Apple cider vinegar, natures antimicrobial for any sore throats! And how I love thee... for preserving and pickling things, for flavouring fruit and vegetables with your pungency and apple sweetness, for being a fermented condiment, and most importantly for supporting immunity. Thanking the women of my lineage for this decades old family tip, I especially love the properties of using a dilute solution of organic apple cider vinegar for the onset of any sore, raspy, dry, changing season, or about to get infected throats. It is one of the best home based remedies that is effective and easy to make.
Apple cider vinegar contains acetic acid, like all vinegars, which inhibits many microbes, and when gargled it can stop you becoming unwell. It's a good idea to keep some at home, at work, and in your bathroom bag if you are travelling. I have been recommending this gargle to my clients for many years, and when they gargle at first sign of any throat tickles, they do not become unwell. I would recommend keeping some handy in a 100mL bottle and dropper as this is easiest way to keep it handy; if you make an appointment with me and need one of these bottles, please just ask, I have many!
How to use Apple Cider Vinegar:
At the first sign of a different or sore throat sensation make 2 teaspoons of organic apple cider vinegar (10mL) mixed in a 250mL glass of water. Gargle a mouthful for a few seconds and spit out, repeat 4-5 times throughout the day where possible, 1-4 days as needed, to hold the bugs at bay. Make a fresh glass each day. Add a teaspoon honey if you need to, but this vinegar has a sweetish flavour and most people are fine with it.
Along with the vinegar gargle, I would also recommend going to bed earlier in the evening, and don’t drink any alcohol for a day or three, and we will have you feeling 100% in no time.
A big thanks to @moorhousecreative for the photography!