Feeling a little under-the-weather? Magical Wet Socks to the rescue!

Yes, you read that correctly. Wet socks. This treatment works so well, we may call it magical. It’s simple, inexpensive (maybe even free, depending on your current sock stash) and effective.

The wet socks treatment is an easy way to use hydrotherapy. Hydrotherapy is the use of water for therapeutic purposes. We like to use hydrotherapy to stimulate the body’s own innate healing processes. By varying the temperature of the water, we can facilitate changes in the body that help us shift to allow better functioning of the immune system (and other physiological systems too!).

A basic treatment involves using both hot water and cold water. When we use hot water, we draw blood to that area of the body. When we switch to cold water, we move blood away from that area of the body. By consecutive applications of hot and and cold water, we cause blood to move to an area and then away from that area, thereby increasing circulation in the body. We can do this for the whole body at once or for more localized areas. Specific time frames and methods are used depending on what will allow the most beneficial response for an individual.

The wet socks treatment is an at-home hydrotherapy technique that is quite effective; while the socks do go on your feet, your entire body benefits. This can be especially useful for: the common cold, seasonal allergies, the flu, sinus congestion, fatigue, stress, overwork, and if you just feel a bit “icky” or like you may be getting sick. If you have any neuropathy or more serious health concerns, please consult with your doctor prior to trying this therapy.

So, down to business: Wet Socks.

You will need:

  • A pair of thin cotton socks

  • A pair of thick wool socks

  • Cold water (from the sink is fine)


  1. Do this right before you get into bed for the night (after teeth-brushing, tucking anyone else in, etc.).

  2. Run the water as cold as you can, and get the thin cotton socks soaked in this cold water.

  3. Wring out the thin socks, squeezing the water out. This should take just a few seconds; you don’t have to get too intense with it.

  4. Put on the thin wet socks. (You CAN do it!)

  5. Now put on the thick wool socks, over the thin socks.

  6. Get thee into bed, and cover up. Leave the socks on overnight.

  7. In the morning, you can remove all the socks.

  8. Repeat this treatment nightly for 1 week.

You will probably feel better after the first treatment. Continue the treatment for about a week to really encourage and promote your body’s own healing wisdom and support your physiological systems, especially when you’re not feeling in top-shape.

In case you’re wondering…when you go to bed with the wet socks on, insulated by the thicker dry socks, your body naturally warms up the wet socks, drying them and leaving your toes and feet feeling even toastier. This process boosts circulation throughout your body, supporting your immune function to allow for improved health.

The information provided here is not intended to replace medical advice or to treat or diagnose any medical condition. Please consult your doctor with specific questions and prior to beginning any significant diet or lifestyle changes.