Apple Cider Vinegar Remedies for Cough and Sore Throat

Apple cider vinegar has long been used by people as a home remedy. Therefore, we recognize and accept it for its efficacy. It can be very beneficial to use the tangy natural healing agent, consumed in a slight amount or diluted.

Apple Cider Vinegar and Honey

Honey is another natural cough remedy for centuries. Therefore, apple cider vinegar and honey are forming a group together. In addition, honey has some antimicrobial properties that have made it interesting for many medicinal uses, including soothing cough in children.

One study analyzed the effect of two distinct kinds of honey on kids who were coughing at night compared to the medication diphenhydramine. Working with 87 kids and their relatives, scientists discovered both honey kinds to be as efficient in treating the same symptoms of coughing as standard medication.

Honey is as efficient as dextromethorphan, a popular over-the-counter cough medicine.

Apple cider vinegar and honey recipe:

Mix 2 tablespoons of organic apple cider vinegar with 1 tablespoon of raw honey into one glass of water (8-ounce). Drink for cough relief twice a day.

Side Note: Because of various concerns about raw honey pathogens, avoid providing raw honey to kids under 12 months.

Sore Throat and Cough Remedy

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You also suffer from a sore throat after having experienced a cough for a day or two. Therefore, apple cider vinegar remedies are recommended for both cough and sore throat.

Apple Cider Vinegar sugar and butter recipe:

Add 2 teaspoons of cider vinegar with the same amount of sugar and butter together. According to the archives of UCLA Folk Medicine, take the therapeutic combination three times a day and it will give you relief from a sore throat and dry cough.

Side note: Avoid providing this recipe to kids under 12 months.

Apple Cider Vinegar and Ginger

Ginger is another natural cough remedy. Its place in worldwide folk medicine traditions goes back thousands of years. A study in 2013 also showed that substances discovered in ginger can relieve cough and asthma by relaxing the muscles in the airway.

The combination of ginger and apple cider vinegar can create a natural cough remedy, well-rounded.

Apple cider vinegar, ginger and honey recipe:

Combine 2 tablespoons of organic apple cider vinegar with 1 teaspoon of ground ginger root and 1 tablespoon of honey into one glass of water 8 ounces. Drink for relief twice a day.

Side note: Avoid providing this recipe to kids under 12 months.

Plain Apple Cider Vinegar

Plain apple cider vinegar is a simple way to ease the cough. No study shows that it helps or eliminates the cough. However, there are some theories it is workable. Apple cider vinegar has acetic acids in it. Research shows they are antimicrobial. However, these kill pathogens that cause cough-causing diseases. In addition, apple cider vinegar can reduce inflammation. Too much of it, however, might also cause inflammation and damage.

The physicians may recommend apple cider vinegar remedies if we use it properly. Its acids can operate like lemon or pineapple juice to prevent the feeling that leads to coughing.

Plain apple cider vinegar recipe:

Add 2 tablespoons of organic apple cider vinegar into 8 ounces of water. Drink for cough relief twice a day. Without diluting it, avoid taking plain apple cider vinegar. These can cause pain in the digestive system.

Side Note: Avoid providing this recipe to kids under 12 months.

Apple Cider and Cayenne Pepper

Cayenne pepper has capsaicin in it. According to some studies, capsaicin is a compound of pain-relieving, anti-inflammatory, and expectorant properties.

Traditional apple cider vinegar remedies contained hot peppers (capsaicin) from time to time. However, no studies have yet shown whether cayenne pepper helps the cough. Therefore, cayenne and apple cider vinegar can ease swelling and pain in the neck caused by the cough. It can also help improve the cough that is more productive, less dry.

Apple cider vinegar, cayenne pepper, and honey recipe:

Add 2 tablespoons of organic apple cider vinegar with 1/4 teaspoon of ground cayenne pepper and mix in 1 tablespoon of honey in 8 ounces of water (1 glass). Drink it for cough relief twice a day.

Side Note: Avoid providing this recipe to kids under 12 months.

Apple Cider Cough Syrup

In a tiny bottle, mix 1/4 teaspoon of ground ginger and 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper powder with 2 tablespoons of water that can be lidded. Stir 1 tablespoon raw honey and 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar. Mix well with each other.

Take 1 tablespoon of this blend for cough relief every three to four hours until the syrup has finished. When not in use, screw the lid and store the syrup in your refrigerator. After a week, throw away any remaining combination.

Side Note: Avoid providing this recipe to kids under 12 months.

Related: Health benefits of apple cider vinegar backed by science.

Bottom Line

Apple cider vinegar remedies for cough are very popular, although it is not supported by studies. It may be even more efficient in combination with other natural remedies supported by research. In addition, it is a cheaper option to cough remedies in the mainstream and has fewer side effects. If your dry cough persists unabated after more than a week of using the cider vinegar therapy, seek medical attention.

Sometimes, dry cough may be the symptom of a more severe situation that a skilled health care provider can only identify. If it relates your cough to asthma, never substitute home remedies for doctor-approved treatments. Besides such treatments, you can try home remedies for the extra support they could provide.

Read Next:


Is it true that honey calms coughs better than cough medicine does? Mayo Clinic.

A Review on Pharmacological and Phytochemical Properties of Zingiber officinale Roscoe (Zingiberaceae). Journal of Pharmacy Research. 2011.

Effects of ginger and its constituents on airway smooth muscle relaxation and calcium regulation. Am J Respir Cell Mol Biol. 2013.

Topical preparations for pain relief: efficacy and patient adherence. J Pain Res. 2010.

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Naeem Durrani BSc
Naeem is a freelance medical and nutrition writer. His interests include medical research, and the scientific evidence around effective wellness practices, which empower people to transform their lives.
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