Decongesting Warming Socks

warm socks

Warming socks are a form of hydrotherapy that is used as an alternative to drugs in managing symptoms associated with upper respiratory conditions including congested sinuses, headaches, migraines, sinus infections and sore throats.  They are also beneficial for any chronic, painful inflammatory condition, especially of the feet.

This treatment acts to reflexively increase the circulation and decrease congestion in the upper respiratory passages, head, and throat.  It has a sedating action and many patients report that they sleep much better during the treatment.   It is a simple technique that helps to stimulate the immune system to prevent and fight off infection.

Here’s what you’ll need:

1 pair white cotton socks

1 pair thick wool socks


Warm bath or warm foot bath

Here’s how to do it:

1. Take a pair of cotton socks and soak them completely with cold water. Be sure

to wring the socks out thoroughly so they do not drip.

2. Warm your feet first. This is very important as the treatment will not be as

effective and could be harmful if your feet are not warmed first. Warming can

be accomplished by soaking your feet in warm water for at least 5-10 minutes or

taking a warm bath for 5-10 minutes.

3. Dry off feet and body with a dry towel.

4. Place cold wet socks on feet. Cover with thick wool socks. Go directly to bed.

Avoid getting chilled.

5. Keep the socks on overnight. You will find that the wet cotton socks will be dry

in the morning.

Warming socks are effective for people of any age from children to the elderly.  This protocol works best when repeated for three nights in a row, or as instructed by your physician.

About DrLambNMD

Dr. Karen Lamb is a Naturopathic Doctor and Counselor in Scottsdale, Arizona. Dr. Lamb specializes in finding and understanding the root cause of chronic physical and/or psychological diseases. She uses natural, safe and effective treatments to unlock the body’s immense potential for regeneration and healing. Read More »


  1. I don’t understand. Why would you want cold socks? Shouldn’t the water be warm? Doesn’t the cold socks just cause more issues with your health?

    • DrLambNMD says:

      The cold temperature is what triggers the body to move blood down to the feet in order to warm the body. Circulating blood to the feet decongests the head. It sounds very counterintuitive but makes perfect sense physiologically. I hope this answers your question!

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