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Apple Cider Vinegar   66  3   

Posted by Katherine (Palisade, Co) on 04/16/2012

I've had a horrid cough for 6 days. I can't sleep because I wake up every 10-20 minutes coughing sometimes to the point of vomiting. I've been taking the herb extract Mullein, it helps some, but not much. I just took two Tbsp's ACV and a tiny bit of honey as a chaser. Experiencing a lot of coughing now... I hope it is a "final" cleansing of these tired, old lungs. It's been 10 minutes since I took the ACV/honey. I just choked out a lot of mucus and now I am quiet. Hmmmm... My last cough was dry, no phlegm that is progress. I'll check back in a couple hours and let you know how it's going!

Replied by Akgirl
Kenny Lake, Alaska
04/24/2012
[YEA]   I live in a remote area of Alaska so I do not have immediate access to many organic remidies. After suffering from a persistant, wet cough for days, I read everyone's posts here. I decided to try the remedies with simple, store bought ingrediants that I had on hand. 2 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar, 2 tsp Lemon Juice, 1 tsp Honey in a cup of Green Tea ~ It WORKED! I haven't coughed in several hours now! Thank you so much for the tips!
Replied by Marbrill
Brooklyn, Ny/usa
10/12/2012
[YEA]   Just tried ACV, a pinch of cayenne, honey, lemon and hot water. I cannot believe it. It didn't work immediately but now, 10 minutes later, my cough is much calmer and my throat doesn't hurt as much. I am going to make a base of this, and add hot water and sip throughout the day. I'll also take zinc and garlic and I'll report back!

Posted by Mamamia (Victoria, Tx) on 03/18/2012

Okay. I am your typical hate-going-to-the-doctor, hate-taking-medicine (even if it tastes good), hate-eating-my-vegetables kind of person. Which is probably why I developed bronchitis. I did give in and went the doctor to get antibiotics (jury's still out on their effectiveness). But I have this horrible, non-ending cough that is driving everyone in the house crazy and keeping me from getting any sleep. Like other women out there, after 4 children each 18 months apart, my bladder is no longer any friend of mine. So coughing is extremely irritating. I am allergic to dextromethorphan and cannot take most of the OTC medicines out there. I was referred to this site by a friend and have been reading about everyone swearing Apple Cider Vinegar is a cure all. I happen to have ______ organic, raw un-filtered, with the 'mother' ACV on the shelf, and tried mixing 2 Tbsp of ACV with 4 Tbsp apple juice. OMG. It was the most godawful taste. It tasted like I accidentally drank the kids' Easter egg dye. But I got it down and I am awaiting the results. I will try another glass before bedtime, adding honey in to hopefully make it more palatable. I just need some sleep! I will try to keep everyone informed of this little journey I've put myself on. This is the first time I haven't relied on a Rx to make me feel better.

Posted by Maypeacebewithall (Singapore) on 10/20/2011

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  I was coughing real badly until to the point of nearly vomitting. I couldn't sleep at night as the cough kept me awake. I am coughing almost the whole day with maybe around half an hour break in between or less. It's like almost non-stop coughing. I cough till my stomach muscles ache. I was desparate for relief and tried many remedies including those mentioned in Earthclinc like cayenne pepper, putting menthol rub on my soles, etc but all these yield only temporary relief. Yesterday night, I prayed for help in desperation and I suddenly thought of the apple cider vinegar mentioned in Earthclinic. I took 2 teaspoons mixed with water and went to bed and I did not even cough once in the night. I slept through the night soundly! There was still some coughing when I woke up this morning but I am at least 50% better. Thank you, Earthclinic and to the readers who contributed to their experiences!

Replied by Tester101
Iloilo City, Philippines
10/23/2011
Its effects are compounded in combination with other home or natural remedies like honey, citrus, garlic syrup, etc. Just control the percentage of solution of your choice. Study the effects of the mixture. The effects could stay longer with natural oils like palm oils, olive oil, fish oils, etc. Know the required weight of the mixture your body needs to defend itself. The overdose side effect is mostly "drunkenness". Sometimes strange feelings. Thanks.

Posted by Gina Jessica (Paranaque City, Manila) on 07/19/2011

[YEA]  Thank you Earth Clinic for your very helpful and health friendly website. Everytime I have cough I no longer take western medicines since I found this site. The _____s Apple cider vinegar mixed with honey and crushed garlic is very effective to cure cough and colds. Very soothing drink!!!

Replied by Hhk
Washington, Dc
12/05/2011
I had bronchitis, laryngitis, and chronic coughing that starts around the evening. I mean nonstop coughing, couldn't sleep, sit, or make it stop, it was very difficult. Doubled my prescription cough medication for help, no effect, the cough persisted.

Fresh out of ACV, had no choice but to try using regular vinegar bought from organic store. Mixed 1cup boiling water, ~1 generous tsp organic honey, ~3tsp vinegar, and drank it like a hot tea. The relief was instantaneous. It made the cough go away. Look forward to drinking more to help my recovery.

P.S. Then I read about the difference between ACV and regular vinegar @

http://www.earthclinic.com/remedies/white_vinegar_questions.html

Posted by Kathryn (Mccall, Id) on 06/06/2011

[YEA]  I had a bad cough for 5 days and I was desperate for relief. I mixed 1 tsp apple cider vinegar and 1 tsp clover honey with 1/4-cup warm water. It soothed my cough and a little while later I coughed up a lot of phlegm and it was cured!

Posted by Amanda (Los Angeles, Ca ) on 05/22/2011

I was told by a co-worker to try this apple cider remedy, however, I was told you rinse your mouth with it and not swallow it. Can you please clarify? On your website it states to drink it mixed in water. I constantly cough and it seems as though my throat is conxtantly filled with mucus that I just cannot get rid of. I will cough to a point where I practically cant breathe at times. Ive tried to go see a doctor re: this but all they tell me is that im healthy and theres nothing wrong with me and what I have is hereditary. Please help.

Replied by Kay
In The Valley, Ca
08/04/2011
Amanda from Los Angeles, I just came accross your post while I was trying to decide what to do for my bronchitis. I'd like to offer an opinion on your condition. It sounds to me like you have post-nasal-drip. It is usually caused from allergies. Dairy would be the first thing I would look at, because I think that is a pretty common sympton. But, it could be just about anything. The list is a mile long, it could be something you are injesting or something in your home, workplace, or in your yard. How about seeing a allergist? You might want to look under Allergies on Earth Clinic to see what others have tried. I wish you luck, and I hope you get my feedback. Ksy
Replied by Ruth
Stavanger, Norway (american, Working In Norway)
10/25/2011
A further comment on the post-nasal-drip. I have a lot of sinus and throat problems, which I am convinced are caused by Candida. I recently discovered a pleasant and extremely cheap remedy. I make my own version of Xlear nasal spray. I use 1/4 tsp. Xylitol, 1/8 tsp salt, one drop peroxide and one drop grapefruit seed extract. I spray it in my nose and also inhale it as often as I think of it--the more the better. For the first time in as long as I can remember, I can sleep breathing through my nose, and have had much less sinus problems. It is so easy, so effective, and best of all, so cheap!!! I also gargle with salt water often (helps clear the mucus in your throat) and inhale 3% peroxide using a nasal spray bottle (the food grade is best, but the drug store variety is better than nothing).

As for the red onion recipe, I make something like that--boil an onion and 1/4" fresh ginger root, then crush several cloves of garlic and add after the onion/ginger is cooked. Then I mix it with enough honey to get it down and take as often as I can stand it. I give it to the kids 1 tsp. Every couple hours (maybe 1/2 tsp. for babies) until they start having loose bowels, then give them less. They will probably smell like onion and garlic for a while :)

By the way, I am on this site because I have had a dry cough all day and finally got so fed up, I checked this site. I started using each remedy I had on hand, as I would read about it, and am now coughing up lots of mucus. Thanks everyone, for your comments! God bless you!

Replied by Carly
Duluth, Mn Usa
12/27/2011
Urgent: Remember not to give honey to babies under one year because of botulism spores possibly in the honey. Sounds like a great cough remedy combination you came up with though. :)

Posted by George (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia) on 01/13/2011

[YEA]  This actually works.. I started taking ACV yesterday ( 2 tbsp, with 1 tbsp of honey in a glass of luke warm water). My cough has subsided, am still coughing but not as much... hopefully this will help me...

Posted by Kassy (Sunrise, Fl) on 12/15/2010

[YEA]  I have had a cough for a few days that seemed to get worse by the day. I have always referred to this website for many cures, but never thought to try out any remedies for coughs until today. I poured 2tbsp of acv, 1tbsp of honey, and 1 teaspoon of lemon in a cup, and stirred it for about 30seconds. I drank it down.... And have not coughed since! Hallelujah!

Replied by Sheilah
Davao City, Philippines
02/05/2011
[YEA]   it works for me also. 2 tbsp. Of apple cider vinegar, 1 tbsp. Of honey, 1 tbsp. Of lemon juice and 1/2 c ginger juice ( 1 tbsp. Crushed ginger 1/2 c boiling water... strain ) mix all the engridients voila I was able to sleep soundly with no more coughs.
Replied by Kier
E.b. Magalona, Philippines
11/06/2011
Is it recommended or can do this to a 1 year old child?? please advise/help.. thanks!
Replied by Janie
Nj, Usa
11/27/2011
It is NOT recommended to give honey to infants and children under 2 yrs. They do not develop the ability to digest the honey properly until they are older and it can be very harmful to give it to one who is too young.

Check with your doctor on this if you are not sure.

Replied by Grace
New York City, New York
12/03/2011
I have given it to my baby since he was 12 months. However, if you do not feel confortable giving him honey, you can add instead natural apple juice: one glass of apple juice, half tbs of ACV, half tbs of lemon juice and add a bit of warm water. It works for my baby.

Posted by Jack (Cross Hill, South Carolina) on 11/02/2010

[YEA]  I had a sore throat that went away but the cough stayed for several weeks. I used 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and 1 tablespoon of honey 2 times during day and 2 tblspns of each at bedtime. Only coughed once during the night. I took 1 tblspn of each the next morning (three days ago) and have been fine since then. It worked for me.

Replied by Imma_bosss
Forrest City, Ark
03/02/2011
Do this work for a one year old child???
Replied by Life Dr
Los Angeles, Ca
12/03/2011
The general warning is that you should not feed honey to infants under twelve months of age. It should be fine for a two year old, and older child. I have also heard of using a daily teaspoon of raw honey as a treatment for allergies. It has something to do with the pollen and other substances in the raw honey helping the patient to build up some immunity to whatever they are allergic to.
Replied by Shadonipr
Loudon, Tn
12/20/2011
Just remember if you are going to use the honey for treatment of allergies, you have to use stuff that is locally produced in your area or you won't get the full benefits of it. You want your body to build tolerances to your allergic triggers.

Posted by Amy (Warren, Maine) on 10/16/2010

[YEA]  OK - I'm a believer!! My husband came down with a nasty cough this week. Not really any other cold symtoms, but a deep "wet" cough. He has not slept for 3 nights (nor I). I went online at 3 AM out of desperation and found this site. The Apple cider Vineager and sugar worked like a charm. With in 15 minutes he was asleep and it worked for about 3 hours. I gave him more and it worked again. My husband is a total skyptic. Not an ounce of him thought it would work, so there is no question of pyschologically being better because you think it will make you better. - Now tell me why this 50 cents of home remedy works better then the $14.00 of the strongest cough syrup I could find over the counter??

Posted by Adriana (Sofia, Bulgaria) on 03/14/2010

[YEA]  I did not see any postings on ACV's ability to cure cough. It works as a cough syrup. I had terrible cough and flu this winter. So I searched online and found out that equal amounts of ACV and honey in a cup of water work miracles. I tried it and felt instant relief. It has anti-viral properties and helps fight the flu.

Here in Bulgaria it is also traditionally used to lower fever. The way it's done is to wet a cloth with the vinegar and cover the forehead and temples. The vinegar and the cooling effect of the wet cloth work together.


EC: Hi Adriana,

We have 75 YEAS for apple cider vinegar curing coughs!

Replied by John Smith
Charlston , West Virginia
12/02/2010
I've had a nasty painful cough for days now and I just tried this... It works enough for me to be able to talk without coughing every 5 seconds. I've slept better from this too. I doubled it and it worked even better.
Replied by Debi
Greensboro, Usa
12/04/2010
Do you use powdered ginger or fresh?

Posted by Tivins (Qld, Australia) on 11/13/2009

[YEA]  I caught a bad cold recently, while the medicine from the chemist stops the cold, I cant stop the cough that came after it. The cough was very bad. Feels like theres something ticklish on my throat n makes me wanna cough it out but cant. At night, im not able to sleep, just cough n cough till i got cramps in the stomach. I looked up for the cure in this site. (i save this site on my desktop). I took 3capfuls of apple cider vinegar with my normal morning tea with either sugar or honey with warm water. In a couple of hours, my coughs lessen and the sore i felt in my throat from coughing felt better. My runny nose also stops n i fell soo much better.. Thank u earthclinic, u make my day!

Posted by Gizmo (Hot Springs, Ar) on 09/14/2009

[YEA]  I used 1 tsp apple cider vinegar,1 tsp raw honey in 1/4 cup warm water for a bad cough. I felt relief immediately, and later on I coughed up a lot of phlegm. Then the cough was gone.

Replied by Kels
Philly, Pa
10/17/2011
[YEA]   My poor 4 year-old had the worst cough he has ever had. I tried treating it with honey, chest rub (on chest and feet), diluted apple juice, bananas (he got tired of those after only one) and cough drops. Well let me tell you, after reading your remedy of 1/2 honey, 1/2 vinegar and 1/4 cup of water, and trying it - he was 50% better after the first dosage.

I used Manuka Honey and unfiltered ACV with warmed water from the stove, he said it was strong, but he actually drank it. I was so pleased with the results that I had to reply and tell you and EC - THANKS!!! It was really worth the research and has solidified my faith in natural products.

Replied by Brenda
Charlotte, Nc
11/11/2012
[YEA]   2 tbs water, 1 tbs ACV, 1 tbs honey. It worked! My daughter has the flu, and has been coughing non stop for days (a dry, non-prductive cough. ) I tried vapor rub, plain honey, cough medicine, and finally her nebulizer. Nothing worked. I saw a recipe for the acv and honey and was thrilled to see the success rate. I am SO relieved, plus I now have a bit of silence now and then ;)

Posted by Reena (Chicago, IL) on 09/04/2009

[YEA]  ACV cured husband's cough! We used 2 tablesspoons ACV and 4 tablespoons of apple juice and his cough immediately stopped! Great!

Posted by Susan (Santa Clarita, CA) on 07/22/2009

[YEA]  I had a bad sore throat from a cold which went away, then was left with a nagging cough. Nothing I tried helped. Tonight I mixed 3 tab acv with 1 tab honey, 1 cup of water and microwaved for 1 1/2 minutes. I sipped the mixture and immediately noticed the tickle and scratchy throat diminshed. I drank another cup and and haven't felt the urge to cough after several hours. This really works!


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