Warming Socks to Help Your Immune System Fight Colds and Flu

The warming sock treatment is a simple at home treatment that I often find myself telling patients and friends about this time of year to help with the early signs of colds or flu virus. And if you are a parent, then you especially want to know about this effective home remedy for when your little ones aren’t feeling well.

For the best results, you want to begin using warming socks at the first signs of illness and continue the treatment nightly until you feel better. Often patients prefer to do this at night, but if you feel a cold, flu, cough or congestion creeping up on you during the day, you can always couple this treatment with a nap.

Remember to check in with a doctor if you are concerned about you or your child ‘s health. While this is a great at home treatment for minor conditions, it should not be used as a substitute to seeing your physician. If you are the least bit concerned about cold or flu symptoms, give your doc a call.

Benefits of Warming Socks:

  • Reduce sinus congestion
  • Regulate fevers
  • Reduce nighttime cough by decreasing lung congestion
  • Improved sleep

What You’ll Need for Warming Sock Treatment:

  1. 1 pair of cotton socks
  2. 1 pair of wool socks
  3. Warm foot bath or another means of warming feet
  4. Towel

How to Use Warming Socks:

  1. Begin by running the white socks under cold water until the are wet. Ring them out. You should have damp cold socks.
  2. Warm the feet in a hot foot bath for about 5 minutes (careful that it’s not too hot, especially for children). Use the towel to dry them thoroughly.
  3. Immediately following the foot bath, place one white sock on each foot and cover with wool socks.
  4. Get into bed under warm blankets and avoid becoming chilled.
  5. Leave socks on overnight. They should be dry when you wake.

In the morning, your symptoms of head congestion, fever, and cough should be diminished. Even if you feel better, it is important that you continue to rest your body to allow it to recover completely.

Wool socks work best, but synthetic fleece socks can be used in a pinch.


Warming socks are best used in combination…

The warming sock treatment will get your circulation moving and help with head and chest congestion. Use this method in combination with other immune boosting therapies to create the most effective strategy to preventing cold and flu viruses and successfully fighting them off!

If symptoms become concerning or worse follow treatment, please consult with you doctor. While we can treat cold and flu symptoms at home successfully, it is always important to check in with your doctor to ensure you are not experiencing something more serious.

Feel like you’re getting sick a little too often? This could be a sign of immune or adrenal dysfunction. I invite you to schedule a complimentary 10 minute Strategy Call with my clinic to understand what might be the cause of your symptoms.


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Dr. Jolene Brighten

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Dr. Jolene Brighten is a licensed Functional Medicine Naturopathic Doctor, best selling author, speaker, and mother. Dr. Brighten specializes in women’s health, from fertility to postpartum care, adrenal and thyroid support, autoimmune conditions, and digestive disorders. In her patient centered practice, Dr. Brighten thrives on navigating the space between conventional and alternative medicine, all while working with patients to help them achieve optimum balance, health, and happiness.