How have I not posted this before? This is my most reliable, natural treatment for colds and flus. Having spent the last 36 hours in bed, I am here to remind you that everyone gets sick. It is good to get sick. Immune challenges make us stronger.
That said, I am a strong advocate of supporting the immune system's response to colds and flus. I never take medications. What did I reach for this weekend? Elderberry syrup, water, herbal teas, and warming socks.
Hydrotherapy is one of the greatest tools you can use in your own home for nearly any illness. "Warming Sock Treatment" is an easy, cost-effective way of stimulating your body's immune system and bringing about relaxation as you drift to sleep. It works for all congestion such as in sinuses, ears, nose, and lungs, and it is great for inflammation anywhere in the body. Great for fevers! Applying a cool compress to the feet stimulates blood and lymph circulation and enhances immunity. White Blood Cells flood the infection more effectively and you are able to kick the bug much faster. AND you will find yourself falling asleep and staying asleep more peacefully.
Use warming socks at first sign of illness or during migraine. They can be used at any time, even if you just need an immune boost.
This form of hydrotherapy is wonderful to use with your children. Their vitality is much stronger than adults' and they respond quickly. I know quite a few babies and toddlers that look forward to their warming socks...and even ask for them!
Dr. Alicia McCubbins is a naturopathic physician who strives to educate, motivate and inspire. Please feel free to share your thoughts or questions so that we may collectively grow through knowledge.