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  • Writer's pictureBrad Johnson

Magic Socks

I know, you’re probably thinking, “whaaat?” Here’s why it works: The use of cold water on the feet causes blood vessels to constrict, pushing blood toward the core of the body, as a secondary effect, the blood vessels in the feet then will dilate, moving the blood toward the surface of the skin and allowing any waste products to be pulled out of the tissues. This includes viruses, bacteria, excess fluid, mucus, etc. By increasing blood circulation through the body, you are, in effect, helping the system bring in what it needs for healing, such as nutrients, oxygen and immune cells, as well as helping the body rid itself of toxins and cellular debris created by infection. With small modifications, this treatment can prove helpful for everyone, including babies, the chronically ill, or the elderly. Some conditions helped by Magic Socks:

  1. Upper respiratory infections (colds, flu)

  2. Infection and sore throat

  3. Nasal congestion

  4. Sinus infections

  5. Coughs/Bronchitis

  6. Fever

  7. Headaches & Migraines

  8. Inflammation

  9. Sprains, strains, pain, inflammation of feet/ankles


  • 1 pair of thin cotton socks

  • 1 pair of thick wool socks

  • 1 hot foot bath

  • 1 bowl of ice water (alternatively, you can use cold tap water)

  • Towel


  1. Take a hot foot bath for 5-10 minutes. This is very important for the effectiveness of the treatment. In fact, it could be harmful if your feet are not warmed first.

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

  3. Soak the cotton socks in the bowl of ice water and wring the socks out thoroughly so they do not drip. Optional method: wet the socks under the faucet and place in the refrigerator or freezer for10-minutes. If either of these methods is too much, just use cold tap water.

  4. Place cold, wet socks onto the feet. Then cover with thick wool socks. This is best done one foot at a time.

  5. Go directly to bed. If you feel chilled, place an extra blanket on you.

  6. Leave socks on overnight (or remove when socks are dry).

  7. During the night, you may wake up with your whole body wet from sweat. If so, change into dry pajamas, but leave on the socks.

Note: It’s best to start the above wet sock treatment on the first day of an illness, repeating the process for three nights in a row. If you suffer from a chronic condition or compromised immunity, consult with your doctor before starting the warming sock treatment.

The above warming sock treatment is only one component of a comprehensive treatment plan that includes hydration, proper nutrition, rest and immune supportive herbs or supplements. It’s best to see your naturopathic doctor to determine the best course of action to help you get back to health as soon as possible.

Remember before beginning any new health regimen to first consult your Naturopathic Physician or healthcare provider.

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