The Wet Sock Treatment: A Natural Remedy for Cold and Flu

Most people don’t know what the difference between colds and the flu actually is. The symptoms of colds start with a sore throat and go away in a couple of days, while flu symptoms are tougher and can go on for longer. The symptoms of flu include muscle aches, chest congestion, muscle soreness, sore throat and even fever, which is more common in children.

Once they notice any of these symptoms, people go for over-the-counter pills and painkillers. However, these pills have a variety of adverse side-effects, and they also treat the symptoms superficially, without treating the root cause of the problem. They can help with the healing process, but they are never a cure.

On the other hand, natural remedies work slower, but they will definitely treat the problem at its roots. There are many natural flu and cold remedies – some of the most popular include salt water rinse against chest congestion or drinking herbal teas to stay warm and help the immune system fight. Steamy showers can open up your pathways and help you breathe better, as can steaming with menthol-rich herbs. In order to relieve congested passages in the nose and throat, you should sleep on an extra pillow and use humidifiers in your home.
But, have you heard about the wet sock treatment? This unusual remedy really does work, and according to Dr. Jamey Wallace, it’s the best thing to reinforce your body’s defenses. Dr. Wallace calls the treatment “heating compress”. When you put on cold socks on your feet, the body activates the circulation in order to heat itself up, which also stimulates the function of the immune system. At the same time, the immune system will begin fighting the symptoms such as chest congestion and blockage in the upper respiratory tract and relieve your headaches as well. The wet sock treatment has been proven as effective against pain caused by acute infections.

Here’s how to do it:

  • A pair of cotton socks
  • A pair of wool socks
  • A bucket of cold water

Soak the cotton socks in the icy water and squeeze them, then soak your feet in a tub of hot water to heat them up – it usually takes 15 minutes. Now, pat your feet dry and put on the cotton socks, followed by the pair of wool socks. Cover your feet with a blanket and go to sleep, and you should feel much better in the morning.