Last week, I was feeling like I was right on the edge of coming down with a bad cold. My lymph nodes in my neck were sore and I was feeling unusually tired and unwell. I was kind of excited because I knew this was a good opportunity to test out an easy home remedy of warming socks for myself. This is a really common, simple treatment that every naturopathic doctor knows and I have known tons of classmates who have tried it and had great results.
Right before bed, I took a hot shower and made sure I was warm. Then I put some cotton socks in the coldest tap water I could get, got into bed and put on the cold wet socks with another pair of dry socks over them. I went to sleep and woke up in the morning feeling much better and the socks were completely dry. This was a week ago, and the bad cold I felt coming on never happened! They are called warming socks because they increase your blood flow and warm you up.
Some hints to try this yourself:
- you may be tempted to put plastic bags over your feet. The water needs to evaporate and dry out so plastic bags will make this ineffective, and possibly worse.
- you may hear of this similarly with frozen wet socks. You can put them in the freezer for a few minutes to make them extra cold, but they should not be frozen.
- Use natural cotton socks, not synthetic. You can also use dry wool socks over the wet cotton.
- You need to be warm for this to work. You can take a hot shower or warm up in bed before putting on the wet socks.