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Apple Cider Vinegar for Allergies

Last Modified on Jul 22, 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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Posted by Konica (New Zealand) on 05/01/2014

[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.

Replied by Mallory
Brooklyn Ny
How much of the ACV do u ingest? Do u dilute it?

Posted 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
Malma, Sweden
I myself have suffered from allergies in the past and found that cleansing the liver has helped tremendously. It came buy chance when I started taking protein powder(whey protein) which is supposed to help the liver detox. It also increases glutathion in the body which is a master antioxident. Turmeric seems to work in the same fashoin. Read up on turmeric here at earth clinic and you can see that some people who took it got rid of there allergies. Turmeric also known as curcumin also increases glutathion in the body. Might be worth a try and you probably already have some in your pantry just waiting .

Good luck!

Replied by Klraine
Memphis, Tn

I was wondering the same thing because I started taking it myself. I was looking through earlier posts on the subject and came across this. Perhaps this concentration would be easier to take? Just a thought!

For daily maintenance, weight loss and pH balancing, we now suggest the following:

2 teaspoons of organic apple cider vinegar
16 ounces of water
Sip, don't chug!
We suggest 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar in 16 ounces of water that you'll sip throughout the day, rather than drinking the whole concoction at once 3 times a day. You will be keeping your pH in a constant, alkalized state by sipping this highly diluted dosage. Usually 1-2 tall glasses of the concoction are all you'll need each day.

If you drink a lot of water throughout the day, consider adding just a splash of apple cider vinegar to your glass/container each time you fill it up, rather than drinking the one, 16 oz glass of Apple Cider Vinegar and water mentioned above.

Hope this helps you tolerate it better!

Replied by Pamm
Birmingham, Alabama
To Stacieann from Springfield,

The reason you started experiencing stomach problems, Reflux, Gerd is because of too much Stomach Acid. Apple Cider Vinegar is mostly used to replace people with Low Stomach Acid, However To Reverse The Problem You Take Baking Soda in Water. Then after your Gerd Is Better start back slowly add baking soda to your mix of Apple cider vinegar in more water. Years ago when I started this same thing happened to me, and since I have done extensive research on Low stomach acid and Gastritis (high stomach acid) So your allergies is due to the way you eat most everyone's is including mine & bad eating causes low stomach acid so that is why the ACV worked in the beginning however if taking too much you can actually get too much acid in your stomach & can cause more problems. You need to Akaline your body. I also found that taking a Digestive Enzyme before I eat helps my allergies. Look Up Hydrochloric Acid you will see Apple cider vinegar is used to raise your stomach acid. Too much and you will be miserable. ACV is a good remedy for lots of things got to take it slow and alternate days when you take it and sip it with lots of water throughout the day. Good Luck!

Posted by Shota (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada) on 08/18/2011

I have an 11 year with allergies with symptoms that can go from not too bad to very uncomfortable. Most of the time she has a plugged nose, usually one side plugged the other not, and the occasional red eyes, with some sneezing.

This last week she has both sinuses plugged/running which in turn is causing post nasal drip with that really annoying clearing your throat cough that she is doing all day, red/itchy eyes, chest congestion. She basically looks like crap and no doubt feels like it.

I have tried, I think, almost every homeo/herbal remedy under the sun with little to no effect. Don't even get me started on the side effects OTC's have caused. I have used the ACV when we start getting a sore throat, gargle when the throat acts up and the problem literally goes away after treating 2 times. When this child gets a scratchy throat she herself will ask for the ACV. The taste is revolting, but she says she doesn't care it works. We dilute it of course.

I would like to see if the ACV works for her allergies at all, as so many here have attested to. Like I mentioned, she is only 11, so can anyone suggest how much I should be giving her/how many times per day/how long. Seeing as her allergies are chronic and not seasonal can ACV be given all the time? School will be starting soon, so there is no way that she would take a bottle of water with her to drink thruout the day... School doesn't even allow the kids to have a bottle of water with them in class. It would have to be a dose taken once in the morning and once after school and maybe again at bed time if need be.

Thanx for any suggestions.

Replied by Robbie
Thomasville, North Carolina
You can get gluten free ACV at walmart :P

Posted by Dan (Myrtle Beach, Sc, Usa) on 08/16/2011

[YEA]  Here's a little update at just over a year... Throughout my entire life I have always had a miserable time with colds and allergies every single year. This past year, since I've learned about ACV, has easily been the best year of my life. I'd even go so far as to call it almost perfect. Allergies were a breeze. I don't think I noticed any at all, including my allergies to dogs and many other animals, dust, ragweed and a few other pollens.

4 random times over the past year, I had the very familiar feeling of my very typical post-nasal drip creeping in. I get those often, always starting with a nasty sore throat which ALWAYS meant I was about to be sick for a long time. Almost every time, this meant antibiotics, and maybe more than one kind. For the first year in as long as I can remember, I haven't taken a single antibiotic NOR a single decongestant. I never came close to needing them. I was always in danger of getting left back for attendance, and it has always been my Achilles' heal at work. This is huge for me.

The few times that sore throat DID come around this past year, were during times when I had run out of ACV or hadn't been keeping up with it. Then I would try the new ACV remedy I'd learned about off this site: 1/2 cup water & a single teaspoon of ACV. Gargle it 3 times every hour until the sore throat feels better. Each time I had the sore throat, I would do this remedy early on, and within 3 hours, or 9 mouthfuls, my sore throat was gone! Completely. A little Advil didn't hurt either, just to make those few hours passed comfortably.

That was it. They never became colds. They never lasted more than a few hours. I only took one sick call the entire year, and that was just because I was feeling lazy. My allergies were nothing. I didn't have my usual fall coughing marathons at night, nor my springtime scratchy throat. People I worked with and live with were sick all around me, and while I was always nervous of catching their germs, I never really did. The winter before I'd found out about ACV, I was miserably sick for more than 3 months straight.

Of course, anybody who has grown to swear by ACV knows how difficult it is to convince others to try or to continue with the ACV. The taste is tough to deal with, and it is so frustrating when you know it would help someone you love, but they will not so much as sniff it more than once. But as I've come to learn in life... You can only really fix yourself, and try to be a good example.

Does it work for the Cholesterol that I originally started taking it for? I'm not convinced. I'm due for a retest, but I don't expect anything there. But thanks to the amazing boost its given my immune system- This is way better than any vitamin or supplement I've ever taken!

I usually take 2 tablespoons of _____ ACV in a shot glass topped off with water or apple juice, and then chase it with more water or juice (the colder the better). I usually take it for 2 weeks, and then skip it for 5 days or so. I've read several books on ACV over the past year, and it does a lot of good for your body. I'm sold!

Posted by Redface63 (Larson, Nd ) on 06/29/2011

Well, I have allergies so bad my face swells and turns bright red. I'm ready to try anything I just drank red cider vinager and see what will happen. nothing has ever worked for me not even shots.

Replied by Diane
Los Angeles, California Usa
If the Apple Cider Vinegar doesn't work for you have you thought of pulling all carpet from your house and not having pets in the house? Even some wood floor products as well as carpet could have Formaldehyde or other chemicals "even glue" in their product YOU could be allergic to.

You would have to contact the store or the seller you purchased the product from about what their product is made of. Or be tested. The safest floor products in regard to allergies is Linoleum. (I read this) And keeping the floors clean of dust or dirt.

Eliminating pets or flooring worked for an acquaintance of mine who is way better now.

Replied by Diane
Los Angeles, California Usa
Sorry I meant to write:

Eliminating pets and all carpet from a friend's house stopped her sinusitis and her son's hives! When nothing else helped!

Replied by Kat
Auburn, Alabama, Us
[YEA]   My husband has had severe allerigies his entire life. Non-stop rumbling in his ears, his nose would drain if he leaned his head down, dizziness, etc, etc. Every year it became worse and every year he would take otc meds or prescriptions consisting of steroids and antibiotics. The relief from these was very minimal if noticeable at all. On the 3rd day of taking 1.5 tsps of ACV 3 times a day, he began to notice a difference. He's stayed with this for the past 3 months and the effects continue to grow. He has more energy, lost weight (also due to the acv), and is 99% allergy free. I have never seen anything work so wonderfully. Last year we also had issues with staph and within 3 days of applying acv, it would be gone. I am a complete believer in all-natural cures from here on. Thank you so much Earth Clinic for your site!!

Posted by Juliana (Fresno, Ca) on 03/14/2011

[YEA]  March 9, 2011 I was having a serious allergy day, as I had for the past 20 Yrs. I have taken every drug and allergy shoots on the market, no joke, I have been praying the my good Lord and saviour would deliver me from this horrofying experience, called Allergy hay season, nevertheless so when you ask you shall receive, no he did not come down a a beam of light touch me or an angel appeared and healed me, no I asked the Lord for wisdom, do not like taking medication unless I absolutelly necesarelly need to, then I had an encounter, yeah! I said thank You Jesus for wisdom, I came to this site I believe I was guided to it, not much of a computer person, so as I stated reading ACV and its wonders, I said ACV here I come, got 3 spoons in 1/2 cup of warm water 1 tablespoon of raw honey, and waited, I thought it was going to be a week or so and I did not care, how ever the same night I took this mixure, I was healed, I have been sharing this with my dear suffering allergy friends, I know they will be thankfull, If you have tried all types of drugs that do more harm then good in some cases why not try your all good apple cider vinager. I can say that I am allergy free, thank you so much for letting this amazing recipe out May the Lord bless you and repay you. Thank you Dear Lord for heavenly wisdom. Amen

Replied by Chloe
East Greenwich, Rhode Island
[SIDE EFFECTS]   Hello Everyone! Just chiming in with something I've discovered. I'd always wondered why 'Apple Cider Vinegar' was not the miracle for me as it is has been for so many others.

My first clue begins with a sesame tahini sauce I like to make with apple cider vinegar, water, salt and cayenne pepper added to a big salad.

After eating this, I never connected my racing pulse to anything in particular.

Many times my cheeks would even flush! I've always used the _____'s organic brand too.

Anyway, my intuition told me that maybe I should leave the vinegar out of my recipe next time and see what happens. Lo and behold, no racing pulse. I still did not connect this to an allergy though.

Then, today, I come across an e-book by Dr. Coca called the "The Pulse Test". In it, he explains that EVERY single time a person consumes something they are allergic to, their pulse will be higher than normal. This book was written in 1956! Why didn't I know about this method before?

Thinking back, I can clearly remember my pulse racing after certain meals... But who would have thought Apple Cider Vinegar could be one of the culprits!I do not eat dairy or wheat of any kind... but it might be time to also give up the Quinoa too, since ALL grains can expose you to cross-contamination issues.

This E-book is now considered public domain.

I have posted it online for all of you to read freely, where it describes the simple method to determine all of your food allergies once and for all and give your poor immune systems a break! :-)
I sincerely hope this helps someone out there!

EarthClinic ~ would you kindly cross-post this to the section on Apple Cider Vinegar and any other relevant categories?

Replied by Bess
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Thanks Chloe! I just downloaded the e-book, The Pulse Test. What an interesting subject. As soon as I'm finished reading it, I'll test the theory. It certainly makes sense! Thanks again.
Replied by Michelle
Cambridge, Cambs / Uk
Dear Chloe, you don't have to give up quinoa as it is a fruit, not a grain. God bless. Mic

Posted by Sridhar (Dubai, Uae) on 03/09/2011

[YEA]  Dear All, I am a 36 year old guy who has been having severe allergy problems from the age of 15. Sinus problems started about 3 years ago and both of these have been getting me ill very frequently. I had taken 3 doses of antibiotics (500 mg per day / days) over the past 6 weeks as I kept having repeated flu, sore throat, allergy, sinus problem which did not seem to leave my body. To cut the story short, I ran into this website 5 days ago and started the ACV & Oil pulling (sesame oil) right away. The day I took the ACV, there were lumps of yellow stuff rolling out of my ached sinuses and jaws through my nose and mouth. The next morning I woke up with a clear nose. I have not had any allergy or sore throat for the past 5 days, which is a rarity in my adult life. I am able to breathe through my nose all the time and my voice is very clear. I have never felt so good in all these years & my constant craving for sugars is gone. I have recommended this to quite a few of my friends who are impressed with seeing a different me this week!!

Posted by Nitzp (San Jose, California, Usa) on 02/06/2011

[YEA]  I have to share this with you to help those suffering from allergic rhinitis commonly called allergy. Yesterday, I was sneezing non stop from 1:00 pm to nightime. I was already feeling very weak from sneezing and I thought of searching the remedy from Earth Clinic. I found ACV as very popular for allergies. I prepared immediately 2 tbs in 8 oz of warm water. Then I added 1/4 tbs baking soda. Instantly, my allergies were gone. I never sneezed from then on so I was able to sleep calmly through the night. I couldn't believe it. It really works. I am a ACV fanatic. My husband and I drink it every night to maintain our good health. Now I'll make it twice daily.

Posted by Stephanie (Philadelphia, Tn) on 01/07/2011

I am overly excited about the prospect of a nostril clear night of sleep, I am going out tomorrow for large quantities of organic ACV. If this works as much as I hope it does, I may just cry before the freedom I will have to enjoy unmuffled sound, and a clear head and frustrations relieved. I have noticed my allergies cause me to be in a constant irritable mood backed by frustrations of the sick. I have had an extreme case of allergies for over 5 years now that seem to occur out of the blue. I wake up to fits of sneezing, to which I have to scamper for TP at my bedside before my nose drips everywhere. My allergies are so bad the itchy head has drove me to madness with the threats of cutting off all my hair as this is just an extra nuance to my ittcy face and nose. I will keep you posted with the results I pray this will be the answer to all that ails me.

Replied by Sarah
Dallas, Tx
To Stephanie from Philadelphia, I used to be sneezing my head off out of the blue too. Then I figured out that it was always when I was near my house plants, and the worst attacks would be the day after I watered them. It was the mold that was in the houseplant dirt. This might be one of your allergens. If so, and if you don't want to get rid of your plants, I've found that it helps a lot to add some tea trea oil to the plants' water before you pour it on them, and then water them as seldom as possible--only when they begin to look like they're missing water.

Posted by Cleoppa (Cleburne, Texas) on 08/28/2010

[YEA]  Thanks to this site, ACV did wonders for my seasonal allergies. Always before I'd used nettle tea and it had been fairly effective. One season, however, it did not seem to help at all. So I started searching around and found the ACV recommendation. Works wonders! Also great on my skin when I have an itchy allergic reaction.

Posted by Steve (Springfield, Illinois) on 08/04/2010

[YEA]  I was having allergy problems: congestion, sinus issues and headaches. Saw the doctor and he prescribed me 3 different medicines (cost $100). I decided to try Apple Cider Vinegar and in about 1 week my headaches were gone, my congestion cleared up and no more allergy issues. I take 2 tablespoons mixed with orange juice every morning and do longer have any allergy issues. It's been 4 years now and the ACV is still working. I'd buy ACV even if it cost me $100 a bottle!

Posted by Charley (Pinellas Park, Fl, Usa) on 04/15/2010

[YEA]  Due to possible pollen allergy, I suffered stuffy nose and chest congestion since early January of this year until this month of April.Two days ago, I surfed this site looking for relief and was inspired by so many testimonials about apple cider venigar.I mixed 2 tablespoons each of apple cider venigar and honey plus a dash of cayenne powder.In a mug I heated the mixture with water for 3 minutes and drank it. Just after few minutes I realized that this is a miracle drink and for two nights I have a good sleep and my condition has improved by 75 %.

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