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Apple Cider Vinegar  

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Posted by Paula (Mississauga, Canada) on 02/13/2015
5 out of 5 stars

Just got back from vacation in Hawaii and I got really sick 3rd last day. Head and sinus congestion. My eye sockets hurt as well as my teeth. Every bone was sore and I was so stopped up I thought my head would explode. Developed a sore throat than a cough and my ears were plugged. Lots of sneezing, nose blowing And very weak.

I have often taken Apple Cider Vinegar as a health supplement and have taken it on faith it does me lots of good but never noticed anything different. Well, after landing at the airport and 2 air planes later, my voice sounded like it was inside me. The congestion was as bad as I have never experienced. I made myself an Apple Cider Vinegar drink. About 3 tablespoons added to warm water and a little cayenne, a couple of light shakes.

Approx. 1/2 to 3/4 hour later lying in bed, my left stopped up ear was making a sound than all of a sudden it popped clear open. Than all else, other ear, runny nose and phlegm in throat all stopped and I could totally breath again after 4 days of misery. Never had I experienced this before. I always wished I could be one of those people who claimed after consuming Apple Cider Vinegar had a reversal or a miraculous Turn around.

I can now claim such an experience And timing couldn't have been more perfect. I was really suffering.

Posted by Texascannas (Texas, US) on 09/16/2014
5 out of 5 stars

Tried 5% Apple Cider Vinegar from Walmart; some local produced honey to taste and hot water. I felt congestion relieve in my sinuses within 10 minutes. Thanks for a great tip!

Replied by Sunny
Delhi, India

Hi, does apple cider vinegar cure the problem permanently or is it effective on sinus attack?

Posted by Sarah (Us) on 05/29/2014
5 out of 5 stars

I get really bad allergies a couple of times a year and I'm usually just resigned to suffering through swollen sinuses and copious amounts of mucus, but it's really wearing thin. I just tried apple cider vinegar and much to my surprise, it actually helped. I'm still congested but the throbbing itchy feeling in my sinuses has finally subsided, and the congestion has lessened. Sitting here with eucalyptus oil in my burner now and hoping that will help with the remainder, but at least I have something I can take to make sleeping easier (that isn't a benadryl - that stuff really wrecks me). Thanks for sharing this.

Posted by Acvworks! (Atlanta, Ga) on 08/10/2013
5 out of 5 stars

Wow... 4 days of being completely 100% stuffed up. I had been drinking tea with ACV and honey.. But obviously not ENOUGH. Measure it out... 2 TBS of ACV and 1-2 TBS of honey and 6 oz of water. Within a couple minutes BOTH nostrils completely clear... Ahhhhh! :) Now.. what to do for earaches that came from being stuffed for 4 days.

Replied by Jill
5 out of 5 stars

I just read on this site, mix equal parts Apple Cider Vinegar with alcohol. Drip a few drops into clogged ear, while laying on opposite ear. Allow to remain a few seconds then turn over to drain a little then lay back on unaffected ear so the liquid can keep working. My ear had been clogged from traveling on plane 24 hours prior! It was so frustrating! This totally cleared it-finally after taking a decongestant with no results, per the pharmacist!

Jill in Sunshine State

Replied by Sita

When you say alcohol, is that rubbing alcohol or vodka-type alcohol?

Replied by Mama To Many

Rubbing alcohol is usually what is used in the ears with vinegar - equal parts of both.

~Mama to Many~

Replied by Caroline
Norfolk, Uk
5 out of 5 stars

Just tried this and within a minute a clear nose, hope it lasts and I can sleep tonight...I'm amazed as I was completely blocked up.

Replied by Larry K.
Fairfax, Va

How was the ACV taken: Applied into ears or taken internally? If taken internally, what dilution w/water & how often drank? Thanks.

Posted by Sowm (Bangalore, India) on 07/07/2013

I have been having sinus congestion for the past 2 months. None of the medications worked, neti pot gave relief for an hour or so. I tried 2tsp Apple Cider Vinegar with honey and hot water and within 30 min the nose was clear. I was able to breathe freely. I still have have lots more to clear up. Thanks a lot to all the people for sharing their experiences.

Replied by Peace

Hi Sowm, The ACV u used in local made or imported one. Could you please provide me the name of the ACV u used. Thanks & Regards Mohammed, Hyderabad, India.

Posted by Suntater (Danville, In) on 05/26/2013

Apple Cider Vinegar for Sinus Congestion: Just a side note, my grandfather drank a glass of apple cider vinegar and honey every day as a daily preventative. I remember him staying home from work for only one day with a cold when I was a kid, and I even lived with him for awhile.

Posted by Sandi M (El Dorado Hills, Ca) on 05/23/2013
1 out of 5 stars

I'm so disappointed. I've had nasal congestion for 3 days now and have tried a few OTC and natural remedies, but everything only temporarily helped. Then I came across this site and gave ACV a try. I've now sniffed it, gave myself a facial steam with it and drank it with a mixture of honey and hot water.... Nothing. Well, maybe not nothing; on a scale of 1-10 (10 being able to breath clearly without obstruction and 1 being completely blocked) I'm about a 3. I can sort of still breath through my nose, but it's only mildly better. Bummer. I was really hoping this would work. :-(

Replied by Karen
Hayfork, California

I had that problem also and went to a ENT who discovered my sinus was full of polyups (benign). You may want to have it checked

Replied by Sita

I know it was a long time ago, but I hope your sinus congestion eventually cleared up. If you used organic ACV with the "mother" in it, then I can't think of anything else. It's more the kind that our grandparents used, rather than the stripped down, sometimes adulterated, pasteurized versions of today.

Posted by Rosie (Artesia, New Mexico ) on 05/15/2013
5 out of 5 stars

I was having such a hard time breathing so I googled home remedies and came across this one using ACV. I heated 6oz of water, 2 tblsp ACV and 1 tblsp honey on the stove and drank it warm. It was actually not bad tasting and worked great. In a matter of minutes I could breath. I will definitely do it again.

Posted by Lori (Chicago Heights, Il) on 02/25/2013
5 out of 5 stars

I have been drinking the Apple Cider Vinegar tea for about 3 weeks 16oz a day. With that I have experienced loose stool and drainage from sinuses. Today I do not feel the greats but I am able to breath out of both nostrils and that feels great. I will continue to use ACV and the tea. Thank you

Posted by Big Joe (Chicago, Il) on 10/23/2012
5 out of 5 stars

I read about heating ACV and breathing the fumes. I bought a spray bottle of saline solution and I squeezed some of it out into a little dish. Then I put one drop of organic ACV into the squeezed out saline and then squeezed it to suck all back in the bottle. The result is a very low concentration of ACV that you can spray into you nose at any time. Works great! You need to really breathe it in deeply to get it all the way inside your nose. It stops congestion right away

Replied by Randy
Howell, Michigan

I have been heating ACV and breathing the fumes for the last few years when ever I feel congested or like I'm getting a sinus infection. This has always worked great for me. Heat a small amount in a pan on the stove (I would not microwave, it may destroy the properties of the ACV) SLOWLY breath in the vapors and hold in as long as you can. You can even breath this into your lungs as long as you do it VERY SLOWLY!! To hard and fast will cause you to choke. You will find that it will loosen up phlegm and mucous like nothing else! You will get immmediate relief and the key is to not stop breathing it in just because you get relief so quickly. I try to keep breathing it in 3 times a day for several days to be sure the bug gets killed by the acv, which it will. I do like the idea of making a nasal spray which I am going to make up and try.

Replied by Christine
5 out of 5 stars

I was miserable and just tried this. It worked within minutes!!! Thank you! Could not breathe at all through my nose. Feel wonderful!

Replied by Mo

Can this work if you can't breathe in at all??

Posted by Newnerdmom (Salt Lake City, Ut) on 09/25/2012
5 out of 5 stars

I'm sitting here breathing and amazed! Truly did not expect this to work. I have had severe sinus congestion for days along with a horrible cough. I have heart arrhythmias so can't take most decongestants and antihistamines weren't working. Neti pot - helped for a few minutes. Steam - worked while steaming. Saline nasal spray - didn't get through the goo. I am a wife, mother, full-time student, voice teacher, and have two part-time jobs (no, there are not enough hours in a day) and don't have time to be sick one second longer. I tried 6 oz. Water, 2 Tbs. Vinegar, 1 Tbs. Honey and heated. Drank it down - gagging numerous times. Within minutes I could breathe through both nostrils. WOW!

Replied by Roxanne
Dallas, Tx

The person from Australia suggested holding your nose closed and blowing hard, as suggested by a Chinese Doctor. This is crazy! That can ruin your ear drums.

Replied by Roxanne
Dallas, Tx

I used 2 Apple Cinnamon herbal tea bags, after boiling a large cup of water in the microwave. I added 2 T. AC Vinegar and 2 large Tblsp. Honey. My sinuses instantly drained, and it tasted like hot apple cider! No gagging involved here. I might try the ACV in the Saline solution too, because I still feel pain in my sinuses, probably from being stopped up so long. They were throbbing so bad earlier, I felt like you could see it throb in the mirror.

Replied by Robert
Katy, Texas

I must either be doing something wrong or my sinus issues are far more severe than the typical persons. I have tried both the ACV recipe and the recipe for Hypersonic Saline Solution( 1 quart of distilled water, 2-3 tablespoons of Sea Salt, 1 tablespoon 3% Hydrogen Peroxide) and while both recipes do get the sinuses flowing, now I'm left with draining sinuses down my throat and a hacking cough.

I need something to dry out my sinuses, any recommendations?

Replied by Lloyd
Charlotte, Nc

You've got the infection way back in the sinus and possibly in the ears and down the eustation tubes. Use an ear syringe and gently squirt colloidal silver into sinuses and ears. The CS will sting on the prominently infected side of sinus. Repeat ten minutes later. The sting will be gone. Repeat as needed. Infection will be gone in two days... Possibly in two hours. Lipid coated viruses are harder to kill. Be persistent. The silver will kill it.

Replied by Deedra

Does the Colloidal Silver (CS) come with directions? ie amount to use? how often?

Replied by Lloyd
Charlotte, Nc

To Deedra;

I read your post and you didn't say who you were addressing but chased down the thread from long ago and you write directly under my comment. So you were asking me the question, that is, what quantity of colloidal silver should be used and does it have directions. Nope. Like using Apple Cider Vinegar, there are no directions on the bottle and no quantities recommended.

I recommend about a tablespoon in palm of hand and sniff vigorously into sinus and repeat on other sinus. It might sting. Repeat ten minutes later. I gargle with the CS and also use an ear syringe to squirt into ear canals.

Not fussing, but I see the problem of not addressing the person you are wanting to answer a question a lot. A poster just lights in and never references WHO they are talking to. They've seen a post from a year or two ago, but that person isn't identified so very likely the person asking for clarification gets no answer because there was no identification that said something like, "Joe from Pittsburg wrote on Apple Cider Vinegar a year ago under this thread...question for you Joe, what quantity did you use to kill the infection?"

If you are directly addressing your question to a prior thread's post...please be precise as to who and when you are asking the question. Sure would help us to know that somebody is asking a specific question to a specific person.

Posted by Sherry (Barnesville, Georgia) on 03/04/2012
5 out of 5 stars

A Huge Relief! 5 days before a scheduled surgery my sinuses shut down. First I thought it was a cold or head cold, but had no other symtoms other than sinus trouble. I was in a panic that I would have to re-schedule my surgery that was 6 weeks in the making:( I tried the cup of hot water and thankfully had Apple Cider Vinegar and Honey on hand. It cleared up the congestion and headache immediately. Will try again before bedtime as it seems sleeping is the worst. Thank you for this site. Will be back!

Replied by Lorraine K
Garner, Nc
5 out of 5 stars

THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!! My husband drank 1/2 a cup of 2T ACV, 1 t honey & 8 oz of boiling water. He had to stop drinking it b/c it was gross. When he stopped he was able to blow his nose which is awesome. Then this morning he woke w/NO head pressure/congestion or headache. Yes, he will try that again b/c he hates medicine. THANKS!!!

Replied by Linn
Maine, Usa
5 out of 5 stars

Best remedy ever! I was skeptical. I have been sick with severe sinus congestion/infections since January, it is now almost June. Over the counter sinus sprays helped temporarily, then not at all. Tried Steam, and neti pots, flushes, etc. Doctors prescribed antibiotics, steroids, allergy medication. All temporary or no response. Out of desperation I tried 6 oz of water, two teaspoons Apple Cider Vinegar, and approx two teaspoons of honey. Heated in the microwave. Within a minute I could blow my nose, within ten minutes I released all the pressure in my head. I still have tons to get rid of, this is the first thing I have tried that actually got rid of the congestion. I am thankful. Thank you so much for sharing!

Replied by Felicia
Cope, Sc, USA
5 out of 5 stars

I tried this 3 days ago and I must say I am amazed! I was suffering from sinus congestion for 2 days. I found this site and read about the results and figured I had nothing to lose. I put 2 tbsp of acv, 2 tbsp of honey and 8 oz of water, heated in mic for abt 30-45 secs and drank it. I felt relief in about 30 mins and could finally breathe! I slept better than I had in weeks! I did the same thing the next morning and now I have no problems! I have been telling everybody about this! It really works!!!

Replied by Nicole
Grand Rapids, Michigan
5 out of 5 stars

Loved it! I add just a bit of coffee creamer to make it more palletable and a little more creamy. Within minutes my sinuses were almost cleared!

Replied by Juniorsgirlnyc
Staten Island, New York
5 out of 5 stars

I, on odd occasions, get severe nasal and chest congestion out of no where! I hate it I can't sleep I can't breath and all that OTC stuff makes me foggy, dried out and really sick to my stomach... And I don't trust doctors who are paid to push certain drugs. So I had enough after my 3rd night laying in bed hating the clock ticking I got up and searched for salvation! THANK YOU SOOOOO MUCH! Nothing worked so well and so quickly. I don't feel dizzy, no nauseous and not dried out. I can just simply breath. Nasal inflammation and congestion is so annoying... LOVE ACV! I used a 1/3 cup ACV 1/3 honey and mixed it with my favorite pomegranite and blueberry tea! Never again will I suffer!

Replied by Robert
Katy, Texas, Usa

While this mixture did resolve my sinus congestion, its the chest congestion thats showing only moderate improvement. I've taken several doses ( 2 tbl. ACV, 1 tbl. Honey and 8 oz. Warm water), each seperated by 4 hours. My question is: How often can/should you take this before your body reaches overload?

For me and the time of year, this can develop into pneumonia if I'm not careful. EC, any thoughts?

Replied by Holisticmama
Greensboro, Nc

Robert: Try sprinkling a little Cayenne pepper on your food also you can squeeze some fresh lemon juice in a cup of spring water and add 1/8 tsp of cayenne with a tbsp of Maple syrup. Drink slowly. Great for chest congestion.

Replied by Kerich
Nakuru, Kenya
5 out of 5 stars

What a wonderful moments! Hey it works barely a day men GOD IS GREAT! Over the past my nostrils have been a mess. I used my mouth to breathe. I took it as instructed ooh my GOD. Thank you so much. i had suffered for years that I frequently went for HIV test though I was 100% I had never misbehaved anywhere.Once again thank you earth clinic for sharing this information so crucial .sinus distracted my undergraduate that at one time I nearly opted to defer. Cheers men!

Replied by Beth
Athens, Ga

Insofar as any of the ACV drinks/teas which include HONEY, please note that warm water works best so if you boil your water, let it cool to tepid before adding the honey. Boiling water kills the healthful constituents in honey and some sources even say it can create a toxin. So honey shouldn't ever be added to any drink that is BOILING; let the liquid cool before adding your honey. :)

Replied by Beth
Athens, Ga

Insofar as any of the ACV drinks/teas which include HONEY, please note that warm water works best so if you boil your water, let it cool to tepid before adding the honey. Boiling water kills the healthful constituents in honey and some sources even say it can create a toxin. So honey shouldn't ever be added to any drink that is BOILING; let the liquid cool before adding your honey. :)

Posted by Petnut (Spokane, Wa) on 01/25/2012
5 out of 5 stars

I read through this post and thought I would try it - within minutes my sinuses are draining. I put about 2 tbs in a cup of tea with some stevia. Lovin it.

Posted by Ali (Edmonton, Ab) on 12/27/2011
5 out of 5 stars

In the city of Edmonton, this time of year, it has been really brutal for cold and sinus problems! It's very dry, dusty and there is no snow.

I have been suffering from colds and sinus trouble... and I refuse to take antibiotics, because I do know for a fact that there are natural cures for everything.

I swear by apple cider vinegar uses for many things, but I have not tried it for sinus trouble, THANK YOU for all the comments. I will try the ACV now.

Replied by Priceless
Dayton, Ohio
5 out of 5 stars

Ok I was @ my wits in... I had spend over $50 in over the counter medication. I had ended up over medicated myself @ this point due to now insurance already missing a week of work the only one working in the home... I found this remedy. I honestly went and bought the ACV and fixed my glass as soon as I walked in my home. Instantly I started feeling better. I did wake up around 3 am due to the pressure I guess. I took a tylenol so I could return to sleep. Took another class 8oz this morning..! Everyone @ work was like you look like you went to the SPA!! You look better!! ...

Most of all I thank GOD for healing. But I appreciate this website.. I told everyone @ work.... @ lunch one of my co-workers is running to get some ACV... I do hope this helps someone.. Because everyones remarks definitley helped me..

Thanks for all the responses!

Replied by Brenda
Manning, South Carolina

I've gone through sinus surgery and suffer at least once a week with congestion and running. Got bad tonight that I could not breathe thru BOTH nostrils. I am pregnant so I can not take anything. I drank 6 oz of warm water with 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar and one tbsp honey. Warmed it in the microwave for 20seconds. After about 5 minutes, I can breathe thru left nostril. Right one is still blocked but I'm happy to have at least one to breathe from!!!

I do know that cutting sugar and caffeine will help. A nutritionalist also said that milk/dairy is mucous forming. Can't live without all three! I also learned thru study that continuous decongestants will actually worsen congestion. Hope this helps everyone because it is miserable not being able to breathe!

Posted by Bonniem (Riverside, Cal., United States) on 12/22/2011

Hello I have been using a drop of Apple Cider Vinegar in warm water in my Neti pot. It works great for sinusitis! I irrigate my sinuses and even use a little in my ears which also helps. I get great comfort from using ACV in water in my Neti pot.

Is this safe? I only use it when I need to and I only use about one drop of Apple Cider Vinegar in the water.

Can this upset the PH Balance in my sinuses? Anyone know?

Replied by Crystal
Chattanooga, Tn (usa)

I would think it would help the pH balance, particularly if you're using the ACV with "the mother"--that's the apple cider vinegar you see that has what looks like dirt in the bottom. This is actually good bacteria, which evidently is what your sinuses needed!

I am not a doctor, I just have researched a lot.