Lowering the body temperature
One or two days with a slightly raised temperature are no cause for alarm. However, if the temperature continues to rise (above 39°C) and does not go down after two days, or other symptoms arise, a doctor should be consulted.
Before resorting to medicinal treatment of a high temperature, there are many traditional remedies that can help bring the temperature down:
You should avoid stress and recuperate in bed.
Drink plenty of fluids
You should drink an additional 0.5 to 1 litre of fluids per degree above 37°C each day. Soup or stock provides the body with additional minerals (sodium, magnesium), which it urgently needs.
Leg or calf compress
You should place two towels in water (at room temperature) and wring them out. Then wrap the towels around the calves or around the whole legs. After about 20 minutes the temperature will usually have come down by approx. 0.5°C. This procedure can be repeated several times a day.
At first the water should be at body temperature and over the next ten minutes the temperature of the water should be increased to 39°C by adding warm water. Extract of spruce needles and/or a few drops of eucalyptus oil may be added to the water.
A tincture is made up from half a litre of water (at room temperature) and 0.2 litres of apple vinegar. Then a pair of woollen knee-socks is soaked in this mixture, wrung out and put on. The patient wearing the socks should then wrap his/her legs in a woollen blanket. After 45 to 60 minutes the socks can be taken off. This procedure can be repeated up to three times a day.
If none of these remedies are effective or the high temperature lasts more than two days, a doctor should be consulted.