Hydrotherapy is a system of using hot and cold on the surface of your body to change blood and lymph circulation in ways that increase immune function, decrease fatigue, and support the body’s intrinsic healing powers. However, some simple home hydrotherapy can also support your immunity.

Ending your daily shower with a cold rinse charges up your skin’s elimination function, and your body’s inherent repair process. Take your warm shower as usual, and when finished turn the water to cool or cold (as cold as you can handle). Aim to immerse your entire body in the cold water for 30 seconds to 1 minute. After the rinse, use your towel for a vigorous rub to dry off  and warm up.

An Epsom salt bath is a fantastic way to ease the aches and pains of the flu (or just from a hard day!). Epsom salts are widely available in supermarkets and drug stores, and are inexpensive. Add 1-2 cups Epsom salts to a bath of warm or hot water and allow the salts to dissolve, then ease into the bath and relax. 1-2 drops of lavender essential oil will further assist in relieving pain and aching muscles and joints.

Warming socks are an excellent way to boost the body’s immune function. These are best done at night just before bed. You will need a pair of thin cotton socks, a pair of wool socks (or heavy hiking type socks), and your cold tap water. Take a warm bath or shower so you do not feel chilled before starting. Immerse the cotton socks in the cold water and wring well, so they are not dripping. Put on the cold wet cotton socks, and then on top of the wet sock put a dry wool sock.You will be wearing 2 socks: a cold wet cotton sock covered by a dry, thick wool sock. Go to bed like this, and do not remove the socks until the wet socks have been completely dried by your body heat. You will wake feeling energized and better. Repeat for 3-4 nights or as needed.