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Apple Cider Vinegar for Sore Throat Treatment

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Posted by Bearsden (New York State) on 10/20/2017
5 out of 5 stars

I've been astound by the magic of Apple Cider Vinegar for sore throats and I'm a big advocate to promote its magic. I used to get sore throats sometimes 3 x's a year.....GGGGGRRRRRrrrrr until I came across the reference on apple cider vinegar and haven't had a sore 25+ years! It's an awesome remedy, but you do have to swallow at least a teaspoon of the vinegar to kill that germ taking residence in the middle of your throat. Magic....

Posted by Helper (Florida) on 05/06/2017
5 out of 5 stars

If you have a sore throat and have a hard time digesting food, you should try using apple cider vinegar and honey. I would recommend heating it up and drinking it before you sleep. Another alternative for a sore throat is some warm salt water.

Posted by Daniel (Media, Pa) on 03/21/2017
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Sitting here gargling and drinking ACV(2 tbsp), honey(1/2 tbsp), and hot water(4 oz) after wasting the day on tea and lozenges. It seems to be working nicely. 15 minutes in and my aggressive sore throat has improved dramatically, and any mucus has thinned and is on it's way out much more peacefully than before.

I suggest gargling and drinking it. Also, if you can override your gag reflex, let the ACV water sit at the back of your throat where the problem area is. You'll feel a slight burning sensation, but you can tell that it's a good burn.

It's making me gag every sip I take, but it's well worth it already. Hell, it might even be growing on me.

Posted by Shels (Martinez, Ca) on 09/19/2016
5 out of 5 stars

I had an extremely painful sore throat over the past couple days and could barely move around because it hurt so much. I tried all the regular things like throat lozenges, salt water gargles, Tylenol, chloroseptic, rest, etc., but nothing was working. I found this article and already knew the wonderful benefits of ACV, but I never knew it could work for a sore throat.

I immediately went to the kitchen for my ACV and gargled 1/4 cup ACV with 1/4 cup hot water-several mouthfuls for about 5 minutes. I then drank 2 tbsp ACV with 1 cup hot water, 1tbsp honey and some cinnamon. Yes, it tasted awful-but I felt 30% better within a few minutes and about 50% better after 30 minutes. By the end if the night I was up to about 80% and even felt good enough to play with my two young children. All I can say is that it worked for me! Next time I feel a sore throat starting to come on, I'm going to knock it out with some ACV and hopefully stop it in its tracks.

Posted by Sarahumbrella (Lethbridge Ab) on 05/16/2016
5 out of 5 stars

I had a sore throat last night. It felt like I was swallowing razor blades and I had to leave my plans early to come home. Didn't have my cayenne pepper which is what I normally used but decided to try gargling with ACV. I did it as much as I could handle for 30 seconds or so...and this morning I feel great :) Not even a trace of a sore throat!! Thanks again Earth Clinic!!!

Posted by Norma (Fort Worth) on 03/06/2016
5 out of 5 stars

Just tried the gargle with the cayenne pepper. Almost gagged but my throat feels much much better.

Posted by Betty (Broken Arrow, Ok) on 11/23/2012
5 out of 5 stars

Had bad sore throat for several days and got low grade fever last night. Tried gargling with listerine, hydrogen peroxide... Neither worked. Have always loved EC site so decided to see what others used. Last night I made a mixture of 3T of ACV, 1T honey, and 1/4 cup water. Didn't have cayenne on hand. I gargled 3-4 times with mixture and then sipped the little that was left. It took a couple of hours, but the sore throat and fever left me. I slept well and am feeling good this morning. PTL!

Posted by Paddy (Dublin, Ireland) on 05/11/2012
5 out of 5 stars

I have suffered with sore throats for years and have tried all kinds of medication, some of which have worked but took at least a week to do so. Last week I discovered your site and boy did it help me. I mixed a pinch of cayenne pepper, a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar, a tablespoon of Manuka honey and a half cup of boiling water. I gargled it and then swallowed it and WOW hot feeling at back of throat and then instant relief. After 5 or 6 gargles throat cleared up. Thank you all.

Posted by Celeste (Santa Monica, Ca) on 05/02/2012
5 out of 5 stars

This site is great, thank you to all who have posted! I got the worst sore throat in the middle of the night last night and woke this morning at 6am because it was so painful to swallow. I made my usual remedy of hot ginger, lemon, honey tea but it wasn't doing much. In desperation I googled best sore throat remedy and all of the "yeas" for ACV came up. I used 2 tablespoons of ACV, I tablespoon of honey and a little warm water in a glass to gargle with on and off over the last 15 minutes. My sore throat was reduced by about 70%. I'm amazed. It really breaks up the mucus so you can spit out all that is making your throat hurt. The hot ginger lemon honey tea was nice and soothing afterwords, when it didn't hurt so badly to swallow anymore.

Posted by Kiwi135 (Noneofyourbusiness, Ny, Usa) on 05/02/2012
5 out of 5 stars

Yea!!! This worked so well-for those of you that can stand the taste of pure vinegar! I gargled, and then swallowed it and within 1 sip, it cured my sore throat. When I tried this, I was aying to myself, no way these comments are real. WELL THEY ARE!!! And I am amazed how well and fast this works. :-) You better try this!

Posted by Aalikane (Raleigh, Nc, Usa) on 04/09/2012
5 out of 5 stars

I swear by this remedy. Everytime I get a sore throat, I take a shot glass, and fill it with the vinegar. I don't dilute it (however I'm one of the few people who can stomach the taste of pure vinegar so I have no problem gargling it). It takes about 3 tries to gargle all the vinegar in the shot glass, but at the end, my throat feels better, and not as sore as it did.

Immediately rinse your mouth out with water so as to get any residual acid out of your mouth and off your teeth.

Never been able to try this with strep throat (because fortunately for me, I haven't had a confirmed case of Strep Throat since I discovered this remedy), but I believe that it would work.

Posted by Vt (Plano, Tx, United States) on 04/03/2012
5 out of 5 stars

ABSOLUTELY AWESOME! My 6 yr old daughter has strep throat, and was experiencing some serious pain! I came to the site out of desperation... As a mother distressed by seeing the most exaggerated displays of pain and anguish from this dreadful bacteria! I mixed about a 1/4 cup of hot water, two full tablespoons of raw honey, and two tablespoons of organic apple cider vinegar. After hours of incessant tears, wailing, and spitting up from fear of swallowing, it was all subdued enough for her to go to sleep! Totally awesome... I told her to try this remedy because it couldn't hurt since her throat hurt anyway. She had a numbing mouthwash prescribed to her with a dosage to gargle once every 4 hours. Her strep throat was so severe, she was gargling 3 times an hour with little result, and before long, the pain fully returned. Again, thanks to this simple yet highly effective remedy, which she gargled and sipped, her pain subsided and she was able to get some peace. I'm a HAPPY MAMA!

Posted by Mat (Broken Heartsville, Tn) on 03/31/2012
5 out of 5 stars

Made a mix with acv, honey, cayenne pepper mix with a little hot water. Like a tea. Girrgled and sip, work pretty good reduce soreness by 50 %

Posted by Ryenj (Kendall Park, Nj) on 03/30/2012
5 out of 5 stars

It works thanks for sharing. I was to the point were I could not talk, tried sprays, cough and cold meds nothing worked. One night I mixed this without the water and it worked great. Thanks again.

Posted by Cynthia (Greenville, Sc) on 02/01/2012
5 out of 5 stars

Third day with strep. Fifth time in 5 months. Waiting on surgery in the next month. This time the worst pain ever. Temps of 102. Fever, chills aching all over. Have been taking antibiotics for 3 days. Using magic moth rinse religiosly. Also taking ibuprofen every 6 hours. 3rd night and the pain so severe up all night researching other remedies. Found this one but did not have Apple Cider Vinegar in the pantry. Used white wine vinegar instead. Have used several times this morning. Feel the best I have in days. Feel as if I can actually get some sleep now. Wish I had known this much sooner. Thought it was a crazy shot in the dark but am thankful I tried it.