I have been using garlic for years to lower fever in our family. But I had never used it on my children before one year of age until recently. Our little baby a few weeks back had a very high persistent fever that seemed to come and go after being treated for an ear infection. He was also teething and although not common some children get very high fevers during the season of teething.
This time the fever was a little over 103 and it wasn’t budging. So I whipped out the garlic and dropped a few cloves in the blender with very little water. Once a paste was made I grabbed the olive oil and set out for what was one of the Stinkiest nights of our life. Because baby was rooming with us, our room smelt like a scene from little Italy just after a few hours. I was waiting for my cumpas to come walking in asking for meatballs and Chianti. LOLOL
So what is the remedy? OK it’s simple. You overly coat the feet with Olive Oil and place a gauze over both soles of each foot then apply sparingly the paste of Garlic on both feet then cover with another piece of gauze. Then you wrap each foot in gauze and cover with saran wrap and put on some socks. This treatment is best when done overnight but should not be left on for more than 6 to 8 hours as garlic is very strong when applied topically and can burn the skin. In most people after just a few minutes their breath will smell like garlic, it’s amazing.
In our case with baby the fever was down to 99.1 in no time and by the next morning baby was alert and happy again and the fever disappeared along with some congestion in the nasal passages.
So in our house when a fever has run its course for a few days and is still high and uncomfortable we run for the garlic not the Tylenol. But be warned your room will stink of garlic, so it’s best to isolate your garlic roll child and place a waterproof liner under the fitted sheet so that the smell does not get into the mattress. Also make sure the fever is not a sign of a more serious illness. In our case we knew what was going on and our holistic pediatrician did as well.
For more on garlic’s healing properties and an interesting book on the subject click here