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Apple Cider Vinegar for Sore Throat Treatment

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Posted by Alicia (Chapel Hill, Nc, Usa) on 02/28/2011
5 out of 5 stars

Yea - read the suggestions last night after 3 days of a sore throat that wouldn't quit. Did the 3 TBS of ACV and 8 oz of hot water. I'm on a diet so only did 1 TBS of honey. I sipped and gargled it as slowly as I could although I did feel pretty lousy after (no sugar no carb diet probably didn't help w/ACV in my stomach). BUT, I woke up this AM feeling a little better and now 24 hours later my sore throat is almost completely gone. I'm going to try ACV for seasonal allergies, which are starting here, just will make sure to have something more on my stomach. Thanks Earth Clinic - now off to find cures for wrinkles and gray hair :-).

Replied by Leena
Bridgetown, Nova Scotia

Actually, the best thing for seasonal allergies is LOCAL RAW honey... If you can find any in your area, try eating a teaspoon of it daily...

It's healthy, natural, won't cause you to gain weight, it actually promotes metabolism and because LOCAL honey is derived from LOCAL plants, it'll create natural anti-histamines in your system... It must be RAW honey as the pasteurization kills off all the good stuff that makes it work.

Posted by Victoria (New York City, Usa) on 02/07/2011
1 out of 5 stars

I tried this. First I did 2 tblsp of this in a glass of water and drank it. That didnt work. Then I mixed the ACV in a mug of tea. That didnt work. Finally I just took the ACV straight to the head. This didnt work either. So now I have a disgusting taste in my mouth and still a sore throat. :/

Posted by Anna (La Crosse, Wi, Usa) on 01/15/2011

I'm trying this for the first time right now, and I think it's working. I gargled with straight ACV first, and then made a pretty dilute tea of honey, ACV, lemon juice, and hot water, Because I was a little overwhelmed by the stinging feeling in my throat as the lemon juice and ACV are so acidic! Anyway, great herbal remedy!

Posted by Klouise (San Carlos, Negros Occidental, Philippines) on 10/18/2010

Help! My throat became sore and it is painful to swallow. I have been taking Apple Cider Vinegar for almost a year and it helped me much in a lot of ways. However, recently, I took 1/8cup Apple Cider Vinegar in a glass of water to relieve my rhinitis and it caused a lump in my throat. I tried to gargle baking soda and added 1/4 tsp in my 2tbsp. It relieved my clogged nose and my throat is less painful but the lump is still there. What dosage shall I take? I need Apple Cider Vinegar for my rhinitis.

Posted by Rene (Greatna, Usa) on 10/02/2010
5 out of 5 stars

I just came across this site for sore throat and tried Apple Cider Vinegar with honey and warm water and believe me it worked instantly.

Replied by Audrey
Jacksonville, Florida

I have had a horrible sore throat for the last two days, I've tried so many things to try to get rid of it, Pills, lozenges, hot cloths, about 20 cups of hot tea with honey, and none of it worked, but I just tried one tbp of ACV in a big cup of ice water and I feel so much better. This really works, try it.

Replied by Brenda
Clarendon, Pa
5 out of 5 stars

Thank you all who said ACV and honey, it helped me get some much needed sleep last night :)

Replied by Paddy
Dublin, Ireland
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 West (Dunn, Nc) on 01/10/2010
5 out of 5 stars

When ever I start feeling a sore throat coming on I take a teaspoon of ACV and again in about 30 minutes. Soon after my symtoms are gone. Also if you mix a teaspoon of ACV with a teaspoon of honey in a cup of tea, heat and drink, it will not only give you more energy but also help your sore throat feel much better.

Replied by Sandra
Lincoln, Ne
5 out of 5 stars

ACV definitely works. My Nana had me drink and gargle with it years ago when I was visiting Florida for my sister's wedding. I had been sick all week and finally it was the night before the wedding, overnight after using ACV I was all better.

Now I have this bothersome post nasal drip that has given me a sore throat 4 times in the past 12 months, everytime I feel the slightly pain in my throat I can nearly guarantee it will turn to strep within 2 days because of the extra irritation in my throat due to allergies.

Basically, when you use ACV it's going to taste 100% worse when you're already sick than it does if you start taking it at the onset of your cold. First sign of any issues and i'm a huge advocate for starting ACV. My tonsils right now are swollen, they have the strep spots but I have zero pain and no fever, I caught it just in time to show signs but feel no pain and it will be gone by tonight. Definitely better than penicilin every 3 - 4 months. I think I just need to get my tonsils removed.

As for the recipe I find there is no right way. They all work but the more diluted the longer it will take. I don't even measure I just pour about a 1/2 shot into a large glass and fill it with warm water. If I don't catch it before my sore throat is full blown then i'll drink 1 tsp straight a couple of times to get it a great jump start.

Replied by David
Apex, Nc, Usa
5 out of 5 stars

I've never used a home remedy as effective as this! I've had a sore throat for a couple of days as part of some bug I got. The effect was almost immediate (I used a 50-50 blend of ACV and honey, gargled and swallowed). I fully expected the effects to wear off, but several hours later and after the first real meal I've been able to eat, it still feels great. I've used a lot of over the counter lozenges and sprays over the years, but nothing comes close to this cure!

Replied by Tg
Philadelphia, Pa
5 out of 5 stars

THIS WORKS!! I don't believe much of anything I read on the internet about "magic" cures. My throat was really hurting so I decided I had nothing to loose. 3 tbs asv 3 tbs honey and 4 oz of warm water. All better. No Pain.

Replied by Lige
Jefferson City , Mo Usa
5 out of 5 stars

Been battling the flu all week and nothing I've tried has relieved my throat. I went searching for home remedies. Cayenne seemed a bit extreme but I just downed about a tbl. of ACV and what a difference. Granted, it's a bit overwhelming going down, but, man, that feels good!

Posted by Kyrt (Los Angeles, Ca) on 11/29/2009
5 out of 5 stars

ACV is awesome. im on day two of a sore throat. My voice sounded like a cartoon character. Found this site, hit the ACV, and no joke, it's only been 10 minutes, but, my voice is back to normal. Guess what i'm drinking all nite :)

Posted by Ruth (Butler, Nj) on 11/20/2009

I first tried Apple Cider Vinegar for a sore throat. I found the warm drink quite soothing and actually enjoy it in place of tea sometimes. I'm wondering if by adding hot water to the vinegar I am in some way diluting the effectiveness of ACV.

Replied by Copsdoll
Indianapolis, Indiana

I don't have ACV on hand, just Balsamic and regular, will either of these work?

Posted by Feeling Better Already (Northland, New Zealand) on 11/13/2009
5 out of 5 stars

I have to say that ACV diluted with warm water worked for me. The usual story, woke with an awful sore throat & couldn't swallow without feeling like I had sandpaper at the back of my throat. I remembered someone else mentioning ages ago that ACV helps. I hunted out a bottle that's probably been in the pantry since the beginning of time and I tried it. And you know what...? It works! First dose I knocked back 'straight'! (ugh..!) Wow - needed a warm water chaser then. Am now sipping it with diluted warm water & will continue throughout the day. Sore throat has not completely gone as yet, but definitely feeling so much better. I can actually swallow without cringing. It almost seems to have an anaesthetic effect too. I smell like a pickled onion, but more importantly, I can breathe & swallow & actually function almost normally. Great stuff I say! No more pharmacies & docs for me when I get a sore throat. Cheers!

Replied by Bakersfieldmom
Bakersfield, Ca. Usa
5 out of 5 stars

I couldn't sleep because of a sore throat, and tried salt water gargle. No help so came to computer and got recipe for acv and honey and water. sipping it now as a warm tea and already find it helps. I had to cancel a luncheon and now wish I had tried this yesterday; I could have gone to the luncheon. Thanks everyone for your feedback. Not sick for years and now this. Good to find a home remedy that works. Back to basics..:)

Posted by Pmstar (San Diego, Ca) on 08/06/2009
5 out of 5 stars

When a sore throat is coming on take a few zinc tablets right away then I agree on the ACV mixed with honey. It works on contact. If you're at work or out, almost any full service restaurant can provide it for you so the sore throat doesn't take a solid hold before you get home. Apple Cider Vinegar can be difficult to stomach when you are ill so add some ginger to help your stomach accept it. When I'm well, I drink a shot of ACV straight each day and I eat blueberries to quickly remove the taste from my mouth. Its a morning ritual.

Replied by Blessedwithrain
Sugar Land, Tx
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Replied by Mariella
Palma De Mallorca, Spain
5 out of 5 stars

ACV For Sore Throat

A glass of water, 2 teaspoons of honey, 2 soups spoons ACV, splash of some old throat comfort tea I had by my bed side.

Haven't been able to sleep properly all night because my throat is killing. Burning pain when I swallow is so bad, I couldn't get anything down there. Also pregnant so worried about taking anything at all at 5:00 am in the morning.
Looking up solution for relief, found the site and started with the cayenne pepper tip. I have used natural remedies before for throat. Salt water gargles, which I did before I went to sleep, honey and lemon which is good and tastes great, but no lemon at home. I have done fasts with cayenne so I know what its like, it has all my respect. Can't say was so impressed about the effect after several gargles but the ACV, waoo not bad at all.... I have been sipping on special brew for past half hour and have been able to drink water with out a grimace. Surprisingly feels food on my stomach too. Will keep in mind as acne skin tonic. Thank You!

Posted by Bee (Edmonton, Ab, Canada) on 08/05/2009

I used to use raw organice apple cider for gargling when I had a sore throat. now I cannot find the recipe that I used to use. Any help would be appreciated.

Replied by Jane
Leeds, Uk
5 out of 5 stars

I just started with sore throat I had forgotten about apple cider vinegar I just gargled with it then drank it and followed it with a small glass of fresh lemon juice in water and my throat is way better already!

Replied by Rebekah
Newnan, Ga

It early morning and I'm up searching the Internet for a home remedy for a sore throat and I came across this website. I have never tried Apple Cider Vinegar for a sore throat before but I think I will try it. My mom is pro-acv and uses it in a lot of her stuff as well as drinks it in her water. About a year ago I decided to take it and didn't know you should dilute it. Well needless to say it took my breath away. Going to try it this time but dilute it. Don't want a repeat of my last experience.

Replied by Urbangirl
Mke, Wi
5 out of 5 stars

I was cracking up as my sore throat would not go away. I did several shots of vitamin C for two days, nothing, extra D3, nothing, did ACV gargles and now drinking it as hot tea with raw honey and lemon. It seems to be working. The first sigh of relieve in three days.

Posted by Joe C (Bear Creek , NC) on 07/22/2009
5 out of 5 stars

I just tried a 3tsp acv, 3tsp honey with about 4 oz of water and it worked with the first sip. I decided on the 4 oz of water from some previous posts where people didn't experience immediate relief and it was suggested they not dillute as much. Any how, I sipped the stuff with a spoon and for the first time this week I have been able to swallow without tears. I have been taking amoxicillin for not quite two days, as I am lucky enough to have developed strep throat for the first time in over ten years during my summer vacation, but nothing I have tried would get rid of the burn in my throat. I wish I had found this site a few days ago and had a much better vacation!!

Replied by Foxfire
Ogden, Utah, USA
5 out of 5 stars

I could not sleep tonight due to a major sore throat so I got on here for proven cures. I used 4 oz of tea temp. water mixed with 3 tsp honey and 3 tsp apple cider vinegar. I also put in 1/4 tsp of cayanne pepper. Mixed up that beautiful concoction and took a drink, gargled, then swallowed. MIRACLE! on first drink! My throat could swallow without screaming at me! The taste was actually quite nice, even though it sounds horrible. My Dad swears by ACV and drinks it every day-good for what ails you! Thanks for this soothing tip.

Replied by Bibiana
Medellin, Colombia
5 out of 5 stars

the acv is amazing!!! it was instant relief! thanks for the tips everybody! I'm gonna keep taking it for a few days cause I have a really bad cold and sore throat but tonight I took it for the first time and I already feel much better.

Replied by Mina
Little Rock, Arkansas
5 out of 5 stars

I found myself looking for some feedback on this remedy, was having a lot of discomfort with the sore throat. I used the 3 tsp of apple cider vinegar, 3 tsp of honey, with about 8 oz of warm cinnamon tea, and then added just the tip of the tsp, less than1/4 of cayenne peper and gargle then drank the tea. It actually tasted good, I sipped it for about 10 min, now I can swallow my saliva and can go back to sleep! I will try again in the morning if it's not all completely gone, this stuff works!!! Thank you!

Replied by Mountain Edge
Fort Smith, Ar, Usa

@ Foxfire,
Thanks I tried your recipe and it is working great!

Replied by Cristina
Oakland Gardens, New York
5 out of 5 stars

I've had a really bad soar throat for a couple of days and it was getting worst. I got home and saw this remedy with apple cider vinegar, it was good for the moment, but I woke up with the same pain. So, I thought about yogurt having having good bacteria, which might fight the bad bacteria, (thinking I had a bacteria instead of a virus), and went straight to the fridge to eat some plain yogurt. It was amazing, it soothe my throat, and I felt way better, I can swallow without any pain at all.

Replied by Jenicbell
Portland, Vic, Australia

I've had the worst sore throat in my life, actually had the past 3 days off work, can't talk to answer the phone. Like many others, in desperation in the middle of the night, found this site. Thank you!!

I read about the cayanne pepper over and over, but didn't have any, then came across the ACV notes. Again in desperation slurped ACV and water in a glass, gargled, gargled and swallowed, didn't find that too bad, did it a few times and found I could swallow. Then I came across the ACV, water and honey (I only used 1 tspn) and an sitting, typing and sipping away. My throat is definately a LOT nicer, but still a bit raw.

What recipe suits one may not suit another, but work it does. Thanks to everyone who replies to these kind of things. I never thought I'd be looking for something at 1.40am.

Jenni - SthWst coast of Vic, Au

Posted by Donna (Palm Beach, Fl) on 07/14/2009
5 out of 5 stars

Wow - my sore throat was slowly getting worse during the day despite lots of tea and water. It got so bad my ears were starting to burn and I could feel a distinct lump on my throat on the side where it hurt most. I was miserable and then found this site. I love ACV, using it as a salad dressing often - so I eagerly tried it and was amazed. I sipped about 4 ounces of the 9 ounces, slowly with a spoon and within a half hour I have had incredible relief. Not cured, but I can swallow without tears now. Will continue throughout the evening and hope it will go away before a big meeting tomorrow. thanks everyone for their posts!

Replied by J Nichols
Tallahassee, Fl

WOOOW! I took two sips and I was able to swallow without any pain! Amazing stuff

Posted by Kelly (Perth, Australia) on 07/06/2009
5 out of 5 stars

I used Apple Cider Vinegar straight and my sore throat faded immediately. When you swallow, tilt your head back and coat as much of your throat as possible. Although the taste is not nice, the results are really good, and really eased my throat as well as unblocked my nose. Leave it to sit for 30 minutes at least so it can do it's job, just bear the taste if you can.

Posted by Inez (Reno, Nevada) on 06/24/2009

Apple Cider Vinager 3 tbl
Honey 3 tbl
warm in microwave

I had a sore throat since Monday and nothing was helping. I tried this mixture and it seems like a miracle cure, the scratchy throat is gone and my earache is almost completely gone.... will keep on drinking it throughout the day. I appreciate the posts.....