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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

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DAVE

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!

SAM

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.

ASH

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.

TUNE IN FOR DAVE, SAM AND ASH ON HOT 91.1 ON WEEK­DAYS FOR BREAK­FAST FROM 5.30AM.

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