I was sick with maybe strep throat: I had a fever and a very sore throat at any rate. I read about using ACV somewhere else first that didn't mention diluting the ACV, so I gargled it straight. It definitely killed whatever was back there (my fever went away a couple hours later) but now a few days later I have no symptoms of being sick but my throat is still in quite a bit of pain. I'm wondering if I acid-burned my tonsils and esophagus? If so is there anything to do about that or just wait it out?
I had an extremely painful sore throat over the past couple days and could barely move around because it hurt so much. I tried all the regular things like throat lozenges, salt water gargles, Tylenol, chloroseptic, rest, etc., but nothing was working. I found this article and already knew the wonderful benefits of ACV, but I never knew it could work for a sore throat.
I immediately went to the kitchen for my ACV and gargled 1/4 cup ACV with 1/4 cup hot water-several mouthfuls for about 5 minutes. I then drank 2 tbsp ACV with 1 cup hot water, 1tbsp honey and some cinnamon. Yes, it tasted awful-but I felt 30% better within a few minutes and about 50% better after 30 minutes. By the end if the night I was up to about 80% and even felt good enough to play with my two young children. All I can say is that it worked for me! Next time I feel a sore throat starting to come on, I'm going to knock it out with some ACV and hopefully stop it in its tracks.
Phoenix, Az Usa
I had a sore throat last night. It felt like I was swallowing razor blades and I had to leave my plans early to come home. Didn't have my cayenne pepper which is what I normally used but decided to try gargling with ACV. I did it as much as I could handle for 30 seconds or so...and this morning I feel great :) Not even a trace of a sore throat!! Thanks again Earth Clinic!!!
Had bad sore throat for several days and got low grade fever last night. Tried gargling with listerine, hydrogen peroxide... Neither worked. Have always loved EC site so decided to see what others used. Last night I made a mixture of 3T of ACV, 1T honey, and 1/4 cup water. Didn't have cayenne on hand. I gargled 3-4 times with mixture and then sipped the little that was left. It took a couple of hours, but the sore throat and fever left me. I slept well and am feeling good this morning. PTL!
Better But With Side Effects
Talk about regrets! I am an ACV fanatic. I believe whole heartedly in the power of ACV. Especially the unfiltered, unpasteurized ACV with "the mother". BUT in this case, I regret it. I started out with a very sore throat. I was unable to swallow food, and swallowing even liquids was uncomfortable, but not unbearable. I mixed the vinegar and honey. Gargled, swallowed. I noticed that WHILE I was gargling I felt great. My throat did not hurt at all. And for maybe ten seconds afterward. THEN, I noticed that gradually, my throat got worse and worse. It now hurts so bad to swallow that I try just spitting unless I am drinking something. I say proceed with caution.
Wichita, Ks, Usa
Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur
Rock Hill, Sc, Usa
I rinsed with apple cider vinegar (that's it. Didn't have the honey as recommended) and wow that did a job on my throat. It feels 80% better after one treatment. Thanks for the post. I was about to try salt water gargling for the umpteenth time even though it never seemed to work before.
A few months ago, I had a wisdom tooth coming out, which also came with a sore throat. I drank some Apple Cider Vinegar mixed with raw honey and it helped one side of my throat feel better which is better than nothing. It was a quick effect. The drink also helped my sister with a sore throat as well; didn't cure it but probably might have if she had more than a cup.
Des Plaines, Il
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
I use 2 tbsp. Apple cider vinegar, 2 tbsp. Honey, lemon juice and a little hot water to dilute. It's still potent but more bearable. The first time I used it years ago, my throat was completely swollen and "closed" up like a strep infection. I used it 3-4 times a day and knocked it out. I only use a little water so that I'm done quicker :) then drink water after to wash it down.
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Better But With Side Effects
Saint Louis, Mo
San Jose, Ca
A very bad sore throat caught me out the other night and now I can't seem to ditch it. I've tried drinking warm water with ACV and honey (even gargling with it) 3-4 times per day and while it feels a little better, it's still very much there.
i have a sore throat and think your cure is actually working well. It still aches and hurts but im feeling better by far.
Santa Monica, Ca
I put 1 tablespoon of ACV in about 8oz of peppermint tea flavoured water, and after the first gargle, my sore throat started to feel better instantly! I can swallow now without my throat feeling raw.
It tastes like crap, even with the peppermint, but hey - nothing else has ever soothed a sore throat faster! It's worth it :)
I've used apple cider vinegar for years on sore throats. A tablespoon full in a half glass of water if you can handle it works for me as a gargle. The one time I didn't use it on a sore throat I ended up with Strep.
Also to the person that was really tired, I was falling asleep during the day while working and driving. The fatigue would come on really fast and I couldn't keep myself awake no matter what I did. I went for a sleep study and was diagnosed with Sleep Apnea. I didn't fit the profile. I'm a female, under 125lbs and don't snore. I was shocked when they came in and said that I stopped breathing as soon as I fell asleep. Go get tested, your life depends on it.
Yea - read the suggestions last night after 3 days of a sore throat that wouldn't quit. Did the 3 TBS of ACV and 8 oz of hot water. I'm on a diet so only did 1 TBS of honey. I sipped and gargled it as slowly as I could although I did feel pretty lousy after (no sugar no carb diet probably didn't help w/ACV in my stomach). BUT, I woke up this AM feeling a little better and now 24 hours later my sore throat is almost completely gone. I'm going to try ACV for seasonal allergies, which are starting here, just will make sure to have something more on my stomach. Thanks Earth Clinic - now off to find cures for wrinkles and gray hair :-).
Bridgetown, Nova Scotia
I tried this. First I did 2 tblsp of this in a glass of water and drank it. That didnt work. Then I mixed the ACV in a mug of tea. That didnt work. Finally I just took the ACV straight to the head. This didnt work either. So now I have a disgusting taste in my mouth and still a sore throat. :/
I'm trying this for the first time right now, and I think it's working. I gargled with straight ACV first, and then made a pretty dilute tea of honey, ACV, lemon juice, and hot water, Because I was a little overwhelmed by the stinging feeling in my throat as the lemon juice and ACV are so acidic! Anyway, great herbal remedy!