Apple Cider Vinegar for Sinus Infection

Apple Cider Vinegar for Sinus Infection

Sinus Infection, which is medically termed as sinusitis is a medical condition which is caused due to the inflammation and swelling of sinuses. This situation blocks the sinuses with fluid on which the bacteria grow and that often brings nasal congestion and pain. The person who suffers from sinus infection feels pressure around the face, nose and eyes. He/she also gets headache, nasal congestion, thick yellow discharge from the nose and sometimes even fever or cough.

There are many medicines available in the market for sinus infection but many of them do not act properly to cure the infection and also sometimes cause side effects. So to avoid these and to treat this sinus infection effectively, you can use the home remedies in which the main ingredient is apple cider vinegar.

Does Apple Cider Vinegar Really Treat Sinus Infection

Before going for the apple cider home remedies for sinus infection, let’s find out what are the main properties of apple cider vinegar that make it an effective ingredient to treat sinus infection.

Clears up the Sinus Cavities: Apple Cider Vinegar contains a lot of vitamins like Vitamin E, A, B1, B2, calcium and magnesium, which help to clean up the sinus cavities and treat the symptoms of sinus infection.

Thins the Mucous: Another good thing about apple cider vinegar is that it thins out the mucous, which creates congestion in the nasal cavity. The high pH level of the apple cider vinegar breaks up the mucus and clears the airways. So its use gives a lot of relief to the suffering person.

Prevents Bacteria Growth: The acidic content of apple cider vinegar checks the bacteria from growing further, thus its use prevents the infection to become more severe.


Antibacterial and Antifungal Properties: Loaded with antibacterial and antifungal properties, apple cider vinegar kills the bacteria that cause the infection in the sinus cavities. It also prevents the reoccurrence of the infection.

How to Use Apple Cider Vinegar for Sinus Infection

There are various ways you can prepare the apple cider vinegar remedies for sinus infection. You can prepare the remedies by taking only apple cider vinegar and water as well as mixing it with some other ingredients to make the remedies work more effectively to treat sinus infection.

Let’s learn to prepare the apple cider vinegar remedies to get rid of the painful and irritating sinus infection!

1. Direct Consumption of Apple Cider Vinegar

This is perhaps one of the simplest, yet effective apple cider vinegar remedies for sinus infection.

Required Ingredients:

  • Apple Cider Vinegar – 1 tbsp

Process:

  1. Take 1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar daily 3 times to get rid of sinus infection.
  2. The regular consumption of apple cider vinegar will not only cure the sinus infection but will also prevent it from occurring again.

Note: If you are breastfeeding or pregnant, then avoid taking apple cider vinegar orally as it may harm your baby.

2. Apple Cider Vinegar Drink

This is also another effective remedy for sinus infection. The regular intake of this remedy will help you to get rid of sinus infection for sure.

Required Ingredients:

  • Organic Raw ACV – 2 tbsp
  • Water – 8 ounces

Process:

  1. Take 8 ounces of water in a glass and add the apple cider vinegar to it.
  2. Stir it properly and drink it immediately.
  3. Take this remedy regularly to keep sinus infection at bay.
  4. You can also mix 1/8 to 1/4 a cup of vinegar to 16 ounces of water and take this ACV liquid throughout the day to get rid of sinus infection.

Note: You can also use this ACV mix to gargle to get relief from pain in the throat area.

3. Apple Cider Vinegar Steam

Apple cider vinegar steam method provides a lot of relief to the person who is suffering from sinus infection by clearing the nasal passage. And at the same time, the antibacterial and antifungal properties of apple cider vinegar will also kill the infection-causing bacteria in the sinus cavities. This method provides a safe, natural and effective cure for sinus infection.

Required Ingredients:

  • Water – ½ cup
  • Apple Cider Vinegar – ½ cup
  • A Towel
  • A Saucepan

Process:

  1. Take apple cider vinegar and water in a saucepan and stir properly.
  2. Heat the mixture on the stove for few minutes.
  3. Drape a towel over your neck and head.
  4. Keep the face over the steaming pan and breathe the steam.
  5. Follow this method many times a day for few days to completely cure sinus infection and its associated symptoms.

4. Apple Cider Vinegar and Honey Drink

When the properties of honey and apple cider vinegar combined together, it makes an amazing remedy for sinus infection.

The antibacterial property of honey kills the bacteria that cause sinus infection. Its use also soothes the irritation in the throat area. Its anti-inflammatory properties reduce the inflammation in the throat. Also, its consumption strengthens the immunity system and makes the body strong enough to fight any type of infection.

Required Ingredients:

  • Apple Cider Vinegar – 2 tbsp
  • Honey – 1 tbsp
  • Warm Water – 8oz

Process:

  1. In a glass, take the warm water and add the apple cider vinegar and honey.
  2. Stir both the ingredients well and drink.
  3. Use this remedy regularly to get relief from the pain of sinus infection.

5. Apple Cider Vinegar Decongestant

This decongestant will work effectively to treat the sinusitis by clearing the extra mucus from the chest. Apart from that it will also treat other sinusitis symptoms like breathing problem. To prepare this decongestant, along with apple cider vinegar we also need some other ingredients like cayenne pepper, honey, lemon juice and ginger.

Cayenne pepper contains an active component called capsaicin, which helps to clear the nasal congestion that occurs due to sinus infection. It also reduces the inflammation that narrows the nasal passage.

Loaded with antibacterial properties, honey kills the bacteria that cause sinus infection. So its use not only treats sinus infection but also controls it to become severe.

Containing a lot of immune boosting antioxidant called Vitamin C, lemon juice can help you fight the sinus infection in a better way.

Ginger contains many antibacterial as well as anti-inflammatory properties like zingiberene, gingerol, and shogoal, which altogether work to treat sinus infection.

Required Ingredients:

  • Apple Cider Vinegar – ¼ cup
  • Cayenne Pepper – ½ tsp
  • Powdered Ginger – ½ tsp
  • Organic Honey – 3 tbsp
  • Lemon Juice – ¼ cup

Process:

  1. In a pot, take the apple cider vinegar and the lemon juice, and mix thoroughly.
  2. Now simmer this mixture in a low flame for few seconds.
  3. Add the honey, cayenne pepper and powdered ginger to the mixture, and stir well to mix all the ingredients properly.
  4. Store this mixture in a jar and keep in a dark cool place.
  5. Whenever you get affected by sinus infection, take 1 to 2 tbsp of this mixture to get immediate relief from it.

Note: You can also add a pinch of turmeric powder to it to make it more effective as turmeric is loaded with antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.

6. Apple Cider Vinegar Nasal Spray

This ACV spray will give you instant relief from the nasal congestion by thinning the blocked mucus.

Required Ingredients:

  • Apple Cider Vinegar – 5 to 6 drops
  • Distilled Water – 1 tbsp
  • An Empty Nasal Sprayer

Process:

  1. Mix the apple cider vinegar in the distilled water properly.
  2. Pour this mixed water to the nasal sprayer.
  3. Now sniff this ACV mixed water to the infected nostril.
  4. Use this remedy at least thrice a day to get rid of sinus infection.
  5. This remedy will improve your condition within 24 hours.

7. Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse

This method will give you relief by cleaning the sinus cavity. The antifungal, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties of apple cider vinegar will treat the sinus infection in a better way.

Required Ingredients:

  • Apple Cider Vinegar – 2 tbsp
  • Warm Water – 1 cup

Process:

  1. Mix both the ACV and water well.
  2. Take 1 tbsp of this ACV in your palm.
  3. Press one nostril with your finger and with another nostril snort up the ACV mix in one go.
  4. Tilt your head back so that the solution will run down the back of the nose to the throat. You can swallow this ACV mix or spit it out.
  5. Follow the same procedure with the other nostril.
  6. Following this process twice a day will definitely give results against sinus infection.

Note: Always use raw, unpasteurized apple cider vinegar as it contains the nutrient called “mother” for preparing all these ACV home remedies for sinus infection.

Tips to Follow

You can very well use these ACV home remedies to get rid of sinus infection and its related symptoms, such as coughing, sneezing, sore throat, fatigue but you can prevent this condition to occur again as well as lessen its effects by following certain tips that are mentioned below.

  • Drink plenty of water if you are suffering from sinus infection frequently. Water can wash the bacterial and fungal built up in the throat.  It will also dilute the mucous.
  • Increase the intake of foods that are rich in Vitamin A to build a strong immune system to fight against sinus infection.
  • Stop taking alcohol if you are suffering from sinus infection as alcohol promotes the swelling of nasal passages and mucous membranes.
  • Keep your nose moist by using saline sprays frequently.
  • Take ample amount of rest for the speedy recovery from sinus infection.
  • Take warm compress throughout the day. Place a warm washcloth on your face covering your nose and eyes. It will thin out the mucous and clear nasal congestion. It will also lessen the pain, headache and facial soreness that are caused due to sinus infection.
  • Avoid taking caffeinated drinks which often cause dehydration. It is considered as one of the main causes of sinus infection.
  • Avoid taking chilled items, such as ice creams, chilled drinks.
  • Avoid taking dairy products as the consumption of these cause phlegm.

Use these effective home remedies to get rid of sinus infection for sure. But after using all these apple cider vinegar home remedies, if your condition does not improve then it is advisable to consult a doctor. Also if you are under medication or pregnant or breast feeding, then always consult a doctor before using these apple cider vinegar remedies for sinus infection.


Maria Miller

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  • 1whitehorse 1

    Hi, thanks for this article. About 5 years ago, I was suffering from a bad sinus infection brought on by a cold that produced a lot of mucus. I was so sore from blowing my nose. As a result, my sinuses got infected, and I went to the doctor for antibiotics. Unfortunately, the Biaxin he gave me did not sit well with my stomach and I would not allow myself to take that. So I researched online as to what the heck I can do naturally. Fortunately, I ran across an article like yours which said to try the ACV nasally via a spray. So I bought a Rhinaris bottle of saline solution, dumped out the solution, boiled some water, and put that in there with about a teaspoon of ACV, shook it up, and sprayed. Wow. It felt like someone was punching me in the face! It sure stings, and feels weird, but a week later, I was better, without antibiotics. I used the spray 2 times in each nostril, about 3 times a day. Or whatever feels right for you. I was very grateful for that having worked for me.

  • Mary LaFrance

    I tried the nasal rinse. HORRIBLE IDEA!! It has burned my sinuses. Vinegar is an acid. I am currently in the ER trying to get help. My sinuses are raw, bleeding and inflamed. DO NOT DO THIS!!

    • Disqus Inferno

      Note: Always use raw, unpasteurized apple cider vinegar as it contains the nutrient called “mother” for preparing all these ACV home remedies for sinus infection.

      • Disqus Inferno

        Also, it will not burn.

        • Mary LaFrance

          I used the brand suggested and prepared exactly as stated. It burned like crazy. You keep stating the same thing over and over. I am not an idiot. I used what you suggested as you suggested it. With the mother. I AM an idiot for trying this!

          • AliminatorSnow

            Dilute it more than the author’s recommendation. It won’t burn.

          • Mary LaFrance

            Then the author needs to change his recommendation.

          • Disqus Inferno

            Try using less ACV.

          • Mary LaFrance

            Here’s a thought! DON’T use any ACV! If it fried the daylights out of my sinuses AS DIRECTED, why would I try it again at a diluted mixture? I suggest to everyone, DONT DO IT!

          • Disqus Inferno

            Perhaps try using straight ACV, with just a pinch of lemon, and a tablespoon of cayenne.

          • Mary LaFrance

            You’re a jerk. Frankly you shouldn’t post anything about this. You are essentially touting that this will cure, mitigate, treat, or prevent any disease in humans….which is a definition of a drug. You’re going to get someone who has the same reaction I did and they are going to sue you for offering medical advice and promoting an unapproved drug.

          • Michelle

            I am sorry you’ve had that experience but you are wrong to tout that everyone should not use it & I quote “THIS IS DANGEROUS TO PROPOSE TO ANYONE!!”. Obviously if you read a lot of these articles, you would notice A LOT of people have great success with it. I have been using ACV
            as described here for years & in many other ways with great success as others have told you here. To call anyone an jerk for suggesting a remedy to you, well you may want to really look in the mirror. Does not work for you…GREAT…Understood, but to fear-monger & be neurotic & abusive to others, well, a bit much. We got your message, ‘it didn’t work for YOU’ & YOU had horrible consequences, move along & don’t use it anymore. The world does not revolve solely around you. If it came down to a lawsuit, clearly the author would have a multitude of people in support & to testify to the relief it has brought to many. The author does not need to change a thing. This remedy for some is all over the internet & has been around for centuries. You tried it with free will. Have a great day.

            p.s:Dear author please count me in as one of the many grateful for your information. If you ever need support in court, feel free to reach out to me.

          • Mary LaFrance

            Centuries, huh? You’re ignorant.

          • Michelle

            You’re a classless uneducated fool!!! Yes CENTURIES!! Research it. Dating back to Ancient Greece, Egypt & more. The only person IGNORANT ON THIS BOARD, is you!!! And while you come here with your pathetic insults I’m traveling the world & enjoying life. Is this the substance of your life to get on line and call people jerks & ignorant? You are on immature, angry, uneducated, backwoods, little very tiny woman! Your picture looks like you’re SEVENTY yet you behave like 12. Go get a life & YES, stay away from ACV. Go to your doctors, pay the piper & fill your body with all the toxic drugs you want! You know those drugs you take for one thing then when you read the fine print, you learn it destroys your spleen & your liver. & your kidneys etc! And p.s: I’ve been & continue to travel to every one of those countries, Greece, Egypt, India, China, Iceland, THE WORLD! I speak 7 languages fluently & I have 2 PHDs! And I get history first hand & up close & personal. So you stay in your little corner of Hicksville Alabama & on your little IBM computer & keep convincing yourself your better & smarter than everyone else. I can guarantee you I am not the one to come at with your lowlife diatribe, Mary LaFrance! Go get a life!

          • Mary LaFrance

            Good grief, you are full of venom and yourself! I originally posted this to save someone the pain I endured and it turned into a complete bashing. I tried explaining that I used the brand and the amount diluted properly and kept getting the same answer back and got totally frustrated. I never threatened a lawsuit. I merely stated they should be careful offering medical advice. Again, I was attempting to warn them. As I have spent 26 years in federal law enforcement, in health care fraud, and just wanted to offer some free advice. I lost my cool with Disqus Inferno, whoever he/she is. I don’t really care. I don’t care about this site. And I don’t care about you and your insults. I appreciated the one kind man who suggested diluting it further and trying a different avenue. I did not appreciate you jumping into a conversation that did not involve you. But that appears to be your hobby. I found you on several sites and it appears you enjoy getting tangled up with anyone and everyone, spouting how educated and wonderful you are. Goody goody for you honey. With age comes wisdom and the realization that if you have to tell people how great and brilliant you are, you probably are not. By the way, I am not from the South. However, my sincere apologies to those you insulted. They are sincere, kind, good people. Some are educated through the formal institutions and some, through life experiences – Just like any other part of our great country. Perhaps amid your travels you will find humility and kindness. Or maybe, you’ll just stay out of country and do us all a favor. Have a lovely life. Be safe in your travels my little snowflake.

          • Niche

            Full of venom…NO…that was deliberately & special for you. You have been on here calling people names & being obnoxious. Now you get it back & you dear JUDGE!! The moment you decided to call me ignorant it was on! You’re right YOU lost your cool on here. Take it as you give it. Federal law enforcement??? LOL. I suppose cyber bullying was not ever mentioned. Healthcare fraud??? I don’t care where you think you found me, but you jumped in on here with your option too, everyone has that right. You are a joke, talking about humility and kindness, bipolar much!!! Who do you think you are. Hey I work for the FEDS too, so I really don’t care about you. You have no idea what I enjoy but you just revealed yourself with that robotic ‘snowflake’ juvenile comment. Thank you trumpet. So now your insults & neurotic behavior makes complete sense. You like to speak for everyone huh? You’re apologizing to the South? Wow you have a lot of time on your hands huh? “Stay out the country & do us all a favor”, lady you’re outnumbered here & I’m guessing in quite a few other places too. My life IS lovely, don’t you worry. I am not YOUR snowflake or anything thing else to you. You condescending fool. GO get a life. This was information from someone who I am sure was trying to help others. They never said “EVERYONE MUST use this” You repeated on here several times that NO ON SHOULD USE THIS. Just like you trying to help others with your rant I am sure the original author of this was trying to help others too. Why even bring up lawsuits. Why disparage & be so excitable. You brought the negativity here with YOUR venom & insults to others. You went there. You deserve what you get. You are free to share your experience but to attack people who were trying to help you & make suggestions, well you initiated it. Here’s on more thing, I can guarantee you that we are close in age, don’t let my picture fool you but see what Apple Cider vinegar will do for your skin & aging gracefully. You’re not speaking to some child or inexperienced person. So yes with age SHOULD(can’t vouch for you) come experience & wisdom. You just happen to look your age, I don’t & that’s what ACV, joy & kindness will do for you. I wonder which one of us is filled with venom??? Have a nice life

          • Michelle

            As for that other response you sent that i can’t seem to find here… (did you delete it?) well, PERHAPS you didn’t read the comment! He is NOT the author! It takes Obnoxious to know obnoxious, huh! “The author did Not keep repeating HIMself”because the author of this contribution is someone by the name of Maria Miller. And another individual on here had to also tell you they were not the author. You are insane. So you go off on mad rant about things you know nothing about. Did you not read THAT?! You live in your own world. You are the only person that sounds like you need a support group & it’s clearly for mental health, your sinuses will be fine.The only person, that has appeared to feel “threatened & upset & combative is you! i’m not going anywhere but to the hands of the fabulous masseuse who’s making a house call to my fabulous place here in Lima, Peru!…before I wrap up my stay here & return to the USA, then on to Japan. So see, I don’t have time like you for nonsense & insults! So you go to your little rally, in your pickup truck, flying your union jack, with your dog Rex & 12cats & have fun. Grow up you little old lady. You are THE JERK. So sad.

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          • AliminatorSnow

            Some people just need to be schooled. I feel bad for those who will take her comments seriously and never enjoy the benefits of ACV (for a magnitude of ailments, may I add)!

          • Miche

            Exactly! It does work for several conditions. And she’s on here with her claims that it did not work for her! Great i get it. That’s her experience but to rant on & make vague threats about lawsuits & attempting to quote (false by the way) legalese, is way over the top. She is severely outnumbered though because clearly she is ” THE ONLY ONE’ on here ranting on about “do not use it” This is not the only site with ACV cures over it’s not only all over the internet but there are doctors that recommend it. But she seems to find her entertainment here. Not everything works for everyone, that’s a given & it’s ok but what got me to respond to her was her insults to others & HER attempt to give advice to people based on her own experience as if it is FACT for everyone. She is doing the exact thing she’s having a fit about to the 10th degree. You & I both know it’s powerful & it works. She can continue on with her doctors & her toxic drugs & when she’s done treating her sinuses, she can take more drugs to cure the yeast infections & other side effects the first set of drugs caused. One of the first drugs they prescribe is Amoxicillin, here are some of the side effects,
            nausea
            vomiting
            diarrhea
            stomach pain
            vaginal itching or discharge
            headache
            rash, and
            swollen, black, or “hairy” tongue.
            Other serious side effects of Amoxil include:
            colitis caused by overgrowth of Clostridium spp in the intestines
            seizures
            hives
            jaundice,
            rashes
            So more power to her. We are all free to pick our poison. She is out of control.

          • AliminatorSnow

            Out of control indeed. Personally, I’ve cured every sinus infection suffered with raw ACV, and they are chronic – gluten, it’s another issue – and I’ll be damned if one person, with one bad experience, possibly because she failed to follow directions and the input from others, discourages anyone with an ailment from curing sinusitis. With anything, I always try the homeopathic course first, then, if all else fails, I find a physician steeped in homeopathy.

            But I’m just a whole food eating, yoga sweating, people loving fool. What do I know? Lol.

          • Miche

            LOL. I like that. I had always ran to the doctor for years with my sinusitis. Antibiotics tore me up. Tore my gut up. Gave me ugly side effects. I decided to try other options & thats when I discovered ACV & healthy eating. It works for me. I’m in a profession where i travel so much & come into contact with all kinds of people & potential for illness & since changing my habits & actually also drinking ACV with honey, cayenne, lemon, sometimes tumeric, first thing in the morning, my immune system is a lot healthier & my bouts with sinusitis are incredibly much less. I am a happy customer.

          • AliminatorSnow

            Yes! Amoxicillin wore off its welcome with me. I became immune. Good riddance, though.

            While I don’t travel as much as you – you lucky little… ;) – I am in the field of Human Resources; plenty of interaction. So, ACV with cayenne and lemon is my shot of choice.

          • Adrian Funk

            Anybody ever stop to think that Mary probably works for a pharmaceutical company?

          • Mary LaFrance

            Seems to me that you’re threatened by any opposing view. Bet you’re a freakin snowflake too. The referenced statute wasn’t false my foolish little girl. I will forget more about law than you could ever learn. Glad it worked for you and your cronies. I was merely trying to help someone not fry their sinuses, so move on. Sheesh.

          • Adrian Funk

            Mary, I gather that you likely work for a pharmaceutical company or are an internet troll. Who posts in a forum when allegedly in an E.R?

          • Mary LaFrance

            Nope. I’m retired law enforcement. I posted from the waiting room, as I waited and grew angrier. I posted because I thought maybe I could save one person from frying their sinuses as I had. Yes I used the exact brand, dilution, etc. if there’s a way to remove myself from this stupid chain of posts, someone let me know please. I was hurting, angry and wanted to save anyone from what I did. That’s all. No need for nastiness. If it works well for you or anyone else, well, wonderful. It landed me in the ER.

      • Mary LaFrance

        WRONG! I did use Bragg brand, raw, unpasteurized, apple cider vinegar with the Mother. Exactly the one pictured above – I purposely went out and purchased it. It absolutely fried my sinuses. I ended up in the ER – with incredible pain and raw bleeding sinuses. Maybe they were irritated to begin with, given my allergies, but nonetheless, THIS IS DANGEROUS TO PROPOSE TO ANYONE!!! You’re lucky I’m not a lawsuit happy person. If you are considering doing this – DON”T!!!

        • AliminatorSnow

          Did you try diluting it more than recommended? I use it without issue.

          FYI: Lawsuit for a recommendation, not prescriptive, would be a waste of your time.

          • Mary LaFrance

            No, I used it ACCORDING TO YOUR DIRECTIONS. No more, no less. It barely made it around my sinuses before I dropped to the floor. I’m NOT planning on suing you, as I said. However, you might be forewarned that despite it not being a prescription per se, you are indeed offering medical advice on how to use a product that, although not marketed as a drug, YOU are promoting as a drug. Per FDA, one of many definitions of a drug is: “any substance intended for use in the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease in humans or other animals.”

          • AliminatorSnow

            Sorry about your situation, but you do know that I didn’t write this blog, correct?

          • Mary LaFrance

            My sincere apologies. Thought I was responding to the person who did.

        • Brad Goodman

          I have been using it for the past week. I have had no problems. I use it through a neti pot but not as strong as this article says. Use it with the saline solution and the ACV. It’s been a life saver for me so far.

          • Diane Lonigro Haerr

            Hello Brad … I’ve been looking to see if anyone used unpasteurized (Braggs) ACV in a neti pot and saw your post. How much do you add to the neti?

    • LuKas Kasdan

      Dang! It sounded like a bad idea when I read the article. Then your comment confirmed it. Thanks for the heads up, and I hope you’ve recovered fully.

      • Mary LaFrance

        I have. It took a few days. Thank you!

      • AliminatorSnow

        Please try it yourself, but with saline and less ACV. It works for everyone I personally know. Don’t take the recommendation of one person, who may have very well failed to follow directions.

  • Christine Wedlock

    Can I use raw ginger instead of powdered ginger?

  • Erica

    I used some for my sinuses and it burned very badly. I put a very small amount into a good amount of distilled water. However, I took the burning sensation as healing for a chronic sinus issues. Also, though it burned my sore throat cleared up almost immediately. Sometimes as the old saying goes, no pain no gain. As a sufferer of fibromyalgia who practices yoga to help alleviate pain I am well aware of the process of sometimes you have to endure a little pain to overall feel better.