As I have spent the last few days helping my boyfriend get over his cold, I decided it would be a good time to go over an easy cold and flu treatment that you can use at home - The Wet Sock Treatment!
The Wet Sock Treatment is a simple hydrotherapy technique that is especially effective for relieving nasal congestion in bed at night (frequently better than medications and without the side effects). It also helps to stimulate the immune system in the upper respiratory tract and is relaxing for aches and chills, and helps bring on a more restful night’s sleep when sick. The treatment is effective for the following conditions - colds, flu, earaches, sore throats, and sinus infections. It is useful with people of any age from infants to the elderly.
While it might sound less than appealing at first this technique is actually one of the best ways to get rid of a head cold, stuffy nose or blocked sinuses. The steps are very easy to follow:
1. Soak a pair of thin cotton socks in cold or ice water
2. Wring them out well and put them on your feet while sitting at the edge of your bed (you don't want to be walking around with them on)
3. Next put on a pair of dry thick wool socks over the wet cotton socks
4. Tuck yourself into bed, making sure your body and feet are fully covered (The treatment won't work otherwise)
5. Go to sleep!
When the Wet Sock Treatment instructions are followed correctly the feet will start warming up within a few minutes of getting covered in bed. The congestion will usually start to be relieved within 30 minutes. This treatment often works better than decongestants or antihistamines to relieve congestion during sleep. In addition, it is not uncommon to see a small child or infant fall immediately to sleep after they are put to bed with the wet Sock Treatment. After about four hours the socks should be totally dry, the feet warm, and the symptoms will be much improved (if not gone) - just as they were for my boyfriend!
Of course - this treatment alone is not meant to replace the advice of a medical professional. As an ND there are many other tips and advice I offer to my patients when they come down with a cold, flu or infection to help them avoid the need for medications, speed recovery and improve overall immunity.
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A place for me to share my own experiences as an ND & Mom, things I find interesting in the world of wellness & medicine, share recipes, health tips and home/DIY self care ideas. Between 2012 & 2016 I got married, moved twice and had two kids! But I'm back and have SO much to share with you now. Becoming a mom has completely changed my world and my practice. Stay tuned for lots more from me :)