I've used apple cider vinegar in hot water with some honey as an aid to break down the crystals that cause all the pain in my arthritis for quite a while now but I put it to another use yesterday.
My cold/flu ended up settling on my chest and making it very difficult to sleep because every time I laid down I would wake up coughing and coughing. I coughed so much that I made my throat sore. When I looked yesterday I could see that the back of my throat was ulcerated and I tried my normal remedy of gargling with salt water. Unfortunately the salt water could not cope with it.
Then I wondered whether apple cider vinegar would help. So I poured some apple cider vinegar in some warm water and gargled a bit with that and then sipped a little bit of it too so that I was swallowing some of it.
It should be noted that you need to rinse your teeth with clear water after as tooth enamel and cider vinegar do not go too well together!
This morning when I woke up (after only waking up once coughing) I was surprised to see that my throat was now clear. Bliss....
So after trying throat lozenges, cough medicines and all the rest the only thing that cleared it up quickly was apple cider vinegar! Oh and I rubbed Olbas oil on my chest too and that seems to have cleared up most of the congestion.
Good old natural remedies - they really are the best.