Last Modified on Feb 16, 2015
Chronic allergy sufferers can attest that finding the right allergy remedy can be difficult. The over-the-counter medications and treatments often seem like an easy choice but they are riddled with associated side effects. In an attempt to find a better option, we began researching natural treatment options in 1999 and came across an old folk remedy for allergies, apple cider vinegar, and we're glad that we did.
The Problem with Common Allergy Medications
While there are a number of over-the-counter and even prescription allergy medication, it seems like they all have the same shortcomings. In a nutshell, one of the major problems with common allergy medications is their cause of chemical reliance – the more you take them, the more you have to have. These medications also cause a number of potential side effects, including increased heart rate, seizures, headache, nervousness, fatigue, dry mouth.
Apple Cider Vinegar for Allergies
As soon as we found the apple cider vinegar treatment option, we were immediately intrigued. Apple cider vinegar is one of the most widely used natural remedies and is effective for a whole host of treatments.
How apple cider vinegar works:
Apple cider vinegar contains a number of beneficial compounds including acetic and malic acid, vitamin A, vitamin B6, vitamin C, and several others. These nutrients function to balance the body’s natural pH to prevent ill-health and to remedy such issues as allergies and other seasonal disorders. The nutrients it contains also boost the immune system and functioning.
How to use apple cider vinegar:
The treatment is as simple as taking 1 to 2 teaspoons a day. If you are like us, though, you won’t be able to handle the taste of the straight vinegar, so we make a bit of a tonic to make it easier to take. Mix 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar and 1 teaspoon of honey in 8 ounces of warm water. Once combined, drink the tonic and repeat morning and evening.
Which Apple Cider Vinegar is Best?
While the brand of vinegar may differ, you will want to get organic vinegar with the “mother” in it. If you notice a dark cloudy substance in the vinegar, then you have gotten the right stuff as the mother contains all the added nutrients. Braggs is a good brand to look for.
Apple cider vinegar is quite possibly the “cure-all” of the natural medicine world. Its effects are no different on allergies, as it completely eliminated our stuffy noses, itchy eyes, and scratchy throats. Continue reading below for over 70 positive User Reviews from Earth Clinic contributors around the world.
Let us know if you've tried this amazing remedy for allergies!
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[YEA] I use ACV alongside my traditional hayfever medication of cetirizine and steroidal nasal spray, and this works well, I did try to use it on its own, but I have suffered (and I do not use that term lightly) from hayfever since I was a child, and personally feel that apart from the itchy eyes, scratchy throat and sneezing, it is also responsible for my lethargy, occasional depression and moodiness. None of these remedies work adequately on their own, but the regular ingestion of ACV seems to be what keeps it all under control. I am so thankful for ACV, and recommend it all the time to friends and family.
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05/01/2014Posted by Lovebucket (Florida) on 03/31/2014
[YEA] I have been suffering from severe sinusitis due to allergies and a slight head cold. I had been on NyQuil, allergy meds, using a netti pot with salt and colloidal silver, and inhaling steam to try and alleviate the terrible sinus pressure for days with no relief. I finally came to this site because it has helped me in the past and read about apple cider vinegar, what a miracle. I drank one 8oz glass of ice cold water with 1 tbsp of organic Apple Cider Vinegar mixed in. Not even five minutes later my sinus passages started to open up and I could breathe with little pressure. As soon as my sinuses opened up I put a couple drops of colloidal up my nose to clean out. I can breath and I feel great, will keep this routine up this allergy season!Posted by Mooshka on 06/26/2013
[YEA] I get seasonal pollen allergies. It gets pretty bad. I sneeze ten times in a row and my eyes get really itchy. I found ACV as a remedy on earth clinic and I tried it one day when I sneezed a lot. Sure enough, a few hours later my sneezing and runny nose dissipated. Since it has worked so much better than OTC antihistimes, I will continue to use it every summer. ACV is definitely an item everyone should own, since it has so many uses!Posted by Tommy (Minneapolis, Mn ,usa) on 03/18/2013
[YEA] So over that last 5 years I've been dealing with very bad allergies and non stop sinus infections. I've tried Neti Potting everyday , taking allegra and Claritin with no success. I finally read that a large cause of chronic sinusitus is a fungus related issue. Which may explain my constant swimmers ear, which is also fungal related. I read alot about ACV with the "mother".
I decided to try 2 Tbsp of ACV with 1 Tbsp honey. I have done this every day now for about 2 weeks...
Guess what??? Allergies are way less extreme and sinus infection is gone. I wouldn't have believed it but it worked for me!! Thanks everybody on this site!! Life changing!!Posted by Stacieann (Springfield, Tennessee Usa) on 08/30/2011
[WORKED TEMPORARILY] Hi!!! I suffer from very bad allergies and bronchitis and asthma. I have tried every antibiotic and over the counters meds and none worked. Just eased the symptoms for a bit. I tried _____s ACV for the first time last Thursday. I filled a shot glass and downed it. About a hour later I felt great!!! My sinus pressure eased up a lot and they started to drain. My chest wasnt nearly as weezy and I felt full of energy. I did three shots a day and felt wonderful. My allergies never went away but there was a huge improvement. One that I could live with.
After the third day I started getting really bad gas pressure ending in terrible belches and resulting in upset stomach so I diluted the ACV by pouring the shot in a 20 oz bottle of water three times a day. That didnt help so I did it twice a day. Then my sinus problems started coming back. I havent taken any in a couple of days and my allergies are back full force. Please can you offer any suggestions?Replied by Nina