I realize that I’m very late to the party on this one, but I’ve recently been turned on to the incredible healing powers of apple cider vinegar! As I expand my repertoire of natural remedies, I feel inclined to share on my experiences with this one.
During my Mother’s Day weekend getaway with K, I came down with what I thought was the flu. By Monday, I was taking medicine around the clock to fight it, and I was dreading the plane trip back home. While the meds seemed to do wonders with knocking me out and taking a bit of the edge off, my illness stayed steady with me for six days. I haven’t been sick for a steady six days since I was very young. My immune system is generally pretty strong, so I was starting to feel alarmed.
I began reading up on some natural remedies to take, as zonking myself with medication wasn’t doing the trick, and also wasn’t allowing for much productivity from me. I read some intriguing information on essential oils that I will likely revisit, but the apple cider vinegar remedy stuck out as particularly inviting. A student of mine had told me in the past that he swears by the stuff, and we happened to have a large bottle of it in the pantry, compliments of my chef husband. The ingredients for the sore throat gargle were fairly simple:
1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup of warm water
In addition to trying this, I also decided to go with a dilution mixture to drink, much like tea:
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1 fresh lemon slice (for juice)
1 teaspoon honey
2 cups warm water
Mix the vinegar and lemon juice in water and heat. Stir honey into hot water and sip.
Apple cider vinegar is potent, but within an hour my throat was no longer scratchy and sore. After drinking the mixture above, I began feeling more like myself – a bit congested still, but very much on the mend. I plan to keep drinking the mixture until whatever this virus is gets stamped out. Thank goodness for NATURAL remedies!!