18 Ways to use Apple Cider Vinegar For Colds, Skin Care, Earaches and More

apple cider vinegar for colds

Did you know that there’s a substance in your kitchen right now that kills many types of bacteria, lowers blood sugar, helps you lose weight, reduces your risk of heart disease, and protects against cancer? It’s cheap, easy to find, and never goes bad if kept in the right conditions. If you don’t have a storage of apple cider vinegar, you are missing out!

You can use apple cider vinegar for colds and other common health problems, but it’s also be used for cleaning, taking care of pets, and for beauty. Not to mention you can cook with it.

Here’s a video that explains a little bit about what apple cider vinegar is and how it works. Apples are fermented once into something that resembles alcohol, then fermented again to create the vinegar. The video also starts to explain some uses for vinegar, some that we will cover below and others like cleaning and using it for healthy, beautiful hair.

1. For Heartburn

Apple cider vinegar has acid in it, which makes it sound like a bad choice for heartburn. But if you drink a little diluted in water, it can trick your body to stop producing acid, which is where the heart burn relief comes from. Some people also experience heartburn as a result of too little stomach acid, which apple cider vinegar can be a temporary solution to.

2. For Sore Throats

Natural remedies for sore throats often involve coating the throat in something acidic, which makes it difficult for the germs that cause sore throats to thrive. Combine one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar with one teaspoon of salt and gargle with it, several times a day if needed.

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3. For Upset Stomach

When you have a stomach ache, gas, or indigestion, mix one cup of water with a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and a tablespoon of honey. It works better if the water is warm because it’s easier on the stomach and tastes a little better.

4. For Toenail Fungus

Apple cider vinegar kills fungus, like the kind that grows between our toes and under our toenails. Put enough water in a bucket to completely submerge your feet and add one cup of apple cider vinegar. Soak for 20 minutes.

5. For Candida

Candida is a fungus that can affect our health in a lot of negative ways. But just like toenail fungus, apple cider vinegar is an effective treatment. To treat a candida overgrowth, take one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar before each meal when your stomach is empty.

6. For Dermatitis

An outbreak of dermatitis can be painful, but apple cider vinegar can be the cure. Rub some on the area affected by the dermatitis to sanitize the skin and remove any irritants that might be causing the dermatitis, reduce inflammation, and help the healing process start.

apple cider vinegar for colds

7. For Joint Pain

As we mentioned in the dermatitis section, apple cider vinegar can reduce inflammation. Joint pain is caused by inflammation in the joints and can make it difficult to do the things you need to do in a survival situation. Mix two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar into a glass of water every day to help reduce inflammation and keep away joint pain.

8. For Wart Removal

Use apple cider vinegar for an all natural wart remover. Just soak a cotton ball in apple cider vinegar and put it on top of your wart. Cover with a bandaid and let it work. Do this twice a day until the wart falls off.

9. Apple Cider Vinegar For Colds

One of my favorite home remedies is apple cider vinegar for colds. The reason apple cider vinegar for colds is such an effective remedy is that the vinegar helps balance out ph levels, which makes it harder for bacteria to grow in our bodies. You can drink it with warm water and honey or cook with it. When you feel like you have a cold, eat a salad with apple cider vinegar dressing or drizzle some on your steak once it’s finished cooking.


Here’s another example of how to use apple cider vinegar for colds. In this video, she mixes apple cider vinegar with cinnamon, honey, and lemon in water. This might taste a little better because of the cinnamon and lemon, but those ingredients also add more power to this natural remedy with apple cider vinegar for colds.

10. For Fever

Apple cider vinegar can help reduce a fever. You can soak a rag in water and apple cider vinegar and place it on your forehead while you take a nap to lower the fever. Or you can add a cup of apple cider vinegar to a lukewarm bath and soak for a while.

11. For Diaper Rashes

If your baby has a diaper rash, you can use apple cider vinegar to clear it up. Soak a wipe or cotton ball in some apple cider vinegar and dap it on the diaper rash, allowing it to dry before putting the diaper back on. This can neutralize the irritation from the urine by rebalancing the skin’s ph levels.

12. For UTIs

If you have a urinary tract infection, you need an antibiotic. But if you get chronic UTIs, apple cider vinegar can be an effective way to prevent them from happening. Drinking three tablespoons of apple cider vinegar mixed with a cup of water and honey to taste every day helps flush out bacteria that causes UTIs. You can also add apple cider vinegar to your bath to help keep your skins free from the bacteria that causes UTIs.

13. For Deodorant

Dab apple cider vinegar in your armpits for a natural deodorant. Our armpits stink because of the way bacteria that grows on our skin interacts with our sweat. Apple cider vinegar kills the bacteria so you don’t smell bad. You just smell a bit like vinegar instead.

14. For Vomiting

Drink some apple cider vinegar in water to calm your stomach and stop vomiting. It also makes your breath smell fresher, which prevents you from smelling the vomit and vomiting again.

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15. For Muscle Cramps

There are lots of different causes of muscle and leg cramps. Taking two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar can help the cramps go away when they are happening. But if you get frequent leg cramps at night, you can drink a glass of water with apple cider vinegar before bed each night to help prevent them.

16. For Antihistamine

For an natural alternative to allergy medication, apple cider vinegar and water wins again. Apple cider vinegar can reduce the amount of mucus your produce, which helps stop the constant runny nose. It helps to clean out your lymph nodes, which is where allergy relief comes from.

17. For Cradle Cap

Wash your baby’s hair in water with a bit of apple cider vinegar thrown in. Be careful not to let the vinegar get into your baby’s eyes because it will sting. The vinegar will help lift the dry, flaky skin off of your baby’s head.

18. For Fibroid

Apple cider vinegar can help shrink uterine fibroids. Drink it every day in a mix of water and honey or molasses to taste to see relief.

Although each remedy has its own suggestion on how to best use it, drinking apple cider vinegar diluted in water with honey to taste is a great way to prevent disease in general. You can use apple cider vinegar for colds, pain, allergies, and so much more.

Don’t forget, apple cider vinegar is also a great natural cleaner, face wash, and a makes food taste better. Make sure you have apple cider vinegar in your long term storage.

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