Our go-to for colds

Mar 4, 2019 | Immune Health

Picture this: you’re feeling under the weather, ready to crawl into bed, and then you willingly reach for a pair of cold, wet socks. Sounds counterintuitive, right? But hear me out because this unconventional remedy, often referred to as warming socks, has been a game-changer in our household.

Warming socks, also known as “wet sock treatment” or “wet sock therapy,” is a type of hydrotherapy technique that aims to boost circulation, stimulate the immune system, and promote relaxation. Here’s how warming socks work based on the principles of hydrotherapy:

Improved Circulation:
The cornerstone of the Warming Sock Treatment is the use of cold, wet socks to stimulate blood circulation. When you wear these socks to bed, your body’s natural response is to increase blood flow to your feet to warm them up. This increased circulation has several benefits:

• Enhanced Oxygen and Nutrient Delivery: Improved blood flow ensures that vital oxygen and nutrients are efficiently transported to cells throughout your body, supporting overall healing and immune function.
• Detoxification: Better circulation aids in the removal of waste products and toxins from your body, helping to cleanse your system and promote overall health.

Immune System Boost:
One of the most compelling benefits of warming socks is their ability to boost your immune system. This boost occurs through multiple mechanisms:

• Lymphatic System Activation: The lymphatic system, which is responsible for producing, storing, and transporting white blood cells, is engaged when circulation is increased. This means your body can better fend off infections and illnesses.
• Enhanced White Blood Cell Activity: With the lymphatic system more active, white blood cells become more efficient at locating and neutralizing pathogens, bolstering your immune response.

Nasal Congestion Relief:
Many users, my family included, of warming socks report significant relief from nasal congestion. This is due to the improved circulation, which helps reduce inflammation and promotes the drainage of mucus from the nasal passages.

Better Sleep Quality:
When your body is comfortable and your symptoms are alleviated, you’re more likely to experience a restful night’s sleep. Warming socks can help you achieve this by providing relief from discomfort associated with colds and improving overall comfort.

Holistic Symptom Management:
While warming socks are particularly effective for nasal congestion, the benefits extend to other upper respiratory symptoms commonly associated with colds. This holistic approach means you can address multiple symptoms simultaneously, making it a versatile and efficient remedy.

So, there you have it – the “wet socks” that have transformed the way we combat colds in our home. While it may seem unconventional, the Warming Sock Treatment is a simple, safe, and natural remedy that offers quick relief and promotes overall well-being. The next time you or your loved ones are feeling under the weather, consider giving it a try. It just might become a game-changer in your house too.

What you need:​

  • thin cotton socks
  • thick wool socks
  • sink, tub, or bucket filled with very warm water
  • sink or bucket filled with very cold water

What you do:

  • Place the cotton socks in a sink of very cold or iced water. 
  • Place your bare feet into a tub or bucket of very warm water.
  • Soak your feet until they are warm and look a little pink, but not red.
  • Ensure the cold socks are saturated, then wring them out well so that they do not drip.
  • Dry your feet with a towel and put the wet cotton socks on your feet.
  • Immediately pull the dry wool socks over the wet socks.  You want the wool socks to completely cover the cotton socks.
  • Go to bed. Or you can get cozy on the couch and read or watch your favourite movie.
  • In the morning, or after an hour, remove the socks.​

Repeat for 3 nights in a row.​

​Warming socks can be repeated as needed, and it’s often used as a natural remedy for colds, flu, congestion, or as a relaxation technique. However, if you have any underlying health conditions or concerns, it’s advisable to consult with a healthcare professional before attempting any form of hydrotherapy

Mandy Faulkner
BA, R.H.N

A Registered Holistic Nutritionist, Advocate, Mother, and Partner who is helping others on their journey to wellness.

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