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Wet Sock Treatment for Cold and Flu

Posted by     on August 18, 2017

Dr Della Parker_Wet Sock Treatment for Cold and Flu

We have talked about the Wet Sock treatment before (See Back to School Ka-Choo! and 7 Steps to Keep Momma Healthy), but some of you may want to know how it works.

Let’s start with an overview of what is involved with the Wet Sock Treatment. Basically, before you go to bed you soak your feet in warm water, dry them off and put cold damp socks on. There will be more detailed instructions at the end of this post.

Although it may sound uncomfortable, for those that try it, it actually feels quite nice.


Your body wants to keep itself at a constant temperature. When you soak in warm water for a while and then switch to a cold environment your body will send blood from the internal organs to your feet. In a nutshell, it increases blood circulation throughout the entire body.  This also increases activity in the lymphatic system (immune fighter cells).


A bucket (or your tub)

A small towel

A pair of thin cotton socks

A pair of thick wool socks

A refrigerator


  1. Get your cotton socks ready and soak them in cool water, you can even throw them in the fridge.
  2. Get your feet in a warm bucket or tub. You can soak them for about twenty minutes. (This step is optional, but will maximize results.)
  3. Pat your feet dry.
  4. Wring out your cotton socks just to the point that they are not dripping, but still damp (and cold) and slip them over your dry feet.
  5. Cover your feet and damp cotton socks with a dry pair of wool socks.
  6. Go to bed with your double socks on.

If you feel a sniffle or any other signs of a cold this will help boost your immune function. You may feel results the very next day, but go ahead and try it for a few nights in a row.

Have you followed us on Facebook?  Stellar Mommies have tons of tips for you in our video section. Learn more about the wet sock treatment in our video demonstration.

At Stellar Health and Wellness, we are moms and know how much work moms do. If you are a mom and want to focus on your wellness, contact Dr. Della Parker, Integrative Nutritionist Amy Hardesty, or Massage Therapist Yvonne Schroeder for an appointment today or call 503-344-6631.


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