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The normal human's body temperature range is of 36–37°C and may vary and are affected by factors such as eating, exercise, sleeping and time of the day. Fever, a high body temperature is one of the ways our immune system attempts to respond an infection.

Causes and Symptoms of Fever

Fever occurs when an area in your brain called the hypothalamus is triggered by floating biochemical substances called pyrogens. Some pyrogens are produced by body tissue; many pathogens also produce pyrogens. It flows from the areas where the immune system has identified potential issues to the hypothalamus via the bloodstream, telling the body to generate and retain more heat, hence fever occurs. Children typically get higher and quicker fevers, reflecting the effects of the pyrogens upon an inexperienced immune system.

Fever can be caused by a number of factors, namely infection, dehydration, overexposure of skin to sunlight. Additional symptoms of fever include sweating, shivers, headache and weakness.

Essential Oils for Fever

Essential oils such as Peppermint (more info | product), Ginger, Cinnamon, Frankincense (more info | product), Lemongrass (more info | product) and Rosemary (more info | product) are known to be circulatory diaphoretics because they enhance blood flow and increase warmth to help the body kill off bacteria and viruses while still maintaining control over body temperature. Essential oils such as Chamomile (more info | product), Grapefruit (more info | product), Lavender (more info product), Eucalyptus (more info | productand Spearmint are cooling in nature yet increase peripheral vasodilation and therefore help control and resolve overheating.

Use warming essential oils when chills are present and cooling essential oils when temperatures are high and there’s uncomfortable sweating.

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Considerations to Take During a Fever

-Fluids can help to remove toxins. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water and fluids but avoid alcohol or caffeinated beverages.

-Get enough rest. Our bodies work on healing by repairing and restoring when we rest, and it produces more white blood cells that can attack viruses and bacteria when you sleep.

-Maintain proper hygiene is also one of the most effective ways we can protect ourselves and others from illness.