, know that Lavender oil for fever is a great anti-inflammatory agent. It can improve sleep and help you get the rest your body needs. And it can also relieve pain in the muscles and joints, headaches, etc.
- Tea Tree – Tea Tree essential oil for fever has strong antibacterial and antiviral effects. It can also stimulate the immune system by stimulating the activity of white blood cells. Thus, Tea Tree can speed up recovery.
- Thyme ( thymol) – The use of Thyme with the chemotype thymol can fight both bacteria and viruses. It can inactivate them and then destroy them by penetrating their protective cell membrane. Thyme oil for fever can also stimulate the immune system and lower fever.
Some of the best essential oils for chills are those that improve circulation and increase warmth:
- Black Pepper
- German Chamomile
- Green Myrtle
No essential oil should be taken internally to reduce fever, without medical consent. Children, babies and elderly people must avoid most essential oils for fever and chills.
Pregnant and breastfeeding women also need the advice of a medic. However, there are a very few oils that in small amounts can still help.
Fever Facts, Tips and Practical Recipes to Reduce It
How long is too long to have a fever? When should you start worrying? What are the signs and symptoms? What other remedies and tips are there to reduce fever?
Find out the answers to these and more, plus practical recipes right now. They’ll help you reduce fever and chills next time your body has to deal with them.
Whenever there’s an infection or inflammation in the body, the immune system kicks in. It releases certain cells (e.g.: white blood cells or macrophages) that destroy foreign bodies. Macrophages get rid of pathogens by engulfing them. The next step is to digest them and then eliminate the residues from the body.
Macrophages release substances that increase the body temperature. High body temperature or fever contributes to the killing of the foreign bodies. High temperatures make hostile environments for bacteria and viruses.
However, if it’s too high, you should go to the doctor to have your fever checked. There are many causes for a fever, some of them can be life-threatening.
Most of them, however, are not dangerous to the overall health. The causes of fever can be one or more of the following:
- Excess stress and fatigue.
- Viral infection.
- Bacterial infection.
- Ear infections.
- Urinary tract infection.
The symptoms of a fever:
- Burning sensation.
- Chills (alternating cold and hot sensations).
- Muscle and joint pain.
- Muscle tenderness.
- Difficulty in moving.
- Febrile seizures in children.
Luckily, using essential oils to reduce fever will actually strengthen your body. That allows it to fight the cause on its own and create the necessary antibodies that will later prevent fever.
- Upon waking up, the body temperature is 36.7 C – 37 C (98.6 F – 98.6 F).
- In the evening, the body temperature slightly rises, from 37 C to 37.3 C (98.6 F – 99.14 F).
- Anything higher, we call it a fever.
When should you worry about a fever? It’s important to let it run its course, but if it rises too much (above 38 C – 100.4 F), it’s best to seek medical help.
- It’s especially important to rule out meningitis, which can be deadly.
- Also, if you have fever for more than 3 days, you should go see the doctor.
- A doctor should see your baby if he or she is under 3 months old and has 104 F temperature.
- People and children with compromised immune systems also need a consultation.
Pharmaceutical fever reducers should only be taken in case you feel really bad. Not just for the sake of reducing the fever.
Tips to Relieve (or Bring Down) a Fever
- Take hot baths to relieve breathing problems. Don’t forget to add in essential oils for fever.
- Rub your soles, spine and chest with warming/cooling essential oils. They will either induce sweating to regulate body temperature or stimulate the cold receptors.
- Diffuse antiviral essential oils to prevent infections and breathe in pure air. This will also prevent others from getting sick.
- Sleep at least 8 hours, so the body can focus only on eliminating the source of fever.
- Eat light foods (soups, broth and fruits or veggies). Digestion takes energy and effort from the body. Two things it needs to combat the infection or inflammation.
- Drink plenty of water and teas to keep hydrated. Warm teas can also induce sweating and cause temperature regulation.
- Wear loose and thin clothes, best from cotton, to absorb the sweat.
Essential Oil Recipes for Fever and Cold (and Chills)
Aromatherapy is great at improving your condition while battling fever. It is also great at supporting your immune system and helping you sleep better.
All the little things that essential oils can help with, add up to a faster recovery. Check out the following recipes and try one next time you’re feeling down.
Essential Oil Recipe for Fever in Adults
- Eucalyptus radiata essential oil: 5 drops
- Thyme essential oil: 5 drops
- Ravintsara essential oil: 5 drops
- Carrier oil: 1 Oz (30ml)
Apply a moderate amount on the chest, soles, etc., 3 times a day until you feel better and the fever decreases. But don’t use this fever blend for more than 3 continuous days. If the fever continues, you must seek medical care.
Essential Oil Recipe for Fever in Children (6+ years)
- Ravintsara essential oil: 5 drops
- Roman Chamomile essential oil: 5 drops
- Nigella oil: 1 Oz (30ml)
Give this blend a good shake before each use. That’ll activate the oil molecules. Apply a small amount on the child’s soles, back (spine) and chest. This blend is meant to be used for only 3 continuous days, 4 times a day.
Essential Oil Recipe for Fever in Babies (3+ months)
- Lavender essential oil: 2 drops
- Ravintsara essential oil: 1 drop
- Olive oil: 1 Oz (30ml)
Apply this blend on the baby’s chest and back, up to 6 times a day for 2 continuous days.
Essential Oil Recipe for Fever in Pregnant Women
- Lavender essential oil: 9 drops
- Tea Tree essential oil: 9 drops
- Carrier oil: 1 Oz (30ml)
Apply on the chest and back, for up to 6 times a day, for 2 days.
I’m sure that by now, you’ve understood why it’s important to let the fever run its course. Check your symptoms well and if you suspect there might be something more serious, do not delay a visit to the doctor. High fever can be dangerous just like a normal fever can be beneficial.
Will it be Peppermint oil for fever or will there be other essential oils to reduce fever? Have you tried a natural fever reducer yet, and if so, how did you feel afterward?