Body heat, also referred to as heat stress, is a health problem that affects many people across the world. Just as the name suggests, the condition occurs when one is exposed to extremely high temperatures in their external environment. As a result, the body is not able to employ mechanisms that allow for it to cool itself and maintain the normal body temperature at between 36.5 and 37.5 degrees Celsius (or 97.7-99.5 degrees Fahrenheit). Ideally, the body is able to maintain this temperature range because it cools off by sweating. Note however, that sometimes sweating does not suffice and the temperatures keep rising.
Some of the factors that contribute to body heat include extremely hot and humid weather patterns, overexposure to the sun, very intense workouts as well as certain medical conditions that predispose one to heat stress. Some of the symptoms that accompany heat stress include general body weakness, dizziness, nausea, headaches and excessive sweating that is often accompanied by a high heart rate. Some people will also experience some disorientation, and this interferes with their ability to cope with daily life routines.
One of the most common misconceptions is that since this is not a disease per se, it should not be taken seriously. On the contrary, it is extremely important that one gets medical attention immediately. Left unchecked, heat stress may lead to heatstroke. More importantly, heat stress can affect anyone, but senior citizens, babies, toddlers, expectant and lactating women are at a particularly higher risk. Below are some simple home remedies that can be used to reduce body heat as well as make the condition far more manageable. In the event that the condition’s severity renders these home remedies ineffective, it is very important that you get immediate medical attention.
1. Cool Water:
Time Required: 5 Min
What You Need: A glass of cool water. You may add cucumber slices or infuse freshly cut wedges of lemon. Alternatively, get a foot bath and ice cubes.
One of the most obvious home remedies for the management of body heat involves the use of cool water to help lower the temperatures and assist the body make a full recovery. This plays a key role because it not only reduces the side-effects of the condition; it also helps shorten the recovery period. The most important thing to note when using this remedy is that cool water is recommended; not ice-cold water. This is because the latter may cause the body to suffer shock owing to the sudden drop in temperature. There are several ways to use cool water as indicated in the directions below.
- Take a glass of cool drinking water and either add cucumber slices or lemon wedges to jazz the taste of the water.
- Drink this water frequently during the day to avoid dehydration as well as to reduce the heat levels.
- The other alternative is to fill a foot bath with cool water before adding a handful of ice cubes. You will then place your feet inside the bucket and soak them for about 20 minutes. This has an incredible effect on the rest of the body, and goes a long way in treating body heat.
- Lastly, take a few minutes off and enjoy a cool shower.
Time Required: 15-40 Min
What You Need: A handful of fresh peppermint leaves, boiling water in a pan, a strainer and bath water in tub. Peppermint oil is optional. Alternatively, prepare peppermint tea.
One of the most obvious reasons why peppermint is used as a natural remedy for a host of medical conditions is because of its excellent soothing properties. When used to manage heat stress, the peppermint not only soothes the lethargy off the body, its cooling properties also aid the body in getting rid of the excessive heat. One may use the peppermint oil or leaves for this purpose. Prepare the remedy by following the directions indicated below.
Preparing Bath Water:
- Sort and clean the peppermint leaves before transferring them to the pan containing the boiling water.
- Boil the leaves for about 15 minutes and then turn off the heat.
- Strain the water to get rid of the leaves and allow it to cool to a manageable temperature.
- Add the peppermint water to a bathtub and then run cool water. As an alternative, you may add peppermint essential oil which complements the function of the peppermint-infused water.
- Soak in this bath for 20 minutes to enjoy a refreshing remedy in managing heat stress.
- Use this remedy when the body experiences heat flare up.
Preparing Peppermint Tea:
- Place 2 teaspoons of fresh peppermint leaves (or 1 teaspoon of dried peppermint leaves) in a cup containing boiling hot water.
- Let the leaves steep for 5 minutes and then strain the tea.
- Add some organic honey to sweeten the tea naturally.
- Allow the tea to cool down, or refrigerate it for a couple of minutes.
- Enjoy a cup of cool peppermint tea severally each day.
- This also helps provide relief from the symptoms of body heat.
3. Coconut Water:
Time Required: 10 Min
What You Need: 1 Glass of coconut water.
Coconut water is a perfect remedy for the home treatment of body heat. This is attributed to its excellent electrolyte composition that reverses the effects of dehydration by providing the body with the necessary nutrients and mineral salts for re-hydration. This rich remedy also helps nourish the body, and over a period of time, has excellent benefits for the skin.
- Take a glass of coconut water whenever you start to experience the symptoms of body heat, especially when caused by soaring external temperatures.
4. Fresh Watermelon Fruit:
Time Required: 20 Min
What You Need: Slices of fresh watermelon fruit with the option of fresh yogurt drizzled on top. Alternatively, use watermelon mixed with cucumber slices.
Use the refreshing taste of watermelon to help cope with the side effects of body heat whenever you start to feel the symptoms set in. Watermelon is not only a healthy option, it is also an excellent source of fiber. Its cool taste, coupled with the high concentration of water makes for an excellent way to re-hydrate. Watermelon is also known to help get rid of toxins from the body. Optional additions include fresh cucumber, which is arguably the coolest addition to this remedy and cool yogurt.
- Chop the watermelon so that you get sizable slices before drizzling fresh yogurt on them.
- You may also chop the cucumber into small pieces before mixing with the watermelon slices for an excellent remedy.
5. Aloe Vera:
Time Required: 20 Min
What You Need: Freshly cut aloe vera leaf and a cool bath.
Just like watermelon and cucumbers, aloe vera has excellent cooling properties on the body, making it relevant for use in reducing body heat. The only difference between the two is that while watermelon is meant for oral consumption, fresh aloe vera gel may only be applied topically as discussed below. (Aloe Vera gel is recommended for topical use because ingestion of the gel may cause severe stomach discomfort and abdominal pain.) All you need for this remedy is a freshly cut aloe vera leaf and a cool shower.
- Using the exposed surface of the aloe vera leaf, rub the oozing gel all over the body, paying particular attention to the forehead and neck.
- Leave the gel on for about 20 minutes and then rinse off using a cold shower.
- Use this remedy as often as you can, all the while enjoying its amazing benefits on the skin too.
Time Required: 20 Min
What You Need: Amla juice, drinking water and a pinch of salt.
Amla, best known as Indian Gooseberry, is perhaps more popular for its incredible benefits on the skin, but did you know that this fruit can also be used to reduce body heat? Amla has a rich concentration of Vitamin C that aids in the body’s recovery from heat stress. All you need to do is dilute the amla juice and drink twice daily particularly during the summer heat. Prepare this simple remedy as follows.
- Mix the amla juice with the drinking water in the ratio of 1:4 respectively that is 1 part of amla juice with 4 parts of the water for dilution purposes.
- Add a pinch of salt to the mixture and stir.
- Drink this mixture twice daily, and particularly on days when it is extremely hot and humid.
7. Mint Leaves:
Time Required: 20 Min
What You Need: A handful of fresh mint leaves and a juice extractor.
Mint leaves are a befitting home remedy for the reduction of body heat the natural way. The leaves are widely used to cool the body especially during hot summer months. The refreshing effect provides much-needed relief from the symptoms of the condition. Simply extract the juice and help your body restore its natural temperature range.
- Sort and clean the mint leaves before transferring them to the juicer.
- Juice for a few minutes until you get enough juice then drink the remedy thrice daily.
Other home remedies that you can use to reduce body heat include sugarcane whose natural sugar levels boost body energy and reduce heat stress, radish which is eaten raw to reduce body heat as well as sesame seeds. In addition to these remedies, you want to take practical measures such as wearing loose-fighting clothes to stay cool, avoiding caffeinated drinks as well as scheduling outdoor activities for early morning or late evening whenever possible.
Additionally, stay away from hot spicy foods because this actually increase body heat. Lastly, always remember to apply a layer of sunscreen lotion to protect the skin from UV light. The golden rule when using these home remedies is to monitor the progress made so that it is possible to know when to seek professional medical help. If the symptoms do not subside after a couple of days, you may need to get diagnostic tests done to find the underlying condition.