I dread cold and flu season. We all hate feeling terrible but I hate also being so so unproductive. I do find that if can still breathe and avoid getting too congested and stuffed up, I can usually can function and think straight. Oxygen to brain is key, non? If I can catch it at this stage I can also evade looking and feeling puffy as well as the perma chapped nose that often comes constant blowing. Talk about glamourous! One way to decongest? The wet sock treatment. Yes, wet socks. I, who hates being cold, am recommending wet socks. Along with these flu-busting tips, its the best thing I’ve tried in ages.
I only began to do this because two healthcare pros who I love and trust raved about the results of it. Read about it on this Naturopathic University website. Wearing cold wet socks stimulates blood flow to the feet and creates a pump in the bottom half of the body. This drains lymph but also induces a fake fever. Sometimes you have a good sweat and this clears up your cold – but even if you don’t sweat profusely, you miraculously wake up without sniffles! I’ve done this many times and am always impressed with its efficacy. It sounds worse than it is. Actually, my feet (which are often cold) warm up in a minute because of the second layer of wool socks you put on over the wet ones – these trap in heat. Your circulation also revs up so you get a warming tingling sensation in your feet too and you forget all about the unpleasant initial cold. A minute of discomfort to get rid of a cold/flu? I’ll take that any day.
I’m now wondering if its good for any type of upper body/ face congestion and hoping to experiment with sinus congestion that isn’t cold-induced as well as to treat the lymph and blood pooling from rosacea. For now, follow the below steps and experience the power of DIY hydrotherapy!
How to do the wet sock treatment
1 pair thin socks
1 pair thick wool socks or thick socks
1 bowl of ice water (I use very cold water in a pinch)
1. Soak the pair of thin socks in the bowl of ice water (or VERY cold water). Then wring the socks out thoroughly so they do not drip.
2. Take a hot bath for 5-10 minutes or do a foot bath. This is very important for the effectiveness of the treatment.
3. Dry off with a dry towel.
4. Place ice-cold wet socks on feet. Then quickly cover with thick wool socks, sealing in warmth. Go directly to bed.
5. Wear the socks overnight. During the night, you may wake up with your whole body wet from sweat. If so, change into dry pajamas, but leave on the socks.
I’ve done this for a single night and found it effective but online others have recommended to do it three nights in a row for the best results.