An herb that helps reduces fever by lowering the body temperature from a raised state. A febrifuge acts on the hypothalamus, which is the part of the brain responsible for the regulation of body temperature.

It’s often necessary to continue to taking febrifuges for a few days to keep a fever from coming back. Febrifuge herbs do not affect normal body temperature; they only lower temperatures when a person has a fever.

See Also: Antipyretic

Febrifuge Herbs:

  • Bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus)
  • Boneset (Eupatorium perfoliatum)
  • Buckthorn (Rhamnus frangula)
  • Catnip (Nepeta cataria)
  • Chamomile (Matricaria recutita)
  • Garlic (Allium sativum)
  • Sarsaparilla (Smilax Ornata)
  • White willow (Salix alba)


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