Sinus Infection
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Secrets of Apple Cider Vinegar for a Sinus Infection

Nov 15, 2017

Organic Apple Cider Vinegar is our favorite remedy for curing a sinus infection. Thanks to the creation of this Earth Clinic page in 1999, thousands of people now know about this amazing and effective home treatment.

The secret is to take apple cider vinegar before the sinus infection occurs, which for most people is at the start of allergies, colds, flu, etc. We have found that when apple cider vinegar is taken either as a daily tonic or at the first sign of an allergy or cold (i.e., sinus headache, stuffy nose, watery eyes), one can completely stop the histamine response or allergic reaction.

Once you have thinned mucus, you can clobber the sinus infection with one of many remedies from this page. Wild oregano oil is one of our favorites for bacterial infections, but grapefruit seed extract is also very potent. Whatever remedy you try, remember to keep sipping apple cider vinegar throughout the day for several days and drink lots of water.

What is a Sinus Infection?

A sinus infection often presents initially as the common cold. However, this infection involves the additional inflammation and swelling of the sinuses. The condition occurs as the sinuses become blocked with fluid in which bacteria grow. As the bacteria grow, additional congestion and sinus pain occur. Sinus infections are often characterized by thick yellow nasal discharge, pressure around the face and eyes, headache, congestion, post-nasal drip, and a fever or cough.

Apple Cider Vinegar for a Sinus Infection

While a number of treatment options are available, many options are ineffective for actually remedying a sinus infection. Apple cider vinegar, however, can safely and effectively remedy a sinus infection and a range of other conditions.

How apple cider vinegar works:

Apple cider vinegar contains an array of nutrients including vitamins B1, B2, A, and E, calcium, and magnesium. These nutrients help clear the sinus cavities and treat allergy symptoms. Additionally, ACV thins mucus almost immediately. One of the first things you will notice after drinking apple cider vinegar is that the color of your mucus goes from white or green and thick, to thin and clear. The thinning of mucus is the key to kicking your sinus infection.

Apple Cider Vinegar Tonic for Sinus Infections

Apple cider vinegar can be used in a couple of different ways to treat a sinus infection.

  • To form a tonic for internal use, mix 1/8 to 1/4 a cup of apple cider vinegar into 16 ounces of water. Sip the tonic throughout the day. Alternatively, you can gulp up to 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in 8 ounces of water all at once.

Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse for Sinus Infections

  • Add 1/2 - 1 tsp teaspoon of organic, raw apple cider vinegar to a cup of warm filtered water. Stir solution until thoroughly mixed.
  • Pour some of the mixture into your palm and snort it up one nostril at a time. Use your other hand to plug the free nostril. Do this on the other side.

Remember, the key for treating a sinus infection with apple cider vinegar is to catch and treat the infection as early as possible. If you catch the condition early, you'll be able to quickly eradicate the condition and prevent further issue.

Continue reading below for more than 200 success stories from Earth Clinic readers who gave ACV a giant YEA! for curing their sinus infections. Tried this remedy? Please share your feedback with us!



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Posted by Ep0101 (Wisconsin) on 08/03/2017
5 out of 5 stars

Apple Cider Vinegar for Sinus Infection... Wonderful!

I tried the rinse for the first time and although I didn't expect it to sting a little, it did clear my sinuses. I also try and drink the ACV tonic daily as I have asthma and allergies! I also know that ACV with the Mother, alkalizes in the body which is a good thing considering most of what we eat is acidic, so ACV has some amazing things that it does and its too bad Dr's don't try natural things first instead of throwing meds that usually creates other problems, but then again, if they tried natural stuff first, they wouldn't make as much money I suppose.


Posted by Steve G (Nashville, Tn) on 05/23/2017
5 out of 5 stars

I remember my saintly grandmother using Apple Cider Vinegar for several different healing remedies... this year I fought 'the crud', worse than ever - taken everything I could take - even antibiotic, but to no avail... tried apple cider vinegar and I can honestly say, it worked and I feel so much better - I drink it in water and flush nostrils as well... thanks a million for the article and help...

Replied by Taylor
Nj
10/11/2017

Can I use the apple cider vinegar rinse every day? Is it safe every day? Thanx.


Posted by Jason (San Jose, Ca) on 01/12/2017
5 out of 5 stars

Steaming ACV worked for me! I came down with a bad cold two weeks ago and it turned into a sinus infection - sinus was bloated, mucus was thick and brownish, and pressure around the nose. Netipot and rest didn't make it better and I was getting desperate. Tried steaming vinegar (didn't have ACV) two nights ago and the next day felt a lot better. Did it again yesterday and now I'm almost completely well.

Thanks a lot to those who posted this remedy!


Posted by Marilyn (Missouri) on 12/23/2016
5 out of 5 stars

I had sinus surgery 3 years ago, and had not had a sinus infection since. On Thanksgiving woke up with a horrible sinus infection. I'd had symptoms for a couple weeks, like achiness, fatigue, Went to dr next day took 10 days of amoxicillin, did not help at all. Saw your article on ACV, could stand the taste, so tried steaming 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup ACV. Wow! End of lst day, I felt much better, but was coughing up and blowing my nose a lot.The next morning I felt like a new woman. I passed this on to my brother, his results were great also.

Replied by Earwax Sg
Singapore
01/10/2017
5 out of 5 stars

Yes it worked for me too. Exact same symptoms going to the end of antibiotics treatment but it didnt cure it so I tried this and it worked just few hours later!

Replied by Denise
Mosta
01/11/2017

Hi, can you explain exactly what you did please. Does steaming involve just breathing in the vapour with head covered with a towel? Thanks so much, Denise


Posted by Mary G (Appleton, Wi) on 11/30/2016
5 out of 5 stars

I have Irritable bowel syndrome (Spastic colon) and I get sinus infections at least once a year.

My doc always prescribes antibiotics for my SI's and every time I take them, I spend too much time in the bathroom. I recently came across your site and tried the ACV for my sinus infection:

I am using three-four drops of ACV, 1/2 tsp of baking soda (to take the edge off of the ACV) and warm water in my neti pot. I do this three times a day and I am planning to do this for five days.

The first day was harsh, but the second day of treatments was less harsh. I am now on my third day of treatments. I am not a 100% better, but I am feeling more better than I did before when I was on antibiotics. This is more effective and faster than antibiotics. I plan to do the ACV health drink after my SI's is over with. Thanks for this helpful information, You saved me a trip to the doctor, lots of bathroom time and some money. Thanks again.

Replied by Kaveh
Iran
12/18/2016
0 out of 5 stars

What about your sense of smell? I just tried ACV and water saline, I must say I added almost 50% Apple Cider Vinegar and 50%water. And now, I can't smell anything.

Replied by Mary
Wisconsin
12/22/2016

My sense of my smell smelled weird during these treatments. It smelled like vinegar most of the time. I am not a medical doctor, so you may want to consult with your doctor on this one.

Replied by Kinney
North Carolina
06/04/2017

50/50 sounds like too much ACV. Most recommendations I see say 1t. or 1T. ACV to 1 cup of water.

Replied by Pamela S
Washington State, Usa
07/24/2017

I have also lost my sense of smell (and taste) after using a more dilute version of apple cider vinegar and distilled water. Please share...Did you ever recover your sense of smell? I'm very concerned about this side effect.

Replied by Pamela
Washington State
07/28/2017

Happy to report that my sense of smell has almost completely returned after about two weeks. Given the experience however, I doubt if I would recommend using apple cider vinegar as a sinus rinse in a neti pot or otherwise.

Replied by Michael
New Zealand
07/29/2017

Hi Pamela,

As I reported earlier, in a previous post, my wife's tummy pains have mostly disappeared some time ago, largely as a result of going (strictly) gluten free! It is now three months and she is reporting that her sense of smell has returned after years of having no (sense of! ) smell at all! She is now able to smell some of the stronger smells that she had almost forgotten about. She's a happy chappy, as she felt she had been missing out all these years on an important aspect of life.

Michael

Replied by Brazjion
The World
10/13/2017

I think maybe steaming a good dilution is better due to the fact you can stop if it becomes irritating.

Replied by Brazjion
The World
10/13/2017

I am pretty sure you just used tooooo much ACV. The instructions were 1/2 to 1 TEASPOON of ACV. More is not always better...and just because it is natural....doesnt mean it can be used in excess. Be gentle with yourself and your care....your total sense of smell will return. Blessings


Posted by Alice (Portland, Or) on 11/07/2016
5 out of 5 stars

Thanks for this advice! I only added 6 drops of apple cider vinegar to a nasal rinse of warm distilled water the first time and it did sting a little. The next time, I added 6 drops to the rinse with a saline packet and it was AMAZING! No pain at all, drained well, and I am much less congested! I also started to drink a diluted ACV tonic of warm tap water with 1/2 tsp 2x a day. Had severe congestion for two weeks and took pseudophedrine and decongestant spray constantly. I was going to give in and go to the doctor for antibiotics but am so glad I tried this instead. It's only been 24 hours and I feel much better. Will also try a few drops of melted coconut oil in the nostrils since people on here say that is an amazing cure as well. Thanks for the posts everyone!!

Replied by Jihane
Florida
11/19/2016

Would the vinegar rinse help if I have a maxillary sinus retention cyst?


Posted by Bg (Florida) on 09/22/2016
0 out of 5 stars

I just used 1/2 tsp ACV with about 8 oz of warm water in neti and omg it burned and now even 2 hours later I can barely breathe through my nose because I'm so congested from it, wondering did anyone else have this reaction?

Replied by Dawn
Rancho Cucamonga, Ca
10/08/2016
0 out of 5 stars

I did the same thing with the netti pot and my head felt like it was going to explode and I couldn't breathe through my nose. I did a saline rinse immediately to dilute any damage the acid may have caused to my sinus passages. I have been using warm compresses to alleviate the pain and am still very plugged in my nose. Please warn people not to use the netti pot for this

Replied by Thetruthworks
Clinton, Md
10/30/2016
5 out of 5 stars

I had the same experience before with the nasal passages reaction during a previous sinus infection.

The problem was not the vinegar/Neti pot process. I had used way too much vinegar. I just did it again, using only 4-6 DROPS of vinegar. The thick nasal mucus immediately started to drain; and it went from thick white/slightly yellow tint to clear. And my breathing is clear and my sense of smell is working again.

FYI, when blowing your nose, pinch/press close one side and blow the other. Then do the same on the other side. Do not blow hard, it will force infectious agent into the ear canal, and create another problem. Instead inhale through an open mouth and huff blow in a 1,2,3 pattern until the 1 nasal side is cleared and do the same on the other side.

Replied by Kay
Texas
11/07/2016
0 out of 5 stars

I added 1 tsp of ACV to my neti pot and did this twice on Saturday. I noticed that I felt dizzy for a few seconds afterward but then I was ok and sinus congestion was clear. But on Sunday I began having severe dizziness - like the room was spinning - and it's now Monday morning and it hasn't gone away. Not sure but I think it must have been the ACV added to my neti pot rinse. Don't know why it took 18 hours for this severe dizziness to show up but I know that has to be it.

I'm about to do a regular saline neti pot rinse to see if it can flush away any residue that may still be there lingering. I'll post a follow up. But please be very careful about adding anything to a sinus rinse!

Replied by Andrea
Oregon
02/20/2017
0 out of 5 stars

I added 1 tsp per 1 cup of water and it was so strong that I had to stop, it hurt so bad. The pain didnt completely go away for a few hours. It was awful!

Replied by Wendy
Columbus, Oh
02/21/2017

You may have used a bit too much of the ACV. I find it easier, and less painful, to put just the tiniest amount in a glass of warm filtered water and sea-salt, and snort it. I cured my sinus infection in 3 days. I also gargled with the same solution, and did both 4-5 times each day.

Replied by Wendy
Columbus, Oh
02/21/2017

Also make sure you're NOT using tap water. This is very dangerous due to all the "crap" in tap water. Only use filtered or preferably distilled water.

Replied by Cece
Hudson Valley, New York
03/26/2017

I had terrible results with the neti pot. I will never use them again. It seemed to make my sinus issues worse every time I used them. I use drops into each nostril with an eye dropper. I use a product which is essentially a mineral/water mixture that is supposed to help with restoring mucus linings in the body. Also will try salt water with Baking soda today. My infections are from exposure to toxins when I was younger working with the fumes from glue products that I was using with my work.

Replied by Mary
Spokane Valley, Washington
04/13/2017

I did the act nasal rinse using the Neil med bottle and it was excruciatingly painful. Then my nose ran tons of clear mucous changing to darker and I started to feel better but my nose just ran. Then about two hours later extreme sinus pain. I had followed up with a saline rinse twice that night and steamed over hot water. The pain in sinus was extreme. My cheeks were bright red. So I don't know if it was a reaction to acv. Or

Replied by Dam
Newtown, Pa
09/15/2017

That does not sound good. I know I've used it by steaming it in a pot mixed with water and it can burn but I think it is also from the intense heat.

Replied by Kay
California
09/25/2017

It may not have been the acv, but more likely that you moved the infection into your ear canal, which is closely linked to our sense of balance. Infections in the inner ear and head often create pressure which upsets the nerves that give us our sense of balance and result in dizzying spinning sensation. I get dizzy every time I am coming down with a certain virus because it is lodged near my ear canals.


Posted by Fred (Texas) on 09/05/2016
5 out of 5 stars

I was very skeptical. However, the ACV rinse worked for my sinus infection.

I used the rinse three time a day. On the morning of the day, after I began using the rinse, I felt better. I improved each day for six days. The rinse worked for me faster than the antibiotics I have been prescribed the last few years.

The rinse was harsh the first few days in the sense that it burned. I read that the more the rinse hurts, the worse my infection was, so I stayed with it. Now, six days later the discomfort is no worse than that I experienced with a saline rinse.

Thanks to all of you who posted your positive experiences with the rinse, which motivated me to give it a try despite my great skepticism.

I am a believer now. Thanks.

Replied by Joyce
Montgomery, Al
10/11/2016

I believe the Apple Cider Vinegar is good but it stings horribly. I thought I had done something wrong. I'll keep trying.


Posted by Eviep (Riverside, Ri) on 08/26/2016
4 out of 5 stars

I'm starting to feel the early symptoms of a sinus infection. Upper teeth hurt, pain in the face, cheekbone hurts, etc. I know how bad these can get so I just boiled some water and added ACV (probably a half cup), hung my head over the pot with a towel over my head and let it do its stuff. Then I readied my Neti Pot and added 1 teaspoon of ACV to it. Blew my nose a couple of times and out comes the yellow stuff. I have chronic postnasal drip and have found that the ONLY thing that helps is to put ACV in the Neti Pot - usually only half a teaspoon, but if I'm fighting off a sinus infection I'll use more. I've used tea tree oil in the neti but I have pets and don't wanna use that stuff anywhere near them and actually it doesn't work as well as the ACV. This stuff is great!


Posted by Pat (San Diego) on 04/13/2016
4 out of 5 stars

Apple cider vinegar is a great alternative to antibiotics. I start to down it as soon as I get the signs of a cold and it has helped a lot steering away sinus infections. Its seems like to me I have built up a tolerance to it over time but it is possible my sinuses have become more susceptible to infection. This combined with a saline rinse seems to do the trick. I would also mention that sinus infections are partially mental, try not to focus on your sinuses and try to not over treat them either, that could make them worse.

I recently started using Oregano Oil, or Oil of Oregano as it is also referred to and this also has some excellent anti antibacterial properties, it may be my new go to for Sinus infections, only problem is that it is EXPENSIVE! Good luck everyone!


Posted by Heals (So. Florida) on 01/24/2016
5 out of 5 stars

I have been sick off and on since November - I am allergic to antibiotics (all families) so I can't take anything - OTC didn't work. In desperation I tried 1 cup of apple cider vinegar mixed with 1 cup of water - brought to a steam - inhaled - I can't believe how much better I feel already. I will continue this regime until I feel completely relieved and the mucous is clear. The caution of closing your eyes and mouth is a good one to take - it does sting the back of your throat and makes you cough.

Replied by Nancy
Oh
02/24/2016

I am looking forward to reading through the pages and pages of natural remedies! I've been on antibiotics (Azithromycin) for the last two years and can tell I'm becoming immune.

I suffered with sinusitis and bronchitis my entire life and was finally diagnosed with PCD. My cilia do not work and my sinuses and lungs have no way of filtering out impurities. PCD is genetic and very rare so there is very little info on how to treat. So far, Zpack is the only thing that has shown to reduce inflammation in people with PCD, thereby producing less mucous. There's no cure.

The information in this article and the comments are priceless, perhaps lifesaving in my case. I will definitely give ACV a try and try going gluten-free as well. I've noticed I am worse after having ice cream, so I've already limited dairy products.

Thanks so much!

Replied by Sandra
Uk
03/13/2016

Hi my husband has just been to health shop to buy organic apple cider vinegar for sinus condition, the only one available was aspall organic cyder vinegar, is this ok to use? Thanks Sandra

Paul
Uk
03/22/2016
5 out of 5 stars

Yes I had trouble finding some in major supermarkets and Aspall Cyder Vinegar (Organic) was the only one I could find.

I suffer from sinusitis and I have definitely noticed an improvement. This stuff acts like an anti-biotic without the horrible side effects!

I took 2 tea spoons, mixed with apple squash and warm water for a few days and noticed about 15 mins after taking it, I started to sneeze and then cleared my nose of horrible stuff and felt so much better.

Replied by Ahmed
Iraq
04/04/2016

Hi, I am a doctor and I suffer from chronic sinusitis because I was heavy smoker which had damaged my cilia. You should avoid dairy products which cause body secretions to be thick and become a nidus for Bacterial infection.


Posted by Joanna (Orlando, Fl) on 10/11/2015
5 out of 5 stars

I'm writing this review because I can't believe how well ACV worked for my sinus infection. I woke up feeling awful and I knew that my sinus infection had officially moved up to the next level because I had a fever. I really didn't want to take antibiotics because my ENT told me that he never treats sinus infections with antibiotics and plus I know how bad for you they are. Desperate for some relief and knowing that my doctor didn't have anything till next week, I looked up some natural remedies on Earth Clinic.

After reading I decided to try ACV. Let me just tell you that my head had been pounding for 2 days and I had this awful mucus in the back of my throat constantly. I considered going to the ER, but didn't. I put about 1 teaspoon of ACV in my neti pot with warm water and did the nasal rinse.

After that I put 3 tablespoons of ACV in 2 cups of water and some honey and warmed it. It was hard to drink but I drank it.

I also got a heating pad and I put it all over my head, neck, and temples at high heat for about an hour just rotating it.

When I woke up in the morning to my surprise my headache was completely gone. UNFREAKING BELIEVABLE!!!! Wow, I am so thankful for this site! So happy!! This is amazing and it works!!!

Replied by Nancy
Palm Beach Florida
01/02/2016

I use to get sinusitis every 6 months when I lived in New York, they were so bad I would have to stay in bed due to dizziness.I always took antibiotics, I would loose my voice, run a fever, felt like I had the flu with a massive headache.Since I moved to Florida 4 years ago I have been very fortunate to have had only 3 sinus infections.I recently just got another one 8 days ago, this is a bad one, same symptoms as I had in New York.

My question is I just started reading about Apple Cider Vinger..I took it day 6 of the infection with hot water and honey twice a day.. will it help me that far into the infection and should I do this on a daily basis to help prevent future sinus infections?

Thank you, Nancy

Replied by Kimberly D.
San Diego
02/04/2016

Yes Nancy, It will help you even though you have had the infection for a few days.

I do hope that you feel better.

Kimberly D.

Replied by Emma
Fitzgerald, Georgia
07/02/2016

When I drink two tbs. of Apple Cider Vinegar in eight oz. water, a couple hours later my whole face is in very bad pain, it hurts to touch my face. Can someone tell me whats going on?

Replied by Mmsg
Somewhere, Europe
07/03/2016

Emma, take way less.


Posted by Dee (Edwardsburg, Michigan) on 04/10/2015
5 out of 5 stars

I woke up on Friday with a sinus "drip" at the back of my throat making it feel kinda scratchy. By Wednesday I had a raging sinus infection complete with tremendous pressure & pain and a fever. One of the worst ever! Checked out EC & took 2 Tbs Apple Cider Vinegar in 8oz hot water with 1 heaping tsp raw honey around 1:00 in the afternoon I also did the Apple Cider Vinegar rinse in the neti pot, then repeated at about 8pm went to bed. Woke up the next morning feeling better and repeated said procedure. By 9:30 am Thursday I was feeling 90% better but continued the entire routine for an additional 48 hrs. Thank you EC I love this website!

Replied by Lindsay
Iowa
09/09/2015
4 out of 5 stars

I normally don't leave comments on anything but I had to this time. I've suffered from sinus infections for most of my life (30 yo female) and have had sinus surgery, etc. I felt one coming on and had a raging infection two days ago. I began using my Neti pot, as I'm trying to avoid antibiotics unless they're absolutely necessary. The next morning I found this post and starting drinking ACV in water and already I feel an incredible difference. The infection is not quite gone but I am continuing to Neti, sip the tonic, and drink tea my husband has made me from our garden. I'm amazed!


Posted by Phyllis (Chugiak, Alaska) on 03/13/2015
5 out of 5 stars

I'm so glad I remembered this site. I haven't had this bad sinus infection for a long time & the Apple Cider Vinegar was just what I needed. It started working right away, I used as a sinus rinse. I'll drink it with tea through out the day. Is there any thing else I should do? Do you recommend the B----g organic acv? I didn't have it so I used what I had of another brand. Thank you.

Replied by Raynaldo
Bahamas
03/19/2015

You need to try using the vinegar as a nose rinse. You have to mix it with warm water and put it in your nose. This is the most effective way of doing it.

Replied by Anne
California, US
03/25/2015

I have been suffering from sinuses infections for years now. Antibiotics no longer work for me. Hellllp!!! My nose isn't even stuffy, but the post nasal drip (I assume that's what it is) is causing me to have a constant feeling of something being in my throat. I can clear it, but it comes back within seconds. It actually makes me feel anxious. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. There are so many natural remedies, I don't know where to begin. Thanks.

Teresa
Nc
03/07/2016

Sometimes what feels like sinus drainage is actually acid reflux coming up in to your throat. Check some remedies for reflux. If that solved the problem, then you are having reflux, not sinus drainage. Or you could be having both. Lionel Richie, the singer with the Commodores, started having drainage. He went to numerous doctors who were treating him for sinus and ear infections, one surgeon even did sinus surgery on him. He still was not getting better. Finally he was put in the hospital for something gastrointestinal related, he was having some kind of problems that made him really sick, and found out what had been making him sick all along was reflux. After hearing that, I no longer trust doctors to come to the right conclusion any more.

John
Chelmsford Uk
04/01/2016

Hello Anne, I have only just found out that sinus problems can be caused by acid reflux.

I used to get throat problems where I tried to clear it like you and it just comes back time after time. I also used to get anxiety attacks through it until my GP told me it was acid reflux and prescribed omeprazole. I am now using silicolgel before meals as this coats the stomach lining and this seems to work better. Hope this helps.

Replied by Mmsg
Somewhere, Europe
03/26/2015

Anne, have you tried eliminating dairy for a bit?

Replied by Kelly
Seattle
05/14/2015

Warning! Apple Cider Vinegar can be one of the worst things to take if one has histamine intolerance. It won't thin your mucus, it will cause MORE blockage if you have a buildup of histamine.

Replied by Nina
Sweden
05/14/2015
4 out of 5 stars

Mmsg, I've been having a dairy free diet since almost a year back, still got that constant feeling of something in my throat (mucus). I suspect it's my allergies (first diagnosed 17 years ago) since it worsens some months.

Anne, I've found ACV being really helpful with this problem! It helps instantly. I've been drinking it (2 tsp ACV in 2,5 dl/8 oz water) 2-3 times a day since yesterday. Hopefully you'll do with just 1 time a day, I need to repeat it still. I've read some ppl gargle it and then swallow, trying that out at the moment so no tips/own experience there yet.

Hopefully, in time, my allergies (am bothered by it 10 months a year) will get better. At the moment (now in my worst allergy period) I still need antihistamine along with the ACV though. So, I'm better but not cured!

Replied by Jacqui
Australia
07/23/2015

Hi everybody, I just thought I'd throw this into the mix. I also had very bad sinuses, until I was diagnosed with cancer, and not wanting to go down the road of conventional treatment, I found a natural practitioner/ bio dentist, had root canal and amalgams removed and was put on a ketogenic style diet (low carb high fat and protein and no grains) I've been clear for three years now and one of the unexpected side effects is that I'm completely cured of my sinus allergies. You see, grains were a big problem for me, and is for many of us without realising it. If this is of any interest to anyone, there are some very good movies about the truth of wheat, how it's been genetically modified and grown and how it's having detrimental effects on our health. Well I really hope this will be of some help to someone out there, allergies really are a misery.

Replied by Kelly
Usa
01/06/2016

Try Oil Pulling too. I have had hayfever and taken antihistamines my whole life, but I started oil pulling 2.5 years ago and my allergies are so much better than they used to be. I started with 2 times per day and now just do it once per day. You get 2 tsp or so of any organic oil (I like to use raw sesame or coconut oil) and swish it around in your mouth for 10-20 minutes. Then spit it out on the ground or in the trash so it doesn't ruin your drain. Never swallow it. It apparently pulls a bunch of bacteria from your mouth which basically frees up your body from a lot of toxins that those bad bacteria can produce. The main reason I love it is that it causes my sinuses to clear out quite a bit. The combination of the oil pulling basically lowering the load of toxins my body has to deal with, plus the mucous clearing out, seems to have made my allergies much better. I never take anti-histamines now. My bad days now are almost like my good days before. I have also found that a no grain or low grain, low sugar diet makes a huge difference for my allergies. Another huge help during allergy season is stinging nettle, and quercitin (which is a natural antioxidant that acts like an anti-histamine). I will have to try the ACV thing too.

Replied by Vjust
Virginia
08/11/2017

How should I figure out if I have histamine intolerance..


Posted by Mariluz L (Westchester, Ny) on 01/30/2015
4 out of 5 stars

I have to say, I tried both TX, the steam and the drink. I used ACV 1/2 Cup mixed with 1/2 filtered water- 5 min steam total of 2 treatments 1 day apart. It helped me with the headache, but still have a weak cough non-productive. Did not help with phelgm or mucus release, I supposed I don't have that much left in me. I switched to drinking in 2 TBSP ACV+ 1 tsp manuka honey at room temp. or warm filtered water. I have been drinking for 2 days, once daily.. and today feeling much better, no headache, no blowing my nose at all, only still the weak occasional non-productive cough and feeling some small amount of "phlegm" literally stucked in the upper lungs that does not move with coughing. Will keep on drinking this stuff, I am a firm believer in ACV beneficial properties.



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