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Apple Cider Vinegar

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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!

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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.

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Posted by Elizabeth (Savannah, Ga) on 12/07/2011
5 out of 5 stars

I have had clogged sinuses for about 24 hours now, and my experience tells me that if I let it go on any longer, it will turn into a sinus infection. I've tried OTC decongestants and none have worked. I used my Neti pot 3 times today, with relief for about 10 minutes each time. After surfing the net looking for some kind of home remedy, I found your site and I tried the ACV.

I made a hot 8 oz cup of chamomile tea, poured 2 tbsp of regular Heinz ACV in it and then stirred in 1 tsp of honey to make it palatable. It was still a horrifying taste even with the honey.

I barely got through half the cup before my sinuses cleared and I was able to breathe through my nose. Not sure how this works, but so thankful it does!

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Posted by Kalki (Kerala, India) on 07/08/2011
5 out of 5 stars

I had a blocked nose non stop, December to March. No cold or leaks, just a solidly blocked nose. Poor sleep, dry mouth, heaviness of the head, low energy levels, etc. for 4 months. I tried the Earthclinc revised dosage of ACV and by the 3rd day my nose was completely clear. Amazing!

Replied by Andrew
(Charlottetown, Pei, Canada)

what was the revised dosage, could u explain please...thanks

Replied by Faye
(Lakeland, Fl)

Are you steaming it and breathing the vapors? Or are you drinking the mixture. It's not clear.

Replied by Crystal
(Kennewick, Wa, Usa)
5 out of 5 stars

My left nostril had been completely swollen shut all afternoon from a cold or sinus infection I'm fighting off. I ignored it till bedtime when I realized that I wouldn't be able to sleep like that. So I turned to earthclinic to see what to do before going to get an otc decongestant. I saw that ACV has yet another use and I have it by the gallon so I tried it - 2 tbl in about 8 oz of water with ginger/honey drink mix (I'm out of my raw honey) After a few sips I did feel less irritation and a slight improvement but still couldn't breathe on the left side. I finished the drink and still not able to breathe I decided to go across the street to the store for the tomato tea ingredients. It took about 15 minutes and by the time I got home the left nostril was open and running. That was about 30 minutes ago and I'm still breathing freely thru my nose and I'm drinking the tomato tea just for good measure. I just wish I had done this earlier in the day!

Replied by Kalki
(Mumbai, India)

Oops, I hadn't noticed the replies to my post. I put 4 teaspoons (2tbsp) of ACV in one litre (33 ounces) of water and drank it throughout the day for 10 days. Cleared my nose by the 3rd day.

Revised dosage: "2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar in 16 ounces of water. Usually 1-2 tall glasses of the concoction are all you'll need each day."

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Posted by Ronnie (Oak Island, North Carolina) on 07/07/2011
5 out of 5 stars

Was suffering for three days with head congestion. Breathing through my nose was impossible. I mixed up two tblspns Apple Cider Vinedar and two tablspns honey. I heated it in microwave for 18 secomds to soften honey for smoother mixture. Within minutes (maybe 3 to 4) I felt my nose begining to run. After thirty minutes my nose was clear!

Replied by Sarah
(Austin, Texas, Us)
5 out of 5 stars

I tried this remedy just now, to the letter, and it literally worked immediately! I'm blown away! To the OP, thank you so much! :D

Replied by Beckie
(Windham Maine)
5 out of 5 stars

Holy heck! Been sitting in bed stuffed up so bad and found this remedy.. Figured I had nothing to lose and had the ingredients.. I am not kidding you.. Four sips and I am breathing out of my nose!! It tastes like hell but id rather breathe so I am finishing it.. Anyone know how long the effects last?? I will find out!

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Posted by Mypeez (Varna, Il) on 06/05/2011
5 out of 5 stars

I have been suffering with severe sinus congestion for about a week. I have not been able to smell or taste. I had tried over the counter medication with no relief of symptoms. I came across this site and decided to give apple cider vinegar a try - what could it hurt. I mixed 2 Tbsp. Apple cider vinegar with 1 Tbsp. Honey in 6 ox. of water and warmed the mixture in the microwave. Within 1/2 hour I noticed improvement, by that evening I could taste again. I slept much better that night and feel much better today!

Replied by Courtney
(Boise, Id)
5 out of 5 stars

After being sick for two days with sinus congestion, lowgrade fever, and sore throat, I finally came across this site. I've been looking for a natural remedy for my sinus congestion because I'm breastfeeding. So, a little skeptical, I mixed two tbsps raw apple cider vinegar into a glass with about 6 oz warm water and about 1 tsp honey. A few sips into the glass, and my nose started running! Now I can breathe a little -- not completely clear, but definitely a relief in pressure! I'm considering drinking some more. It doesn't taste very bad at all (might help that I can't really taste right now :)).

Replied by Karen

I have been bothered with sinus congestion due to the flu. I cannot sleep, have to mouth breathe, then wake up constantly because my mouth is beyond dry. Frightening to lay down at night too because of fear of suffocation. Mine is so blocked up I could not smell my grandson's dirty diaper I had just changed. Those things do not smell like roses let me tell you! I am going to try the vinegar mixture as it has always helped with bronchitis and strep throat or just being run down. Just want to share with people, you are not supposed to heat the mixture up in the microwave as it can destroy the enzymes in both the vinegar and honey. Hopefully I can destroy this bug!

Replied by Myway
(Wilmington, De)

Hey Karen, run down to the health food store at your location and purchase some black seed oil (nigella sativa). It comes in an 8 oz bottle. 1 tsp in am and 1 tsp in pm. It really does handle the sinus inflammation, congestion and mucous pretty fast. It is an ancient oil that also has anti-viral properties as well. I use it daily to keep my allergy/sinusitis/congestion at bay. I can honestly say this one oil truly affected my breathing significantly.

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Posted by Namita (Mumbai, India) on 05/27/2011
1 out of 5 stars


I found this website while looking for some natural cure/remedies for sinusitis. I have sinus since 7-8years now. Whenever, I travel the same night I fall sick and get sinus attack which lasts for days. I was given antibiotics by doctors earlier. Doctors kept giving me stronger antibiotics every time but then eventually all antibiotics stopped reacting. My sinus attacks are so chronic that I just cant bear it. I get fever, whole face starts pain, eyes feel heavy and watery, head, ear, throat starts paining. I feel very weak. I had been to an ENT specialist 2x and he gave me steroids along with antibiotics which worked the first time but failed the second time. I have no option left now medically thats what I feel. I had a surgery for my sinusitis 3yrs ago which cleared all my congestion and I felt great.

After reading how many people have benefitted from drinking ACV, I decided to go for it too. I am in Mumbai, India currently and I could only find American Garden's ACV here. As a beginner, I am taking 2tsp of ACV in 8oz of water twice a day I. E., morning empty stomach after I wake up and before going to bed. I try to add a little more ACV whenever I think I can take it. I have been taking it since 10days now but I dont see any improvement really. I still have congestion. I am not travelling these days. I am allergic to dust and pollution very bad. Oh yes, I did take steam with ACV too. That surely made me breathe good. Also, my skin is glowing a bit. It helps digestion too.

I would like to know why don't I feel any change after drinking ACV and should I take steam everyday? Should I start drinking ACV 3x a day with standard recommendation of 2tsp or should I start taking 2tbsp in 8oz? Please help.

Thanks & Regards, Namita.

Replied by Ti
(Houston, Usa)


I buy Organic Apple cider Vinegar form "Naturally Yours" store in Mumbai.

Call 022-3223 0003/9833701982 or

I take 2 tablespoons in 8 pz lukewarm water 3-4 times daily (this brand) has helped get rid of my sinus congestion. I also stopped eating all dairy and ghee products and my sinus problems went away. Good luck :)

Replied by Tina
(Princeton, New Jersey)

Hi Namita, as someone who used to live in Mumbai and who now visits it frequently, I can tell you that your sinus congestion could be a reaction to the pollution in the air. What helps me is using the neti cup morning and night, with salt. This seems to keep most of the sinus headaches, congestion etc at bay. During the day, if I need to, I will do steam inhalation with Vicks. The vinegar you are taking is not the one with the 'mother' so I can't say how effective it will be for your sinus but since it seems to benefit you on other ways, that's great. Hope this helps.

Replied by Namita
(Montreal, Canada)

Hey Tina,

Thank you for the feedback. You are right. It must be because of the pollution. I live in Montreal but I have come back to Mumbai for few months and since the time I have landed, I am having Sinus attacks. In Canada, I never had these attacks. I will try to get the Organic ACV. Thanks once again :)

Regards, Namita

Replied by Namita
(Montreal, Canada)

Hey Ti, Thank you for your feedback. I will definately try it. Regards, Namita.

Replied by Dave
(Fountain Inn, Sc)

For the kind of congestion Natami talks about, consider the possibility of a virally based infection. Try colloidal silver to kill the virus. (Antibiotics do not work on viral infections of course; only bacteria. ) Use an ear syrenge to squirt the liquid into both sinus passages; lean head back and let drain down into passages. If this is an infection the most infected side will "burn" the first time you "inject" the silver solution. Of course this application is a sinus irrigation and you could use a "neti pot" but I recommend a syringe to squirt to allow the liquid to get way back into the infected areas. Repeat this fifteen minutes later. If indeed this is a virus, most will be gone the second time you use the silver; but some viruses are lipid coated and you must stay at those with repeated doses for sometimes a week or longer with applications three or four times daily. You can get colloidal silver at most health food stores; usually ridiculously expensive. I make my own from a little 27 volt generator I bought 17 years ago and have been making silver solution for all that time.

Replied by Sita

Hi Namita - I know it's long ago, now, but I noticed you did not mention adding the honey - which is more important than just to improve the taste, adding its own benefits to the mix. That, & using organic ACV with the "mother" in it, I.e., the cloudy kind, and not boiling or overheating - these things should assure that you get the full benefit.

I hope your condition has improved. Blessings from Arkansas

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Posted by Hiria (Auckland, New Zealand) on 05/14/2011
5 out of 5 stars

Wow - 2 minutes ago I mixed up 6 oz water, 2TV ACV and 1 T of honey. I warmed it in the microwave to melt the honey and help it mix in and cover the taste of ACV. For the first time in nearly a week I can breathe freely through both nostrils. Amazing. I know vinegar - white and brown is useful for a thousand and one things around the home and for other health purposes so I tried this with a positive attitude and maybe it helped that I decided to believe it would work. Highly recommend.

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Posted by Helz (Devon, United Kingdom) on 05/06/2011
5 out of 5 stars

Wow! This really worked. No idea how it works.. But it does, and that's good enough for me. Gonna make some or my husband now as his head is 'splitting', just like mine was yesterday (some nasty head-cold) so hopefully will go from grumpy to happy! I have. :) Thank you so much everyone!!!!

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Posted by Shar35 (Portland, Or, Usa) on 05/06/2011
5 out of 5 stars

I have been severely congested after having first the flu and then a bad cold.... Nothing was breaking it up: not neti pot, saline sprays, decongestant sprays (that makes it worse, eventually). In Oregon you must have a prescription for Sudafed, which has been the only remedy which works... "Phenylphrine" just doesn't do any good. So I tried the Apple Cider Vinegar potion with honey and hot water. I didn't think it would work, but less than 10 minutes I could breathe again!! Fantastic cure... I hope it lasts. Thank you!

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Posted by Janicecooks (Baltimore, Md) on 04/19/2011
1 out of 5 stars

In search of a natural cure for my week long severe sinus congestion I came here for advice. 5 days of antibiotics and mucinex have done nothing. I tried the ACV last night out of desperation. This horrendous tasting remedy did nothing for my sinuses but irritated my stomach and caused intestinal problems. The thought of drinking this potion again makes my skin crawl.

Replied by Karen
(Michigan, US)

Mother always said good medicine may taste bad, but it generally does the trick. I swear by ACV for a lot of illnesses. Whenever my sister calls to say she has an ailment I look up the cure and come back to her to say it says ACV...she laughs and says you say ACV for everything. Some wonderful stuff ACV is!!!! Comes from an apple a day keeps the doctor away!!!

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Posted by Marie (Yuma, Arizona) on 04/10/2011
1 out of 5 stars

Sounds too good to be true, and I'm still skeptical. Have severe sinus congestion, at times during the day I can't blow in or out of my nose. I don't have infection, as I've just finished antibiotics. Nose has been plugged off and on for a month, increasingly more and more. Tried everything that has been recommended by friends/pharmacists etc to no avail. Was so happy to find this site and hear all the positive outcomes.... So mixed up the ACV, honey in water, drank it, nothing after 15 minutes, so drank some more with much less water. Even inhaled ACV fumes awhile. It's been 20 minutes and still no difference. I need this to work, but I have serious doubts.

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Posted by Mische (Hamilton, Bermuda) on 03/29/2011

Just wanted to thank everyone for the comments. I tried 2TBS of Apple Cider Vinegar mixed with a cup of warm water out of desperation. 2 minutes later I heard the congestion break on one side. While the other side didn't clear I was able to get a decent night's sleep for 1st time in a few days. I'm sold and will def keep this remedy in mind for future use. Thanks again!

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Posted by Debbie (Clinton, Iowa Usa) on 02/28/2011
5 out of 5 stars

I have had sinus problems for a long time. Kept me up at night due to barely being able to breath through my nostrils. Came across Earth Clinic on accident and read about Apple Cidar Vinegar ( I have it in my kitcen) in regards to your sinuses, I read about how some people are mixing it with 8 oz of water and 2 tblsp of Honey. I thought I would try it right then and there, and viola, in less than 6 minutes I could breath through my nose with out feeling like I was breathing through a pin hole!!! I slept all night long, and felt rested the next day. I mixed it up again, as I felt my sinus starting to revert back to where they were, and now I'm cleared up again. It, for me, lasted well over 24 hours....

This is a great sight, I have spent the last couple of hours now reading about Virgin Coconut Oil, which I use for cooking! I will continue to learn on this sight as I do not like, or want to take medicine and I dont now. I am a 55 year old female with no health issues as of yet. If I ever do end up with any, then I will look to this sight first! Thank you!

Replied by Harry
(Kingsport, Tn)

Debbie--Hate to be a problem, but in the article concerning the use of Apple Cider Vingar, Honey & Water--maybe I missed it but I c/not determine the amount of ACV to use. Welcome to the first day of Spring. Harry

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Posted by Fox (Tucson, Az) on 01/30/2011
5 out of 5 stars

I have to admit I am sharing because I got results, was desperate could not sleep sinuses blocked could not breathe, headache, pressure and ear ache, I immediately took 8 oz hot water, 2TBL of ACV and 2TBL honey. Came back and kept reading (still a little skeptical) I had to run for tissue for my nose started just running (within 10 min) just water flowing, now I am breathing after 20 minutes Thank you

Replied by Jessica
(West Union, Oh)
5 out of 5 stars

My sinuses have been congested for days. I am 17 years old and I've tried pretty much every OTC medicine I can find. I just tried the ACV remedy using 8oz of water, 2 TBSP ACV, and 2 TBSP of honey. After about ten minutes, I could already breathe through my nose again! I couldn't even taste anything because my congestion was so bad, and now I can again. Thanks, this was great!

Replied by Mrssunbaby
(Medford, Oregon, Usa)

I just used this remedy and it worked wondefully! My Granny used to give me this when I was a child when I was sick and all stuffed up... I'd forgotten about this remedy until now. Its going down in my book as a "tried and true" remedy! Thanks!

Replied by Keekey
(Omaha, Ne)

I had a very bad sinus infection for 5 weeks..... They gave me amox. And afterwards they gave me levaquin, which I had very bad side effects. My sinus was so bad that I would have confusion, memory lost and could not be alert. It was like I was not in reality.... After I saw this site I tried the AVC last night and I slept well..... This morning I took another 8oz cup and I felt the sinus congestion releasing in the forehead area..... Im not confused I am alert, memory 100% and this is reality..... Somthing so cheap work..... I wish I read this before going to the hospital the way I did..... And NONE of their crap worked.... I had mri, cat scans, even spinal tap done...... Im staying all natural from now on.... My vitamins and home remedies...... But of course prayer first!!!

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