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Secrets of Apple Cider Vinegar for a Sinus Infection

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Posted by Rabbit7 (Athensedua, Oh) on 10/05/2012
5 out of 5 stars

OMG, lying in bed, cheeks were killing me. Did the NetyPot, but my sinuses were so congested that no fluid would drain from the other nostril-more pain. Read the ACV remedy, as a last result I made the concoction. I kid you not, the gunk that was in my head started draining immediately. The pain is now tolerable, and I can sleep. Do it again tomorrow. Didn't use honey, used Truvia, 1 Tbsp, pinched my nose and drank. Actually, wasn't bad, tasted tart.

Posted by Stallischelle (West Allis, Wi) on 09/07/2012
5 out of 5 stars

I've been suffering with a sinus infection for 8 months, and have tried seemingly everything offered by Eastern and Western health practices: Chinese herbs formulated for sinus health, acupuncture, chiropractic adjustments, two rounds of antibiotics, and a prescription nasal spray combined with a daily dose of allergy meds. Now armed with a bottle of organic ACV with the 'mother', I am finally winning the battle! Three times a day I drink a tea consisting of 8oz. Water, 1 Tablespoon ACV and 1 Tablespoon of locally harvested honey. Once daily I use a NetiPot with 8oz. Distilled water, 1/4 tsp. ACV and 1/4 tsp. Plain salt (4oz. Per nostril). I've tried the NetiPot before without much success, but once I added the ACV I noticed an immediate improvement. Yes, it burns some but the results are more than worth the short term discomfort. My sinuses have cleared significantly after only two days, and I intend to continue with this routine to kick out the infection altogether. I am also considering adding the practice of oil-pulling to even further reduce the bacteria and toxins that my body is apparently harboring.

Replied by Remei
Port Arthur, Texas Usa

can you comment on the oil-pulling? I never heard of that. I would like to know more. I hate medical doctors so I use all natural remedies. I believe that the body was created from natural elements and synthentic drugs don't work. so tell me about oil-pulling.

Posted by Medcalfchef (Albany, NY - USA) on 09/05/2012
5 out of 5 stars

2 TBSP Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
1 TBSP Organic Honey
8-10 oz Hot Water

In approximately 20 minutes the drainage will begin, and the pressure will be relieved. This lasts for an hour to an hour an a half. It was my saving grace with the last sinus infection I had. This, along with saline irrigation cleared up the infection--NO steroidal nasal spray, NO antibiotics needed.

Replied by Kristina
Mt. Pleasant, Sc

We use real Maple Syrup with ACV and like it much better than honey.

Replied by Wonder
Dallas, Tx

Some people, myself included, react to the "mother" in some ACV. I found the regular ACV works for me. Plus there are many other uses for ACV as well. I could be wrong but the mother seems like mold. I am allergic to mold. So I don't use it.

Replied by Stephanie
Buffalo, Ny Usa

How often did you take this mixture? I just tried it for the first time and I'm not sure if I should be doing this daily, a couple times a day, etc? Thanks!

Posted by Adambur (Kansas City, Missouri) on 08/24/2012
4 out of 5 stars

Similar to others I hate antibiotics and the negative side effects associated with them. Came to this site for a sinus infection that I suffered with for over a week. Tried saline sinus rinse which would clear me up enough to sleep through the night along with breathe right strips. After continuing to be miserable I tried 8oz warm distilled water, 2tbsp organic unfiltered apple vinegar with mother, and 1 tbsp honey. Maybe I am a baby but this tasted awful. I had major troubles drinking it without gagging. I hated it. Being desperate, I forced it down. A few minutes later I noticed pressure relief in my forehead but nostrils weren't as clear as I had hoped. I could definitely tell a difference in my facial pressure so will use this again (with more honey and maybe a green tea bag) along with the sinus sinse. Made me a believer.

Posted by Skeptic To Believer (Chicago, Il) on 08/16/2012
5 out of 5 stars

I had to add my success with ACV for sinus infections. I recently got hit quickly with a sinus infection after having travelled on a long flight. I've been a sufferer for several years now and have always gone to the doctor for a script. Never again! This worked so well! The infection hit me Tues morning and I knew I wouldn't be able to get in to see my doc - plus, I was so tired of being bound to going to the doc and to prescriptions every time this happened. I found this site and got the recipe for a couple of TBSP ACV (organic, raw, unfiltered with the "mother" - that's the key), warm water and honey. I eyeballed the amounts and took the first cup on Tues night. I couldn't believe that I slept through the night - that never happens with the onset of a sinus infection. I continued to drink 3-4 cups throughout the day on Wed. By Wed night, I was feeling fine. Fine!! I will continue to drink it today because I'm not quite 100% yet, but I am stunned by the effectiveness of this natural remedy! Very happy to report a very enthusiastic "yea". Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Posted by Shawn (Ny) on 08/02/2012
5 out of 5 stars

I have been suffering from mulitple sinus infections for the past year now. I took antibiotics over and over just as soon as it would work a week or two later it was back. I came upon this site and decided to give Apple Cider Vinegar a try thinking it was better than a run to the emergency room. I took the 2 tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar with 8oz of water and abracadabra just as simple as that it was gone.......... Definitely, definitely, definitely works. Im so thankful for this site.

Replied by Freezekewl
New York

Shawn, when you say you "took" apple cider vinigar, what do you mean? Do you mean you ingested it orally or used it in a neti pot by irrigating through the nose?

Replied by Allison
Cheonan, South Korea

Netipots should only be used with water and the salt sold with it! Drink the ACV.

Replied by Simone

Yes I would only suggest drinking ACV diluted with water (and honey if needed). I tried the ACV diluted with water as a nasal rinse and it burned so bad! My sinuses seem a little more clear but the burn is terrible. Much better reaction to just drinking.

Posted by Android (Vancouver, Canada) on 07/11/2012

I get chronic sinus infections and my best remedy starts with apple cider vinegar, I also take echinacea and use a saline rinse. Always make sure to drink lots of water and I find that if I lay on the couch or in bed the mucus turns thicker and more stagnant, whenever I get a sinus infection I make sure to alway keep moving, nothing too intense just keep busy doing things around the house or going for small walks.

If you follow this routine as soon as you feel the start of a sinus infection it will be gone quickly, sometimes in my case it only lasts for a day or too.

Posted by Bradshad (North Providence, Rhode Island) on 07/01/2012
5 out of 5 stars

Yes I have used Apple Cider Vinegar in the neti pot, and I got the suggestion off earth clinic. I used 1 teaspoon in luke warm water. You may want to use less the first few times because it does burn a little. I use it when I am really clogged or have a sinus infection. It draws quite well. Also if you looking to kill a sinus infection off try cutting up a little garlic in the neti pot and leave it for awhile or a small amount of cayenne powder. I have killed of sinus infections this way. I dont know the long term side effects so I only use these remedies occasionally. Good luck.

Replied by Sunny

Can you explain the garlic part please? So you put chopped up garlic in your netipot with water and let it sit, then take out the garlic and use that water in the neti pot?

Thank you for your clarification.

Posted by Rachel (Plainfield, Illinois) on 07/01/2012
5 out of 5 stars

I had a wicked sinus infection. The pressure was all through my face, head, and ears. It felt like my head was going to explode! I went to the doctor but they wouldn't see me because I couldn't find my insurance card (blessing in disguise). I came home (totally upset and crying which doesn't help! ) and Googled how to get rid of a sinus infection without antibiotics and I found this wonderful website. I get an infection about 1-2 times a year and off to the doctors for antibiotics I go. Well NEVER AGAIN!

I read through all the posts, then went down the street to our local health store and bought ACV with the mother and a local honey, all natural and raw. When I got home it was about 5pm. I made the drink- 8oz water- 2 Tbls ACV- 1 Tbls honey. I drank it slowly. Right away I was blowing out a bunch of gunk. It wasn't immediate complete relief, but this really does work. I drank a total of 3 glasses of the drink throughout the evening. I went to bed around 11pm. I just got up now and feel sooooooo much better. I am still not 100%, but all of the pressure in my head is gone. I am completely amazed!! On antibiotics within this short of a time I do not feel this much of a relief. WOW DOES THIS WORK!!!!

Replied by Marty
Nevada City, California
5 out of 5 stars

I can not believe this, but it is true. The apple cider vinegar (ACV) treatment is a miracle!! I started using it yesterday after reading the reviews on this site and by last night I was MUCH better. Did another "treatment" this morning and I'm almost 100%. I actually had enough energy to mow all of my lawn without any pain in my head... yipee and thanks.

Posted by Anon (Shoreacres, Texas) on 06/30/2012

I was just diagnosed with sinus fungus and was wondering if you could use Apple Cider Vinegar in your neti pot? Has anyone tried that?

Replied by Lisa
Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa

Hi, Regarding the neti pot and apple cider vinegar solution- it certainly can be used but personally I think it is much harsher than a saline solution. I remember my daughter trying the Apple Cider Vinegar and it really irritating her sinuses. I use a neti pot every morning and just use about a quarter tsp. Of sea salt in it. It works beautifully.

I would suggest that if you have a fungus in your sinuses you use the neti pot w/ salt water more often and also consider changing your diet such as eliminating dairy, eating more alkaline to support your whole body in this effort. My daughter was plagued with chronic sinus infections and nothing helped until she finally changed her diet. It's been about 4 years now and she is committed to eating right since it was the only real difference that changed that for her. Hope this information helps. Best to you, Lisa

Replied by Diane
Los Angeles, Ca. United States

Regarding Apple cider vinegar in a neti pot.

My sinusitis became so bad that I could barely live with it. I was so desperate that I resorted to using a couple drops of apple cider vinegar in the neti pot up my nose and into my sinus cavity. I don't know how I would have survived my sinuisitis nightmare without this treatment at the time. After using this treatment for about 4 months I never had any problems in my sinuses due to using it! Sinusitis attacks are similar to hot chili sauce pouring down the sinuses and into the nose and ears, down the throat and into the chest! Pure hell on earth!

My sinuses were completely normal after I found the true cause of the problem!

What totally cured me of sinusitis was discovering that I had a cold spot at the top back of my head that may have been an infection of some type.

I could not confide in a professional because not one doctor knew how to help me in 11 years!

What I did was notice that heat or warmth (even a blow dryer) stopped my sinus attacks. So I wore a warm hat or cap day and night for about 3 to 4 months and my horrible sinuisitis nightmare ended.

Whatever the problem in my head stopped with the heat.

In other words there was nothing wrong with my sinuses---my problem was a cold head infection!

At least this worked for me.

Posted by Mama T (Sparks, Nv) on 05/27/2012
5 out of 5 stars

I was working at a job site where the receptionist had a sinus infection. She told me she was on antibiotics. She was coughing a lot and blowing her nose. I was exposed to this for about 3 days. Two days after I finished the job I was working in the garden and had an overwhelming sinus attack. I thought it was spring allergies and treated it as that. It did not abate. As I continued working at a different job sight, I got worse and the sinus infection turned green! Then I got larengytis.

I looked up on EC how to treat laringytis and did the vinegar and cayenne pepper gargle. Within minutes I coughed up a lot of gunk! I felt a lot of relief from the pressure in my voice. But it was not over. I had also seen a post about the Tomato Tea. I looked it up and made some that night. Drank it again the next day. While I was still working I was not really taking care of myself and I got worse!

When the weekend came I made more Tomato Tea and drank it often. I kept it in a pot on the stove and would drink 1 cup every couple of hours. By the end of the day the green had turned to yellow. By the next day it was gone! Faster than anti biotics(when you do what you need to do! ) I also use the netti pot with a change after checking on EC, I use 1 tablespoon vinegar and 1/4 tsp baking soda with warm water to rinse my sinuses. I think this is even more comfortable to use than salt. I keep getting out a lot of the yellow stuff.

I am getting better so fast, I am so thankful. I still have a plugged internal ear but my nasal passages are clear so continue the netti pot. I have now developed a dry cough and have drank organic apple cider vinegar with agave syrup because I am allergic to bees/honey. Again the EC has suggested this and the cough has already calmed down. Tomorrow I have to go back to work, and in one weekend I have learned so much and healed a lot! Thank you all for your contributions.

Posted by Labs52 (Brownsburg, In) on 05/19/2012
5 out of 5 stars

OMG! I have never had a sinus infection before. it has been a week now and I am starting to feel worse... Just drank the ACV, water and honey...... And I feel better already. I will try more later.... It is 10pm.... Thank you for the suggestion. I NEVER get sick... And did not want to go to the doctor or take prescribed meds. Thank you Thank you

Replied by Regi's Cafe
Miami, Fl
4 out of 5 stars

Sipping my first tea of ACV with the ginger honey crystals, some local honey and hot water.... Already feeling some relief from sinus headache, runny nose, watery eyes and sneezing. I hope this does it. I hate meds. I will post update on my progress - thumbs up so far.

Posted by Sophie (Seattle) on 05/18/2012
5 out of 5 stars

I had my first sinus infection which is caused by bacteria My symptoms: a stiff neck, headache and fever I had no idea that a stiff neck is considered a serious sinus infection yet I was not stuffed up at all. I had a facial rash during and after the sinus infection I don't understand how you get a rash from the sinus infection? Anyhow took ACV and zinc that helped tremendously.

Posted by Jem (Clueless, Il) on 05/16/2012

Since Oct 2011 I've been ill. Sudden confusion and weakness took over and panick from not knowing what was going on. My vision gets worse, liteheadedness, and balance was off. Even tremors would happen and this extreme pressure in my head. I do remember getting sick later on one time which was very odd. Seemed like a cold but sooo dry and painful. It took so long to get a little better. But even after I still had these strong symptoms occuring almost everyday.

I've been to ER over 7x with no answers. Seen doctors who'd only try to give me depression pills. NO THANX! I've tried everything from stores. And finally I've come to think maybe it's a sinus infection? I've never had them b4.

Found this site and decided to try ACV. The 1st day I did my vision blurred up. I didn't feel good at all. (Yes I made the mixture correct. ) I felt soo tired and just went to bed. The 2nd day I drank it 3x I was finally feeling pressure release from my head. I couldn't stop sneezin and my nose was runnin all day. I even had a fever. And today I feel like I can see almost perfectly. Still sneezin and whatever but I feel a bit better. Just can't figure out why my legs are cold to the touch.

Gona keep drinkin it but my guess is that if it is an infection it's pretty bad. Probly take awhile to get through it. I've lost my job in 2011 cuz of this. I can only work 3days a week now due to how this has taken over my body. I'm close to losin this easy job 2cuz I can't function normally. I've gained weight cuz how weak I am. IT SUX BEIN ME!!!! I'm only 28yrs old.

Hopefully this is the answer to my problems. If it is I'll be in touch. I'm so desperate for my health to improve I hardly even remember what it's like to feel like my old self again. I never had problems b4. Pray for me please!!!!!

Replied by Karatelady
Gainesville, Ga

I'm trying the ACV today for the first time. It is so delicious with the recipe mentioned. Constant sinus infections and many other issues have been a mystery to me until I was diagnosed with Lyme Disease. It has so many symptoms its a hard one to figure out. Even testing isn't that good. I'm not well but at least know the root cause of the sinus issues.

Replied by Tognem
Chorley, Lancashire

hi I have just found this site yesterday and started the asv treatment with honey and water done it 3 times yesterday and felt the benifit lifted the banging head which had kept me in bed didnt clear the sinusis but have been bad chronic for 2 years so will probably take time but going to continue with it also cutting suger and wheat out to see if that helps. Nothing off the docter has helped and are refusing to give antibiotic now saying it is facial pain even though keep getting mucas a nd infection! So glad I found this site with all the good comments so keeping everything crossed it works for me :) will keep you informed.

Replied by Sailchoc
St. Clair Shores, Mi - Usa

With all your health problems and being so young, I would suggest incorporating some raw foods into your diet. You can look it up on the internet.

Replied by Clive
Johannesburg, South Africa

This is in response to Gem from IL,

1.To clear the heaviness in the back of your head and neck, tie an onion poultice. (chop onions finey and tie in a cloth) Place or tie around your neck. After at least 4 hours it will help in clearing the congestion. This can be repeated as often as needed.

2.Dilute 1 teaspoons of ACV with 2 teaspoons of water. Place in microwave for 30 seconds and breath in deeply.

3.To completely elimate sinuses one must treat the cause not the effect. Try to cut out all wheat, barley and rye products from your diet. This will include bread, cakes, pasta etc. Rice, corn and soya are safe to eat. The reason is that wheat barley, oats and rye contain "gluten" which is like a rubbery protein that gives the bread etc its sponge. This protein can affect the small intestine in some individuals which interferes with the absorbtion of vital minerals into the body. I tried this diet for a few months and for the first time in my life I felt energetic and clear of my sinuses. Also you need to elimate diary products completely from your diet as doctors confirm that this adds to to secretion of mucus.

Heres to good health! Clive

Replied by Sridharan

If the said items are to be avoided in the diet, as a vegetarian what do I eat? Pl suggest.

Posted by George (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) on 04/27/2012
5 out of 5 stars

Got a cold from my grandchild and it developed into yet another sinus infection. Woke up 4 mornings in a row with a pressure headache and yellow discharge. It was so bad I had to leave work early yesterday. I looked up natural remedies (hate taking antibiotics) and found some people swear by apple cider vinegar. This site helped the most. Wow! I have never seen anything work this well. Simply amazing.

I used 1 tbsp (or more) of raw, unfiltered, unpasteurized, apple cider vinegar with "mother" in a small glass of water every couple of hours. Found this at the health food store. I don't even know what "mother" is!

It is now 15 hours in - the headache is gone, I can breathe and my cold symptoms are disappearing. Note: I am also using chewable vitamin C tablets to supplement. I had to share this with someone. I have suffered with this problem off and on for years. Deviated septum sometimes clogs up 1 side of my nose. George

Replied by Jennifer
Sunrise, Fl

George, check out the "Tomato Tea" remedy on the EC site too - another fantastic EC remedy for sinus congestion! I did both the Tomato Tea and ACV and my horrible sinus infection went away in a record-setting 2-3 days. Couldn't believe it! Hope you feel better.

Replied by Jaylene00
Ft. Lauderdale, Fl

Thanks for sharing this! Only raw organic apple cider vinegar has the "mother of vinegar" that makes the vinegar so beneficial. The "mother" is made up living nutrients and bacteria. You can actually see it settled in the bottom of the bottle like sediment.