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Secrets of Apple Cider Vinegar for a Sinus Infection

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Eviep (Riverside, Ri) on 08/26/2016
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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!


Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Pat (San Diego) on 04/13/2016
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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!


Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Lindsay (Iowa) on 09/09/2015
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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!


Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Nina (Sweden) on 05/14/2015
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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!


Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Mariluz L (Westchester, Ny) on 01/30/2015
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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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Posted by Tiki Storm (Victoria, British Columbia) on 09/29/2012
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(Better But Not Yet Cured). HELP!! I think I fall under that category, but honestly it is hard to tell. I've been trying to fight this current sinus infection for months now. It's a real drag and it is effecting my professional and personal life very negatively. I tried the AVC cure yesterday and honestly, but the end of the day things were a bit better. I had hope. Until I woke this morning with a horrible sinus migrane.

I am supposed to start a new job this week and can't bear to think how things will go if I have this kind of a distraction (the pain is so bad that it keeps me up most nights leading to very poor energy and focus throughout the working day). I am beginning to think this may be a fungal thing and I really don't know if ACV or anything else will kill it. I'm going to try to muster up the strength to go into town today to get the grapefruit seed extract and hopefully that gives me some relief. Any suggestions from the awesome members of this board would be greatly appreciated.


Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Adambur (Kansas City, Missouri) on 08/24/2012
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Similar to others I hate antibiotics and the negative side effects associated with them. Came to this site for a sinus infection that I suffered with for over a week. Tried saline sinus rinse which would clear me up enough to sleep through the night along with breathe right strips. After continuing to be miserable I tried 8oz warm distilled water, 2tbsp organic unfiltered apple vinegar with mother, and 1 tbsp honey. Maybe I am a baby but this tasted awful. I had major troubles drinking it without gagging. I hated it. Being desperate, I forced it down. A few minutes later I noticed pressure relief in my forehead but nostrils weren't as clear as I had hoped. I could definitely tell a difference in my facial pressure so will use this again (with more honey and maybe a green tea bag) along with the sinus sinse. Made me a believer.


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Posted by Regi's Cafe (Miami, Fl) on 06/13/2012
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Sipping my first tea of ACV with the ginger honey crystals, some local honey and hot water.... Already feeling some relief from sinus headache, runny nose, watery eyes and sneezing. I hope this does it. I hate meds. I will post update on my progress - thumbs up so far.


Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Marian (Littleton, Co) on 12/04/2011
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I have just spent a good portion of the evening reading posts from my fellow sinusitis suffers. I just came down with a cold, which is morphing into sinusitis. Not only did I just use ACV and local honey drink, I rinsed my mouth afterward with baking soda and water to neutralize the vinegar acid's negative effect in my tooth enamel. Also, I just mixed 2tbsp of _____s ACV in 12oz of water, warmed it slightly in the micro, and then used the solution in my Neti pot. It stung like the devil but afterward, my sinuses don't hurt quite so bad. Stay tuned!


Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Yogagirl (Texas, Dallas, United States) on 07/20/2011
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Hi all! I have looked over the ACV thread many times in desperation during my NUMEROUS chronic sinus infections. I always have given in and ran to the drs thinking that all of this homeopathic stuff was for nutty people. Well, count me in the nutty pile now!!!! And so happy to be here! I finally said ENOUGH! When you've learned your lesson and gone to the Dr.time after time taking antibiotic after antibiotic, spray after spray, from Z-Pacs to the dreaded (for me anyway I'm allergic augmentin) and you get about three weeks if that of happiness and a faux feeling of being 'cured'-ahem-cough cough. Something is NOT right!

So, I went straight down to my local health food store and purchased a inexpensive bottle-lg. by the way of Organic ACV-which doesn't taste bad to me for some odd reason and picked up LOCAL honey to aid in preventing my allergies after educating myself on chronic sinusitis, Started using my neti pot daily and I am committed to taking measures into my own hands. If I have to rely on some OTC remedies occasionally then so be it but from now on my diet is changing and my preventitive sinus and allergy health care is as well. Back to basics.

The first night I tried it I woke up the next day and was so shocked I could breathe and my pain level decreased from a literal-NO JOKING HERE-ten to a three!!!!!! The next day was better. But I am also using clear rinse sinus rinse every thirty minutes in each nostril-you can google that-no I don't sell it. It's kind of an experiment because there was some big AD on YT about another product like it twice the price that is supposed to kill the bacteria if used every thirty minutes for about three days to a week. Same darn ingredients. I am sorry it's called Ocean I got it at CVS. It is really taking the sinus pain away. I was in so much pain that I almost went to an emergency room for pain without health insurance. The local honey my landlord told me about makes sense because that would-it seems where ever you live, build up your immune system to fight against pollens etc.

Good luck guys-allergies and sinus pain is awful it has shut down my social life I literally haven't ecercised or dated in a year. Wish me luck! Much luv!!!


Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Tec (Frederick, Md) on 07/01/2011
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I came to this sight as I've had a sinus infection for three weeks now and 10 days of antibiotics didn't help (drat! ). Still sick and need to be well! I did the steam with ACV and it did work well for me and cleared my head. Today, I'm trying the ACV to drink. I made an 8 oz mug of tea, mixed 2 TBSP of ACV and a little honey (apple tea) - it really seemed to clear my head about five minutes after I drank it. It didn't clear it completely, but I could feel my pressure being relieved just a little. I'm going to keep trying this method and see if maybe it will work... so far so good.


Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Mich14b (Parker, Co, Usa) on 12/27/2010
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After attempting to literally run my sinus infection out of me, I had given up until I read about ACV. I only started this today but I am already feeling more clear headed and my headache is better. I am eager to see how I feel in 2 more days and a several more doses. Does anyone know if I can overdose on ACV?


Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Lizardtitanic (Verdi, Nv) on 12/02/2010
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I started to fill the sinus pressure and change in color 2 weeks ago... The full blown sinus infection came on 3 days ago... The pressure under the eye and the teeth pain r the worst!!! I dont like dr's at all it took me 15 yrs to get a pap.... What does that say... So ive done nothing but look up ntural cures for sinus infection and came across apple cider vinager..... Went and bought a bottle... The first day, I took 2 tablespoons with 8 ounces of water, defintly felt a diffrence after the first drink... And it wasnt that bad tasteing.... This morning I woke up felt okay but the pressure was back.... And I thought for sure I needed to see the Dr... Went out to breakfast had bis and gravy and hash brown and lots of tabsico sauce..... Came home took anthoer dose of apple cider vinegar.... And slept for 2 hours... Went shopping felt so much better... Came home took anthoer dose.. The presssure is still there a little bit but not as bad... I will continue this for the rest of the week.... I must say it has losend everything up... More productive blowing... Plus Ive been useing the sinus rinse... By the way dont use this as a sinus rinse burns like hell!!! Plus homemade beef jerky with lots of spices help to!!! Hope it keeps getting better!!!! Merrry Christmas to all!!!


Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Zookie (Baltimore, Md) on 11/04/2010
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I have had allergies and sinus infection for 11 years now. 3 or 4 infections a year. Antibiotics have destroyed my body. Found this site, started using the apple cider vinegar twice a day with honey bout 10 days ago. Sinuses are clear with NO headache. Yessss!!!!!! This is a godsend for me. I will probably continue for the rest of my life. I still have my allergies, but at least im not all stuffed up and in pain. Hopefully no more drs for me. :-)


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Posted by Sheila (New York, Ny, Usa) on 06/23/2010
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I am 46 and have suffered from sinus infections for 25 years. I do find using a neti pot with saline solution helps as a preventive measure and, if I have an infection, it temporarily relieves congestion. Avoiding dairy, with the exception of soured products is very helpful. Sudafed and steroidal sprays sometimes keep an infection at bay if I start using them soon enough. But over the last 2 years, the presenting symptoms have changed so I often don't realize I'm on the verge of getting an infection. Instead, I feeel fine and and then, seemingly out of nowhere, my teeth and jaws aches, the pressure begins, and so does the bad taste in my mouth. Very quickly, The pain becomes so unbearable that I wish someone would lop off my head. Then there's the nausea, from swallowing the nasty drip. And the lightheadness or dizziness. All in all, it's horrendous.

Unlike a lot of posters, I did use antibiotics several times/year and had much success. But I worry more & more about the bacteria morphing and becoming resistant. And who wouldn't rather refrain from using prescription drugs if natural remedies work?

All this to say that I mixed up 2 TBSP of organic, undiluted ACV in 10 oz. warm water & a good TSP of raw honey and drank it down thru a straw a little over an hour ago. The congestion & pressure has eased. My ears popped and no longer feel clogged at all. My teeth and jaw are not throbbing and my eyes somehow feel less swollen. I'm thrilled! It's bedtime now, so I'll be curious to see how I sleep and how I feel in the morning after a 2nd dose. Maybe I diluted the ACV more than most and I'm sure the honey helped too. But I didn't find the taste as horrifying or burning as a lot of other posters.

At any rate, I'm really encouraged by how much better I feel & how quickly! A million thanks!



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