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Apple Cider Vinegar: Uses, Health Benefits and FAQ

Ear Infections

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Posted by MB (Belgium)
5 out of 5 stars

[Note: the following reader used white vinegar, not apple cider vinegar, to heal an ear infection. ACV might work just as well.]

My husband was suffering from an ear infection. He was confined in the hospital for almost 2 weeks still nothing happened, so we decided to check out of the hospital. And then I remembered when we were still small, whenever we had throat problems or ear infections, my mom always told us to apply vinegar on it & gargle for the throat. So I told my husband why don't we try it, true enough just after 1 day of applying white vinegar in a water on it, his ear was dry and we continue to apply it twice a day until it was completely healed, but sad enough he lost part of his ear bone because of the that infection before we found this "VINEGAR WONDER", but we are thankful to GOD, now his ear is totally healed.

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Posted by Teigan (Sydney, Nsw) on 08/23/2011
5 out of 5 stars

I'm so happy I found this site and read but this stuff - my energy and overall health have greatly improved since I started taking it. Advise anyone who is struggling to give it a try, its amazing!

Posted by Kathie (Houston, United States) on 05/16/2011
3 out of 5 stars

Better But With Side Effects

Why does ACV give me so much "nervous" energy? Am I detoxing or is it just its nature? I do not consume much caffine, only a few cups of green tea in the morning, so I really feel the effect.

Posted by Spiceitup (Maryville, Tn.) on 11/12/2010
5 out of 5 stars

Apple Cider Vinegar..... My husband grew up farming and by farming I mean hundreds of acres. He and his brother were responsible for it all. Growing up he always had good teaching and a lot of love and respect for his family and friends and neighbors. So, when I first met him he told me about the long time ACV. He informed me that he just drank it straight from the jar it came in. Of course I giggled and said, okay that's nice dear.

Well, here we are today... MY little farming sweetheart is... Well over 50 and I can't keep up with him. And to boot he eats all the time, mostly at night... Drinks way too many coca colas and has energy coming out his ears. He has been to the doctor umteen times only to get the same outstanding results. HIs heart is perfect, no blockages, his blood presssure is on the dot. His lungs are as clear as a whistle on a quiet day and his libido even after 50 would put a teenage boy to shame.... ACV... Have you had yours today?

Replied by Merryanne
(Orange City, Florida, Usa)
120 posts

Well, Mrs Spiceitup in TN, Well I want to say something cute but just keep up with hubby and pray for your lonely, single sisters in Christ here in FL, and I must agree that ACV is good for you, and a lot can be said for that clean, farm living, and Gods Blessings.

Replied by Hotlava

Most of the US centenarians in this day and age grew up "poor on a farm"... There is nothing like organic farming and living a traditional agrarian lifestyle to boost people's health for a long and healthy life! Weston Price was right in his book Nutrition and Physical Degeneration- "Life in all it's fullness is Mother Nature Obeyed".

In Love and Health

Replied by Julie
(Hancock, Ny)

I read on Medical Blogs that drinking it straight could hurt your esophagus.

Posted by Melanie (Ankeny, Iowa) on 03/21/2010
5 out of 5 stars

I've used ACV for about 2 months, and feel good. No weight loss, like I hoped, but aches and pains have gone away, and high energy throughout the day. I usually mix about a week's worth in water bottles and store in my fridge.

Posted by Goji (London, England) on 11/03/2009
5 out of 5 stars

I've just reached the ripe old age of 72 years, but inwardly still feel 20. However, over the last few months I have been having problems finding enough energy to get through household and other tasks and, and life had lost its magic. I felt like an old person. In the past I'd tried a well known brand of organic ACV, but it did nothing to help how I felt. Then about a fortnight ago I came across an iconic brand (I'm not allowed to mention names) of raw, unfiltered ACV containing the mother, and I began taking one tablespoon in water sweetened with stevia three times a time just before meals. I now wake up with a song in my heart, the world has suddenly become beautiful again, and my energy has been restored. And I feel the way I walk has become more free, looser somehow, as though I am walking more like a younger person.

I just hope that the ACV continues to work its magic.

Replied by Mac

More than 8oz of water is too much... Do not mix or dilute it to much or you will not see results in a timely manner.

Replied by Ed2010

Add 1 tblsp of ACV, 240 ml of water and 1/4 to 1/2 tsp of Baking Soda. Feeling fatigue is sign of body being ACidic. Good Health

Posted by Jann (Tulsa, Oklahoma) on 04/23/2009
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Replied by Sarah
(Arlington, TX)
1 out of 5 stars

I have been drinking 2 tablespoons with 16 oz of water 2x a day, using ___ organic ACV. I have not noticed any results so far, what so ever. Not with energy, skin, sleep, nothing. What could be going on, and why is it not working for me? Thanks!

Replied by Audra
(Zephyrhills, Florida)
5 out of 5 stars

Hi All! I'm soooo glad I found this site. Sarah, I'm sorry to hear Apple Cider Vinegar isn't working for you. Keep trying and maybe it will. Just a thought.:)

I bought and tried Apple Cider Vinegar for the first time 2 years ago. Well, I'm now starting my menopause and I have every symptom that goes with it including high blood pressure and heart palpitations and believe me, they are scary. Anywhoo, I just remembered today that I still have some Apple Cider Vinegar left and had a glass. Man and I'm glad I did!

I haven't had this much energy in months and it lowered my blood pressure! Whew! I'll just be 40 this year and I'll be drinking Apple Cider Vinegar for the rest of my life. Oh, I also had a bad cough I couldn't get rid of and now that's gone too along with the headaches. Hmmm, no wonder doctor's won't tell us about this because they would go out of business! LOL

Thanks so much Earth Clinic for a wonderful, informative and very much appreciated website!

Replied by Kymn
(Oklahoma, US)

Your post made me crack up! Especially typed in all caps! I'm still laughing because I am feeling the same way and it happened over night! Through the roof energy! I'm giddy, silly and my mind is kind of freaking out! What a transformation for me! 2Tbs apple cider vinegar in water with honey and a dash of baking soda twice a day! I haven't felt this level of happy in I don't know how long! I'm 49! I'm excited and I just keep reading! Thank you God! :) OH! I'm also taking 400mg of Magnesium and 400IU of vitamin E before bed to help with hot flashes and it has helped tremendously. Over night seriously! What a shock! I was hoping I would sleep better and I do a little but I'm so happy during the day that I don't care! Ha!

European Conversions

Posted by Keyser Soze (Amsterdam, Holland ) on 07/29/2010

Hello everyone, I know in the States you use tablespoons as an amount for the ACV. In Europe we do not, mostly we talk in "ml" Milliliter
or 1 tablespoon of sugar. I searched the internet and found out that 1 tbs is 15ml of liquid! A normal size tbs in Europe is 6ml maybe 8ml! So, I think most European people take more than the half of ACV in their home made cocktail. As I read often "it doesn't work". I know there is a lot of misunderstanding between the European and US and English sizes or amounts. Just have a look on this site

I hope that Earthclinic can make this clear on the site. So that it's clear for everyone on this planet. Regards KS, Holland Amsterdam

EC: Thank you so much, Keyser. Your advice has been posted to our Remedy Guidelines page here:

Replied by Tina
(Utrecht, Netherlands)

To Keyser Soze from Amsterdam, You can buy the american measuring cups and sets with teaspoon, tablespoon, 1/4, 1/2, 1/8 tablespoon at any Blokker here for only 2-3 euro per set. Might be easier than converting everything. Groet, Tina

Replied by Francisca
(Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France)

If you live in Europe indeed most tbspoons are smaller but you can buy measuring spoons and those are exactly the same. They usually come in sets of all sizes and bread makers and so often come with a measuring spoon. I don't agree with you that we don't use spoons as measure, we do, for smaller quantities. I cook a lot and I never come across ml for such small quantities, always tbspoons or tspoons. I use French, English, Dutch, Spanish and Portuguese recipes.

Fat Reduction

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Posted by Ma (Canada) on 12/09/2015
5 out of 5 stars

I feel myself blessed to come across this site and I have learnt a lot about healthy living from here. It would be a pleasure to be helpful in return.

I just came across an awesome discovery that I would like to share. The topical application of Apple cider vinegar (ACV) works great for breast size reduction and for fat reduction from almost any part of the body.

I have used apple cider vinegar (ACV) in a spray bottle, to spray and spread evenly on the breasts (re-apply immediately after it dries) for 30-40 min twice everyday for 3 weeks and got amazing results with size reduction from 38 to 36. Vinegar cuts fat like bleach cuts color, I also applied ACV to my belly and love handles and reduced my waist by 2 inches in three weeks. ACV has countless benefits for skin. If it doesn't suit to anyone, try using regular white vinegar.

Replied by Siberianwolf
(Omsk, Russia)
1 out of 5 stars


Whoa!Whoa! Whoa! FEVER is your FRIEND !!!! It is the indication that your body is FIGHTING the infection. Mess with it at your peril. Let your body do the work it was designed to do...heal itself. NO outside interference can do that.

Replied by Joyce
(Joelton, Tn)
510 posts

To the Siberian Wolf on his "Whoa" on fever Hi Siberian Wolf, I agree with you onleaving the fever alone to let it do its job of fighting off infection. However, I noted that only one of those who wrote in said it failed to reduce the fever and that none of those who said it worked mentioned having to repeat the egg whites later. So I have come to the conclusion that the next time me or my loved ones have a fever, we'll give it a try and see if it works. Just think of the wear & tear on the body and the misery you could avoid if using egg whites one time removed the fever and it didn't return. I would have to say that obviously those egg whites delivered nuclear bomb to my soldiers fighting the infection and they wiped the enemy out!! Of course some of those who succeeded with egg whites could write in and let us know if the fever return and they had to repeat the egg whites. It would be helpful to all of us to know.

Replied by Hotlava

I agree with Mr. Whoa that Fevers are our Friends....

However, high fever (over 102) can be very damaging to our body tissues/probiotic bacteria/enzymes, especially in infants and children. Bringing down a high fever using ACV on a washcloth is a great remedy that people should tuck into their memory banks esp. when caring for children!

Replied by Erica

Only if the fever doesn't get too high. 102 is ok but 105 degrees is not.


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Posted by Ratazayah (Newark, NJ)
5 out of 5 stars

When I was an infant the Dr's told my mom I was going to die, due to a particularly high fever. She was told by an elderly friend to soak a wash cloth in acv and place one on my forehead and one on my stomach, while it smells like all get out, my mom was able to check me out of the hospital and from that day onward, it's literally been a life saver to all the children in our family with high fevers. It takes about an hour to break the fever.

EC: Read the BEST CURE FOR FEVER here.


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Posted by David (Chicago IL)
5 out of 5 stars

I saw somewhere that apple cider vinegar cures Fibromyalgia. I don't definitely have it, but was diagnosed with it based on symptoms years ago. I've had muscle spasms varying in severity for 24 years. I just started to come out a 1 1/2 year bout with it. Drank vinegar and have been completely pain free for a week. It's asinine this isn't common knowledge. It feels kind of like an metabolism enhancer too. I'm down to 1 tablespoon twice a day. And I repeat I'm completely pain free. I don't know what was wrong with me, thought it was just something I had to live with. Somebody tell a doctor!

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Flus and Colds

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Posted by Berhane (Gothenborg, Sweden) on 03/14/2011

Iwas the weakest person for the attack of flu and sinus and medical Dr, was not able to help me. But thanks to avc its 12 years now never had such problem. How, I du mix one teaspoon avc and two teaspoon honey (organic) in a cup of water every morning. God bless u

Flus and Colds
Posted by Shabbycrafter (Dos Palos, Ca) on 11/14/2009
5 out of 5 stars

For the past two days my daughter has had a horribly sore throat with white spots on it. She's had a fever, body aches, and sniffles as well. After calling around and finding that the local doctors were booked up and the rural clinic would be $250 just to see the doctor, I decided to figure out how to help her myself. I remembered a friend suggesting ACV so I gave it a try. I gave my daughter (18 years old) 2 tablespoons of ACV in an 8 oz. glass of water. She sat and sipped on it for a while. Her sore throat immediately calmed to the point where she was able to fall asleep and slept most of the night. Around 6:30 am she woke up and did the same routine again and is up and around today looking better than she has in days. I should add here that along with the ACV I gave her an over-the-counter pain reliever as well. From now on, I've decided I'm going to treat everything I can in this manner. The treatment worked better than anything I've ever seen! Amazing!

Replied by Codedwithout
(San Diego)

It sounds like she had esophageal thrush. I had one just like it, including fever, after a 3 week course of several antibiotics. I drank a lot of probiotic drinks and it eventually went away, and would highly recommend doing the same, it keeps candida (fungus) under check by giving the body the good flora to fight it off.

Replied by Teresa

White spots in throat, with fever is strep throat, and if untreated with antibiotics can turn to rheumatic fever, which is life threatening.

Replied by Vera

White spots in throat with fever can also be mono. My son had those symptoms and was negative for strep and positive for mono.

And there are lots of reported cures for strep and mono with natural remedies on Earth Clinic.

Flus and Colds
Posted by Peggy (Young Harris, GA) on 03/09/2009
5 out of 5 stars

Just to let you know this is a GREAT site. I have recommended it to lots of people who are having ailments which I believe can be helped by natural remedies.

I work in a long term care facility and am exposed to a lot of germs. I drink a TBS of ACV & Honey in water daily and believe this keeps my immune system up. While a horrid stomach & diarrea bug had the place quarantined, (Knock on wood) I escaped this bug which I give credit to the ACV/Honey.

My co-workers tease me about my attention to "natural" eating, etc, but I try to avoid processed foods, drink lots lots of water. Thanks so much for this site.

Replied by Vinicius
(Malden, Ma, Usa)

just a heads up, don't drink too much water while you are eating, too much water in the stomach will just weaken the acid during the digestion. Stay healthy

Flus and Colds
Posted by Meg (Grafton, WI) on 01/24/2009
5 out of 5 stars

Thanks for the website. I have used apple cider vinegar since the 70's but somehow (maybe good health) it went off my radar. I just caught a nasty flu and going into day #3 was not cheering me up. I looked on your site and my lights went back on. I did my 3 T. acv + 3T.honey and 1/2 t. cinnamon in 6 oz. water and within 2 hours felt like I just might shake this today. 4 hours later (now) I am feeling really much better and even the cough is almost gone.