Apple cider vinegar has been around for centuries, beginning as an ancient folk remedy used to cure just about any ailment. It’s made from apple juice and is fermented to hard apple cider, it’s then fermented a second time to become apple cider vinegar. Here are some uses for ACV.
Apple cider vinegar is rich in natural minerals, vitamins and enzymes, it helps the body maintain a healthy alkaline pH level. Research shows that higher acid levels (lower pH level) leads to a lack of energy and higher incidences of infection, the unique acids in apple cider vinegar can bind to toxins and help the body eliminate them more effectively. Apple cider vinegar can also help to stimulate circulation and aid detoxification in the liver. In ancient cultures ACV was often used to purify the blood. Another way apple cider vinegar aids detoxification is by breaking up mucus throughout the body and cleansing the lymph nodes to allow for better lymph circulation.
2. Stabalises blood glucose
Apple cider vinegar has been shown to stabilising blood glucose levels, which can help appetite control and satiety. Try taking 1-2 teaspoons in water before each meal.
3. To help with digestion
ACV can help reduce common indigestion and gastrointestinal discomfort caused by certain foods and it is said to clear up chronic acid reflux when taken with each meal.
4. To alleviate skin problems, acne, eczema
Apple cider vinegar can be used as a topical astringent for acne prone skin, and some even report that taking ACV orally every day has helped clear their skin. For acne prone skin add 3 tsps to a cup of water, after cleansing your face, wipe the ACV over your face instead of toner, you can make this apart of your daily skin regime forever. For your body, add a cup of apple cider vinegar and a cup of Epsom salts to a hot bath to draw toxins out through the skin and help jumpstart the cleansing process. This can also help relieve joint pain.
5. To get rid of warts
Try this for a home wart removal remedy: Soak a cotton ball with apple cider vinegar and attach it to the wart site with a bandaid. Leave overnight. Repeat each night until the wart disappears.
6. Helps ward of sickness
Apple cider vinegar devotees claim that this miracle elixir is one of the main reasons they are able to ward of common illnesses. ACV contains a unique blend of vitamins, minerals and enzymes. It also possesses antimicrobial and antiseptic properties.
7. For soft and shiny hair
Acetic acid, the main ingredient in ACV, will remove build up from styling products and conditioners and strengthen the hair shaft, leaving you with soft, shiny strands. It will also balance hair’s pH level, kill bacteria, and is a cure for dandruff.
Dilute 1/3 cup ACV in 4 cups of water and pour over your hair after shampooing. Leave it in for a few seconds before rinse your hair using cold water to seal the hair shaft and create more shine. Because vinegar is acidic, using the rinse daily is not advised. And no, your hair won’t stink like vinegar – the smell will go away after your hair dries.
8. Detoxify your home
By using ACV in lieu of other products, we instantly decrease the consumption of unnatural chemicals in our homes and daily lives.
9. It can remove stains from teeth
Rub teeth directly with apple cider vinegar, and rinse with water.
10. It can soothe sunburnt skin
Add a cup of apple cider vinegar to your bath, and soak for 10 minutes to eliminate discomfort from sunburn.
11. It can help your body get rid of candida
This vinegar is rich in natural enzymes that can help rid your body of candida —yeasts that are attributed to thrush in humans. Candida also is blamed for creating symptoms of fatigue, poor memory, sugar cravings, and yeast infections.
12. Repelling fleas on your pets
One part vinegar and one part water can be sprayed on your pets fur and rubbed in generously to the skin. Saturate the entire coat, and continue every day for a few days to a week. Any flea infestation will surely be gone.
How to take it orally : I drink ACV and lemon tea before breakfast every morning, add 1-3 tsps to hot water, with a good squeeze of lemon juice, if its too bitter you can add a bit of natural honey. If you prefer you can add it to cool water. Apple cider vinegar is also great as a salad dressing instead of balsamic vinegar, mixed with olive oil.
It’s very important to buy an apple cider vinegar that is raw, organic, and unfiltered, so that all of its nutritional value is in tact.