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Apple Cider Vinegar for Allergies

| Modified on May 30, 2022
Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Jay (Melbourne, Australia) on 03/07/2018
4 out of 5 stars

I am trained as a scientist (PhD Psych.) and am skeptical and suspicious of the placebo effect, which is real and can be quite powerful.

Three days ago I was about to book in for my third nasal polyp surgery because I couldn't breathe through my nose for the last few months, due to polyps, chronic sinusitis, diagnosed allergies to dustmite and grasses, and severe adult onset asthma.

Oral steroids, steroid sprays, antihistamines, steroid inhalers and ventolin were all still not managing my infections and inflammation. I'm 37 and over the last two years felt like I was pretty much dying.

Two days ago I heard about research showing acetate (acetic acid in vinegar - any kind) treats asthma in rodents. And I learnt that there is a scientific explanation for this effect, which might prove true for humans too. High fibre diets are crucial for gut bacteria, which lead to 'short chain fatty acids', which in turn moderate inflammation. Vinegar is full of these acids and so it is potentially a medicine which can be clinically effective, not just anecdotally through history etc.

So two days ago I started having 2 tablespoons, three times per day. It seems like a miracle, but I have had a clear sinus, with airflow through both nostrils, for two whole days now. It's amazing how dynamic polyps can be. Furthermore, I have clear or very little infected discharge. And before that I was ready for surgery... I didn't even take my steroid spray today - I can't believe it. Asthma is now under control.

I hope that this effect will continue and become a long term treatment for me, and you too if you are reading this. I only give it 4 stars because it is early days. If this continues to work, I will reclaim my life. The only other thing I would ask for is to reclaim my sense of smell, which has been missing for over a decade.

All the best!

Apple Cider Vinegar
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!

Apple Cider Vinegar
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!!!


Apple Cider Vinegar
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

Apple Cider Vinegar
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.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Juliana (Fresno, Ca) on 03/14/2011
5 out of 5 stars

March 9, 2011 I was having a serious allergy day, as I had for the past 20 Yrs. I have taken every drug and allergy shoots on the market, no joke, I have been praying the my good Lord and saviour would deliver me from this horrofying experience, called Allergy hay season, nevertheless so when you ask you shall receive, no he did not come down a a beam of light touch me or an angel appeared and healed me, no I asked the Lord for wisdom, do not like taking medication unless I absolutelly necesarelly need to, then I had an encounter, yeah! I said thank You Jesus for wisdom, I came to this site I believe I was guided to it, not much of a computer person, so as I stated reading ACV and its wonders, I said ACV here I come, got 3 spoons in 1/2 cup of warm water 1 tablespoon of raw honey, and waited, I thought it was going to be a week or so and I did not care, how ever the same night I took this mixure, I was healed, I have been sharing this with my dear suffering allergy friends, I know they will be thankfull, If you have tried all types of drugs that do more harm then good in some cases why not try your all good apple cider vinager. I can say that I am allergy free, thank you so much for letting this amazing recipe out May the Lord bless you and repay you. Thank you Dear Lord for heavenly wisdom. Amen

Apple Cider Vinegar
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.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Lynde (South Africa) on 10/03/2020

I am in the same situation with steroids, nasal polyps and asthma. I have recently found that I am also allergic to coconut oil which worsens my asthma. I use about a teaspoon of Apple Cider Vinegar in a bottle of water and have found so much relief for asthma and runny nose.

What I would also like to mention is that nattokinase made a dramatic difference to my polyps and may be worth a try for your polyps as well. The only problem is if you have old operation scars it might affect them which is why I stopped using it. I am now considering using lumbrokinase as it also breaks down fibrin but unlike nattokinase builds it up again where needed.

Apple Cider Vinegar
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.

Apple Cider Vinegar
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!!

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Dan (Myrtle Beach, Sc, Usa) on 08/16/2011
5 out of 5 stars

Here's a little update at just over a year... Throughout my entire life I have always had a miserable time with colds and allergies every single year. This past year, since I've learned about ACV, has easily been the best year of my life. I'd even go so far as to call it almost perfect. Allergies were a breeze. I don't think I noticed any at all, including my allergies to dogs and many other animals, dust, ragweed and a few other pollens.

4 random times over the past year, I had the very familiar feeling of my very typical post-nasal drip creeping in. I get those often, always starting with a nasty sore throat which ALWAYS meant I was about to be sick for a long time. Almost every time, this meant antibiotics, and maybe more than one kind. For the first year in as long as I can remember, I haven't taken a single antibiotic NOR a single decongestant. I never came close to needing them. I was always in danger of getting left back for attendance, and it has always been my Achilles' heal at work. This is huge for me.

The few times that sore throat DID come around this past year, were during times when I had run out of ACV or hadn't been keeping up with it. Then I would try the new ACV remedy I'd learned about off this site: 1/2 cup water & a single teaspoon of ACV. Gargle it 3 times every hour until the sore throat feels better. Each time I had the sore throat, I would do this remedy early on, and within 3 hours, or 9 mouthfuls, my sore throat was gone! Completely. A little Advil didn't hurt either, just to make those few hours passed comfortably.

That was it. They never became colds. They never lasted more than a few hours. I only took one sick call the entire year, and that was just because I was feeling lazy. My allergies were nothing. I didn't have my usual fall coughing marathons at night, nor my springtime scratchy throat. People I worked with and live with were sick all around me, and while I was always nervous of catching their germs, I never really did. The winter before I'd found out about ACV, I was miserably sick for more than 3 months straight.

Of course, anybody who has grown to swear by ACV knows how difficult it is to convince others to try or to continue with the ACV. The taste is tough to deal with, and it is so frustrating when you know it would help someone you love, but they will not so much as sniff it more than once. But as I've come to learn in life... You can only really fix yourself, and try to be a good example.

Does it work for the Cholesterol that I originally started taking it for? I'm not convinced. I'm due for a retest, but I don't expect anything there. But thanks to the amazing boost its given my immune system- This is way better than any vitamin or supplement I've ever taken!

I usually take 2 tablespoons of _____ ACV in a shot glass topped off with water or apple juice, and then chase it with more water or juice (the colder the better). I usually take it for 2 weeks, and then skip it for 5 days or so. I've read several books on ACV over the past year, and it does a lot of good for your body. I'm sold!

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Ladyw (Calgary, Alberta, Canada) on 04/29/2009
5 out of 5 stars

I stumbled on to your website after another severe allergic reaction to shell fish. I accidently ingested food cooked together. I have been aware of my allergy, so I'm pretty careful. I get completely blistered month, lips, throat and I think throughout my system. If I have touched shellfish my fingers peel. In agony, I was searching the net for treatment or relief of my symptoms. And up came Earth Clinic and ACV remedies.

I decided to try it immediately. I took 1 tbsp of ACV in 4 oz of warm water, drinking it down fast, then just rinsed my mouth with water and baking soda. I tell you, it was immediate relief! My mouth pain stopped and my blisters seemed to coat over. I had been taking a pain killer every 4 hours and it was not even touching the pain. I was so relieved I fell to sleep exhausted. I repeated the same dose 3 times a day and I am now 48 hours later. My blisters are completely gone! This is a miracle. Other episodes this has taken me 3 weeks to recover from. I am so excited! I have read and read peoples comments and suggestions, and I thank you all from the bottom of my heart. I am eager to see if it helps other ailments I am having. Ie: hives, asthma. Please anyone who suffers from allergies, give ACV an honest try. Be brave!

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Michael (Albuquerque, NM) on 03/12/2009
5 out of 5 stars

WOW!!! My allergies have been worse than ever this year. I have been to the doctor twice and twice given antibiotics. They helped for a few days but as soon as I completed taking them, a few days would pass and I would feel bad again. Almost like I had the flu. My dad has sworn by ACV for years in helping with his weight loss. "Son, a glass at night and one in the morning" he says. KOOKOO!!! Was my thoughts. Well, I am at the end of my rope. I am a business owner and can not afford to be out of the office. I just mixed up a batch of blackberry tea (helps with the taste), 3 Tablespoons of ACV (always a beliver of more is better), and a 1 Tablespoon of honey. Well, as soon as I took my first sip, I had to blow my nose. I have now finished my first glass and feel like getting out of bed and going to work. Thanks for the website and now I will call my dad and apologize!!!

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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.

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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!!

Apple Cider Vinegar
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!

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Klraine (Memphis, Tn) on 08/30/2011


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!

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Pamm (Birmingham, Alabama) on 09/09/2011

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!