This post is the first in a series of articles we're writing while researching the health benefits of apple cider vinegar. The base reference book we're using for the series is the the Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar Miracle Health System book written by Paul & Patricia Bragg which we do sell in store.

Whether it's from a post nasal drip, hayfever, a cold or viral infection or simply having food intolerances, having mucus build up in your sinus cavities can be anything from mildly annoying to creating breathing difficulties and troubles sleeping as a result. On page 35 of the book, it is suggest that (in conjuction with removing dairy, eggs and sugar from the diet), ample consumption of Bragg apple cider vinegar can help you combat mucus issues.

Simple ways to add apple cider vinegar in to your daily diet

  • Take a glass of warm water and add equal parts of apple cider vinegar and raw honey (approx 1 to 2 teaspoons of each), stir and drink. This can be consumed before breakfast, mid morning and mid afternoon if you wish.
  • Combine 1 to 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar to a good quality extra virgin organic olive oil and use as a salad dressing or to season steamed vegetables or potatoes.

Apple Cider Vinegar as a throat gargle

Making a throat gargle from apple cider vinegar can also help rid your sinus cavities of mucus. Take 1 teaspoon of ACV in a warm glass of water and gargle 3 times a day until the mucus subsides. The Bragg book also suggests that sipping fresh carrot & green juice will assist in this process. For the best results, remember this isn't a 'drink', it's food / medicine, so quality is important. If you can afford one, get a cold press juicer. You will have a higher nutrient content in the juice and in the long run, spend less money on quality raw organic produce than using a cheaper centrifugal juicer.

Apple Cider Vinegar as a natural mouthwash

Take the same solution, 1 teaspoon in a glass of water, rinse and discard. This helps to kill bacteria in the mouth and to fight dental plaque and tartar build up (as does the art of oil pulling with coconut oil). It also helps keep your breath fresh.

Apple Cider Vinegar Nasal Wash

Another way to help relieve nasal mucus is by creating a nasal wash with apple cider vinegar. Add 1/2 a teaspoon to one cup of warm distilled water. Sniff the solution up your left nostril, roll your head back, then side to side and blow the solution and mucus out. Repeat on the other side. Word of warning, sniffing liquids up your nasal passage is something you should discuss with a natural health practitioner or your doctor first. It's absolutely vital that whatever you do this with is sterile. You can choose to use a Neti Pot, and we are currently researching these to add to the store.

Please remember, nothing in this blog post or any others constitutes medical advice. These are simple tips we've read in the Bragg book as information you can read and discuss with a health care professional to find out if they are right for you.