Apple Cider Vinegar for Allergies

Sep 07, 2017

Chronic allergy sufferers can attest that finding the right allergy remedy can be difficult. The over-the-counter medications and treatments often seem like an easy choice but they are riddled with associated side effects. In an attempt to find a better option, we began researching natural treatment options in 1999 and came across an old folk remedy for allergies, apple cider vinegar, and we're glad that we did.

The Problem with Common Allergy Medications

While there are a number of over-the-counter and even prescription allergy medication, it seems like they all have the same shortcomings. In a nutshell, one of the major problems with common allergy medications is their cause of chemical reliance ? the more you take them, the more you have to have. These medications also cause a number of potential side effects, including increased heart rate, seizures, headache, nervousness, fatigue, dry mouth.

Apple Cider Vinegar for Allergies

As soon as we found the apple cider vinegar treatment option, we were immediately intrigued. Apple cider vinegar is one of the most widely used natural remedies and is effective for a whole host of treatments.

How apple cider vinegar works:

Apple cider vinegar contains a number of beneficial compounds including acetic and malic acid, vitamin A, vitamin B6, vitamin C, and several others. These nutrients function to balance the body's natural pH to prevent ill-health and to remedy such issues as allergies and other seasonal disorders. The nutrients it contains also boost the immune system and functioning.

How to use apple cider vinegar:

The treatment is as simple as taking 1 to 2 teaspoons a day. If you are like us, though, you won't be able to handle the taste of the straight vinegar, so we make a bit of a tonic to make it easier to take. Mix 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar and 1 teaspoon of honey in 8 ounces of warm water. Once combined, drink the tonic and repeat morning and evening.

Watch our short video on the subject!

30 Second Cure for Allergies

Which Apple Cider Vinegar is Best?

While the brand of vinegar may differ, you will want to get organic vinegar with the "mother" in it. If you notice a dark cloudy substance in the vinegar, then you have gotten the right stuff as the mother contains all the added nutrients. Braggs is a good brand to look for.

Apple cider vinegar is quite possibly the "cure-all" of the natural medicine world. Its effects are no different on allergies, as it completely eliminated our stuffy noses, itchy eyes, and scratchy throats. Continue reading below for over 70 positive User Reviews from Earth Clinic contributors around the world.

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Posted by Rakesh (Singapore) on 08/31/2017
5 out of 5 stars


Apple cider vinegar really works for allergies and raw and organic brand is the best by far. Helped me control Sugar and bad throat

Posted by Gena (Nebraska) on 12/11/2016
5 out of 5 stars

I decided to try apple cider vinegar for nasty allergies and sinus congestion I have been having since September. I started to feel better the next day. I am on week two of daily app cider and my allergies are gone plus I feel fantastic with lots of energy. I put about two teaspoons of organic acv in my sports water bottle and sip it throughout the day. I am pre-diabetic so honey is a big no no for me.

Posted by Marieca (Cambridge, Mn) on 11/21/2016
5 out of 5 stars

I have using the apple cider vinegar for my allergies after I stopped getting allergy shots. I no longer wake up with a sore throat from the post nasal drip, and my sinus infections have been less since I started using it.

Replied by Jen
Los Angeles

Why did you stop getting your allergy shots? And how long were you getting them?

Posted by Mesem (France) on 08/08/2016
5 out of 5 stars

Silly I forgot to check out Earth clinic. I've been suffering from irritated eyes and inflammed sinuses for a while. I tried ACV last night and this morning and its true, the change was dramatic! Someone said perhaps my allergies were to do with pH so coming here it seemed obvious to try. I hope this is not a chance coincidence.

Posted by Wellspruce (Ak) on 08/07/2016
5 out of 5 stars

Hi, it's imperative I take a minute to encourage those with allergies~~APPLE CIDER VINEGAR WORKS. At age 65 I've never been allergic to anything to my knowledge. THEN I adopted a male kitten from the pound and oh boy, sneezing, sinus irritation, upper respiratory congestion that would go into infections, itching eyes so on fire and red I couldn't wear makeup. But, I wasn't about to give up my Moses. I was desperate and researched remedies and have used Flonase close to 9 mos and while the steriod worked, a side affect of exhaustion hits me so I rarely used it so I suffered with the cat allergy a lot. Yesterday out of desperation I researched on here and began sipping throughout the day ACV (1T in 2 cups water); I got a small bit of relief during the day but it was so small I was disappointed~~but TODAY, though I had light itching in sinuses and eyes this morning, it didn't accelerate into my usual reactions to the cat. I've continued to sip ACV today and I can say at 3:30 in the afternoon I am without ANY signs of allergy~no itching, no burning in sinuses, eyes, upper respiratory.

Here's hoping YOU are given the gift of being allergy free!

Posted by Kd (Mumbai, India) on 04/22/2016
5 out of 5 stars


I really don't know where to begin...but here goes...I have had severe cold allergies for almost 3 to 4 years and nothing worked except allopathy (which I was not too keen on)...However I once stumbled on your site and from then on have treated it like my daily mantra. So my miracle has been APPLE CIDER VINEGAR (with the "mother)!!!

I started taking it about a month and half ago:

1 teaspoon of ACV with 1/4 cup boiled water ( I heat the water in the micro for 30 secs), and use 1 tsps of organic honey. I drink it like green tea, first thing in the morning and at night half hour before my dinner.

My allergies have disappeared!!! My skin is clearer, my indigestion is better and I've even used it (diluted) for a very very severe case of PINK EYE!! (1 drop in each eye every 2 or 3 hours)!!

Its nothing short of a miracle worker and I thank earth clinic for this information!! Now when I have any problem I first check earthclinic and only the consult a doctor!!!


Posted by Konica (New Zealand) on 05/01/2014
5 out of 5 stars

I use ACV alongside my traditional hayfever medication of cetirizine and steroidal nasal spray, and this works well, I did try to use it on its own, but I have suffered (and I do not use that term lightly) from hayfever since I was a child, and personally feel that apart from the itchy eyes, scratchy throat and sneezing, it is also responsible for my lethargy, occasional depression and moodiness. None of these remedies work adequately on their own, but the regular ingestion of ACV seems to be what keeps it all under control. I am so thankful for ACV, and recommend it all the time to friends and family.

Posted by Lovebucket (Florida) on 03/31/2014
5 out of 5 stars

I have been suffering from severe sinusitis due to allergies and a slight head cold. I had been on NyQuil, allergy meds, using a netti pot with salt and colloidal silver, and inhaling steam to try and alleviate the terrible sinus pressure for days with no relief. I finally came to this site because it has helped me in the past and read about apple cider vinegar, what a miracle. I drank one 8oz glass of ice cold water with 1 tbsp of organic Apple Cider Vinegar mixed in. Not even five minutes later my sinus passages started to open up and I could breathe with little pressure. As soon as my sinuses opened up I put a couple drops of colloidal up my nose to clean out. I can breath and I feel great, will keep this routine up this allergy season!

Posted by Mooshka on 06/26/2013
5 out of 5 stars

I get seasonal pollen allergies. It gets pretty bad. I sneeze ten times in a row and my eyes get really itchy. I found ACV as a remedy on earth clinic and I tried it one day when I sneezed a lot. Sure enough, a few hours later my sneezing and runny nose dissipated. Since it has worked so much better than OTC antihistimes, I will continue to use it every summer. ACV is definitely an item everyone should own, since it has so many uses!

Posted by Tommy (Minneapolis, Mn ,usa) on 03/18/2013
5 out of 5 stars

So over that last 5 years I've been dealing with very bad allergies and non stop sinus infections. I've tried Neti Potting everyday , taking allegra and Claritin with no success. I finally read that a large cause of chronic sinusitus is a fungus related issue. Which may explain my constant swimmers ear, which is also fungal related. I read alot about ACV with the "mother".

I decided to try 2 Tbsp of ACV with 1 Tbsp honey. I have done this every day now for about 2 weeks...

Guess what??? Allergies are way less extreme and sinus infection is gone. I wouldn't have believed it but it worked for me!! Thanks everybody on this site!! Life changing!!

Posted by Justcallmecole (Elkhart, In) on 11/01/2012
5 out of 5 stars

I started drinking ACV while at the tail end of a cold. I had gone through a box of heavy duty decongestant/expectorant and halfway through a second box and I wasn't really improving past a certain point. I was frustrated and searching the web for any alternative solutions when I discovered this site. I ran right out and bought a bottle of [organic] ACV. I started drinking it diluted in water AND I also started to rinse my nose with it. I do not use a nettie pot for my sinus rinsing. Ever since I had sinus surgery 15 years ago, I've used a baby nose aspirator as instructed by the surgeon and squirt the solution up into my nose while leaning over the sink. I use 1 tsp in 8oz of warm water for my nose rinse & 2 tbsp in 16oz water to drink. Sometimes, I'll just take a shot straight but I love the flavor of vinegar. I had heard the nose rinse might cause burning but never experienced that myself. WOW! Within a day I noticed a difference. I stopped taking the decongestant/expectorant pill and have continued to drink & rinse twice a day (morning and night). I am not kidding when I say I very rarely sneeze anymore!! I have such horrible year-round allergies. I've been on an Rx nose spray AND would take an OTC pill also. Since I have been rinsing my nose, I rarely use the spray let alone take the pill. I do notice a difference when I forget to rinse my nose. To me that is just proof it's the rinse w/ ACV that is helping me. I have recommended ACV to everyone!

Posted by Kat (Auburn, Alabama, Us) on 06/15/2012
5 out of 5 stars

My husband has had severe allerigies his entire life. Non-stop rumbling in his ears, his nose would drain if he leaned his head down, dizziness, etc, etc. Every year it became worse and every year he would take otc meds or prescriptions consisting of steroids and antibiotics. The relief from these was very minimal if noticeable at all. On the 3rd day of taking 1.5 tsps of ACV 3 times a day, he began to notice a difference. He's stayed with this for the past 3 months and the effects continue to grow. He has more energy, lost weight (also due to the acv), and is 99% allergy free. I have never seen anything work so wonderfully. Last year we also had issues with staph and within 3 days of applying acv, it would be gone. I am a complete believer in all-natural cures from here on. Thank you so much Earth Clinic for your site!!

Posted by Marcia (Provo, Ut) on 03/06/2012
1 out of 5 stars

I regularly take apple cider vinegar. It doesn't do a thing for my seasonal allergies. I have to take anti-histamines.

Posted by Nabil (Kissimmee, Fl) on 12/25/2011
5 out of 5 stars

I too suffer from really bad seasonal allergies every year. My nose will get congested, and runny. My eyes will get red and runny. My throat will get itchy. The pressure builds up in my head and feels like a pressure cooker! I will sneeze hundreds of times throughout the day. Every year I go to the doctor and I get allergy medicine, I found out that my body builds tolerance to whatever medicine I try...Yesterday my symptoms started full force, a friend of mine told me to visit this site, I read about ACV and happened to have some in my cabinet, desperate as I was, I mixed 1/8 of a cup in 16oz of water and drank it.. To my surprise and much needed relief my symptoms went away in less than an hour!

ACV gets a big YEAS!!

Posted by Stacieann (Springfield, Tennessee Usa) on 08/30/2011
3 out of 5 stars

Worked Temporarily

Hi!!! I suffer from very bad allergies and bronchitis and asthma. I have tried every antibiotic and over the counters meds and none worked. Just eased the symptoms for a bit. I tried _____s ACV for the first time last Thursday. I filled a shot glass and downed it. About a hour later I felt great!!! My sinus pressure eased up a lot and they started to drain. My chest wasnt nearly as weezy and I felt full of energy. I did three shots a day and felt wonderful. My allergies never went away but there was a huge improvement. One that I could live with.

After the third day I started getting really bad gas pressure ending in terrible belches and resulting in upset stomach so I diluted the ACV by pouring the shot in a 20 oz bottle of water three times a day. That didnt help so I did it twice a day. Then my sinus problems started coming back. I havent taken any in a couple of days and my allergies are back full force. Please can you offer any suggestions?

Replied by Klraine
Memphis, Tn


I was wondering the same thing because I started taking it myself. I was looking through earlier posts on the subject and came across this. Perhaps this concentration would be easier to take? Just a thought!

For daily maintenance, weight loss and pH balancing, we now suggest the following:

2 teaspoons of organic apple cider vinegar
16 ounces of water
Sip, don't chug!
We suggest 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar in 16 ounces of water that you'll sip throughout the day, rather than drinking the whole concoction at once 3 times a day. You will be keeping your pH in a constant, alkalized state by sipping this highly diluted dosage. Usually 1-2 tall glasses of the concoction are all you'll need each day.

If you drink a lot of water throughout the day, consider adding just a splash of apple cider vinegar to your glass/container each time you fill it up, rather than drinking the one, 16 oz glass of Apple Cider Vinegar and water mentioned above.

Hope this helps you tolerate it better!

Replied by Pamm
Birmingham, Alabama

To Stacieann from Springfield,

The reason you started experiencing stomach problems, Reflux, Gerd is because of too much Stomach Acid. Apple Cider Vinegar is mostly used to replace people with Low Stomach Acid, However To Reverse The Problem You Take Baking Soda in Water. Then after your Gerd Is Better start back slowly add baking soda to your mix of Apple cider vinegar in more water. Years ago when I started this same thing happened to me, and since I have done extensive research on Low stomach acid and Gastritis (high stomach acid) So your allergies is due to the way you eat most everyone's is including mine & bad eating causes low stomach acid so that is why the ACV worked in the beginning however if taking too much you can actually get too much acid in your stomach & can cause more problems. You need to Akaline your body. I also found that taking a Digestive Enzyme before I eat helps my allergies. Look Up Hydrochloric Acid you will see Apple cider vinegar is used to raise your stomach acid. Too much and you will be miserable. ACV is a good remedy for lots of things got to take it slow and alternate days when you take it and sip it with lots of water throughout the day. Good Luck!