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Apple cider vinegar and honey is my favorite go-to natural home remedy for a common cold. When I feel like I am starting to get cold symptoms, I simply drink a cup or two of this throughout the day. It is amazing how these two common ingredients in my kitchen can work wonders in a body to fight off a cold and keep me healthy!
Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is made by fermenting pieces of apple until it turns from alcohol into a vinegar full of healthy microorganisms. Have you ever looked at a bottle of unfiltered ACV and noticed what looks like bits of slime floating in it? I’ll admit that years ago before I knew what that was, I thought my ACV went bad and threw it out (that’s actually a bit embarrassing to admit!) If only I had known then what I know now.
That slime is actually called the “Mother” of the vinegar. Apple cider vinegar with the “Mother” floating in the bottle is actually the best kind of ACV you can buy. It means your ACV is all natural, unfiltered and full of healthy amino acids, acetic acid and potassium. Our two favorite brands of ACV are this one and this one.
Health Benefits of Raw Honey
Raw honey means the honey has not been pasteurized or heated to kill off the healthy nutrients. Honey is full of natural anti-oxidants, vitamins and minerals. It is touted to be anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal.
After reading this article on the prevalence of diluted, impure honey showing up on grocery store shelves I realized just how important it is to make sure you are buying real, raw honey. The best way to ensure this? Buy it local directly from the beekeeper!
The ACV and Honey Cold Remedy Recipe
This recipe is quite simple to make and can be whipped up in just a few minutes. I love how the sweetness of the honey balances the tart flavor of the vinegar to make a zippy beverage even my toddler will drink!
- 1 TBS apple cider vinegar
- 1 TBS raw honey
- 1 cup of warm water
Mix the ACV and honey in the cup of warm water and drink to your health. See, I told you it was easy!
Apple cider vinegar and honey is a natural folk remedy that has been around for hundreds of years. For me, it is a cure for the common cold. It is simple, natural, low-cost and easy to make. No wonder it is my go-to natural home remedy for the common cold!
If you’re curious about the other health benefits and uses of Apple Cider Vinegar, you might want to check out this book all about “the miracle health benefits” of ACV!
February 2016 update: We learned how to make homemade fermented apple cider vinegar to use in our all natural cold remedy. Apple cider vinegar is so easy to make, learn how to make ACV in this post!