4 Simple Ways Apple Cider Vinegar Can Treat Your Sinus Infection

Eu Natural
April 5, 2018
Fact checked
Dr. Stephanie Nichols, ND

When a sinus infection rolls along it feels like you’ll never breathe again. Those who get sinus infections know exactly what i'm talking about.

Modern medicine lets you deal with sinus infections so you can feel better, but sometimes they can cause unwanted side effects you don’t want.


Let’s quickly review some ways to use apple cider vinegar that can help you feel more comfortable, get rid of your sinus infection, and prevent more infections from happening.

4 Ways Apple Cider Vinegar Treats Your Sinus Infection

 1. It prevents the infection from becoming chronic

Apple cider vinegar fights germs, has a high acidic content, and is antiseptic. This means ACV can keep bacteria from continuing to form, and can keep you from getting an even more serious infection.

2. Apple Cider Vinegar is rich in vitamins and minerals

ACV has the following vitamins: niacin, biotin, folic acid, pantothenic acid, vitamins B1, B2, B6, and vitamin C. It also has the minerals calcium and magnesium. All of these give your immune system the boost it needs so you can better fight your sinus infection, and can even clean your sinus cavities so you can breathe more easily. Many cultures have been using ACV for centuries because of these benefits.

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3. It’s a natural antihistamine

Prevents the production and release of histamines. First off, you may have heard about antihistamines before. There are usually allergy medicines that help people stop forming mucus, and they also tend to make people sleepy when taken.

Histamines are released by the immune system to protect your body from harm. When you have a sinus infection, histamines make more mucus, but the discomfort you feel when there’s too much can also cause you to have difficulties when you breathe. ACV keeps bacteria from growing so your body won’t need to produce histamines as much, while also getting rid of the excess mucus that also makes it hard for you to breathe.

4. Apple Cider Vinegar makes mucus thinner

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Drinking ACV makes mucus thinner so your airways can get and stay clean, and you can experience relief.

How to Use:

No frills method

If you can stand the taste, you can take one tablespoon of ACV to clear your sinuses and keep infections from occurring again.

Once taken, apple cider vinegar will help stop the formation of new bacteria while helping you breathe more easily.

Some Reddit users take up to 3-4 tablespoons of ACV per day though. You can take 1 tablespoon of ACV twice daily. Women who are pregnant or nursing should talk to their doctor before taking ACV as a medicine. Mixing ACV with water is advisable so the acid content doesn’t burn or irritate your mouth or throat.

Steam method

Make a mixture of water and ACV. Heat to a boil and remove the fire once it’s ready. Stand over the pot of this mixture, with a towel around your head so you can breathe the steam in more easily.  Feel free to stand away from the pot if it’s too hot for you and then continue.

The steam will help the mucus become thinner and clean out your nose so you can breathe easier. You can do this once daily, or combine this method with drinking ACV in some way.

ACV with warm water

Mix 2 teaspoons of ACV with 8 ounces of warm water. Drink alone if you can stand the taste, or mix with honey, stevia, or another sweetener so you can get the benefits of ACV. Drink twice daily.

Pro-tip: honey also fights germs, can soothe your throat after coughing, and can decrease the level of inflammation in your throat. This mixture can also be used as a gargle.

Add some ingredients to make a decongestant

This video teaches you 5 ACV recipes that can help you fight sinus infections.   The video also explains some of the ways ACV fights sinuses, many of which we’ve already talked about so far.

One of the recipes in the video is a decongestant with these ingredients:

  • ¼ cup ACV
  • ¼ cup of lemon juice (which also contains vitamin C to boost your immune system)
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ½ teaspoon powdered ginger
  • 3 tablespoons of honey

The advantage of this recipe is that it also clears out the mucus that forms in your lungs, that leads to discomfort in your sinuses and even mucus in your throat.

Some Reddit users also add other ingredients—such as jalapeños and habaneros—to their decongestants to make them more effective, or just to adjust it to their tastes. People who aren’t used to spicy foods can also reduce the amount of cayenne pepper so it’s easier for them to drink.

A few things to remember:

Even though ACV is natural and provides many benefits, it’s not a replacement for a doctor’s visit, especially if you use ACV and the infection doesn’t go away.

There could be side effects to ACV, such as:

  • Eroding the teeth’s enamel
  • Burning the mouth and throat
  • Making digestive problems worse for people with diabetes

People who are taking laxatives or other medications should also be careful when using ACV, as should people with osteoporosis, since ACV can decrease density in bones.

Still, if you use ACV in moderation and monitor your sinus infections (with a doctor’s help if necessary), then these remedies will still help you.



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