Best remedy for the common cold that you’ve ever tried!
Next time you get the first inkling of a cold, try this odd yet effective remedy: The Wet-Sock Treatment. Yes you read that right- wet socks, which are also happen to be cold!
You are probably wondering how on earth this will cure a cold. Here is the explanation:
Your body is always striving toward homeostasis, so when you put very cold wet socks on very warm feet, your body responds with a rush of blood to the area to warm up what has suddenly become cold.
In other words, the wet-sock treatment will get your circulation moving. And when your circulation moves, blood moves through your lymph nodes, which in turn gives your immune system a boost.
You should wake up to find your cold symptoms have disappeared, and oddly enough, you will feel warmer than usual.
What you’ll need:
A bucket (or your bathtub)
A small towel
Lavender and rosemary essential oils (optional)
Yarrow tea (optional)
A pair of thin cotton socks
A pair of thick wool socks
1. Before bed, drench your cotton socks in cold water or yarrow tea. Make sure they’re saturated to the max, and then stick them in the refrigerator.
2. Fill a bucket (or your bathtub) with hot water (as hot as you can manage) and soak your feet for 20 minutes in this water. You can add lavender to the water to create aromatherapy which will relax you and help you to sleep well.
3. Once your feet are soaked and warm, towel dry them. You can massage your feet with rosemary oil to increase circulation even more.
4. Take the wet socks out of the refrigerator and put them on your warm feet and cover the wet cotton socks with dry wool socks.
Your feet will start to feel warm within a couple of minutes as your blood rushes in so your body can find temperature homeostasis.
5. Keep both pairs of socks on and go to bed.
When you wake up your feet will be warm and dry and you’ll feel a lot better than you did the night before.
6. Repeat the wet sock treatment for three nights in a row for best results.
Note: The wet sock treatment is most effective at the beginning stages of a cold, when you first feel it coming on. The treatment can also be helpful for other conditions such as migraines, insomnia, chronically cold hands and feet, and ear infections.
Please don’t use the wet sock treatment if you have any open wounds on your feet.