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If this sounds familiar, try this old therapy that really works!
Make sure you have a pair of cotton socks and a pair of wool socks (they need to be at least 90% cotton/90% wool).
Dip the foot part of the cotton socks in cold water and wring them out thoroughly.
Next, get your feet warmed up. (If they're already nice and toasty, you can skip this part) Soak your feet in a tub of hot water until they are nice and warm and the skin is pink.
Remove your feet from the hot water, dry them off quickly and put on the cold, wet cotton socks.
Immediately put dry wool socks on over the wet cotton ones.
Go straight to bed, keeping your feet covered, for the night.
After about 30 minutes, if all of the steps were followed (it won't work if you don't go to bed! Sorry, lounging on the couch where you get up and down to do stuff around the house doesn't count!), you'll notice that your congestion will be relieved (often better than with medications!)! Sick children who do this will have a MUCH easier time falling to sleep. Some people will notice that this calms sore throats, eases earaches and relieves sinus infections as well!
Your feet should be warm and dry within about 4 hours. If the congestion returns at that point, feel free to repeat the process to get that relief back!
Caution: This is only meant to ease symptoms associated with colds and flus. If it's possible your illness is something else, call your doctor!