5. Basil Leaves Tea
As per the traditional belief in tropical countries, drinking boiled basil (tulsi) water can not only reduce the symptoms of dengue but also prevent the outbreak of this fever. Just follow the instructions given below:
- Step 1: Take fifteen basil leaves and boil them in water.
- Step 2: Let the mixture come back to normal temperature.
- Step 3: Drink this mixture four to five times a day depending on the severity.
- You can also chew fifteen basil leaves three times a day.
How Does This Work?
Drinking this water causes the body to perspire, releasing sweat. Mosquitoes will rarely bite a person whose skin has perspired. On the other hand, basil leaves are rich in Cinnamic acid, which has been found to promote circulation of blood, improve breathing problems, etc.
The flavonoids providing protection to cells are known as vicenin and orientin. The volatile oils having anti-bacterial properties are myrcene, limonene, cineole, sabinene, linalool and estragole. Magnesium in basil leaves assists in promoting the cardiovascular health by causing blood vessels to relax and regulate the risk of irregular heartbeats.
Basil Leaves Are Not Good, If:
- You have a bleeding disorder. Blood clotting might go slow, and bleeding can increase.
- You have low blood pressure. The blood pressure might become too low.
4. Use Guppy Fish in Swimming Pools
If there is an unused swimming pool or well or you have a lake in the area and if there is an outbreak of dengue fever, you can opt for an easy solution by releasing some guppy fishes in the water source. The freshwater fish is known for its diet (mosquito eggs and larvae), which assist in curbing the population of mosquitoes. You can easily get them from any aquarium store.
3. Juice of Coriander Leaves
Coriander leaves are one of the best home remedies for dengue too. They help in reducing the body temperature during the infection. You can include these leaves as part of the regular diet or just follow the steps given below.
- Step 1: Take a bowl of coriander leaves and wash them thoroughly.
- Step 2: Take a bowl of water and mix the coriander leaves.
- Step 3: Put the mixture in a blender.
- Step 4: Drink the juice as many times as possible.
How Does This Work?
Cineole and linoleic acid, two of the eleven components in coriander leaves possess antiarthritic and antirheumatic properties. The leaves also contain high amounts of Vitamin C, and they help in increasing the immunity.
Other medicinal components include linalool & borneol, which assist in digestion and enhance the regular functioning of the liver. Also, alpha-pinene, beta-phellandrene, dodecenal (powerful antibiotic), limonene are present that have antibacterial effects. It also contains rich sources of vitamins such as niacin, beta-carotene, folic acid, riboflavin essential for good health.
Coriander Leaves Are Not Good, If:
- You are allergic to aniseed, fennel, caraway, mugwort. You can suffer from allergic reactions.
- You are diabetic. Intake of coriander juice may lower blood sugar levels.
2. Pomegranate Juice
Blood platelet counts can be given a boost if you consume pomegranate juice. If you are someone, who dislikes the bitter taste in papaya leaves, you can opt for pomegranate juice.
How Does This Work?
The magic compound is known as punicalagin; the second important compound is punicalins. They are known for their health benefits to the heart and antioxidant properties. It can lower cholesterol, reduce blood pressure, etc.
Pomegranate Juice Is Not Good, If:
You have high blood pressure. The medication for high BP could interact with pomegranate juice. Some of the drugs are Lisinopril (Zestril), Enalapril (Vasotec) and captopril (Capoten).
Note: This fever is not life threatening, but can progress rapidly in case of low immunity individuals. The home remedies should be used as only alternative treatments in extreme conditions.