Before starting my green and crunchy lifestyle, I paid very little attention to vinegar. I would use it here and there in a recipe, but I didn’t know the true value of it. Now, thankfully, I know better.
Perhaps the vinegar most infamous for its medicinal and beauty properties is Apple Cider Vinegar. Apple Cider Vinegar (or as I fondly refer to it, ACV) is made when alcohol and yeast are added to the liquid from crushed apples. The liquid then ferments, and the sugars are turned into alcohol, which ultimately converts into vinegar.
There are many different applications for Apple Cider Vinegar, so I wanted to highlight a few of my favorite uses.
Uses for Apple Cider Vinegar
ACV can soften your hair and help give it volume and shine, by stripping unwanted foreign oils and dirt that builds up over time. You can create an herbal vinegar rinse and use it in place of your daily conditioner.
Toners can regulate the ph balance of your skin, improving the look and feel, while helping fade age spots or acne scars. Create your own natural toner by combining one part ACV with two parts water, then applying daily on clean skin. This toner can also aid in psoriasis sufferers, because ACV helps combat inflammation.
Wart and Mole Remover
You can remove unwanted warts and moles with ACV! Just pour some ACV onto a cotton ball, and place that cotton ball onto a wart or mole that you want removed. Place a bandaid over the cotton ball to secure, and leave on over night, then remove during the day. Repeat for 1 to 5 nights, and the wart or mole will be gone! You can see a real life demonstration of this process over at Don’t Waste the Crumbs.
Soothe a Sunburn
Sunburns can be horribly painful, but you can ease your discomfort by simply pouring 1 cup of ACV into a warm bath, and soaking for 10 minutes.
Combat Bad Breathe and Plaque
Make a simple mouthwash with 1 C warm water and 1-2 Tbsp ACV. Swish around your mouth for for 60 seconds, then spit out. This will help break down bacteria that causes bad breathe and help deteriorate plaque.
Pour one to two capfuls of ACV into a warm bath and soak for 20 minutes. The ACV will help draw out toxins from the body and moisturize your skin.
Aid in Weight Loss
Some studies have shown that daily consumption of acetic acid can help aid in weight loss. Acetic acid is one of the main ingredients in ACV. To try this weight loss method, pour 2 teaspoons of ACV into 16 ounces of water, and enjoy daily.
Treat Varicose Veins
Pour ACV onto a cotton ball, then dab onto varicose veins before bedtime, to help reduce their appearance.
Make a Bone Broth
Bone broth can help promote gut healing, it delivers vital nutrients, and is even beneficial for your skin. Make your own bone broth using leftover chicken bones, ACV, and veggies.
One teaspoon of raw ACV, ingested 2 to 3 times a day, can help you fight itchy skin, allergies, eczema and aid in digestive complaints.
A homemade infusion of marshmallow root, ACV and olive oil can create a healthy, non-toxic hair detangler.
What are your favorite ways to use Apple Cider Vinegar?
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