Great uses for Apple Cider Vinegar

apple-cider-vinegarAs we are the county famous for its cider, instead of drinking the lovely stuff, we explored the additional benefits that Apple cider vinegar (ACV) can have. As it turns out, ACV is a wondrous product packed full of great health benefits.

Cider vinegar has been made for centuries in numerous nations, along with other vinegar products. Apple cider vinegar is made from cider that it is oxidised and fermented to become vinegar. It is fermented in a long process which generates mother of vinegar, a bacterial slime which forms on the top of vinegar as it ferments.

Below are some great ideas as to how to use it:

1. It can make your hair shine

Use as a rinse for your hair after shampooing to make your hair shine. Use 1/2 a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and a cup of cold water and pour the solution through your hair after shampooing.

The acidity of apple cider vinegar changes the pH of your scalp, making it harder for yeast to grow and so help get rid of dandruff

 

2. Fix bad breath

Gargle ACV or drink a teaspoon to kill odour-causing bacteria and make your breath nice and fresh again.
Regulate the pH of your skin

Dilute ACV with two parts water and wipe over your face with a cotton ball to replace your current toner. A dab of apple cider vinegar can also be left on the skin overnight to fade age spots or acne scars.

 

3. Wart remover

If you have a wart you a desperate to get rid of, soak a cotton ball in apple cider vinegar, then place over the wart with a sticky plaster overnight. The skin may swell as it reacts with the solution and eventually the wart will fall off.

 

4. Soothe sunburnt skin

Add a cup of apple cider vinegar to your bath, and soak for 10 minutes to eliminate discomfort from sunburn.

 

5. A natural massage treatment

Rubbing apple cider vinegar on your hands and feet will give massage-like benefits and relief to tired hands and feet.

 

6. Aid in weight loss

Add 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar to 16 ounces of water. You can drink this throughout the day. Research has shown weight loss benefits from sustained daily intake of acetic acid which is a key ingredient in ACV.

 

7. Balance your internal body and detox

ACV can help the body maintain a healthy alkaline pH level inside as well as out. As part of balancing the body’s pH, apple cider vinegar creates an overall detoxification of the body and studies show that it can help stimulate cardiovascular circulation and help detoxify the liver.

Research also indicates that higher acid levels (lower pH level) can result in a lack of energy and higher incidences of infection. So drinking ACV a few times a day can act as a natural boost of energy.

 

8. Clean your lymphatic system.

ACV can help break up mucous throughout the body and cleanse the lymph nodes. Believe it Research even suggests that apple cider vinegar can help with allergies because of its ability to reduce mucous and sinus congestion.

 

9. Reduce heartburn.

Natural remedy experts say you should begin to feel relief very shortly after taking a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar followed by a glass of water. It is thought that apple cider vinegar works by correcting low acid, hence reducing heartburn.

 

10. Solve tummy troubles

Sip some apple cider vinegar mixed with water. If a bacterial infection is at the root of your upset, ACV can help due to its antibiotic properties.

 

11. Soothe a sore throat.

Most germs can’t survive in the acidic environment ACV creates. So mix 1/4 cup ACV with 1/4 cup warm water and gargle every hour or so to get rid of a sore throat and infection.

 

12. Heal bruises.

ACV has anti-inflammatory properties so by dabbing or laying an apple cider vinegar compress on a bruise can help fade the discolouration.

 

Got any more tips for using apple cider vinegar? Let us know by replying on this post or email rachel@absoluteherefordshire.co.uk

 

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