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Posted by Minkxy (Brooklyn, Ny) on 04/09/2011
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Just wanted to say that after having a bad cold, I could not get rid of a rattle in my chest accompanied with cough. Knowing no medicine could solve it, it didn't do anything. I woke up one day with my glands so swollen. I knew whatever had flowed into them. Got online, and found this site. Tried the ACV, WOW in 1 minute right side was gone. 6 hrs for other. And my cough and rattle disappeared. A few weeks later I felt it coming on again. Some ACV and water, some keifer the next day.... All gone. Thank's earth clinic and commenters!

Posted by Mommainternet (Wake Forest, Nc) on 03/26/2011
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Thank you for the advice everyone shared. Had swollen glands and sipped about 3 tablespoons of the ACV - within a half an hour they had greatly reduced. I never expected it to happen so fast. Continued to take the same dose over the course of the day every 4 hours and again the following day. Feel so much better. Can't say how many times this site has helped me.

Posted by P (California, Usa) on 03/03/2011
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Thank you for ACV advise, I've been having swollen gland for days now but it's finally cure by taking ACV. (practically overnight) I've been using ACV to help my son w/his sinus infection, which has been working really well. We've been able to avoid going to the dr and antibiotic because of this. We paired it w/ manuka honey from New Zealand which work as natural antibiotic. At any rate, I'm really glad ACV able to get rid of the swollen gland. Thanks again!

Posted by Onegreeneye (San Diego, Ca) on 10/10/2010
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First I tried Lavender Oil, on neck, jaw line, behind ears, it tingled, started working, then tried ACV. One day later, feeling way better, & surprisingly this is the second late night 4 me.. B4 I was fatiged- worth a try.. So worth it.. If u have facial jaw pain, soreness.. For a year I suffered, now better, & swelling is down.

Posted by Bernardo (Rochester, Ny) on 10/06/2010
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I had swollen lymph nodes in my neck about one month after quitting smoking. I read about apple cider vinegar and decided I had nothing to lose besides about $5. I took three shots the first day and one shot every day after that, one week later the swelling is down and I feel much better. I definitely recommend giving this a try before anything else.

Posted by Lilah (San Diego, Ca) on 01/08/2010
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The Apple cider vinegar works for Swollen Lymphs. I tried the baking soda an salt it didnt do anything but when i tried the ACV my neck instantly felt better thanks for the home remedy.

Posted by Lindsay (Somewhere North, Oklahoma) on 12/05/2009
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Man am I glad this site exists. Couldn't get back to sleep last night because my swollen lymph nodes were KILLING me (granted, smoking a hooka with a bad cough/cold was not a good idea but nonetheless I was in pain). I found this page and found (somehow) some apple cider vinegar and like magic in less than 3 minutes my pain was completely gone.

Seriously, thank you and keep the home remedies coming!

Posted by Martha (Phoenix, Az) on 09/29/2009
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I am 30 years old and recovering from cellulitis/staph infection. The lymph nodes in the groin area of the leg where the infection began have been really swollen, limiting range of motion and causing significant discomfort walking, sitting Indian style, etc. Yesterday I took 2t ACV with about 8 0z of club soda (sparkling water) two times. This morning I already notice significant improvement, I can sit Indian style and don't notice any tenderness. I am truly amazed!

Replied by Kay
In The Valley, Ca

I understand the ACV, but I don't understand the club soda. Is there anything medicinal in the club soda, or does it enhance the ACV in some way? Just curious. Thanks for sharing.

Replied by Bcnu147

Selzer water is carbonated water with no salt or sugar - much healthier.

Posted by Ariana Lozano (Sacramento, Ca) on 09/24/2009
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I am 28 years old, and this summer I had my first experience w/ a swollen lymph node. I was told to drink hot tea w/ ginger root and a little pepper, and to gargle w/ warm salt water. While the tea was very soothing, there was no decrease in the swelling. After a few days of little improvement, I did some research and decided to try old faithful, Apple Cider Vinegar. They swelling in my throat decreased by half w/in minutes. Since then I have been reading about ACV and its helpful effects. The taste of it does not bother me at all, I love the tanginess, so I've never diluted it in water. I just take a shot out of the bottle. My question then, your website says to sip and not chug. Why? What difference does it make if I sip on it, or take it all at once? especially if I enjoy the taste. I am very curious. Thanks! Ariana

EC: We suggested sipping acv to keep the pH consistently alkaline. Only suggestions, nothing written in stone. Try chugging it and let us know!

Replied by Momma

My daughter has been sick since Sept. fatigued and very painful swollen glands in neck , she has had mono before and we thought it was that again after many tests dr visits no one knows why so praying this will work. Can you tell me if there is a specific type of ACV ya'll are using? And is there a specific amount each time that you should take plus how many times a day? Thank you hoping and praying this works.

Replied by Mama to Many Donate


Dear Momma,

Many on this site use organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar. There are many good brands. My personal favorite it Eden. I think it has the best taste. But Bragg's is good too and there are lots of good brands.

For acute sickness in my children, I give them Hot Vinegar Tea several times a day. 1 Tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar, 1 Tablespoon Honey in a mug of hot water. That is the amount I use for a child 12 or over. For smaller children I give less.

We found Extra Virgin Coconut Oil to work very well for mono, even relapses. I was giving my son, who was 17 at the time, a Tablespoon three times a day. He ate it off the spoon, but didn't like it. :) But he is pretty stoic. He turned the corner in 36 hours.

I massage castor oil into swollen lymph nodes and find it helpful, too.

I hope your daughter feels better soon!

~Mama to Many~

Replied by Jess
Hampton, Nh

I just had a couple TBL of ACV with honey. The pain is gone but I feel so sick to my stomach. Sipping it may be the way to go.

Posted by Pat (Kihei, Hawaii) on 07/25/2009
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You guys rock! Googled blocked lymph's ( underarms ) came to you.. having had bronchitas and been on antibiotics ( 2 kinds ) I'm looking for something natural, my right arm is in pain.. just put some ACV on a hot washcloth under my arm, a little releif came.. will start drinking these remedies tomorrow morning. Thank you and God Bless you, keep up the good work



Posted by Dordor (Singapore) on 05/15/2009
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I had a very bad case of swollen lymph node near my cheek bone probably also due to 2 mouth ulcers, it was so painful even after 1 course of antibiotics did not ease my discomfort. I decided to try Apple Cider Vinegar after reading much about this miracle drink from earthclinic, it's no brainer to guess what happened next, my lymph node shrunk to the size that i did not even feel its existence. My ulcers healed on the 2nd days i used the ACV.

Posted by Aarina (Seattle, WA) on 04/06/2009
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Amazing! On Thursday evening I noticed pain on both sides of my neck, and began worrying about all the possibilities. By Saturday, I'd realized I was suffering from continually swelling lymph nodes. After reading through the info on this site, I took one shot glass of ACV every four hours throughout the day, along with lots of fresh filtered water. I'm shocked at how quickly the swelling subsided!!!

Replied by Susanna
Jacksonville, Fl

A week ago I was tested positive for strep. I took a zpack, which did nothing but made it worse. After a trip to the ER, pinicillin shot, steroids, another zpack, and 1 week later, my lymph node on my left side is still SO SWOLLEN and tender. It's making everything around it swollen too. To the point where when I try to swallow water, it goes into my nose. Will ACV work to reduce this swelling? I've tried salt water gargles to no avail.

Replied by Mama To Many Donate

Tennessee, Usa

Dear Susanna,

It wouldn't hurt to try the Apple Cider Vinegar for your swollen lymph node, and might help! You can try 1 Tablespon of the vinegar and 1 Tablespoon of honey in a mug of hot water, 2-3 times a day.

If you still have some strep infection, you could try some things for that too. Even if you don't test positive for strep, these things may be helpful. You can add some cayenne pepper to your salt water gargle. (1/4 cup water, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/8 teaspoon cayenne. ) Do this every other hour. Put some lip balm on before hand so the cayenne doesn't bother your lips. It is very spicy, but very helpful! Also, raw garlic, one clove, minced, 4x a day. (You can put it on toast or in honey. )

Castor oil and or peppermint essential oil often help relieve swollen lymph nodes.

I hope you feel better soon. Let us know what helps!

~Mama to Many~

Posted by Donna (Dallas, TX) on 07/14/2008
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I woke up and I could literally feel my right lymph gland swelling - within 15 minutes it got about the size of a lemon and was starting to hurt and I couldn't move my neck. Not knowing what to do I happened to see some ACV staring me in the face in my fridge and knowing it was good for anything, I took 2 Tbsp. in water. Within 5 minutes the swelling went down and by 15 minutes the pain and most of the swelling was gone. 2 days later, I am continuing to take it 3 times a day and it is much better. I suspect my body is still fighting off the infection. I was amazed.

Replied by Pat
Madison, Al

I am a bit confused. If it is better to have your system alkaline, wouldn'r lemon or ACV make it more acidic? I have a dog with Lymphoma. I am using castor oil on his nodes, but need something to get his nodes reduced further. I have an herbal formula for lymph imporvement, but have seen no change in him. Would appreciate any additional information on the use of lemon and ACV. Again, worried it will make his system more acidic. Thanks.

Replied by Dan
Buffalo, NY

Apple Cider Vinegar, while acidic, signals for your body to make ph buffers to counteract the acidity. This has an outstanding alkalizing effect on the body. Another thing i have found that does this is spirulina, a blue/green freshwater algae, which also has many other nutritious qualities and health benefits.

I just got a swollen lymph node for the first time and I'm gonna have to go get some acv and spirulina. I happen to be out of both....and im fairly confident I wouldn't be in this predicament if I had been taking both regularly. I can only hope as it is extremely uncomfortable.

Replied by Lebrown
Sealy, Tx

This is for Pat from Madison regarding lemons Acid vs alkaline.

I just found this website years after these posts, but just in case you never got an answer Pat and still read this, I wanted to answer your question. Though lemon juice is of acidic nature, (citrus is a weak acid) when it is metabolized in the body it turns alkaline. Lemon and lime juice promote the release of sodium bicarbonate from the pancreas to support enzyme activity. As well as this, lemon is converted to potassium citrate in the intestine which is also alkaline.

Posted by Tracee (Boise, Idaho) on 11/15/2006

I was wondering if there is anybody who might be able to answer a question for me..I am a 30 year old female.. I smoked cigarettes for 15 years and just recently quit.. About 3 months ago I went to the doctor because I have extremely swollen lymph nodes and was in pain every day because of it..I have been put on all sorts of antibiotics,and nothing has worked.. I am getting very worried its cancer.. They have run at least 10 tests, and the lymph nodes haven't decreased, even after quitting smoking and being on all of these antibiotics.. Do you know of anything at all that I might be able to take the swelling down and get rid of the infection? Thank you for your time,Tracee

Replied by Cherie
Brockville, Ontario,canada
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This is to 11/15/2006: Tracee from Boise, Idaho who is inquiring about remedies to help with her swollen lymph nodes.

This of course is just my experience but wanted to share it since it was pretty profound for me and am still amazed.

Tracee you could try using the Apple Cider Vinegar for your swollen lymph nodes. I originally started to take it for my sinuses and by the next day of using it my lymph nodes were smaller by far. I have had swollen lymph nodes for as long as I can remember and have just come to be used to it so when I noticed them shrunk it was kinda weird. I cant believe that this ACV worked just from one day!! You have nothing to lose by trying it so all I can say is good luck if you decide to. Oh and as a side note my lymph nodes would swell any time I was doing some kind of detoxing. And like you they got worse when I stopped putting unhealthy things in my body mine being certain foods and alcohol. I believe that this is due to the extra toxins and things coming out at a faster rate and the lymph nodes job being one of filtering. When you detox and eat smarter it gives your body more power to do its job of riding itself of these toxins and unfortunately it works the lymph nodes extra hard. If you want to know how much of the ACV I was using it was only a table spoon for the first day then I decided to take about 3 by putting it in my water that I take to work which is about 3 or so liters. It actual quenches my thirst better and don't need to drink as much water as I used too. I think my problem was dry mouth that made me drink more and I think that was due to yeast. I'm still working on riding my body of yeast and parasites. This weekend I start the Paracleans so it should be interesting lol. Oh and another thing is that I stopped taking one of my medications I have had to take now for 4 years. This is all due to the ACV!! And I have many other things that have happened from the ACV but wont put it here since this is getting very long. God knew what he was doing when he gave us ACV.

Take care Tracee and the best of health to you!! Cher%uFFFDe in Canada.

Replied by Skai
Jacksonville, U.S.A.

My story is just like Tracee from Boise,Idaho. I have been put on many medications also.None of the worked.My doctor told me that I should just have it removed.I got it removed just the other day and I'm feeling great!

Replied by Justin
Seattle, WA
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This website and these ideas are wonderful for everyone.

ACV is really hard to drink, but, very worth it. It has been known to cure many ailments, including Acid Reflux disease.

I would add that my swollen glands do not respond well to food. The best thing, and seemingly the only thing that gets my glands to return to normal, is fasting from solid foods and drinking ACV Baking Soda etc, while the node is processing.

For some reason, sodium rich foods or anything solid just makes my lymphnode go crazy during these times... Does anyone know why that is?

But after time, it will return to normal.

Thank you for more and more input... This is very helpful!


Replied by Gabriel
Modesto, California

Have you heard of Electro Medicine? If there are any infections within the lymph nodes, you can use a device called the "Magnetic Pulser" sold by Sota Instruments. You pulse your lymph nodes with pulses from the pulser to kill infections. Also Research "Bob Beck" and Hulda Clark's Cure for all Diseases. I hope this helps like it helped me! Love and Light!

Replied by Danielle
Sacramento, Ca,usa

To justin from seattle, Your lymph nodes could get swollen or enlarge after eating a certain food that could be an allergic reaction. If your body sees a particular food like milk, wheat etc as a foreign thing it will attack it and cause inflammation. I had the same problem. My doctor just told me I have overactive lymph nodes and any allergen that comes in it attacks with full force. So I would just keep a diary of what you eat and see if any common food allergies trigger it.

Replied by Funlovingal
Roseville, California

Hi, I have turned to vegan for the last 6 weeks now. I am taking a homemade kefer probiotic daily and 2 oz of wheatgrass daily. I am trying to eat healthier and maintain good health. I'm not sickly or anything just wanted to eat right. Anyhow, I noticed about 4 or 5 days ago my groin lymph nodes on both sides are very very painful all the time. The only time they don't hurt is when I am asleep. Could this be from detoxing my body??? I read someone's blog about detoxing and swollen glands. Does anyone know more about this??

Replied by Wendy
Grand Rapids, Mi

What is interesting about the post by Cherie above is that I also experience swollen glands when "detoxing" I'm not on a total cleanse, but am intermittent fasting and avoiding alcohol. The glands in my neck have swollen. It may be a coincidence, but there might be something interesting behind the scenes too. I'd love to know if this is related and if so, the logic behind it.

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Posted by Paul (Illinois) on 08/29/2013
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I have swollen gland in the back of my neck. I was freaked out because I got a sore throat also.

1. I drink a shot of ACV mix with honey one in the morning and one before dinner.
2. I use Castor oil rub and massage on the gland.

It seems like working for me the gland is getting smaller and almost disappear after couple day and my sore throat is gone. Thanks to ACV and Castor Oil.