Apple Cider Vinegar dates back to over 10,000 years ago. Not everyone knows that apple cider vinegar can be used in variety. It’s not just for your salad or for pickling. Apple cider vinegar is an old folk remedy known as a cure all for many types of ailments. Not only does it promote health but it is used for home cleaning and beauty enhancement.
Apple cider vinegar is a natural antibiotic and antiseptic. It’s a germ and bacteria fighter. It’s also great for balancing your body’s pH levels. A daily dose of apple cider vinegar is equated to having “your apple a day…” It’s rich in enzymes and potassium. ACV will help your body absorb calcium and magnesium. A teaspoon of ACV added to an 8 oz. glass of water, can offer a numerous benefits to your health. It can increase energy for one and fight off a cold for two. At the first sign of a cold add one teaspoon of ACV to a four ounce glass and drink several cups throughout the day. It’s great for adding to a Neti Pot or humidifier for stuffed up nose, sniffles and allergies.
The many wonders of apple cider vinegar are endless. For home cleaning you can add it to your dishwasher where the rinse aid would normally go. It will cleanse your dishes better and help remove hard water spots. Works great in conjuction with an eco friendly dishwashing detergent! In the laundry, you can forgo bleach for good. Use it to brighten your whites, keep clothes from fading, as a stain remover and it rinses clothes more throughly from any lingering detergent. If you’re worried about the smell, don’t be. ACV will not leave a smell on your laundry. Apple cider vinegar is a great disfectant. Simply use it to wipe off counter tops and even areas that tend to collect germs such as your door-knobs, phones, computer, lightswitches, etc. You’ll want to dilute it in water using a 50/50 mix.
In your beauty routine use it as a natural deodrant. Just wipe under your arms, it’s that easy. No dilution is required to do so. If your baby suffers from diaper rash use a 50/50 mix and wipe over baby’s bottom. This will help eliminate bacteria and fungus that cause diaper rash. It will also eliminate the bacteria that causes body odor and acne. It’s great for reducing acne and brightening your skin.
Apple cider vinegar can be used as an alternative to salt. It will help enhance and bring out the flavors in your food. If you happened to use to much salt or sugar a little ACV added to the dish will help mellow out either the salt or the sugar.
Apple cider vinegar is a cheap, effective alternative to cleaning your home, promoting your health and enhancing beauty. I recommend an unfiltered, raw, and organic version such as Virtues of Vinegar. Besides having it on hand in your cupboard, you’ll want to invest in a good book about all the great qualities ACV possess such as Vim & Vinegar by Melodie Moore. Did you know it can kill weeds too?
Photo by: Erich Schuh
[This post was written by Leslie Quigley.]