05 Nov Four Smart Uses of Apple Cider Vinegar
A bottle of vinegar is essential to cooking – antiseptic, facilitating digestion and essential for the preservation of food, the virtues of vinegar are well-known. However vinegar – and more particularly, organic cider vinegar, derserves just as much as a place in your bathroom as your kitchen!
Historical records show that apple juice has been fermented into vinegar since 5000 B.C.E. and throughout the ages, apple cider vinegar has been used to stimulate circulation, aid in the detoxification of the liver, to purify blood, cleanse lymph nodes, and improve immune system response. In fact, Hippocrates often prescribed it for coughs and colds, when mixed with a touch of honey.
The benefits of raw and unfiltered apple cider vinegar derive from it’s powerful healing compounds, which include acetic acid, potassium, magnesium, probiotics and enzymes. Acetic acid has the ability to kill dangerous ‘bad’ bacteria and at the same time, foster the growth of beneficial ‘good’ bacteria. As acetic acid kills unwanted bacteria when it comes into contact with it, it essentially acts as a natural antibiotic. This means apple cider vinegar naturally provides numerous benefits related to skin, digestion and immunity health without any side effects. Additionally, apple cider vinegar is a good source of polyphenols. Research supports the role of polyphenols in the prevention of cardiovascular diseases, cancers, osteoporosis, diabetes and neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s.
So without further ado, we present to you four ways to exploit the remarkable powers of this product:
Natural Hair Conditioner
Apple cider vinegar (AVC) rebalances the pH of the scalp and also is a great anti-dandruff fighter. Not only does it help to remove excess buildup of mineral deposits, it improves blood circulation to the hair follicles to encourage hair growth and prevent loss. If you rinse your hair regularly with apple cider vinegar, it makes removing tangles from your hair easier and closes the cuticles to improve porosity and encourage stronger strands, it leads to a reduction in breakage and split ends. To use as a conditioning agent, mix 1/2 glass of vinegar with 1 litre of mineral water. Pour the solution onto your scalp after shampooing before rinsing it off with water. Don’t worry about smelling like vinegar, as this won’t be the case! We promise you, you’ll be left with soft and shiny hair!
The pH of apple cider vinegar makes it an excellent remedy for skin issues; it purifies the skin and prevents inflammation! You can directly apply AVC onto your affected areas or dilute it in water to use as a facial tonic; we generally recommend adding 1 teaspoon in 200 ml of mineral water to use after cleansing your face or removing your make-up. The tonic is also great for those suffering from oily skin. The malic acid in ACV contains antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial properties that keep the skin clean, balanced and free of acne while encouraging it to heal itself. And for a more ‘inside-out’ treatment, we recommend drinking 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar diluted in a glass of water each morning before breakfast. This will not only aid in digestion and act as a great detox, but will also help to prevent future breakouts. Just remember never to drink ‘pure’ vinegar!
With its calming effects, organic apple cider vinegar is a great remedy for rashes, sunburns or other skin irritations such as allergies. If you find yourself with a sunburn, you can use ACV to help promote healing, prevent blistering, relieve the pain and decrease the redness. Just combine half a cup of ACV with four cups of water cup and then dip a clean washcloth in the mixture and apply it to affected areas. Use the same method for eradicating the itch and pain of a bug bite. Avoid the eyes, of course. This can also be a great remedy for young children suffering from insect bites, sunburns or even diaper rashes!
Curing Athlete’s Foot
The anti-bacterial and anti-fungal compounds in ACV make it a great natural remedy for skin and toenail fungus. It both relieves inflammation and pain and kills the fungus that causes athlete’s foot. Simply apply ACV onto the infected areas two times a day, until clearly improved.