Apple Cider Vinegar Cold Remedy

natural-cold-remedyWell I’m sick. Boo! I almost never get sick, and here I am sick as a dog for the fourth time since Luke was born (4 months ago). Now before you say my immune system is probably down due to lack of sleep I have to say that God blessed me with one of those fabled, magical, unicorn babies who has slept through the night since birth! I figure He decided to throw me a bone after all I went through. I digress.

I guess its probably just one of the joys of the postpartum phase where my body is unrecognizable and nothing works the way it used to, including my immune system.

Since I’m breastfeeding I was leary to take any over the counter medications lest I negatively affect my milk supply. So I got to thinking and googling and came up with this super awesome get-better-soon-elixer.

organic-raw-acv-apple-cider-vinegarHere’s what you need:

Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) Raw unfiltered organic

Honey (preferably organic, raw and local),

and a shot glass.

Raw unfiltered ACV is known to have dozens of health benefits not least of which is its ability to act as a natural expectorant by thinning mucus and draining the lymphatic system. You have to use the raw unfiltered kind, pasteurized ACV does not work as well. I found the Bragg brand at Target and you can also get it on Amazon (click on the image).

The honey not only serves to coat and soothe your sore throat, but raw local honey has wonderful anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties, and works naturally to strengthen the immune system. I buy a big jar of it at the local farmer’s market, but I was fresh out when I took the picture (hence the store-bought variety shown).

To make the Elixer:

Simply pour half a shot (1 TBSP) half a shot of ACV and microwave for about 8 seconds. Add half a shot of honey to the hot ACV. Stir and the shoot it down the gullet. I find its better to just chug it back rather than sip it because the ACV is a bit strong on the nostrils. The honey makes it go down smooth, and warming it up makes you feel all soft and cozy inside. I promise you will feel better after trying this! Do it 2-3 times a day and you’ll be back at it in no time.

A spoon full of HONEY makes the medicine go down in the most delightful way. 🙂


Now I’ve got to stop writing and go back to bed. Hope this works for you!


26 thoughts on “Apple Cider Vinegar Cold Remedy

    1. Joy Watling

      I’m keen to try this, however it is my understanding that heating natural honey destroys the nutritional value (the reason natural honey is good is because it doesn’t go through the heating process of processed honey), and goodness only knows what nuking it in the microwave does. Just dissolve the honey in a little warm water and keep it ALL natural.

  1. Shirley Ngozi Ohadomere

    Great Noelley, i have been taking braggs ACV for a while n its been awesome and my body system feels n acts so good. i hardly get sick or even react to anything. i strongly recommend BRAGGS Apple Cider Vinegar. A natural healer!

  2. Homemaker Chic Post author

    Reblogged this on Homemaker Chic and commented:

    This time of year the weather in Florida changes more often than I change Luke’s diaper. We can go from 42 degrees to 80 in a matter of 1 day, and then back again, and reverse. It takes a toll on our nasal passages and unfortunately Luke and I have both come down with sore throats and sniffles. Luke get’s to rely on good ol’ fashioned breastmilk to make him feel better but Mommy relies on this tried and true remedy. I thought it was worth revisiting in case any of you are feeling crummy too. Here’s to feeling better fast!

    1. Homemaker Chic Post author

      I do this 5-6 times a day when I’m sick. I really don’t see any reason that you could “overdose” on this remedy except perhaps the honey might make a child hyper, and the vinegar could possibly upset their tummy in higher quantities, but there is so little in this elixir that it probably wouldn’t cause any issues.

  3. Misty

    Always have Braggs and just bought some local raw honey a few weeks ago 😉 …..Did my first shot…will do it again a few times tomorrow…. Hope this will kick the cold….will let you know… Thank you

  4. Joanna Robson

    I have had a cold/upper respiratory infection for three weeks and antibiotics aren’t helping. So I decided to try Braggs. I have always had a strong aversion to vinegar of any kind, but I’m desperate. I tried it today and promptly threw-up due to the smell. I’m going to give it a few more tries and maybe add more honey to help with smell & taste and keep it down. 🙂

  5. Lori

    This really does help! I also add cinnamon and I sneak a few teaspoons of it into hot spiced apple cider for my son, because he won’t drink it plain!

    1. Homemaker Chic Post author

      I’m not a doctor but this is not medicine, it’s really just a beverage in theory. So I can’t see any reason why it would be a problem to take along with otc medicines.

  6. Samantha

    Holy bananas!! Just tried this and my dog looked at me like I was nuts after I chugged it and was hopping around the kitchen doing the yuck dance. Not giving up, just wow. I’ll remember to plug my nose next time! Lol!

  7. De

    I just tried. Added a little cinnamon. It completely took my breath. Is now making my throat feel raw. Hoping this will subside. I will try again if it allows some rest.


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