I believe that apple cider vinegar should be considered as a super food/cure all, and therefore something to keep in every home pantry and ‘medicine’ cabinet. It has long been known by folk medicine as one of nature’s greatest healing agents. Apple Cider Vinegar has a ton of beneficial uses as a home remedy and healing tonic. In this series I share various healthful uses for this wonder food. First up, apple cider vinegar is a wonderful digestive support, as well as fabulous for hair care, and quite useful in dealing with warts, moles and skin tags.
Another great use for apple cider vinegar is in helping to reduce a fever. First off I want to make sure everyone understands that a fever is a good sign that your immune system is working. A fever essentially helps to ward off and impair the replication of many bacteria and viruses. You really only need to try to reduce a fever if you or your child are uncomfortable. Additionally, fever increases the loss of fluids and electrolytes in the body. It is critical to consume electrolyte rich fluids during a fever.
*Note: If a fever gets to 105 call your doctor. You don’t want it to get up to 106 because that can actually be harmful to the body and is not necessarily a sign of the body trying to ward off infection. If a fever lasts for more than 4 days call your doctor. Make sure that you or your child are urinating at least a couple times per day during a fever. If there is no urine there is a risk of dehydration. Taking pain killers to reduce a fever defeats the purpose and does not allow the body to heal through it’s own natural methods, I do not recommend taking ibuprofen or acetaminophen. The aches and pains associated with a fever should subside as the fever works it’s way out of the body.
3 Ways To Use Apple Cider Vinegar To Reduce A Fever:
- Take 1 part ACV to 2 parts cold water. Soak 2 cotton socks in the mixture, wring them out and put them on your feet. Then cover those with wool socks (or plastic bags) and leave on overnight or for several hours, maybe during a nap -once they are no longer cool you can change them. Repeat as often as you like until the fever has left the body. OR try soaking two washcloths in the mixture and lay one over your forehead and one over your stomach. When the washcloth is no longer cool take it off and reapply with fresh washcloths soaked in the cool mixture. Do this as many times as you need to.
- Take a warm bath with 1 cup of apple cider vinegar or add 1 cup to a foot bath and soak that way.
- Sip on an ACV tonic -take as much as you need every hour while you have a fever. Apple cider vinegar is rich in minerals and helps to reestablish the lost minerals that are depleted when a fever occurs. It is VERY important to stay hydrated during a fever.
Have you ever made apple cider vinegar at home? I finally took the leap and made my own apple cider vinegar using a recipe from my friend Melanie of Pickle Me Too . It’s super simple and much more economical, but requires planning ahead. Here is her recipe for Apple Cider Vinegar – give it a try sometime!
We go through a lot of apple cider vinegar in my home. When I wasn’t making my own I would try to buy it in bulk – either a case of bottles or in the gallon sized jugs. I also love this book; ‘Dr. Earl Mindell’s AMAZING APPLE CIDER VINEGAR’.