Vinegar to ease nasal congestion?

The recent most interesting TCM advice I’ve heard is to use steaming vinegar to relieve a stuffy nose.  Sure, vinegar is a mild disinfectant, but will that really unblock a mucous-filled nose?

So with my currently quite intense nasal congestion and sinus headache, I put it to the test.

I wasn’t very clear what kind of vinegar I was  supposed to use or how I was supposed to do it, but here’s what I did…

Procedure: Add equal parts apple cider vinegar and white vinegar into a pot and heat.  When it started steaming, I just leaned my face over it and tried to breathe in through my nose.

Experience: Breathing in through the one nostril that was working at the time gave me a very shocking stinging sensation.  Accidentally breathing in through my mouth sent me into a coughing fit. And my eyes, even when closed were just burning.  Definitely not pleasant.

But its all worth it if it works, right?

Result: No go. The one side of my nose that was already sort of working got clearer, but the other side didn’t change.  I still couldn’t breathe through my nose as a whole.   And it sure didn’t help my deeper sinus congestion at all.

I really hate to say it, but in this case, steroidal nasal sprays work better.

Did I do it wrong? Use the wrong kind of vinegar? Anyone else had success?

Update: Apparently I did use the wrong kind of vinegar.  White vinegar is typically used for cleaning and therefore would explain the stinging sensation.  I found out that dark rice vinegar is supposed to be used.  I haven’t tried this, as I haven’t had the need. But I’ll try again next time.  Or someone else can try and post in the comments their results.

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2 Responses to “Vinegar to ease nasal congestion?”

  1. As you can see, these are plenty of nasal spray side effects which you are exposing your self to if you often use nasal sprays…

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  2. Jamie says:

    My 2 cents: Put Vicks or any decongestant vaporizing rub (I just use Walgreens) on your chest, under your nose and/or on your feet (put socks on afterward). And take a nice, long hot shower! Hope this helps anyone!

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