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.