3 Benefits of Using Herbal Tea During a Fever


Note from Katie: My post on why I don’t reduce fevers and what I do instead is one of my most popular, and I wanted her to follow up with natural things that you can do to help a fever. I’ve asked Meagan Visser from GrowingUpHerbal.com to explain how herbal tea can be used to reduce a fever naturally. Enter Megan…

Did you know there’s a way to help your child’s body during a fever by giving them herbal teas?

It’s true.

Teas are probably the best way to use herbs during a fever. Not only are they quick to make, but they’re easy to get to taste good so kids will drink them. They’re also full of vitamins and minerals thanks to water’s ability to effectively draw out these properties from the herbs.

But beyond being convenient, tasting good and being full of nutrition, there are some other really great benefits to using teas during a fever. Let’s talk about them below.

3 Benefits of Herbal Tea during Fevers

Like I said before, there are several benefits to using herbal tea, but today I wanna talk about 3 specific benefits during fevers.

Using herbal tea during a fever can help to:

  1. stimulate the body
  2. promote sweating
  3. help with hydration

Each of these things is beneficial to the body. Let’s look at each benefit a bit closer.

1. Stimulate The Body

Many commonly used herbs for fevers are known as “stimulating herbs”. They work to speed up circulation and drive heat out of the body. These herbs are things like peppermint, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, garlic, etc. Herbs that are fragrant and typically those used in cooking are common stimulating herbs.

So why is stimulating the body during a fever a good thing?

Well most times, when a person comes down with something and they’re getting a fever, the first sign is that they may feel cold. A person may feel chilled and unable to “get warm,” or they may shiver. This is an indicator that the body is trying to heat up. Stimulating herbs not only help the body by assisting it in heating up, but they increase circulation which helps white blood cells travel to where they need to be at a faster rate.

2. Promote Sweating

Many stimulating herbs fit this category as well. They’re referred to as “stimulating diaphoretics” and they help to warm the body so that the pores open up and the body can cool down by perspiration. These are herbs like yarrow, ginger, bee balm, and thyme. They too are those spicy, fragrant herbs.

So why is sweating a good thing with a fever?

The body will naturally start to perspire once it gets too hot. This is a natural mechanism it has to cool itself off. Not only does sweating help to cool the body off and keep a fever from getting too high, but it helps to release toxins as well. It’s a natural detox method, and when a person is sick, some sort of cleansing needs to take place. Sweating is a natural cleansing method. Using herbal teas that promote sweating helps the body in it’s efforts to heal itself from whatever is making it sick.

3. Help With Hydration

Another great benefit to using herbal teas during a fever is that they help keep the body hydrated.

Why is hydration important during a fever?

During a fever, the body loses water more rapidly than normal so it’s very important to replace this water loss in the correct way. In fact, as a parent, this is the most important thing to do when your child has a fever. Fevers, typically, are not dangerous, but dehydration is. It can get serious, fast.

So there you have it. Not only are herbal teas great to use during a fever because they’re quick to make, they taste good, and they’re full of vitamins and minerals, but they also stimulate the body, help it to sweat, and keep it hydrated. All good reasons to use herbal teas the next time you or your child comes down with a fever.

Which Herbal Teas Are Best To Use?

When it comes to picking and choosing teas that are great to use during fever… there are many, but here’s a few individual herbs that will get you off to a great start.

  • ginger
  • catnip
  • elder flower

If you’re unsure how to make herbal tea correctly, here is a guide to teach you how to make the perfect cup of herbal tea every time!

Meagan Visser is a Registered Nurse turned home-schooling, SAHM to 3 small boys. She’s a Wellness Media featured contributor and a family herbalist that is passionate about using herbs for health and healing. She teaches parents how to take charge of their children’s health naturally on her blog GrowingUpHerbal.

Do you use herbal teas during fevers? If so, what kind of tea do you use? Share your secrets with me in the comment section below!

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  1. This is really great. I don’t usually get fevers and I usually let myself sweat it out. But I love this (and your linked post on not reducing fevers) because you give lots of great tips on how to manage the experience, in the meantime. Thanks for sharing, Megan!

    • You’re welcome! Thanks for your comment!

  2. This is really great. I don’t usually get fevers and I usually let myself sweat it out. But I love this (and your linked post on not reducing fevers) because you give lots of great tips on how to manage the experience, in the meantime. Thanks for sharing, Megan!

  3. Thank you for this! I’ve been on my way to living more naturally, and traditionally, including getting into essential oils, and herbal teas. I have a 15 month old and a 27 month old, and we’ve all been in various stages of illness this past week. It’s hard to break the habit of giving Tylenol or Motrin when they had their fever. They get so miserable with the fever.
    I’ll need to try this next time! The peppermint oil under the arms, helped too.

    I think the part of the fever bothers me as a Mom is that they are so miserable…any tips on that part? (So I can toss the NSAIDS once and for all)

    • Peggy, you’re right. Little ones usually are pretty miserable when they don’t feel good and they have fevers, but one benefit to that, at least that I’ve noticed with my children, is that it keeps them still for a period of time so their body can work on getting better.

      It seems like when you give an OTC fever reducer it will drop a child’s fever, they feel better and are ready to play and be wild again, but if you let them keep the fever or if you work to lower it naturally (if it’s really high) without getting rid of it totally, it allows them some time to stay still and a bit more calm so that they can rest and give their body time to heal.

      So as far as working on how miserable they are, what I do is that when my child is sick is we spend lots of time cuddling, reading books, watching movies they like, they can play games on the iPad, v-reader, or tag, we color, we play with playdoh, and other things like that. I try not to get them out and about. We stay home in our jammies, take fever/detox baths, and do things that don’t require lots of energy. As kids get older they do tend to do better with fevers than when they’re smaller so my advice would be to just stick with it and find those things that they enjoy doing with you that make them happy and do that when they’re sick. Hope that helps some!!

      • For a 3 yr old having fever, do you recommend combining the 3 herbs (ginger, catnip and elderflower)? How many tablespoon for a cup of water? And how much to give at a time and how often? Is it ok to give this tea if I just given Tylenol / Advil? Thanks so much!

  4. Thanks Meagan. Just wondering if fresh ginger in warm water would be a good option. Maybe with a little lemon and honey (or I use rice malt syrup in place of honey) to make it more palatable for them.

    • That sounds like a great option Cassie! Fresh ginger in bath water works great for fever reducing detox baths as well. Just remember to keep your kiddo consistently drinking liquids!

  5. Every time I’m sick, I drink Echinacea tea with raw honey for immune system boosting. It tastes awesome and always feels so good on a sore throat! My toddler even likes it, so if it’s toddler approved, you know it’s good.

    • Sure… echinacea is always something I use and give my kids when they come down with any kind of sickness as it boosts the immune system into gear quickly. My goal is to always help the body heal itself, and echinacea is a great way to get that process moving along. Thanks for sharing!!

  6. I used to drink ginger tea with fresh lemon and honey. It’s a very great digestive aid. I always prefer to drink herbal tea everytime I’m sick. Thank you for this article.

    • Diane, you are right. I am a big fan of Ginger tea with raw honey and lemon in this situation.

    • Yeah, ginger is a great option because it’s a stimulating diaphoretic which means it promotes sweating and that’s a great, natural way to keep fevers from getting too high. Plus it tastes great! Thanks for sharing!

  7. Hi – can you recommend the best ginger tea or it’s better to make it from scratch (recipe??), thanks

    • Hi Lizbeth,
      I personally prefer making my own ginger tea using boiled water over a small slice or two of fresh ginger root. You can adjust it depending upon how strong you want it. As far as teas you buy in a store go, Traditional Medicinals would be who’d I’d go for first. I’m sure they have a ginger tea. Hope that helps a bit.

  8. I grew up drinking stinging nettle tea for almost every illness. It tastes fantastic and is awesome for adults, kids, and pregnant women. We also covered the chest and head with raw cabbage leaves. They sucked out a lot of toxins and eased the misery. I recall getting the cabbage wraps as a young child when I was very ill. My grandparents just kept changing the leaves for fresh ones in between cooling baths to reduce the illness and discomfort.

    • Thanks for sharing Anna! Nettle tea is very nutritious and high in a good bit of vitamins and minerals… making it perfect for when illness strikes. I don’t know much about cabbage leaves, but I have heard of them being used a lot… mainly for mastitis while nursing, but for a few other things as well!

  9. My mum would always make us camomile tea with lemon & honey when we were sick. If I feel I’m coming down with something I immediately make myself a lemon drink with honey. I have a lemon tree that is always laden with fruit so I squeeze a lemon and warm it on the stove until just before boiling point. Then I add plenty of raw honey to taste and dilute with some water as it is pretty strong. Gives you a huge vitamin c boost and I find that the illness/cold is far less severe and of a shorter duration.
    For a cough I find that thyme tea is a good expectorant and my 2 year old toddler even likes the taste of it without honey.

    • I love the fresh lemon and honey remedy you shared Nae! That works great for coughs too! And yes, thyme is a great anti-microbial herb. I’ve really only heard of it being used for respiratory issues (it seems to have an affinity for that sort of thing), but I can totally see it being beneficial for other things as well! And that’s great that your little one will take it without sweetener. I love it! Thanks so much for sharing!

  10. Thank you so much, I had fever today, and I bought the herbal teas made of lemon and ginger, the staff is.great I dont.think I will go to the doctor again because I have natural remedy

  11. Tea is great and has manny health benefits, I use an Immune Booster Tea from Herbal Tea Direct which has many viral properties and such.

  12. Have you looked into Honeysuckle tea? There is scientific evidence that it acts as a virological penicillin to fight flu.

  13. I made a batch of fire cider this year that contains lots of garlic, onion, horseradish, ginger, and other herbs along with vinegar and honey. It seems to chase whatever ails ya away! Have you tried it?

  14. What age would you start this?

  15. Very very good for family help thanks

  16. A catnip tea enema will bring a fever down. If you dont have catnip tea, then give a garlic enema.

    Read in book: Prescription For Nutritional Healing.

    The catnip enema works! Brought their fever right down.