Apple cider vinegar remedies have a lengthy history being used for treatment of sore throat and varicose veins. You can use it as a natural healing agent, consumed in a slight amount or diluted in water. But there is no solid scientific evidence to support the use of apple cider vinegar for cough and sore throat. However, research supports some health benefits of ACV, but most of the claims are anecdotal, which are based on traditional uses rather than science.
What is Apple Cider Vinegar?
They produce apple cider vinegar from a multi-step fermentation process, converting apple juice into apple cider. It contains a variety of vitamins and minerals such as B vitamins and vitamin C, as well as acetic acid. However, it might be difficult to tell what is in some apple cider vinegar products. There is no set standard for ingredients. As a result, the amount of ingredient in each apple cider vinegar product may differ. Here are some traditional apple cider vinegar remedies for cough and sore throat.
Apple cider vinegar and honey cough remedy
Honey and apple cider vinegar is a very popular natural cough remedy. This is because both honey and apple cider vinegar can form a group together. In addition, honey has some antimicrobial properties that have made it appealing for medicinal use. It can sooth cough in children and have same effects as some cough syrups. One study analyzed the effect of two different honey on kids who were coughing at night. Scientists discovered both types of honey were efficient in treating the same symptoms of coughing as standard medication. (1)
Summary: Honey is as efficient as dextromethorphan, a popular over-the-counter cough medicine.
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. Because of various concerns about raw honey pathogens, avoid giving raw honey to kids under 12 months. In addition, apple cider vinegar contains acetic acid and should not be given to children. The above recipe may work for adult, but we strongly recommend that you should seek medical help if you think your cough is not because of a common cold.
Apple cider vinegar Sore throat remedy
You will suffer from a sore throat after having experienced a cough for a day or two. The antibacterial properties in apple cider vinegar may relieve a sore throat. Many studies show that apple cider vinegar has natural antibacterial properties, which can fight infections. Its acidic nature can break down mucus in the throat and prevent bacteria from spreading. (2)
Summary: Apple cider vinegar has antimicrobial properties that can help treat infections in the throat.
Add 2 teaspoons of cider vinegar with one cup of water and gargle with it 2 to 3 times per hour. It will give you relief from a sore throat and dry cough. You can also take a small sip and repeat the process 2 to 3 times per hour. Drink a lot of water during this process.
Apple cider vinegar and ginger remedy
Ginger has a lengthy history of use in both traditional and alternative medicine. To mention a few, it has been used to improve digestion, relieve nausea, and treat common flu and cold. A study in 2013 shows 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, well-rounded cough remedy. (3)
Summary: Ginger has been used to cure flu and common cold, as well as to promote digestion and ease nausea. The combination of ginger and apple cider vinegar can produce a well-balanced cough treatment.
Add 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 twice a day to give you relieve from cough. Don’t give this mixture to children.
Apple cider vinegar remedies for cough are very popular, although science does not support its use in treating cough and sore throat. In combination with other natural substances such as ginger and honey, it may be worth to try. It is a cheaper option to relieve cough and sore throat. If your dry cough continues for more than a week of using the cider vinegar remedies, seek medical help. Sometimes, dry cough may be the symptom of a more severe condition, which only a doctor can find out. If you have asthma related cough, never substitute your medicine with home remedies. However, these home remedies only work if you think your cough symptoms are common cold and flu related.
- 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.
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