Hot Socks

Hot socks, also known as “warming socks”, “wet socks” and “cold socks” are a form of Hydrotherapy (the use of water to promote health and well-being).  Hot socks are great for draining congestion, moderating fevers and encouraging movement of body fluids.  They can be used specifically to boost the immune system, or regularly as part of on-going drainage and cleansing.

Here’s how it’s done:

Get a pair thick cotton socks (the type you’d wear for sports) and soak them in COLD water.  Wring them out and put them on your feet.  Cover with a pair of dry wool socks and get into bed.  Be sure to have enough layers on to avoid getting chilled.  By the morning, your socks will be dry, your feet will be HOT and your lymphatic system will have had a nice boost of circulation.

Why does this work?  When cold damp socks are initially put on, they cause constriction of blood vessels, followed by dilation, as your body tries to warm up your feet.  This also activates movement of the lymph fluid and helps to drain congestion, moving circulation downwards.

Next time you feel you’re coming down with something; get your socks out and hit the sac early.  You may be surprised at how well you feel in the morning!

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3 Responses to Hot Socks

  1. I love practical natural remedies, and this is one of THE best and most practical remedies I’ve heard. I feel sometimes we can get caught up in looking for the most complex answers when a simple and easy to use one is just under our nose.
    I was drawn to your website as I too am a Naturopath and my business name is bnatural health services, but I’m in Australia. Keep up the great work guys!

  2. Suzanne says:

    I’m feeling ‘sniffly’ tonight…..will definitely try this tonight 🙂

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