Apple cider vinegar is so versatile and can be used in a variety of recipes as a low fat salad dressing and in place of lemon juice. It is also a cheap natural ingredient that can be used for medicinal purposes to provide rapid relief from the effects of a sore throat and other common ailments. But it is not easy to swallow a tablespoon or two of apple cider vinegar without pulling a face and wanting to quickly counteract the pungent taste that it leaves behind.
Pure apple cider vinegar is harsh and contains acetic acid, which can damage the tooth enamel and the tissues in the throat and mouth if it is swallowed without being diluted. I would therefore recommend diluting apple cider vinegar in a glass of water. Add up to two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar into an 8floz glass of cold water and continue to dilute it after each sip if the taste of the apple cider vinegar is still too strong to drink. Diluting the apple cider vinegar in water will not lessen the medicinal effects. The apple cider vinegar will still work to cure a sore throat within 24-48 hours if it is regularly administered throughout the day, without having to resort to over the counter medicines or prescriptions from your doctor.
Honey mixed with lemon is often used as a natural home remedy for colds, sore throats and other common problems. But instead of mixing honey with some lemon juice in a drink, add some apple cider vinegar instead. The sweetness of the honey combined with the apple cider vinegar will help to make the apple cider vinegar easier to swallow. Again, make sure you dilute the apple cider vinegar, as well as the honey into a drink of water or fruit juice to lessen the chances of harsh wear on the teeth, throat or mouth, and drink it through a straw.
Although apple cider vinegar is quite a controversial home remedy and its health benefits are disputed by many health care professionals, apple cider vinegar can help people to overcome common ailments such as a sore throat. But before you rush out to the shops and stock your pantry with apple cider vinegar, make sure that you research apple cider vinegar. When you are happy that this is the right home remedy for you, remember to always dilute apple cider vinegar with water in order to protect yourself from direct contact with the acidity of the vinegar. Another way to make apple cider vinegar more palatable is to dilute it in a glass of water or juice with some honey.
** The author is not a health care professional. If you have any existing health problems such as high blood pressure, osteoporosis or other medical conditions controlled by medication, talk with your doctor before you start taking apple cider vinegar to ensure that the vinegar does not interact with your medication. **