What do rosemary oil, a bucket of hot water, your refrigerator, and two pairs of socks have in common?
They are the surprising winning combo that form the best remedy for the common cold that you’ve ever tried:
The Wet Sock Treatment
We’ve all been there.
One moment you’re on top of the world, getting more done than you normally would, eating out because you’re too busy to cook, and skipping your exercise routine because you’re too tired from being so productive.
Next thing you know you feel a tickle in your throat, your nose is a little stuffy, you feel sluggish and achey and so tired that your vision is blurring as you read.
But you don’t have time to get sick, there’s still so much to get done!
Oh no! What to do?!
The answer, my friends, is to use The Wet Sock Treatment.
The Wet-Sock Treatment is one of naturopathy’s most effective cures for the common cold.
That’s right, wet socks.
Cold wet socks to be precise.
How in the world could such an uncomfortable sounding method cure anything, you might ask?
The mechanism is actually fairly simple.
Your body is always striving toward homeostasis, so when you put very cold wet socks on very warm feet, you’re 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 brings your immune system into hyper-drive.
You will wake up to find that tickle in your throat has “miraculously” disappeared, your nose is clear, and you’re ready to do all the tasks on your list with a spring in your step and a smile on your face.
In fact, you’ll not only feel great, but your feet will be warmer than usual!
How to Use Cold Wet Socks to Boost Your Immune System
What you’ll need:
A bucket (or your tub)
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. As you’re getting ready to go to 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 tub) with very hot water, not so hot that it’ll burn you, but as hot as you can comfortably handle.
Enjoy a nice warm foot-soak for up to 20 minutes.
You might like to put some lavender oil in the water to add some aromatherapy that will help you relax and sleep well later.
3. Once your feet are nice and toasty, pat them dry with your towel.
If you wish you can massage your feet with rosemary oil for added benefit. Rosemary oil will boost your circulation to another level.
4. Take the wet socks out of the refrigerator and put them on your toasty warm feet and cover the wet cotton socks with dry wool socks.
This sounds much worse than it feels, trust me!
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.
It can be helpful later in the game also, but you’ll get the more benefit the earlier you start.
Moreover, the wet sock treatment can be helpful for other conditions such as migraines, insomnia, chronically cold hands and feet, and ear infections.
Lastly, please don’t use the wet sock treatment if you have any open wounds on your feet.
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