Staying Healthy During Cold & Flu Season- How To Use Apple Cider Vinegar To Help Your Family Beat Sickness (Or Recover Quickly!)

by Catherine on February 23, 2012

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Staying Healthy During Cold & Flu Season- How To Use Apple Cider Vinegar To Help Your Family Beat Sickness (Or Recover Quickly!)

By Catherine Slezinger

While we’re on the topic of warding off colds and flus, I thought I’d share with you one of my favorite recipes for preventing sickness, or treating if if you’ve already come down with something.  It’s very simple to make, and very economical as well!  You can have it every day, even if you’re not sick.  My husband and I enjoy having a cup each evening after the kids go to bed. 

It combines the alkalizing benefits of apple cider vinegar, (when you are sick your body is searching to regain its PH balance) the antibacterial and antimicrobial properties of raw honey, and the immune system boosting power of cinnamon.

It is also highly effective at draining out mucus from your sinuses, so if you have sinus issues or a sinus infection, it’s really good for that!  For the same reason it is very good for soothing coughs.  One time a friend was over with her two girls, who were both coughing helplessly. I made them each a glass and they stopped coughing almost immediately.  This drink is very soothing to the respiratory system!

All right, so enough about its amazing benefits! Here’s the recipe!

Cold & Flu Season Cider

8-10 oz. filtered or spring water
1/8 teaspoon organic cinnamon
1 teaspoon organic, unfiltered & unheated honey (Like Really Raw Honey)
1 tbsp organic, raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar (Like Bragg’s)

Bring 8 oz. water to a boil.  While the water is heating up, measure out the honey, cinnamon, and cider vinegar into a cup.  Pour freshly boiled water into cup, and stir well.  You can drink this multiple times a day if you want.  Enjoy!

Let me know if you try this recipe, and what your family thinks!

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With much love,

Catherine Slezinger

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  • stanley

    been drinking this for weeks still sick with running nose and spitting up huge green mucus. does not work.

  • Jennifer

    I’m getting ready to go make some. Both my husband and I came down with head colds on Saturday. Ready to have complete relief! Thanks for sharing!

  • JOHN

    Did I do something wrong, I followed the recipe, I am still coughing. Most people said it worked almost instantly. Its been almost an hr. Should I have added something more than the other?

  • Kelly


    I was just told today by my son’s pediatrician to stay away from honey and especially raw for as long as posible due to causing a rare food poisoning. He is 20 months old. Is this true? Should I wait…I have given it to him before though

    • Catherine

      Hi Kelly! No, don’t wait :) Most people are paranoid of raw products but organic raw honey is totally safe over age 1 :) I’ve given it to all my babies!!

  • stanley

    Most important thing is hand washing. Keep your hands away from your face. Stay away from sick people, take ginger, vit. d, b’s. clean cell phones, tv remotes, with alcohol wipes. do not shake hands with people, smile and wave–who needs their germs??? Use paper towel to open bathroom doors, do not use blowers in bathrooms. wash wash wash hands….

    • Catherine

      So true Stanley!!

  • GG

    I’m really interested in trying this I’m trying to go more organic with meals now. I could be totally off the wall here, but I though I heard that it was important to have your apple cider heated to kill all bacteria. Is it safe raw?

    • Catherine

      Yes GG, raw is the only way to have it!! It’s beneficial bacteria and extremely healthy for you!

  • Karen

    This is so good…I was a little skeptical and usually only take shots of Bragg’s, and don’t care for sweet drinks. It is the perfect balance! Thank you so much for sharing!

    • Catherine

      You’re so welcome Karen, glad you enjoyed it!!!

  • Hannah

    Thank you for this recipe! I have been fighting a bad chest cold all weekend. :-( I just finished drinking this and it really helped! It was soothing and my cough is much better!

    • Catherine

      I’m so glad to hear that Hannah!! Hope you feel better soon!!

  • Amanda

    Hi. My sister-in-law sent me your site today b/c I am getting sick. I love the way the cinnamon overpowers the taste of the ACV. It tastes like warm cider at Christmas time!!! I am so thankful she clued me in on this treasure! I do not currently have organic cinnamon but do have raw honey and Bragg’s ACV.
    I use Bragg’s ACV diluted w/equal amount of water daily as a face toner. I love it. The smell is atrocious at first but you get used to it. I like to make a raw honey, olive oil, and salt mask and sit for 20 min. Then wash and use the ACV toner. My face is so soft and hydrated.

  • Jaime

    Drinking it now- it’s great! Will definitely make this a daily routine!

  • Cc

    Hi. I am pregnant and have a sore throat with a cough. I’d love to try this… Is it okay for pregnant women? Thanks!

    • Catherine

      Hi Cc! Yes, it is, I drank it while pregnant and it helped immensely!!

  • Joe

    It’s 5 in the morning, miserable with flu and just tried this recipe. Fantastic, tastes great! I even added a tiny bit of fresh lemon. Thanks so much for this great tip.

  • Emil

    Cut a piece of ginger root that’s about 2 inches long, dice it, then muddle it in the hot water before adding the other ingredients you already mentioned- tastes great and adds yet another natural healing and soothing ingredient to the recipe.
    Most of the family was sick with the flu and I did not recieve a flu shot for the first year that I can remember, but they did. I started getting a sore throat so I drank 2 of these a day (1 in the morning and 1 at night) and it completely stopped it… Every else got sick except for me.

  • Jessica

    I make something similar for my daughter at least once a week. But I use chamamoile tea as well. She loves it!

  • Miles

    This is amazing works everytime :)

  • Linda

    How about trying equal parts honey and avc? Local raw honey has great benefits.

    • Catherine

      Hi Linda!! Yes, you could definitely do that! I often do up to 1 tbsp acv. Make sure your local raw honey is unheated, unfiltered and organic too! :)

  • Michelle

    Aren’t you losing a lot of the benefits of the raw honey by pouring boiling water over it? I understand it’s the simplest way to incorporate the honey, but it’s no longer raw if it’s been cooked.

    • Catherine

      Hi Michelle! I usually just heat the water until it’s just warm enough to be a tea. Then it’s warm enough to melt the honey, but it doesn’t over heat it :)

  • Christina

    This is a super remedy and great if you are pregnant for both being sick or heartburn :)

  • Nia B

    Drinking this as I type and WOW! Thanks for sharing!

  • Trisha

    I’ve been taking the Braggs apple cider vinegar with regular apple juice. Helps so much to get it down. I discovered acv when we got food poisoning. I cant be totally positive if that’s what did it, but we didnt get sicker, and it slowly started to go away (we were taking plain ‘shots’ of the heinz stuff, rough but its what we had) Ever since, Ive been trying to find out more about what acv will help. Theres not a lot of real research, but a lot of people attesting, to so many things its cured. With this new flu outbreak, im drinking it anyway, what can it hurt. Just remember to rinse or brush your teeth after. Ive heard its hard on the enamel.

    • Catherine

      That’s awesome Trisha!! Yes, it sure can’t hurt, it will help you a ton this cold & flu season!!

  • Grace

    Can I drink this when I’m expecting? (Currently 5 months with a terrible cold/sinus issues) Looking for something without medicine.

    • Catherine

      Yes definitely Grace!! I took it when pregnant and was having sinus problems with our first. It helped a ton!!!

  • Susan s.

    Just made some for myself and my 16 year old son. He has a horrible sinus infection and cough. Hope it makes a difference for him! I have high hopes! Im drinking it because im hoping to ward off the flu and in afraid to get a flu shot! How many cups should i drink in a day for that?

    • Catherine

      It should really help sinuses Susan!! You can drink 2-3 cups of it daily. Also, make sure you boost your Vit. D levels, probiotics, fermented foods, etc, as all these things will really help too!

  • Samantha F in St. Paul

    I just found out about this and I am going to try it with my 6 year old who is constantly having to blow her nose and is coughing because of post nasal drip. So much so we saw a pediatric ENT and she ended up needing surgery (she would have anyway) but her nose is still running and she’s still coughing!

    • Catherine

      Hi Samantha!! Let me know how it goes! You may also want to look into a netti pot and essential oils like the Young Living brand :) Also beef up her probiotics through fermented foods and probiotic supplements like GOL’s kids :)

  • Angela

    Both my toddlers loved it! Thanks for posting!

    • Catherine

      I’m so glad to hear that Angela!! You’re welcome!!

  • Shari

    I love this recipe idea. I have started eating a low glycemic diet and they suggest agave nectar over honey because it doesnt spike your blood sugars. Is organic raw honey better than agave nectar. If so, why? Love all your ideas…thank you!!

  • Ruby

    Sounds awesome!!! I’m going to be making some in a few minutes as I’ve had sick kiddos with runny noses and cough for about a week :/ thanks so much !!

  • Kathy

    I’ve been looking for a palatable way to work apple cider vinegar into my daily diet quickly and easily. ACV tends to make me gag but I feel so much better when I drink it! This worked for me although I had to double the honey and cinnamon…ha ha! I wish I could find a way to drink it without the added sugar. I’ve tried it with stevia but that makes it taste like whiskey. Thanks for your recipe!

    • Catherine

      You are welcome Kathy!! I know, ACV has a very strong taste. I haven’t found a way to make it taste good without the honey either, although I often drink it without it, but just swallow it as fast as I can!! That’s hilarious about the stevia making it taste like whiskey!! lol!!

  • Kelley

    Hey would this work with local honey and store-bought cider? That’s all I have on hand right now. I just didn’t know if it would be worth trying until I purchase the raw products.

    • Catherine

      Hi Kelley!! Yes, it definitely would work, just wouldn’t have quite the same power as the raw, but definitely much better than nothing!! :)

  • kELLIE

    Hi! Thanks for making me feel better! I was starting to feel like I was getting a cold last night and I made this cider and today I feel great. I’m going to drink it again tonight to make sure I keep the cold far away from me and my family.

    • Catherine Slezinger

      That is awesome Kellie!! I’m so glad to hear it! Thanks for letting me know and hope you continue to feel great :)

  • Tiffany Deaton

    Just tried this remedy–amazing. Found this link on Pinterest. Thanks.

    • Catherine

      You’re welcome Tiffany!! Nice to meet you!! :)

  • Kari

    This might sound really silly, but is this safe for kiddos? My 3 year old son has a cold right now.

    • Catherine

      It’s not silly Kari!! Yes, it’s totally safe for kiddos. As long as they’re over age 1, for the honey :)

  • Sarah W

    making this tonight for my throat :)

    • Catherine

      Hope you enjoyed it Sarah!!

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