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Steaming with Apple Cider Vinegar for Sinus Infection

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Steaming With Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Brenda (Maryland) on 01/20/2017
5 out of 5 stars

Sinus infection treatment with steam and vinegar

After a lifetime of sinus misery, stumbled on this idea. Sinus infection for past 6 mos. Began steaming with plain water 1 week ago. Helped a bit. Tried the vinegar and water steam and it is amazing. Clearing up my sinuses, can breathe almost normally for the first time in years. So impressed, have begun drinking a small shot of vinegar once a day. Very happy with the results.

Steaming With Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Janet (In) on 07/15/2016

Glenda Please look at the videos portion of earth clinic for an instructional video on hydrogen peroxide inhalation. We have used it for years. Ted also says to take nac n acetyl cysteine every time you cough you will feel better pretty quick.there is an entire section on earth clinic on h2o2 and Bill Munro's method and what results many have had.

Diet ...I would not eat any grains or milk until you get passed it.

To cure an infection 1000mg of vitamin c with a pinch of baking soda at least 2 or 3 times a day. Take lysine 500 to 1000mg 4 one hour doses in a row in the am for 3 days at least. Can take it for longer.

Janet


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Posted by Ji (Ontario, Canada) on 07/14/2016

Hay Glenda, Another easy thing to try is lemon juice. Mix the juice from one lemon(using a real lemon---not the bottled variety) in a glass of water. You can add a sweetener if you really feel the need, but in either case, a glass of this lemony water every few hours should do the trick quickly for the cough and help your immune system fight the infection.


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Posted by Michael (New Zealand) on 07/14/2016

Sinus infections are a pain. Maybe you could search out my recent posting on how to assist with Ear, Nose and Throat issues. I cover my life-long experiences there by adopting a multi-pronged attack.I think I posted it last month?!

Anyway, in short, it involves steaming inhalation over a saucepan (don't burn yourself! ) with, at the MOST, one or two drops of tea tree oil OR eucalyptus oil or similar.Do this twice a session, as the water cools down quite quickly. Then repeat in the evening. I put the bowl on a wooden breadboard on table and have a towel over my head to trap the steam.Breath gently in and out to let the steam penetrate the tubes. Be patient. Work at it like a project!

Then gargle with a warm saline solution you make up yourself. In my experience you must gargle for a minimum of 30 seconds several times to attain results and this takes a bit of practice. One half teaspoon approx. (more or less) in a cup or mug to take to the bathroom.Get the gargling as far back into your throat as is possible without gagging. This one is my all-time favourite. Remember that just because it is cheap and simple, does not mean it is no good- rather the reverse!!

A doctor once told me to gargle the same way with an asprin but to swallow the lot at the end rather than spitting out. Now there's a wrinkle! You first heard it here.

Load up on Vitamin B and C or something similar (flavonoids?)-you might have been short on that in the first place. Should you have been taking ehinacea?

Immune boosting may help relieve. Eat a healthy diet with five daily servings of vegies/fruit. Include fresh Garlic/Onion or take garlic capsules if you want to keep your friends a bit longer.Make a herbal tea of echinacea, goldenseal and liquorice but avoid the liquorice if you have high blood pressure. Also DON'T take my herbal advice if you happen to be pregnant!!! Otherwise, drink a cup three times a day.There are acupressure points that you could research. Also, my Ayurvedic breathing exercise is almost compulsory. Check out an Indian site for that one, as it must be done exactly right.

A great brew is my "Hot Toddy" of hot water plus a teaspoon of: lemon juice, honey, molasses, Apple Cider Vinegar, and a small tot of whisky or rum to get it all into the blood stream (optional! ). Do all the above and I would be very surprised if you didn't shift it inside a week!


Steaming With Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Mmsg (Somewhere, Europeb) on 07/14/2016

Glenda, read up on Bill Munro's inhalation method with h2o2. https://www.earthclinic.com/remedies/hydrogen_peroxide_inhalation.html


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Posted by Glenda (Texas) on 07/13/2016
1 out of 5 stars

I have been coughing up yellow cold and coughing. This has been going on for some time. I am doing the stream Apple Cider Vinegar but I'm still coughing. I have taken cough medicine, sinus pills, saline spray and I'm still coughing. Does anyone have a solution? Oh, I have been to the doctor and I have done everything he said. Thanks for any info.


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Posted by Mama To Many (Tennessee) on 06/18/2016

If I were doing the apple cider vinegar steam, I would reuse the same water and vinegar during one day. I cannot think of a reason not to.

~Mama to Many~


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Posted by Aida101 (Nevada City) on 06/18/2016

I, too, would like to know if the apple cider vinegar solution can be used again in the same treatment day.


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Posted by Carmen (Ky) on 03/18/2016
5 out of 5 stars

I started out with a sore throat and then it turned into a nasty cold for about 10 days. No OTC medicine was giving me any relief. Found this website mixed 1/2 cup of ACV with 2 cups of water and let it get to a good steam and then closed my eyes and mouth and breathed it in for about 5 min and what a relief. It also relieved my sinus pressure. Gonna do this a couple for times a day. Already feeling better after 1 time. Thank you.

P.S. Can you reuse the the mixture in the same day for another treatment or should it be a new mixture?

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Posted by Sandy (Henderson, Nv) on 01/31/2012

When using your neti pot, make sure it's been sterilized (bleach water) and only use warm distilled water. Tap water has bacteria which can add to your problem. Good luck.


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Posted by Try This (Queen City, Mo) on 01/11/2012

Also you can take some of your garden dried cayennes maybe 4-5 make a cup of tea and squirt some up your nose and suck in deep then drink the rest. Pure pain but sinuses open instantly and drain and healed by morning. They cut out the inflammation and allow sinuses to drain.


Steaming With Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Jonathan (Greenville, South Carolina) on 05/10/2011

what is the recipe for this?


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Posted by Stephz (New York, Ny, Usa) on 03/23/2011
4 out of 5 stars

After a simple cold was exacerbated by two airplane trips and seasonal weather changes, it became a sinus infection after about a week. By the second day of the infection, I was experiencing terrible pressure in my face and pain in my teeth.

I don't usually get sinus infections, so I didn't know what to do. I'm young and healthy, normally take no medication, and am very wary of antibiotics. Usually home remedies do just fine.

Besides lots of sleep and fluids (water, broth, juice), and hot showers, I've tried a sea salt rinse, drinking Apple Cider Vinegar, and steaming with both water and ACV.

It seems each of these things brings some measure of relief, but I would say steaming with and drinking ACV were most effective.

I tried one of those cold, pre-mixed ACV drinks from Whole foods, chugged it all in one sitting, and literally minutes later, saw more productive nose-blowing.

I drank two double-doses of ACV "tea" over the next 24 hours - 8 oz boiled water to 2 tbsp of ACV, or 16 oz boiled water to 4 tbsp of ACV. I added as much honey as ACV each time, heated everything together on the stove, and sipped. I'm not a big fan of vinegar, but I found this ratio pleasant, certainly tolerable for most.

Felt lessened pressure in my face, and saw more productive nose-blowing. Mucous became more clear, less green.

I was a little nervous about steaming with ACV, but I went for it.

I used about 1/2 cup ACV, 1/2 cup water, boiled together on the stove. Once it came to a boil, I poured into a bowl, and inhaled with a towel over my head. You'll want to close your mouth and eyes, and there is a hot sensation, very slight burning. Just inhale gently and take breaks if you have to. It's not so bad. In fact, you may want to try it full-strength, I think I will next time, but then the burning will obviously increase.

I did this for 5 - 10 mins.

Did not create the productivity I was hoping for, but I can now breathe completely out of the nostril that had been blocked. I still feel pressure in my face, but it has lessened slightly, along with the tooth pain.

I'm drinking a big glass of water, (the ACV seems to dry you out just a bit) then getting a good night's sleep. Planning to repeat this technique, and hoping to see results in the next few days.


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Posted by Sa'vant (Tallahassee, Florida) on 12/04/2010

HEY JENNIFER IN BRANDON, FLA... FOR YOUR HUSBAND, MIX JELLO GELATIN, ANY FLAVOR WITH WARM WATER AND DRINK... I KNOW IT SOUNDS CRAZY, BUT IN THREE DAYS... HIS JOINTS WILL THANK YOU... GOD BLESS Y'ALL...


Steaming With Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Randy (Wolverine Lake, Mi) on 03/17/2010

To make the ACV more pallatable, and get added benefits of oxygenation to your system as well as other benefits of PH balance to make your body less acidic, mix this way...

2 TBLS ACV, 1/2 tsp baking SODA to 8oz water.

(I use just a little water in the above mix and gulp it down then follow with water)

Also, When I steam with ACV, I do it straight, no dilution. CAUTION THOUGH! IT IS STRONG AND YOU DO NOT WANT TO BREATH IT IN THROUGH YOUR MOUTH AT ALL!

It will def make you cough in a heartbeat! I make sure my mouth is closed and VERY GENTLY breath in through my nose and hold it in as long as I can then repeat. Let me just say that I have suffered my entire life (I am 57) with sinus problems and ACV is without a doubt the most awesome cure. NOTHING will work quicker to open your sinuses and relieve the pressure... Especially if you can tolerate it full strength as I do. Read up on this site about keeping your body NON-ACIDIC!!! It is truly the key to a healthy immune system and preventing these kinds of "agonies" from happening in the first place!


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Posted by Ellen (Arlington, Tx) on 11/19/2009
4 out of 5 stars

I have had a horrible sinus infection that was causing headaches and horrible pressure. I tried mixing 1/2 cup of Apple Cider Vinegar with 1/2 cup of water and heating it on the stove until it gave off a good amount of steam. I inhaled the steam with my mouth and eyes closed and it has helped tremendously after 2 treatments. I plan to keep doing this until all symptoms are completely gone. I also made the spicy tomato juice, garlic, and cayenne "tea" and I'm sure that helped also.


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Posted by Kristen (Phoenix, Az) on 10/11/2009
4 out of 5 stars

I have had a severe sinus infection for at least 2 weeks, but have head sinus problems with congestion for at least 8 weeks. I've been on an antiobiotic for the last 10 days and I'm still miserable, but not as miserable. I tried the steaming with the apple cider vinegar about an hour ago. I used one cup of water and one cup of apple cider vinegar put it on the stove top and put my sweatshirt hood over my head to help catch more of the fumes. I'm not 100% but I'm definitely much clearer. I'm hoping it works as well as everyone has been saying and that I'll be feeling much better in the next few days doing this a few times a day. The fumes are strong and it makes your house stink, but I feel better. I also use a neti pot daily twice a day as a preventative measure, and since my sinuses have been so clogged I can only use it about 1/3 of the time. 2/3 of the time my sinuses are so clogged that the water can't come out the other nostril.

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Posted by Jen (Cincinnati, USA) on 04/05/2008
5 out of 5 stars

I was really not sure about the ACV and breathing in the vapors, but I tried it because I was so tired of being sick. So when I got home from work I tried it and almost immediately the pressure in my sinus' was relieved. The next day all I had was a slight headached, but that was it! I am so excited and I would definetely recommend anyone who is suffering from this annoying problem to try it. Just 1 cup of ACV and 1 cup hot water boiled together. But definetely close your eyes and mouth it is a strong odor.


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Posted by Lori (Orland, CA) on 05/02/2006
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I came upon your website today looking for a natural cure for my sinus infection. Never having had one like this, I was miserable.. mostly from the severe headache, upper jaw pain and pressure. I did not want to go to the doctor, mostly because I knew he would just prescribe antibiotics (which I am against), and for the fact that I no longer have health insurance. I tried drinking 4 oz. of ACV mixed with 12 oz. of water. I noticed right away that my sinuses were clearer. But, unfortunately, my stomach became pretty upset. So I tried boiling the rest of my drink and inhaling the steam... boy, did that do the trick! My headache is almost gone and I can breathe through half of my nose!! I will continue the steam therapy throughout the day and look forward to more miraculous results! Thank you so much for this website! I can't wait to see how this helps my allergies, too! Bless you!

Steaming With Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Kelliegh (Lake Hiawatha, NJ) on 03/31/2006
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Thank you for developing this website!!! I tried drinking the ACV with water it helped a little but I didn't like the taste. So I decided to boil water pour ACV in the boiled water, remove from heat and breath in with a towel over your head. This cured my Sinus infection completely I can't believe how quickly this worked. Thanks for the VALUBLE INFO!


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Posted by Jason (USA) on 01/24/2006

I am 28 years old. This year I have gotten a few sinus infections,i have always had allergies but never got these kinds of infections before. I used to drink a gallon of milk a day as a kid and recently i realized i am getting lactose intolerant and the milk in the ice cream might be the reason for the sinus problems and mucus people are getting. I often feel bad after drinking milk and because i rarely eat ice cream it has to be in the milk product.


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Posted by Nancy (Alpharetta, GA) on 12/29/2005
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I suffered for 3 days with congestion and cough. Found your site on the internet yesterday, thank goodness! I started breathing the steam from the ACV/water boil several times throughout the day. It immediately cleared my sinuses. I also drank the ACV with lemon juice and honey. I slept throughout the night breathing through my nose. Will repeat this remedy today. I'm almost feeling back to normal. I will tell everyone I know about apple cider vinegar cure for colds.


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Posted by AJ (Bronx, New York) on 11/23/2005
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I tried inhaling ACV 1/2 cup water 1/2 cup ACV and I boiled it for a sinus infection. I placed a towel over my head to govern the fumes and did this twice a day for 3 days. I totally cleared my sinus infection. My doctor had prescribed me an antibiotic and that didn't work. I am glad I stumbled on this. And I didn't go to the organic store like most suggest, I just used the regular one out of the grocery store. Good Health!!!!


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Posted by Abbie (Bronx, New York) on 11/08/2005
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I had this horrible sinus infection along with a lung infection. My pulmonary specialist put me on Amoxicillin and Allegra-D. This medication seemed to have made my symptoms of coughing and clogged sinuses worse. I was at the end of my rope until I stumbled on ACV. I am not big on mixing things and home remedies. I must admit I was skeptical about drinking the ACV and the right consistency. So I took a cup of ACV (Heinz brand from the local grocery store) and a cup of plain tap water and boiled it. I turned the fire off and closed my eyes and started to inhale it for approx. 5 minutes. I didn't try to overdo it nor did I become obsessive about it. And boy did it clear up all of the mucous. I continued to do this 2 times a day until it cleared. Thank you ACV. I was so tired of doctors making me sicker. I do believe that doing this with taking a vitamin C tablet has helped me tremendously. I hope this helps someone and I hope all of you feel better soon.


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Posted by Lloyd (Tulsa)
5 out of 5 stars

I have found that bringing an equal amount of Apple Cider Vinegar and water to boil, then inhaling the fumes as it starts to boil, quickly relieves sinus congestion & sinus infections. Just a warning though, close your eyes and mouth when doing this...the vapors are hard to deal with.


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Posted by Katt (Arlington, VA) on 02/18/2007
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Well Boy did I come down with a doozy this year. It recently got cold and started to snow so I figured that was the reason until I came across your site.The connection between ice cream and sinus problems came up. And what do you know just the night before and a few nights before actually I had been eating ice cream, Which I never eat but my roommate brought it home. I went and got ACV. I boiled it and inhaled it. I was so stuffed up I didn't even noticed or could tell the fumes were strong.Well after about 5 min after the inhaling was complete...The only word I can use to describe this action is Hocked.... I hocked up a good amount of phlegm through my throat.It was yellow and very thick. I can breath better but will still continue the treatment for the rest of the evening. Thanks for the tip.

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Posted by Jennifer (Brandon, Florida) on 12/11/2007
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ACV cured my daughter's sinus infection. After a week on an OTC medication, she agreed to try this remedy of ACV and Water boiling and inhaling the steam. After just a few minutes she said her headache was gone and she could breath again through her nose. I gave her the remedy twice the first day and she got up and went to school today...THANK YOU! She is still quite congested but I think that is normal and the phlem is breaking up. PS: I am looking for information on Lymes Disease in the secondary stages for my husband. He's been on antibiotics for over two months now. I have him on ACV and apple juice twice daily for his sore joints but the doctor has not given him any direction on what to do now that his antibiotic treatment is done. He will be starting a detox and pro-biotic treatment today. Any other info on what to do to help him would be appreciated.

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Posted by Chartruse (San Francisco, California) on 01/19/2008
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Came down with a sinus infection, the first for me. Nasty experience. Had the flu for two weeks previous, which progressed into a cold. Kept thinking I must be getting better soon.....then.. the outside of my nose became so sore it was as if I had been hit by something and I felt like I was getting another cold, but it was in my head, not body....Googled sinus infection and whala here sprang your website. Drank acv for a day with no results. Then steamed acv for about 5 minutes in the evening, and next morning. In short, I've steamed 3 times with acv and the bloody infection is almost gone. I can breath, my nose is about 75% less sore and I've stopped coughing. TRY THE STEAM, IT WORKS! And as others write, it hurts a little but who cares......think of it! A cure for a major time and life consuming ailment for about $3.00! Spread the word! Btw, there is a great old book on the wonders of Apple cider vinegar....don't know the name unfortunately.....but it's amazing curative powers are nothing new!



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