Apple cider vinegar has always been looked to for its natural healing powers, from helping bladder infections to the common cold. When you are fighting a cold, the body's pH value is too alkaline. Apple cider vinegar helps balance acid-alkaline levels. You can purchase apple cider vinegar at a health food store or regular grocery store.
Things You'll Need
- Apple cider vinegar, liquid or pills
- Water, juice or tea
- Measuring cup
There are a few ways to make a cold remedy using apple cider vinegar. Start by mixing 2 tablespoons of vinegar with 8 ounces of juice, water or tea. Drink this mixture three times a day to help with cold symptoms.
If the mixture is too strong for your taste, then try to drink 24 ounces of the vinegar mixture over the course of the day instead of the three servings. Put at least 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar into your mixture.
If you don't want to drink the apple cider vinegar mixture, you can take apple cider vinegar in its pill form. The recommended dosage is one or two capsules daily.
You can also gargle with the vinegar to help a sore throat. Take equal parts of vinegar and water and mix them. Gargle the mixture for a few minutes every hour or so to help relieve the symptoms of a sore throat.
For chest congestion, soak a paper towel in some apple cider vinegar. Wring it out and sprinkle pepper on one side of the paper. Put the paper towel, pepper side down, on your chest, using medical tape or a bandage wrap to hold it in place. Keep on the chest for at least 20 minutes to help break up chest congestion.
For a stuffy nose or headache, add 1/8 cup of apple cider vinegar to the water in your humidifier. Breathing in the vapors will help relieve sinus pressure and help clear the nasal passages.