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Apple Cider Vinegar   67  3   

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!

Posted by Veronica (London, UK) on 06/12/2009

[YEA]  My mother is 85 and has been suffering from a terrible cough for at least 2 years. The doctors had given her so many antiobotics she had given up. The cough was a proudctive one has well. As i was on the site fro my own problems... i happended to look up coughs and decided I would make my mpther some ACV and honey! My fod - we still cant beleive it - it is GONE... Gone! the first day - nothing hapened - she said lets just continne for another 5 days! well by the end of the 5th days all coughing has ceased. No monrning could - throughout the day and no night cough.

I used just a quarter of ACV and 3 tablespoons honey - with a litle water.

So glad I found this site .. it has made mu mother very happy. To think a simple household remedy could bring this amount of joy is unbeleiveable. my family are amazed!

Thanks Earth clinic.

Posted by Sortor (Santa Rita, Guam) on 05/24/2009

[YEA]  I gave my daughter 2 tsp Apple Cider Vinager & 2 tsp honey in 8 oz water because she had a bad cough & sore throat. It was her second night that she was unable to sleep because of the cough. After drinking the mix, she went back to bed & slept the night through.

Replied by Ari
Louisville, KY
If you are having a bad cough, I recommend fasting for a few days, only drink green juices and take two ounces of wheatgrass daily. You will feel better. Ari
Replied by Domesticruby
Prague, Czech Republic
[WORKED TEMPORARILY]   I tried this for my 6 year old but it was only mildly successful. It stopped him from coughing for 1 hour. Then I tried something else that REALLY worked - Vicks Vapor Rub on the soles of his feet, covered by socks gave him almost instant relief for 8 hours of night-time sleeping!

Posted by Jeannelle (Joplin, Missouri) on 03/22/2009

[NAY]  I have had this nagging cough for about 3 months now and it is driving me crazy!! Last week I found this website and tried the ACV method, so far it has not worked like everyone else. I have taken it with natural honey and have taken the mixture up to 4 times aday! I am also doing the hydrogen peroxide method/with no results! When I cough I am coughing up thick white mucus. Am I jumping the gun or do I need to keep on taking this longer? I am at my wits end! It tickles like crazy!

Replied by Teresa
Bay City, MI
Just wanted to ask Jeannelle from Joplin Missouri if you started taking blood pressure medicine recently. If so this could be the cause of your chronic cough. My father had a cough he couldn't get rid of and I told him to mention it to his Doctor and he did. It was one of the side effects of his medicine. When the Doctor switched his medicine to another type his cough went away within a week!
Replied by Caren
Johannesburg, South Africa
My mother had the same for about 3 years. This was caused by her teeth. She had a bridge for 30 years and had a bad tooth. She had it pulled and no more problems. She also changed her blood pressure tablets. Read the side effects of the medication. Oil Pulling will be a good idea.
Replied by Joyce
Joelton, Tn.
Hello Jeanelle, Luckily you have already stumbled onto something that works for that 3 months cough. I wish I had known about H202 inhalation when I caught pertussis (whooping cough) several years ago. The cough sounds awful and like a chest cough, but as I told someone who told me I needed to see a lung man, "no, it's all in my head. When I use a lot of normal saline to stop it, it works, but what is making me cough feels like someone is pouring Elmer's glue over my trachea, and my body is apparently doing a good job of keeping it out of my lungs". My usual 50/50 ACV and honey didn't help despite the fact that I must have drank a couple of pints of. Or if it did help, I would hate to think what it would have been like without it, because there was a couple of times that I came close to dialing 911 for help. So all of you who may catch this confounded cough, don't count on the ACV/honey to do it all. If the H202 inhalation doesn't do the job alone you might want to do both if necessary. If it seems to be your head pouring nasal drainage over your trachea, try the H202 first.

Posted by Tina (Rochester, NY USA) on 03/20/2009

[WORKED TEMPORARILY]  I had a bad cold with lots of coughing. I read about ACV on this site and decided to give it a try. I used 1 Tbsp ACV, 1 Tbsp honey and about 6 oz of hot water. It tasted much better than I expected and gave temporary relief to my cough.

Posted by SHELLEY (KELOWNA, BC, CANADA) on 02/27/2009

My partner has acid reflux (apparently) and has never had heartburn! His problem is severe coughing. The past 2 weeks it has gotten so bad that he can't eat or talk because this triggers horrible spasms. Has anyone else had this and how did you deal with it? I'm going to try vinegar but his thoat is so raw from coughing that I'm almost afraid to try it. He needs something to soothe his thoat.

Replied by Jan
Athens, Ga
Have you considered trying: It worked miracles for me when nothing else would.

Posted by Rhonda (Harlingen, Texas) on 02/24/2009

[YEA]  ACV took the cough away! My husband had a rough, dry cough that caused his head to throb. No over the counter medicine worked. I turned to this site and used 2 tablespoons of ACV with 4 tablespoons of juice and the cough ceased almost immediately! He was able to sleep again without coughing! Thanks earthclinic!

Posted by Maria (Carrollon, TX USA) on 01/22/2009

[YEA]  I was desparate after a nagging cough kept me up most of the night and was relentless during the day. My head/neck area still hurt but at least the coughing has stopped. I took 2 cups of the concoction (1TB ACV; 1TB honey in 1 Cup of hot water). and at first it didn't do much. After my 3rd/4rth cup I realized that I had stopped coughing and that nagging tickle was no longer in my throat. My chest felt heavy before and having asthma, I was wheezing so much that i was taking my inhaler 3-4 times per day! I am hoping that this ACV trick really worked. I have also been taking a natural cough medicine which never worked before, so I'm convinced the ACV was the healer.

Posted by Emily (Orange Park, Florida, USA) on 12/25/2008

[YEA]  I somehow developed a dry cough and was looking for a way to "cure" it. I came across this recipe on the web and tried it right away. Although the taste was really bad, the 1T ACV, 1/2C of hot water and 1T+ of honey practically cleared my throat up right away!

Posted by Jessica (Cambridge, Mass.) on 12/18/2008

[YEA]  Wow! I'm really impressed that the first sip of apple cider vinegar and honey in hot water quieted my cough with the first sip. The 1/2 cup of hot water, 1T of vinegar, and 1/2T of honey greatly reduced the sore throat pain and took my cough almost completely away. It tastes a whole lot better to me than any cough drop I've ever tried, too.

Posted by Kim (Spokane, WA) on 12/11/2008

[YEA]  My son is 5 yrs old and had a nasty cough for almost 2 months. So bad he would wake up in the middle of the night and cough to the point of vomiting. Being desperate I looked on line and came upon this site with all the testimonies. The next morning I gave him a mixture of 1 tbls of ACV 1/2 tbls of honey in 1/2 cup of hot water. Within 5 mins it worked. He now drinks it 3 times a day. I couldn't believe after spending alot of money on many different over-the-counter medication that there was a simple solution at home. Thanks

Posted by Lauren (Memphis, TN) on 10/26/2008

[YEA]  I just wanted to make all those asthma sufferers, including Liz from Wisconcin, a little more aware of their environment and possible triggers that they may not be aware of. I have Multiple Chemical Sensitivities, and developed asthma 18 years ago, when I moved into my sister's new townhouse. I thought her cats were making me sick, including the asthma, but they weren't. It was the townhouse.

Many elements of our home and work environments are overloaded with synthetic chemicals, which are the main trigger for my asthma. For example, carpeting is processed with a number of toxic synthetic chemicals, including formaldehyde. Much of the manufactured furniture is made of composite woods, which also contain formaldehyde and toxic glues. Our interior environments are loaded with many synthetic chemicals, so I suggest you learn more about them. Many manufactured components take months or years to outgas and can silently make a person ill. Furniture, carpet, cleaning solutions, health and beauty aids are loaded. Fragrances, including perfumes and air fresheners are nothing but synthetic chemicals that you and your family are breathing in, and those toxins are building up in your bodies.

With my condition, I try to be very careful about what comes into my home, as it is my safe place. Recently, I purchased a dehumidifier for our basement, which produced some kind of gas that floated up through the floor boards (I couldn't smell anything). It never occured to me that this would be a dangerous piece of equipment, but it was. Just beware of the unknown....four years ago, I took doxycycline which caused a severe asthma episode that lasted for 4 or 5 weeks. You never know!

In addition to the asthma I am currently experiencing,I have also had an annoying cough at night. That's what brought me to Earthclinic tonight, as I needed to deal with this. I figured the most effective concoction would include AVC..I wasn't dissapointed! I can tolerate ACV, but don't like honey, so I heated 2 Tablespoons of ACV, 1 Tablespoon each of honey and lemon in 1 cup of water. With the first sip, it calmed my cough and I think it has eased my asthma some too. This mixture was almost tasty, and I will definitely keep it up! Thanks everyone!

Posted by Pamela (Dixon, IL) on 10/23/2008

I have been having a severe cough for a year now. I have tried the apple cider vinegar but I just can't get past the taste. I literally gag on the stuff no matter what I do. I hold my nose, everything! Can someone please tell me how so many people take this stuff and love it? I am very frustrated here. I have used the standard 2 tbs with 2 tbs honey.

EC: Apple Cider Vinegar recipes here:

Replied by Beverly
Pikeville, KY
I totally agree with you Pamela about the "BAD" taste of ACV. Try this if you really want to keep taking it. I use about 4 or 5 ounces of orange juice and 2 tblsp ACV. If I feel especially sluggish I like to add to that 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper. Stir vigirously. Suck down quickly with a straw. The orange juice helps with both the acv and pepper tastes. I also put the straw back in my mouth as far as possible to avoid the taste-IT HELPS! Hope this is of some help to you, luck to you, Bev.
Replied by Atiygi
Gary, Indiana
I love the Pineapple Orange Banana juice from my local grocery store no matter what brand. I've found that adding ACV to this juice allows me to drink it without hardly detecting a difference in taste.
Replied by Deborah
Denison, Texas
I take mine twice daily and I use a 1/4 tsp of baking soda and it will kill the taste. Make sure you are using the organic apple cider such as Dr. _____s. It is not as bitter or tart and it has the mother which is full of nutrients.
Replied by Jessica
Dallas, TX
Mix it with Apple Juice. Works wonderfully, I can barely taste it!

Posted by Michelle (Carbondale, PA, USA) on 10/15/2008

[YEA]  My mom, who is 79 years old, had a cough for 7 months. She went to a pulmonologist, an ENT, she had allergy tests done, endoscopy, cat scans, ultrasounds and x-rays of her sinuses and vocal cords. She's had every test imaginable and everything came up negative, yet she still coughed. I decided to do a google search and found this website. That day she took apple cider vinegar and honey, and instantly stopped coughing. Now, it has only been 2 days, but she has finally gotten her life back! I only wish I had searched the Web 7 months ago! My question, however is this: Why does this work?

Replied by Lanie
Dallas, Texas
To Michelle from Carbondale, PA : Re: Chronic Cough and Apple Cider Vinegar

Hello, I just read your post about your mother, and my 88 year old mother has the same thing - chronic cough for about 7 months now, has seen every doctor, has been treated for asthma, acid reflux and post nasal drip, as well as allergies, to no avail. She's not a complainer, but the poor thing is exhausted.

She hasn't had but a few full night's sleep since this began and it has really taken a toll on her. Her cough is accompanied by a large amount of phlegm, therefore she has to find a restroom so that she can cough it up. It is preventing her from doing any social activities out of fear she'll have a cough attack.

Please, can you tell me how your mother is doing now after a few months? Is she still taking the ACV and honey and is the cough still gone?? I will get my mother started on ACV and honey tomorrow, and will post the results here.

Thank you for taking the time to write, this website is a great source of information.

Posted by Julie (San Diego, CA) on 10/02/2008

[YEA]  My husband has coughed for 2 weeks. After drinking ACV for a day and a half, he stops coughing and no more stuffy nose. 3 tbp ACV, 1 tbp honey and 1 cup of hot water.

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