Last Modified on Oct 09, 2015
Organic Apple Cider Vinegar is our favorite remedy for curing a sinus infection. Thanks to the creation of this Earth Clinic page in 1999, thousands of people now know about this amazing and effective home treatment.
The secret is to take apple cider vinegar before the sinus infection occurs, which for most people is at the start of allergies, colds, flu, etc. We have found that when apple cider vinegar is taken either as a daily tonic or at the first sign of an allergy or cold (i.e., sinus headache, stuffy nose, watery eyes), one can completely stop the histamine response or allergic reaction.
Once you have thinned mucus, you can clobber the sinus infection with one of many remedies from this page. Wild oregano oil is one of our favorites for bacterial infections, but grapefruit seed extract is also very potent. Whatever remedy you try, remember to keep sipping apple cider vinegar throughout the day for several days and drink lots of water.
What is a Sinus Infection?
A sinus infection often presents initially as the common cold. However, this infection involves the additional inflammation and swelling of the sinuses. The condition occurs as the sinuses become blocked with fluid in which bacteria grow. As the bacteria grow, additional congestion and sinus pain occur. Sinus infections are often characterized by thick yellow nasal discharge, pressure around the face and eyes, headache, congestion, post-nasal drip, and a fever or cough.
Apple Cider Vinegar for a Sinus Infection
While a number of treatment options are available, many options are ineffective for actually remedying a sinus infection. Apple cider vinegar, however, can safely and effectively remedy a sinus infection and a range of other conditions.
How apple cider vinegar works:
Apple cider vinegar contains an array of nutrients including vitamins B1, B2, A, and E, calcium, and magnesium. These nutrients help clear the sinus cavities and treat allergy symptoms. Additionally, ACV thins mucus almost immediately. One of the first things you will notice after drinking apple cider vinegar is that the color of your mucus goes from white or green and thick, to thin and clear. The thinning of mucus is the key to kicking your sinus infection.
Apple Cider Vinegar Tonic for Sinus Infections
Apple cider vinegar can be used in a couple of different ways to treat a sinus infection.
- To form a tonic for internal use, mix 1/8 to 1/4 a cup of apple cider vinegar into 16 ounces of water. Sip the tonic throughout the day. Alternatively, you can gulp up to 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in 8 ounces of water all at once.
Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse for Sinus Infections
- Add 1/2 - 1 tsp teaspoon of organic, raw apple cider vinegar to a cup of warm filtered water. Stir solution until thoroughly mixed.
- Pour some of the mixture into your palm and snort it up one nostril at a time. Use your other hand to plug the free nostril. Do this on the other side.
Remember, the key for treating a sinus infection with apple cider vinegar is to catch and treat the infection as early as possible. If you catch the condition early, you'll be able to quickly eradicate the condition and prevent further issue.
Continue reading below for more than 200 success stories from Earth Clinic readers who gave ACV a giant YEA! for curing their sinus infections. Tried this remedy? Please share your feedback with us!
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|WORKED TEMPORARILY (2)||1%|
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Apple Cider Vinegar Remedy for Sinus Infections
Folk Medicine Ingredients:
- Apple Cider Vinegar - 1 Tablespoon
- Water - 16 Ounces
- Honey (optional)
The apple cider vinegar tonic, taken two or three times a day, can quickly break up congestion, kill pathogens, and improve other sinus infection symptoms as well. Add one tablespoon each apple cider vinegar and honey to a 6 to 10 oz glass of warm water, and drink.
Organic Apple Cider Vinegar is our favorite remedy for stopping sinus infections. We wish more people knew about this amazing home treatment. The idea is to take apple cider vinegar before the sinus infection occurs, which for most people is at the start of allergies, colds, flu, etc.
We have found that when apple cider vinegar is taken either as a daily tonic or at the first sign of an allergy or cold (i.e., sinus headache, stuffy nose, watery eyes), one can completely stop the histamine response or allergic reaction.
There are a couple ways you can drink apple cider vinegar ("ACV"). One way is to put 1/8 to 1/4 cup ACV in 16 oz of water and sip it throughout the day. The other method is to gulp 2 TBSP of ACV in 8 oz of water all at once.
If you have an existing sinus infection, keep drinking a mixture of ACV and water throughout the day for several days.
Please remember -- the key to success is to use apple cider vinegar before a sinus infection appears (i.e. during the first stages of a flu or allergy attack, or after you've eaten a bowl of ice cream).
Question: Why does ACV alleviate sinus congestion so quickly?
Answer: ACV thins mucus almost immediately. One of the first things you will notice after drinking apple cider vinegar is that the color of your mucus goes from white or green and thick, to thin and clear. The thinning of mucus is the key to kicking your sinus infection. Once you have thin mucus, you can clobber the infection with one of many remedies from this page. Wild oregano oil is one of our favorites for bacterial infections, but grapefruit seed extract is also very potent. Whatever remedy you try, remember to keep up the apple cider vinegar throughout the day for several days and drink lots and lots of water.
|BETTER BUT NOT CURED (17)||6%|
|WORKED TEMPORARILY (2)||1%|
|SIDE EFFECTS (5)||2%|
[YEA] I woke up on Friday with a sinus "drip" at the back of my throat making it feel kinda scratchy. By Wednesday I had a raging sinus infection complete with tremendous pressure & pain and a fever. One of the worst ever! Checked out EC & took 2 Tbs Apple Cider Vinegar in 8oz hot water with 1 heaping tsp raw honey around 1:00 in the afternoon I also did the Apple Cider Vinegar rinse in the neti pot, then repeated at about 8pm went to bed. Woke up the next morning feeling better and repeated said procedure. By 9:30 am Thursday I was feeling 90% better but continued the entire routine for an additional 48 hrs. Thank you EC I love this website!
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[YEA] I'm so glad I remembered this site. I haven't had this bad sinus infection for a long time & the Apple Cider Vinegar was just what I needed. It started working right away, I used as a sinus rinse. I'll drink it with tea through out the day. Is there any thing else I should do? Do you recommend the B----g organic acv? I didn't have it so I used what I had of another brand. Thank you.
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[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] I have to say, I tried both TX, the steam and the drink. I used ACV 1/2 Cup mixed with 1/2 filtered water- 5 min steam total of 2 treatments 1 day apart. It helped me with the headache, but still have a weak cough non-productive. Did not help with phelgm or mucus release, I supposed I don't have that much left in me. I switched to drinking in 2 TBSP ACV+ 1 tsp manuka honey at room temp. or warm filtered water. I have been drinking for 2 days, once daily.. and today feeling much better, no headache, no blowing my nose at all, only still the weak occasional non-productive cough and feeling some small amount of "phlegm" literally stucked in the upper lungs that does not move with coughing. Will keep on drinking this stuff, I am a firm believer in ACV beneficial properties.
[YEA] ACV for sinus infection: It does work but it's not easy. I find that I can eliminate a sinus infection using ACV mixed with water in a 3 to 5 days if I drink it diluted throughout the day. It does make my stomach upset because it is so acidic but without a doubt it works.
I'm going to try using the ACV capsules and see if they make me feel less sick on the stomach because I can barely stand it long enough for the sinus infection to begin to retreat.
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[YEA] I've been dealing with a sinus infection for a week or more. Haven't had one in years, but I'd also not been eating any wheat, sugar, or much dairy, and then I did, and got sick. Turned into a sinus infection. Saline helped but didn't give the relief that the Apple Cider vinegar has. It's also seeming to dry out all the copious mucus. I think I might be able to work out tonight without bursting into tears because of the head/sinus pain. Hanging upside down during circus training, and sinus infections don't mix! If I totally get rid of this, I'll try to post my good results.
How much apple cider vingar is used in a sinus rinse?
[YEA] Apple cider vinegar for sinus infections: Yes it works ... you can do ACV with some honey and it slowly clears you out. Just be patient and it works. I get lots of sinus infections so it was great to not have to take antibiotics. Suggest you also do the Neti pot with the salt as that clears out the existing congestion and ACV thins out the new stuff.
[YEA] Apple cider vinegar for sinus infections works very well because it alkalizes pH in such a big way. I used to get sinus infections about 4 times a year thanks to the air quality in LA. Now I get one only if I've caught a virus, so about once a year. I attribute that to drinking ACV in water at least once a day. I keep a bottle hidden under my desk in the office for those Santa Ana windy days that really kick up my sinus inflammation!
[YEA] I have been using apple cider vinegar for allergies and sinus infections for 30 years now. I read about it in DC Jarvis' book Folk Medicine a long time ago and always have a bottle on hand. It is a very effective home remedy. I often steam with it for sinus congestion. I also drink 2 teaspoons of vinegar in warm water twice a day during flu season.
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[YEA] I have been suffering with a sinus infection for the last four days, I just tried the Apple cider vinegar with honey and warm water and what a relief. I can actually breath out of my nose!!!! I also took the warm glass and rolled it against my face as I breathed in the steam, that really seemed to relax me and I feel so much better!!! Thanks Earth Clinic
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[YEA] Apple Cider Vinegar really works for sinus! I've been treated with antibiothics several times but it keept coming back... Reading your posts I decided to give a try to the Apple Cider Vinegar remedy and congestion was gone in minutes, no signs of sinus two days after! I feel good and relieved. Thanks!
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[YEA] WOW, just wow. Apple cider vinegar cleared my sinus infection OVERNIGHT. Unbelievable. Wish I'd known this years ago.
Here's what I did:
Two tablespoons ACV, followed by forced liquids till bedtime. And, I mean FORCED. I drank about two gallons of water in a four hour period. This morning, I can breathe through both sides of nose, fever gone, no more pressure.
This is a truly amazing and simple cure that actually WORKS OVERNIGHT. And it only cost me .98. ACV and forced liquids... you got to try this.
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[YEA] I had been suffering the last three days with a Sinus infection and spent over 30 dollars on over the counter Sinus meds and sprays only to get temperary relief. I finally gave in and went to the doctor, who only gave me yet again, another nose spray and a perscription for an antibiotic (basically 8 capsules of cultivated mold) for 50 dollars... I don't know about you guys but I don't have 50 dollars to drop on my nose. But thank god I found the Apple Cider Tonic on this site, and within less then 30 minutes I could breathe through my nose again. Thankyou earth clinic, I'm going to continue using this treatment with a little less ACV though to see how it fairs againt my allergies. <3
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[YEA] Whoever came up with this idea deserves a medal! Sceptical but desperate I tried this idea today. Within 10 minutes of sipping the solution I bent down to pick something up from the floor and whooosh the whole lot cleared from my sinus. I've drunk the rest over the balance of the evening and have not had pain or drips since. It makes your throat a bit raspy but hey... What a simple yet effective fix. Much appreciated folks!!!
Posted by Susie (Salem, Or) on 01/29/2013
[YEA] My husband has had chronic sinus infections, with allergies. I found your article on the Internet and talked him into trying it, he suffered for years with ringing ears, dizziness, and no sense of smell, they all seem to go along with his sinus congestion and pain. As soon as he started the Apple Cider Vinegar, his ringing ears stopped, as did the dizziness, and he even smells certain odors. The pain also left. I thought he was just getting old with most of those symptoms, but they are gone and he feels great. We are both taking the vinegar everyday and will probably keep on, I have allergies and have problems breathing through my nose and get ear aches, those symptoms have gone away for me also.
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