THE HOT 91 TEAM HAVE ALL BEEN STRUCK DOWN BY THE DREADED WINTER FLU. HERE ARE SOME OF THEIR REMEDIES TO HELP GET YOU BACK ON YOUR FEET
I don’t mean to whinge, but right now I am a walking Eminem song – my knees are weak, arms are heavy, there’s vomit on my sweater already... all I want is some of my mum’s spaghetti.
Yep, this has been a doozy of a flu season and I’m ready for it to be over. It has already made its way through most families here in Australia, even those that got the flu shot. I may have been really naive but I only just found out that the flu shot only covers one strain of the flu, and the World Health Organisation decides on which flu strain it’s going to be this year. So, I’m hoping they fire this year’s team and go back to the drawing board for next year.
I have tried every single remedy to cure this flu, but nothing works. However I did get some slight relief from this recipe sent in by one of our radio show listeners, Catherine. It’s a shower bomb and combined with the steam from a hot shower it’s meant to blast all of the duckies out of your body. Here’s the recipe - Prep time: 10 minutes. Ingredients: 1 cup baking soda, 1/2 cup cornstarch, 1/2 cup water, 30 drops of eucalyptus essential oil, 15 drops peppermint essential oil. Equipment: 12 cup mini muffin tin, paper cup liners and a freezer.
Mix all the ingredients together adding water a little at a time until combined. Put it in the muffin tin and freeze until solid. Then turn the hot water on in your shower, put one of the shower bombs in the base of the shower, get nude and surround yourself in a room full of hot steam. 2019 flu, bring it on!
As I sit and type this an irritating trickle of snot is dripping down the back of my throat for what seems like forever.
I am not one to get sick normally. Up until this flu season I had only taken two sick days in five years, but for some reason this year’s cold and flu epidemic has grabbed me and won’t let go. As the evening chill arrives the chest loosens and I start barking, making a sound akin to a walrus stubbing their toe on the corner of the bath.
Enough is enough, what is your go-to remedy? What is going to kick this flu to the curb? I seem to remember Echinacea being the buzz remedy of the ’90s. Anything garlic and ginger is always popular and derivations of honey, earth wood etc seems pretty standard armament in the cold war. Nowadays, thanks to the ingenuity of the millennials, we have turmeric lattes and cayenne pepper parfaits to accompany old favourites Vicks Vapour rub and hot lemon drinks. But, than there are the remedies that make you go hmmmm, like cut onions in your socks, cod liver oil and olive leaf extract and of course there is the purists’ plan of sleep and plenty of water ... boring. When in doubt check in with your mum. My mum was a huge advocate for salt water fixing everything. Not just the crazy hipster version of pink Himalayan sea salt, blessed by a Tibetan monk, but a more robust concept of salt water. Mum would sing the virtues of salt water by way of sweat, tears and the sea. Simple and perfect. Sweat and tears wash away many ills and ails.
Is this year’s “flu,” the 2019 version of the plague? I am so done. As I write this, my nose is dripping, my chest is so tight from coughing and I’m exhausted from this horrible thing that just so happens to be infecting everyone at the moment. I can’t remember a time where the flu season was as bad as this. Nearly everyone I’ve spoken to lately has had it.
When it comes to remedies there’s so many old wives tales that are getting around from apple cider vinegar to onions in your socks. But, which ones do we believe and which ones do we try?
When I was in Year 12, a week before I was due to swim at nationals, I was hit so hard with the flu and I was devastated. The week before flying out to Hobart, mum had me taking four tablespoons of coconut oil a day and by the time the following week had come around, I was healthy as! I couldn’t believe it! This is, of course, when coconut oil was new and all the rage. Wild orange extract is extremely potent but an oil that you can get at the health shop, and it works a treat. Kills the germs in an instant.
Then you have the usual suspects of apple cider vinegar, olive leaf extract and Vicks on the soles of your feet. Senega and Ammonia is an old one but a good one. It helps break down the phlegm and loosen up your chest. It tastes horrid, but well worth it. You can pick it up from the chemist for about $5. Hopefully some of these tips will help do the trick, because I’m about to head off and grab a few of these remedies for myself.
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