Monday, November 15, 2010

'Tis The Season

Ever hear of Wet Sock Therapy? No? Neither did I until my daughter Jen told me about it. She uses it on herself, her husband and her children whenever they get sick. So... I tried it on myself. I have been sick for over a month. 'Tis true. And anyone who knows me would attest to the fact that I am never sick for more than a day or two. (Could be the dog irritating things as well. But I digress.) So, I decided to try it and wouldn't you know that I felt markedly better after days of getting progressively worse. Coincidence? Maybe. Timing? Possibly. Placebo effect? Uhhh, probably not.

I have always been one to shun pharmaceuticals and opt for natural remedies. Always. So this was a natural step for me. I am going to apply the therapy again tonight and hopefully kick this thing for good.

Below are the steps to take if you have interest. Try it and see if it doesn't work for you.

The Cold Sock Treatment (Wet Sock Therapy) is a simple hydrotherapy technique that is especially effective for relieving nasal congestion in bed at night (frequently better than medications and without the side effects). It also helps to stimulate the immune system in the upper respiratory tract and is relaxing for aches and chills, and helps bring on a more restful night’s sleep when sick. We find it helpful in such conditions as colds, "flu" (not the "stomach flu"), earaches, sore throats, and sinus infections. It is useful with people of any age from infants to the elderly. The Cold Sock Treatment is especially good to use with the nasal congestion of colds and influenza.

Preparations. In the evening before going to bed, prepare by having a pair of cotton socks and a pair of wool socks. They must be at least 90% cotton and 90% wool, respectively. Most sporting goods stores and some department stores carry wool socks. For small children you can use safety-pins to hold a wool sock on that is too large, or rap wool cloth around each foot.

Step 1. Soak the foot part of the cotton socks in cold tap water and wring them out thoroughly. Place the socks close to the basin or bathtub used in the next step. Note: If your feet are already warm (e.g., you have already been in bed) you can skip to Step 3.

Step 2. Put your feet into a basin or bathtub of hot water to warm up your feet. Soak them for a few minutes until they are hot and pink.

Step 3. Remove your feet from the hot water and quickly dry them off. Immediately put on the cold wet cotton socks, and then over them, put on the dry wool socks.

Step 4. Go directly to bed and keep the feet covered through the night. The therapy does not work if you or your feet are uncovered, such as when walking around or sitting in a chair uncovered.

When the Cold Sock Treatment procedure is followed correctly the feet will start warming up within a few minutes of getting covered in bed. The congestion will usually start to be relieved within 30 minutes. It will often work better than a decongestant or antihistamine to relieve congestion during sleep. In addition, it is not uncommon to see a small child or infant fall immediately to sleep after they are put to bed with the Cold Sock Treatment. After approximately four hours the socks should be totally dry, the feet warm, and the symptoms will be much improved (if not gone).

If necessary the Cold Sock Treatment can be repeated through the night or used on consecutive nights. In repeating the treatment in the same night or if an illness starts during the night, it is not necessary to warm the feet in hot water since they will already be warm. Simply apply the wrung out cold wet socks and the dry wool socks and go back to bed.

The above information is from Heartland Naturopathic Clinic.

So now that we are into the "flu" season, what do you do for yourself and your family to keep healthy. Please tell me, I'd love to know. I do not want a repeat of October and November. After all, as you know, I am a winter girl and I need to be outside.


Dawn said...

Wow! I've never heard of this, but if you say it works, I'll give it a try next time someone has a cold in my house. Thank you for sharing. I prefer using natural treatments whenever possible.

Lyse, Ebony, and Olivia said...

We do nothing. No hand sanitizing, no Lysol on the door knobs, no vitamin C or echinacea -- and my family is incredible healthy. Patrick will get his usual two colds/flus for the winter, Liv maybe one.

Jen said...

We mostly just continue with our regular supplements we take throughout the year except we up the Vitamin C & D. I pay special attention to our diets to in the cold and flu season and try to limit immune suppressing sugars.

And when we do get sick- wet sock therapy!

Fruitful Harvest said...

I came over to see your yarn a long when this post caught my eye!
I love it! {I pray to not have to try it out....but I'm sure will sometime over the winter!

Thanks for sharing!
I posted a few weeks ago on what I have in my cold and flu kit. I know have one more thing! :) lol

Peace, Love and Joy,

the momma said...

ok. this is intriguing! why & how does it work?? do you suppose a felted sweater cut up & wrapped around the feet would work, too??

thanks for sharing!

Michelle said...

I don't know the hows and whys. All I know is that it worked fantastically for me.