How Does Apple Cider Vinegar Stop Coughing?

apple cider vinegar for cough

Has cough ever annoyed you keeping you awake and taking away your sleep? Cough is the way your body responds when something irritates your throat or airways. Coughing is perfectly normal, however if it’s persistent and continuous then it’s a reason for concern and needs to be treated. This kind of cough could be due to several reasons such as Sinus infections, Allergy or viral infections etc.(1)

Why not try something natural and easily available – Apple Cider Vinegar (Commonly called as ACV).  ACV is fermented juice from crushed apples and had variety of nutrients which acts as a antibacterial and anti fungal properties to treat cough.

How to Use Apple Cider Vinegar for Cough

Apple cider vinegar could be used with variety of natural ingredients which will work best for your cough. Below are some of them:

1. Drinking Apple Cider Vinegar for Cough

Apple Cider Vinegar Solution is for just about everything including coughs(2)

You’ll need:

  • 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup of warm water

Preparation time: 2 minutes.

How to do:

  • Mix apple cider vinegar into 1 cup of warm water.
  • Consume this solution for soothing the throat.

Repetitions: Once a day.

Tip: Apple cider vinegar taste may be sour and if the taste is really bothering you, then you can opt to add a teaspoon of honey to make it taste better.

2. Apple Cider Vinegar and Honey for Cough


  • 2 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoon of honey
  • 1 cup of warm water

Preparation time: 3 minutes.

How to do:

  • Take apple cider vinegar and honey and mix it in a cup of warm water.
  • Stir well then drink this solution to ease the cough.(3)

Repetitions: One or two times a day.

Best time to take: Morning and Before going to bed.

How it works: Honey is rich in antioxidant and antimicrobial properties. Along with apple cider vinegar, it makes an effective remedy to treat cough and soothes throat.

3. Cayenne Pepper and Apple Cider Vinegar for Cough


  • ¼ teaspoon ground Ginger (Extract)
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  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 2 table spoon water

Preparation time: 5 to 10 minutes.

How to do:

  • Combine these ingredients, and consume this as a syrup.(4)

Repetitions: Daily once.

How it works: This solution has natural anti-inflammatory properties which  soothes sore throat and congestion.

4. Apple Cider Vinegar Sugar and Butter Recipe for Cough

This recipe is best suited for dry cough.

You’ll need:

  • 2-3 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar
  • 2-3 teaspoons of butter
  • 2-3 teaspoons of sugar

Preparation time: 5 minutes.

How to do:

  • mix apple cider vinegar with butter and sugar.
  • Mix this thoroughly and consume this 2-3 times a day for cough relief.

Repetitions: 2-3 times a day.

Tip: You can also add few drops of lemon juice for best results.

5. Apple Cider Vinegar Peppermint Tea for Cough

You’ll need:

Preparation time: 5 minutes.

How to do:

  • For making this tea, mix 1 cup of peppermint tea flavored water (warm for gargle) and 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar.
  • Use this solution for gargle and repeat this for best results.(5)

Repetitions:  Once a day.

Best time to drink: morning.

How it works: Peppermint contains menthol which works as a decongestant and found in many cough products and medications. Apple cider vinegar too help to clear congestion.

6. Apple Cider Vinegar with Juice Extracts for Cough

You’ll need:

  • juice of one carrot
  • juice of 1 apple
  • ginger
  • 4 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
  • 2 drops of liquid cayenne pepper extract
  • 2 table spoons of honey

Preparation time: 5 to 10 minutes.

How to do:

  • Mix all ingredients thoroughly.
  • Heat this mixture to not more than 110 degrees and add 2 table spoons of honey at the end.
  • There is no need of cooking the honey.
  • Sip this and find a good relief from cough and sore throat.

Repetitions: Daily once.

Best time to take: Morning or night.

How it works: Carrots are rich in Vitamin C and Vitamin B which fights against virus causing dry cough  and along with apple cider vinegar, ginger and apple makes it a very effective remedy.

Tips and Precautions:

  • Always wash your hands often and keep them sanitized.
  • If the cough is continuing for more than a week along with other symptoms such as fever, headache and difficulty in breathing then its always advised to seek medical practitioners suggestion.
  • Children with cough should always be seen by a pediatrician.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

All these Apple cider vinegar remedies will work very well for different  types of cough. However if the cough is getting worsened instead of getting better and is lasting for a long time then it will be wise to seek a medical opinion. We hope these remedies cure your cough and give you relief. However if this doesn’t cure, we would suggest visiting the doctor for further consultation.

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