Sinus Infection
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Secrets of Apple Cider Vinegar for a Sinus Infection

Apr 20, 2018

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 Reikiabundance (Butler, Nj) on 04/10/2018
5 out of 5 stars

Love this site as well as all the suggestions listed in this thread. For those of you who have issues with the taste of ACV, add a tsp. of honey and mix both with a cup of your favorite tea. The taste of the ACV is almost indiscernible.


Posted by Sbcmj (Sc) on 02/09/2018
5 out of 5 stars

I came down with the worst sinus infection I've ever had. Pretty sure it was some virus + sinus combination because not only did I have massive sinus pressure / blockage, but I also had minor aches and chills. I have always avoided ACV because it smells like nasty feet.

So long story short I finally caved. I hit up google for recipes for an ACV sinus rinse and found this website. I used the listed tonic as well as the sinus rinse, and by-golly within 24 hours I was 80% better, and within 48 hours I was 100% better. That's the fastest I have ever gotten over a sinus infection. To top it off this was the worst one to date ... ACV really showed its ability to defeat the nasty.

I'm officially a believer now and make drinking the stinky tonic part of my morning routine. As the saying goes "if it tastes bad, then it must be good for you", in this instance its the smell more than the taste but its all the same.

Side note I only did the sinus rinse ONCE! I mixed as stated in the article and added two packets of neilmed saline packets.


Posted by Anne (Pennsylvania) on 12/27/2017
5 out of 5 stars

Organic ACV, is the best. Feeling bad with my sinus infection, I just drank 1 teaspoon of organic ACV, 1 teaspoon organic wild crafted honey, 1 teaspoon Sri Lanka cinnamon in 8 oz`s warmed distilled H2o. amazing results! This should be an everyday tonic must! ;-)


Posted by Sandra (Honolulu ) on 11/24/2017
5 out of 5 stars

I can breathe! Thank you to this site I found the way to attack my sinus infection.

Drinking ACV tonic three times a day (2 teaspoonful Apple Cider Vinegar w 8oz water)

Steaming daily (1/2 cup ACV w 1/2 cup water) for ten minutes.


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?

Replied by Bill
Massachusetts
03/23/2018

Hi I have currently Retention cyst in my right mAx Sinus. I also have itching different placed in my body that comes and goes. I also have inflammation areopathy near ears, but MRI shows no other issues.

The pain in the sinuses and itching I got almost exactly the same time last year and then it went away and now have it again but this time I have the tmj without grinding of the teeth. Anyway I am looking for answers too. Got off the honey today thinking that might be the problem. My glucose is 102 slightly high. Might be allergies..Doctors provide no real answers so here I am again doing my research.

Replied by Lisa
Jax
03/25/2018

I had itching over my body also when I was detoxing from a yeast overgrowth. I also had plenty of sinus problems with the yeast issue. It improved greatly with apple cider vinegar and getting off sugar. 2 tbsp acv, with 1/2 tps baking soda. Let it fizz down and drink, follow with water. You can do this up to 4 x a day.

Replied by Lisa
Jax
03/25/2018

PS Bill - hot, epsom salt baths helped with the itching. 2 cups of epsom salt, stay in the water 20 minutes, as hot as you can stand it. It will detox your body, especially the skin. You can add a cup of Apple cider vinegar too.


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.



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