Vinegar has been used for thousands of years; in fact, the earliest traces of the fermented liquid were found in Egyptian urns from around the year 3000 BC.
Vinegar can be made by the fermentation of various fruits and grains, or from beer or wine. Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is simple vinegar made from the fermentation of apple cider.
Vinegar is commonly used for culinary purposes, often as an ingredient in salad dressings, sauces, condiments such as mustard and ketchup, and marinades.
Other common uses include medicinal and naturopathic preparations.
There are three methods you can try:
- As a drink. Add 2 teaspoons ACV to a mug of water, and microwave until steaming. Honey may be added to improve the taste. Breathe in the vapors as you drink.
- Vapors. Add 1/4 cup ACV to the water in your vaporizer and breathe in the mist.
- Nasal Rinse. Dilute 1-2 tablespoons ACV in several tablespoons distilled water (NOT tap water). Sniff into each nostril, allowing the mixture to run down the back of your throat.
Why it Works
The potassium in the vinegar may help decrease the formation of mucus, while the steam may thin mucus. Both can reduce congestion and prevent or treat sinus infections. In addition, apple cider vinegar is an antiseptic, so it may kill the germs responsible for the infection.
Consuming too much vinegar can harm the esophagus, teeth, and stomach lining. Be sure to visit your doctor if your sinus infection symptoms do not improve.
Nasal rinses can also be dangerous if your tools and the water are contaminated.
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