It’s the “sick” season. It seems everyone I know or someone in their family is sick. Mother Nature isn’t helping by snowing one day and being 67 degrees the next! I was just thanking my lucky stars no one in my immediate family is sick when BOOM – it happened. My six-year-old daughter spiked a fever last night and was achy and cranky. As the night progressed, so did her fever.
Knowing that a fever is our body’s infection-fighting mechanism, I usually try to let nature run its course. However, when my child is aching and the fever is too high for my peace of mind, I take action. As a mother of five, I’m aware a bath will bring the fever down – I just don’t like to see my child sitting in the tub shivering. So, over the past couple of years, I’ve switched to the not-so-miserable home remedies.
I’ve done the onion in a sock. This actually does work for my family, but my children despise the smell and the crammed full of onion sock. Now, I go for the essential oils. Peppermint EO works as does Eucalyptus and Lavender EOs. Those EOs carry a pretty strong fragrance though, so this time I went with Lemongrass. WOW!
While the other oils have worked, none have worked at bringing down a fever as fast as the Lemongrass EO. I used 2 drops of 100% Pure Grade Therapeutic Lemongrass Essential Oil in 1 tablespoon of Sweet Almond Oil. After mixing, I soaked a cotton ball in it and rubbed it on my daughter’s temples and the bottom of her feet. Within 10 minutes, her 102.9 fever was 99. That was an hour and a half ago and it hasn’t spiked again yet. She is now resting as I should be, but the history behind Lemongrass had my wheels spinning so I went digging for info!
Lemongrass is also known as “fever grass” (who knew?!) and is reported to be very beneficial for a wide range of ailments due to its medicinal properties. These properties include analgesic (pain reliever), anti-inflammatory, antidepressant, antipyretic (substance that reduces fevers), antiseptic, antibacterial, anti fungal, astringent, diuretic, febrifuge (reduces fever), sedative, and many others. I may have a new favorite EO now! Who can resist the sweet smell of lemongrass? From helping digestion, lowering fevers, and relieving joint pain to lemongrass tea which is loaded with vitamin C to fight infections by boosting the immune system. Further, research done in Israel has shown that lemongrass tea helps fight cancer by causing the cancer cells to kill themselves.
Lemongrass EO also relieves arthritis pain and drinking lemongrass tea twice daily reportedly provides the best results. I am not a doctor nor am I purporting to be. I’m simply sharing information with you that I found very, very interesting and natural.
I can say with 100% certainty that Lemongrass Essential Oil lowered my daughter’s fever and I’m praying the lemongrass tea will help her little body fight off the infection. Do some research and check with your physician to see if it will help whatever ails you and your loved ones. Take care of yourselves naturally.
This article is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any illness or condition. Always check with your physician before using any essential oils, especially if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.