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Honey and Vinegar Home Remedies

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Katie Leigh is a freelance writer and editor based in Chicago. A Loyola University New Orleans graduate with a bachelor's degree in communications, Leigh has worked as a copy editor, page designer and reporter for several daily newspapers and specialty publications since 2005.
Honey and Vinegar Home Remedies
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Overview

Vinegar and honey are a classic home remedy pairing. They are often used together in homemade cough syrups and cold remedies, as well as treatments for arthritis and leg cramps. Both ingredients soothe chest congestion, coughs and sore throats. They can also aid in circulation and loosen stiff, sore joints.

Arthritis

Some people mix honey and vinegar to ease the symptoms of arthritis. According to "The Arthritis Bible," there is no scientific explanation for why this works, but some people have reported looser joints and less pain upon beginning a honey and vinegar regimen. To make the arthritis home remedy, pour 8 oz. of warm water in a mug and add 2 tbsp. each of honey and apple cider vinegar. Drink this mixture each day for best results.

Common Cold

Vinegar and honey are two ingredients in a non-alcoholic hot toddy that can treat symptoms related to the common cold, such as congestion and sore throats. Heat 8 oz. of lemonade on the stove or in the microwave until it's steamy, but not simmering. Add 1 tbsp. of honey, 1 tbsp. of white or apple cider vinegar, and a pinch of cayenne pepper. Drink the mixture immediately, while it's still warm. Repeat this treatment every couple of hours until your symptoms subside.

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Leg Cramps

Honey and vinegar promote healthy circulation, which can help those who suffer from periodic leg craps. Take 2 tbsp. of apple cider vinegar and 1 tbsp. of honey each evening before bed to keep nighttime cramps at bay. Use the treatment before working out if you tend to cramp up at the gym. If you can't stomach the vinegar and honey on their own, dissolve them in a bit of warm water first.

Cough Syrup

Honey and vinegar are two of the principle ingredients in homemade cough syrup. This strong-tasting syrup really helps calm persistent coughs that accompany chest colds and infections. Besides the soothing properties of honey and vinegar, this syrup also contains ginger, a natural anti-inflammatory. Mix 2 tbsp. of hot water, 1 tbsp. of apple cider vinegar, 1 tbsp. of honey, 1/4 tsp. of ground cayenne pepper and 1/4 tsp. of ground ginger. Take 1 tsp. of the homemade cough syrup every two to three hours.

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