This post is for my Blog Guru.
He’s the behind-the-scenes guy who puts up with all of my crazy, half-literate questions about the ‘backdoor’ of my blog. You know, all of that nasty code, computer jargon and other things that make me want to barf! I am thankful he’s my friend, or he may have taken his services elsewhere to someone who is less of a bumbler.
So, speaking of barf… He’s regrettably unwell right now, so this post is for him…
No, I’m not kidding.
That’s what they’re called. The ‘Magic Sock’ treatment or “heating compress,” is a method of healing that is as old as it is effective. It requires no man made fever-reducers, magic wands or tricks. It is simple, effective, natural, FREE, and highly recommended. At least by my ND, and many others…
The method is simple. You warm your feet, place ice cold cotton socks on them, pull on some thick wool socks over that, and get to bed! Sounds crazy? Fine. Just wait until you are desperate and try it. You can thank me later 🙂
I used this method on myself when I was regrettably unwell, OK– desperate, and in conjunction, on Sweet Baby as a preventative. It worked great! She of course, is always healthy– thanks, breast milk!– and I felt way less congested and got some decent sleep.
- First, get your cotton socks and your woolies on standby. Draw a foot bath and soak your feet for 5-10 minutes in warm/hot water. Don’t skip this step. The treatment isn’t effective without it.
- Once you have achieved a pink, flushed color on your feet, pull on your freezing cold cotton socks. I just run mine under my bathtub tap, others soak them in a bowl, perhaps with ice. (Wring well before applying). Pull on the wool socks immediately following, and avoid getting chilled.
- Get into bed. Your feet will be dry in the morning. Like magic.
It may sound like some eccentric or lunatic notion, but it works because it rallies the body’s defenses, according to Jamey Wallace, ND, Clinic Medical Director at Bastyr Center for Natural Health.
The treatment is known as a “heating compress,” meaning that it’s up to the body to heat the cold, wet socks, says Dr. Wallace. The body reacts to the cold socks by increasing blood circulation, which also stimulates the immune system. You have to ‘rev up’ the immune system, so it’s ready for battle against the affliction or condition. This treatment acts to reflexively increase the circulation and decrease congestion in the upper respiratory passages, head and throat. It also has a sedating action, and many patients report that they sleep much better during the treatment. The treatment is also effective for pain relief and increases the healing response during acute infections.
It is recommended that you do this at first sign of illness for multiple days in a row. I usually do it in the morning and at night in the beginning and end of my illness.
In our house, we don’t treat low-grade fevers, but if there is a worrisome fever present, we utilize this method first before moving on to other treatments. The heating compress works similar to the vinegar sock method in treating fevers, in which the fever is drawn down in a matter of minutes.
The Magic Sock method is not a comprehensive cure-all. It is just one method in your ‘natural medicine chest’ that works best when combined with other healing components like a honey remedy, increased fluid intake, sleep, and immune-boosting supplements such as garlic, vitamins A, C, D and E, and Zinc.
Hopefully by now, cold and flu season has peaked, so you won’t have to try this method. But at least you have it if you need it.
Get well soon, Blog Guru!
*Once again, I am not a doctor. Nor am I a butcher, or baker or candlestick maker. This remedy is a suggestion. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Consult your own doctor. Do your own homework. I always do. 🙂 Be well, my dear friends.
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