splash of water

Did you know you can use plain and simple water to relieve pain and help your body heal from injuries and infections? Also known as hydrotherapy, water therapy is often used by naturopaths and can involve pools, baths and fancy equipment. However, there are a number of cheap and easy ways to use hydrotherapy at home, using little more than hot and cold water.

Wet Sock Treatment for Colds and Flu

This one sounds dreadful because it involves going to bed with cold wet socks on your feet! Strangely enough, it can help you sleep better. The cold forces your body to increase the circulation which ramps up the immune response and eases congestion. It can also be employed for pain relief, inflammation, headaches, sore throat, sinusitis and other upper respiratory problems. You can use it before a cold sets in to head things off at the pass. As soon as you start feeling under the weather or get that first tickle in your throat, get your socks out.

What you need:

  • Thin cotton socks
  • Bowl of ice water
  • Thick woollen socks
  • Two pairs of pyjamas

What you do:

  • Prepare the bowl of ice water and soak the cotton socks in it
  • Have a hot bath or soak your feet in hot water (very important – do not try this with cold feet)
  • As soon as you are dry, wring out the cold socks and put them on
  • Pull the woollen socks over the wet cotton ones
  • Put on one pair of pyjamas and put the other pair next to the bed and go to bed
  • Stay warm
  • If you wake up in the middle of the night drenched in sweat, change pyjamas but leave the socks alone
  • When you wake up in the morning, the socks will be dry